Connection is something that everyone internally desires, and the fulfillment or lack thereof could impact one’s physical and mental wellbeing. Being socially connected can help with increasing life expectancy, happiness levels and improve overall health. Studies have also shown a positive relationship between social connections and the well-being of mature adults. As we age, it becomes easier for us to feel lonely and be socially isolated. It is important to keep in touch with your loved ones to ensure they do not feel this way. The good news is that technology has made it easier for us to connect with people overseas. Encourage your loved ones to stay virtually connected with social applications and do not be afraid to ask for help when needed. Schedule weekly online chats with them and be creative in how you can spend time with them. Here are some ways to stay connected with loved ones.
Facebook has seen significant growth of users from mature adults above the age of 65. While there are many reasons for mature adults to turn to Facebook as their source of social media, the main reason for their frequent use of it would be its popularity. As much as 69% of Americans are actively using Facebook. This means that sharing updates, photos, and videos with family and friends on Facebook is a lot easier compared to other platforms. You can connect with your distant relatives and friends with a touch of a button. All you have to do is look up their profile and send a friend request. It is also possible to join interest groups and search for events happening locally, increasing one’s connection with not only loved ones but also the community.
Readeo allows you to hold storytimes with your grandchildren online. It features over 150 storybooks that can be read over a video chat. It helps you to stay connected to grandchildren or other relatives who live far away, and also opens opportunities to connect with them more frequently.
Zoom has been all the craze lately, and for good reason. It is a versatile platform that allows users to use it for multiple reasons. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have resorted to Zoom as their online classroom. Users can host webinars, video chats, simple audio calls, amongst others. You can use Zoom on a regular web browser or download the mobile app for convenience. You can use Zoom to video call loved ones and do activities together. Virtual dinners are now possible, and you can even hold an online games night with a loved one overseas.
Lastly, Netflix Party is a web browser extension that allows you to have a virtual movie night with families living far away. This extension syncs the Netflix show that you are watching and opens a group chat for you to watch with your loved ones. You would need a Netflix account to use it, and you should use a Chrome browser on a laptop.