Category Archives: Social Media

Follow What’s Happenning at Merrill Gardens

From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters, Merrill Gardens residents are busy inside, outside and everywhere in between.

Keep up to date on our favorite photos from events and activities from all our communities by following our Facebook Page. And if you have your own photos from a Merrill Gardens event, post them and we’ll include them in our album.

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Out & About With Merrill Gardens

The gang at Merrill Gardens is out and about! This fall we have been celebrating the change of seasons with festive outings and celebrations. From fine dining to day trips, the fun never stops!

Here is a look at what we have been up to this month.

A Trip to The Bellagio

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A lovely group of Green Valley Ranch ladies took a trip to the Bellagio to see all the festive fall décor! Green Valley Ranch (Henderson, NV)

Black and White Opera Night

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Oh what a night! We dressed up in black and white attire and enjoyed champagne, wine and tasty bites to eat.  Merrill Gardens at Green Valley Ranch (Henderson, NV)

Trip To Leavenworth

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The gang at Tacoma took a day trip to Eastern Washington. The first stop was for donuts and coffee at the Cle Elem bakery. We then stopped for a factory tour of Applets and Cotlets. Yum! We then headed to lunch at Gustav’s in Leavenworth for a day of sightseeing and shopping!

Tony’s Birthday

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This month we celebrated a very special birthday. Tony at Merrill Gardens of Santa Maria turned 100!

To read Tony’s story, click here: http://bit.ly/1epeHmm

We can’t wait to share more memories with you. To stay updated on Merrill Gardens events and happenings, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Grandparents Gone Wired

Mashable posted an article yesterday called, “Your Grandparents Are Getting Wired for the Holidays

The article showcases DoSomething.org, which is planning to give less tech-savvy elders some help by asking kids to get their grandparents wired up. DoSomething’s “Grandparents Gone Wired” is a technology campaign encouraging kids to teach seniors how to use technology and social media.

If you’ve been following the Merrill Gardens social media channels, you know this theme is one that is close to our hearts. Not a day goes by without our residents logging into their Facebook pages or Skype accounts to chat with their relatives. That is, when they’re not competing in a Wii Bowling Tournament.

Of course, kids aren’t the only ones who can teach others how to use these new electronic toys and gizmos. Our communities are filled with folks willing to pass along a little technical know how (such as Geekwire.com’s “Geek of the Week,” Bill Sleeper.)

But we embrace the idea of “Grandparents Gone Wired.” Though, since it’s the holidays, we expect the kids to teach Grandma and Grandpa how to buy preents on Amazon.com as well…

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Seniors Get Social

Last week, the Atlantic Monthly wrote a long piece entitled, “Facebook for Centenarians: Senior Citizens Learn Social Media.”

The article was incredibly well timed, as just a few days prior our own resident, 96 year old Bill Sleeper, was hobnobbing with 200 of Seattle’s social media “Twitterati” at their monthly Social Media Club event.

The coincidence underscores the importance technology and social media are playing in the happiness and well-being of our residents. What started with Wii Bowling Tournaments has turned into classes on Email, Facebook and Skype, giving everyone a an easy way to stay in touch with children, grandchildren, friends and extended family via photos and video calls.

The Atlantic Monthly article highlights a few stats worth noting:
– The 74-plus demographic is the fastest growing demographic among social networks, according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
– Social networking among Internet users ages 65 and older grew 100 percent between April 2009 and May 2010, jumping from 13 percent to 26 percent.
– Facebook, Twitter, and Skype all show the most growth in the older adult demographic.

The crowd at Social Media Club Seattle always enjoys Bill’s attendance, and the MC of the event once again took time to bring the microphone over for an informal ad-lib session.  Given the stats above, maybe next event Bill will bring some of his fellow social media savvy residents with him.

(You can see some of Bill’s Technology “How-To Videos” at www.merrillgardens.com)

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96 Year Old Bill Sleepers on Technology

Bill Sleepers, A Merrill Gardens at Mill Creek (WA) resident, is embracing technology and thinks that other seniors should do the same. Check out this great article about his efforts to show seniors how to have fun with social media!

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Fundraising efforts across Merrill Gardens Communities

You can view all of the Photos of the USO fundraisers across our communities on our Facebook Page

You can also see how our Alabama communities came together to raise funds for the victims of the recent tornado disasters by clicking here: Alabama Fundraising Efforts

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Boomers and Social Media

You may have noticed that the Merrill Gardens team has been doing a lot lately on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Photo sharing sites such as Flickr. Here’s a lively video produced by the AARP, which gives some stats about about the popularity of social media among Boomers.

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