Older Adults Show Biggest Growth in Social Networking Use

The number of older adults using social networking tools is quickly expanding, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center. Social networking use among Internet users aged 50 and older nearly doubled from 22 percent in April 2009 to 42 percent in May 2010, making them the fastest growing segment of users. In contrast, the number of users aged 18 to 29 only grew 13 percent.
AGE is among the increasing number of organizations that are bolstering their social media presence, recognizing that more and more adults are turning to this platform to stay informed and get connected. AFA offers news related to Alzheimer’s disease, AFA programs and events, and caregiving tips via its Facebook and Twitter accounts. Become an AGE fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to be in the know.

Phoenix Center Report Says Internet Cuts Depression for Elderly

According to a new report, senior citizens – especially those facing any form of depression – may have a new cure that doesn’t involve prescriptions, therapy or support groups.

The Phoenix Center, a non-profit organization that studies broad public-policy issues, announced that its newest Policy Paper titled, “Internet Use and Depression Among the Elderly,” shows that spending time online reduces depression by 20 percent for senior citizens.

Not only could this new research improve the quality of life for the elderly, but the report also said that reducing the incidence of depression by Internet use among the elderly could potentially trim the nation’s healthcare bill.

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To learn more about getting a senior “wired,” visit the Austin SeniorNet website here.