Yesterday in the Daily Herald, there was an article giving kudos to one of the founders of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. Evidently he and his wife donated a great deal of money$992.2 million to The Silicon Valley Community Foundation at the end of 2013 and were being recognized by the media. When one of my seniors asked me about Facebook, I was able to demonstrate its abilities with my laptop. She was amazed! I bet that in 90 years she never would have ever guessed that communication would come to the likes of this! It must have seemed like some far-fetched feature of Star trek or something.
The really truly amazing thing to me though is when seniors are up on the social media sites and even display some worthwhile capabilities that allow them to operate them. I think it is really cute when seniors want to learn and stay active mentally as well as physically.
As a caregiver, I encourage my seniors to reach out and to learn about things outside their comfort zone. I do give safety advice, however, for just like those that would take advantage of children, there are people out there that would use Facebook to track seniors and take advantage of them, too.
Selecting the proper privacy settings is vital as is ensuring that if they only want their “Friends” to view their posts or see their likes, that they have established that upon setup. You can even encourage them to control the visibility of their individual posts and select who sees their photos and posts tagged with their name.
Ensuring the physical and mental well-being of clients is all a part of realizing that With Age Comes Respect.