Social bonds and tight-knit friendships are essential for leading a happy life. However, when you live a significant distance from your loved ones, it can be challenging to regularly meet in person. Fortunately, technology, such as smartphones, computers, and social media platforms, can help you stay connected, nurture relationships, and create new connections.
There is a significant rise in older adults, aged 50-70 years old, eagerly embracing new devices and methods to connect with their peers and loved ones. Whether you’re looking to strengthen your relationship with your grandchildren or expand your social circle, explore three ways seniors are staying connected through technology.
Explore New Ways To Connect
Video Calls and Cooperative Online Games
One of the easiest ways to connect with your loved ones is through video calls. There are a myriad of options to choose from such as the iPhone’s FaceTime feature or communications platforms like Zoom or Google Meet, accessible on smartphones, tablets, or computers. Video calls offer more than a standard phone call. Not only are participants able to see each other on the screen, more than three participants can join a call, making it an excellent platform for family chats or a large friend group.
Video calls aren’t just for chatting; they offer the chance to play interactive online games together. One person can share their screen while other participants play on their individual screens. While popular online games for seniors include classics like crosswords and chess, you don’t have to be limited to those choices. There are also virtual escape rooms that you can do together with family or friends. Video calls are proof you don’t have to be in the same room to have fun together.
Online Forums and Social Networks
If you’re looking to talk about your favorite movies, songs, hobbies, or discuss current events, consider joining an online forum. This is where individuals can post messages about specific topics, engaging in an online “conversation” with others. However, be careful of who you are messaging and never share personal and financial information with anyone. You don’t want to be an unsuspecting victim of cybercrime.
On social network platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Pinterest, users create and share content, as well as communicate with each other. Facebook is especially popular because it allows you to create social groups to connect with people who share a similar interest with you. Often online group members will meet in person if they live nearby. Being part of an online social media group offers a convenient way to connect with new people.
Continuous Learning, Online Careers, and Volunteer Work
For those with a thirst for knowledge, technology offers unmatched convenience in the pursuit of learning. Many schools and universities now provide online professional development courses tailored to a wide range of interests, whether it’s learning a new language, instrument, or exploring art history. Learning online eliminates the need to be physically present in a classroom, allowing you to enroll in courses offered by universities in different cities, states, or even countries.
If you aspire to share your professional expertise as a consultant, advisor, or part-time worker, explore companies that offer remote work opportunities. This enables you to work from virtually anywhere.
The same applies for volunteer opportunities. You can either use technology to find local organizations in need of volunteers, or search for remote volunteer opportunities. Technology not only advances your skills, it also broadens the spectrum of opportunities available to you.
Make New Connections at Beacon Hill
While technology can help you make new connections, having in-person conversations and meetings remains a vital aspect of a fulfilling life. If you’re looking for more in-person engagement, residing in a social senior living community of like-minded people can also allow you to make new connections. Prioritizing your social, mental, and physical well-being is a core value here at Beacon Hill. To learn more about our high-end lifestyle, book a tour or contact us.