How Online Communities Help Seniors: Get Connected With Home Care Services


How Online Communities Help Seniors: Get Connected With Home Care Services

Today’s post reviews research on the importance of senior social health in a post-pandemic world, then explains how our home care services reduce the risks of both isolation and infection by connecting seniors with safe, fulfilling, and free online communities in Clinton Township, MI.

Read on to learn more about the benefits of getting your loved ones online, or call (586)-690-7500 to speak with a home care service coordinator near you.

Clinton Township Seniors Crave Safe Connections In A Post-COVID World

According to research by the US Centers for Disease Control, approximately 1 in 4 people over the age of 65 experienced social isolation before the pandemic, which put them at greater risk of:

  • Shortened lifespans—According to the National Institute on Aging, the health risks of prolonged isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and they can shorten senior lifespans by as many as 15 years.
  • Stroke—According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, loneliness and isolation increase stroke risk by as much as 32%.
  • Loss of independence—The University of California San Francisco found that 59% of seniors who reported feelings of loneliness also found daily tasks, such as climbing stairs, walking, or dressing, to be more difficult.
  • Cognitive decline—Social isolation and loneliness have been linked to poorer cognitive function and a 50% increase in Alzheimer’s risk.

Today, in the post-pandemic world, the exact number of seniors who feel lonely is difficult to pinpoint, but it seems to be on the rise, as a University of Michigan poll found that 56% of people ages 50 to 80 felt isolated in June 2020.

And yet, while seniors crave connection more than ever, many continue to express concern about the risks of COVID-19 infections. In many cases, the fear of community spread is keeping seniors from connecting with their community.

Fortunately, there are ways to give seniors all the rewards of social connectivity without any of the risks. If your loved one has an internet connection, safe and gratifying social connections are only a few clicks away.

And while online connections should not be your loved one’s only form of social contact, research suggests that they can be a big help. For example, one study published in The Gerontologist found that regular interactions with online communities “may provide social support, contribute to self-preservation and serve as an opportunity for self-discovery and growth” (Nimrod, 2010).

If you’re looking to help your loved ones connect with online communities, our home care services make it easy! Read on to learn more, or call (586)-690-7500 to speak with a home care service coordinator near you.

Connect With Online Communities: 4 Ways Home Care Services Can Help

  1. Improve internet access for your loved ones. If your loved one needs help setting up or improving their internet connection, our home care service can help schedule an installation service or, if money is an obstacle, connect them with one of the Michigan Home Internet Options for the Economically Disadvantaged.
  2. Purchase, setup, and explain internet gadgets. If your loved one wants to participate in online classes, video chat hangouts, or fitness programs, our home care service providers can purchase webcams, microphones, and/or laptops, or explain to your loved one how to connect using their smartphone. While we are not trained technical support workers, we can pass on some basic internet fluency and look up troubleshooting resources as needed.
  3. Keep your loved ones safe online. The internet is a hotbed for con artists, phishing scams, and viruses. But with our home care services there to monitor your loved one’s browsing time and email use, you’ll never have to worry.
  4. Connect seniors with Michigan’s online communities. Clinton Township seniors are spoiled for choice when it comes to online social opportunities, with dozens of different options at their fingertips. Michigan’s GetSetUp program is a particularly popular option, offering hundreds of live online classes ranging from smartphone/iPad tutorials to cooking and cardio dance. Whatever your loved ones choose, our home care service providers can help them register for classes, write the date into their schedule, set up their video chat hardware for the big day, and even join in on the fun to help break the ice.

Book A Free Home Care Service Consultation In Clinton Township, MI

For the past 12 years, our home care services have helped seniors live carefree, age-in-place, and stay connected with family, friends, and community in Clinton Township, MI. And we can do the same for you.

To book a free home care service consultation, you can:

  • Call (586)-690-7500 to speak with a home care service coordinator
  • Email [email protected] with questions and schedule availability
  • Fill out our online contact form to request an appointment

References

Nimrod, G. (2010). Seniors’ online communities: A quantitative content analysis. The Gerontologist, 50(3), 382-392.

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