Social Media: Not just for your grandkids!

There is no doubt that social media platforms have changed the way many people communicate today. While teens and younger adults are the main consumers of social media, don’t count out older adults, who are using smart phones, tables and social media more than ever.

Nielsen research shows that adults aged 50 and better are the fastest growing demographic on the internet. While older adults may not be “Snapchatting” much like their grandkids, they are still using social media sites, with the most popular being Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Half of adults age 50 to 64 are using social media while 34 percent of those 65+ are liking, tweeting or pinning on social sites.

The use of social media can be a great way for older adults to stay connected with busy family and friends, and those who may live far away. It is also a way to socialize with friends, learn about happenings in the community and sharing photos. The AARP provides a great education through its AARP TEK Academy which has online and in-person events with educational tools on how to use social media, online safety and even smartphone and tablet tips. Their website can be found at www.aarptek.aarp.org.

Cedar Community has a very active social media presence, and many of our Facebook page likes and comments are coming directly from our residents. If you want to stay connected with us, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cedarcommunity. Our retreat center campus, Cedar Valley, also has a very active Facebook page at ww.facebook.com/welcome.to.cedarvalley where you can find upcoming events and photos of many of our art and retreat groups.