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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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Facebook Users 55 and Older Grow by Over 900 Percent

According to a recent article by the Middle Town Journal, “The number of Facebook users 55 and older grew by over 900 percent in the past year, now accounting for 9 million users.” Over the past few years, age groups of all kinds have flocked to the social networking site Facebook. As more users continue to sign up each day, Facebook is unlikely to go away within the next few years and has become a daily habit of many.

Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.

In today’s busy world, Facebook has become a medium of choice for many to communicate with friends and family. Social networks, like Facebook, have become a prime way to keep in touch, stay connected, and reconnect with long lost friends.

With the number of senior citizens utilizing the internet increasing, so does the need for education within active living communities. A study cited in a 2009 Yahoo article concluded 37 percent of those 65 and older access the Internet regularly. This number signifies that not only do younger generations enjoy the platform, but ages of all kinds! In years to come, this number is expected to continually increase. Many of our residents enjoy using Facebook and have found it a great way to keep in touch. Do you have an account set up?

You can “like” our Facebook Page “Merrill Gardens Facebook Page” and follow updates on Resident activities, view photos, and more!

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