Archive for June, 2013

Twitter for Seniors

Friday, June 28th, 2013

By now, almost everyone has heard of twitter. However, many people don’t understand how it works or how to get the most out of it. A comprehensive survey found that 87% of Americans have heard of Twitter, but only 7% use it. Compare that with Facebook where 88% have heard of it and 41% have a profile.

This may be because people are unaware that you can use and enjoy Twitter without ever sending a tweet. In fact, around 53% of Twitter users never post any updates. There are many interesting people, companies and organizations that you can follow on Twitter to get information and see discussions.

In order to get started, you must first create an account. Once you do that, you can begin to “follow” certain people and organizations. “Following” someone on Twitter means that you will see when they post something. However, they will not have access to any personal information as you will just be observing what they say. When you log in, you will see all of the recent tweets of the people you are following.

Here are a few Twitter accounts that you can follow:

– Follow the CDC health Twitter (@CDC_eHealth) to get valuable information and updates on health and medications.

– Follow the AARP home & Family Twitter (@AARPFamily) to get information for caregivers, advice for the elderly and fun stories.

– Follow MNT Seniors News (@mnt_seniors) to get the latest seniors and aging news published daily.

Here is a blog with 7 eldercare tweets to follow.

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Senior Social Media Use

Friday, June 21st, 2013

The world of social media is constantly growing and evolving, with more and more people using it every day. According to statisticbrain.com, there are over 1.2 Billion facebook users worldwide and an average of 190 million tweets a day.

While younger generations still dominate the social media landscape, older users are becoming more and more prevalent. According to a report released by Pew Internet, 2012 was the 3rd consecutive year that baby boomers have used social media in higher numbers and 44% of adults ages 60-90 said they periodically use social networking.

As of February 2012, one third (34%) of internet users age 65 and older use social networking sites such as Facebook, and 18% do so on a typical day.

Social media use can benefit seniors by keeping them connected to friends and loved ones as well as discussing things like health issues or current ailments.

This article outlines 11 reasons why seniors should care about social media.

Social media may also contribute to mental health. Janelle Wohltmann, a researcher and grad student at the University of Arizona’s Department of Psychology, found that social media can build cognitive performance in seniors too. In a recent study, she found that seniors using social media did 25% better on memory tests than seniors who stayed away from sites like Facebook altogether.

Despite the benefits social media can have, it is still important to remain cautious on the internet. You should not share when you are going on vacation or share too much personal information. To see more tips on how to protect your privacy online, click here.

Senior Scam and Fraud Prevention

Friday, June 7th, 2013

There are still many reports from the BBB and Attorney General about fraudulent telemarketing phone calls. LifeStation does not engage in telemarketing of this kind. You will never receive a recorded call from LifeStation as all of our customer service calls are made by live LifeStation representatives. If you receive a recorded call or a call from someone claiming they are LifeStation, ask for a call back number or call LifeStation Customer Service at 877.833.2020.

Due to the continued fraudulent telemarketing phone calls and other scams, we have compiled various resources that can aid you in spotting a scam or fraud and dealing with it.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has a page that links to a number of articles on how to spot and avoid scams.

They also have a list of the top 10 scams of 2012 so you can see some examples of scams from the past year.

The FBI has a webpage dedicated to helping senior citizens avoid fraud.

The National Crime Prevention Council also provides tips on keeping older citizens from becoming victims of fraud and identity theft.

AgingCare.com provides an article about protecting elderly parents from identity theft.

See LifeStation’s previous blog posts on internet safety for seniors and senior fraud protection.