Cyber seniors: keeping connected in trying times

I’m sure you’ve all been keeping up with coworkers, friends, and family through Zoom, Skype, and other online communication tools.

One group that often does have the capacity for this kind of communication are senior, either living in retirement/long term care facilities or on their own with limited access to computers and smartphones.

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Photo via CNBC.com

We’ve made great improvements in recent years as far as integrating technologies into retirement and long term care facilities, however, there are a number of barriers

Most of my undergraduate degree was spent analyzing adult development and the aging population. In one of my classes, we watched an amazing documentary about an amazing program that helped bridge the gap between generations with technology.

Take a look at the trailer for the documentary:

Video via Youtube.com

Even though it’s from around six years ago, the message and impacts of the subject matter can still be felt today. What began as combating the negative affects of loneliness and isolation has now become a integral aspect to making contact with the outside world during isolation.

Many have been stuck in their room with only phone calls connecting them to the outside world. However, with increased funding for technology in these spaces allows for seniors to interact with fellow residents, families, and attend social or religious gatherings.

Taking the time to educate those unfamiliar with can greatly improve seniors’ quality of life and your own in keeping in contact with your friends or family.

So, if you’re beginning to feel the gap between you and your friend, parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent, pick up the phone and talk them through any of the very basic video communication applications like Facetime or Skype.

They’re worth it.

Facebook Post:

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Twitter Post:

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How I’m quitting media “Cold Turkey”

Okay, so maybe I’m not quitting social media, per say. But I have found a way to silence my busy mind and keep my eyes off of any website of my choosing… for a limited time, at least!

I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that since we’ve been in lock down thanks to a certain virus, I’ve been glued to all of my devices. Between Justin Trudeau’s media releases and Donald Tr*mp’s questionable interviews, it’s been increasingly difficult to concentrate and I can feel my productivity reduced to a crawling pace (don’t tell my boss).

Even when I’m not reading about the virus or our province’s response, I find respite in trashy Youtube videos and endless Instagram scrolling.

Thank goodness I’ve found some sweet relief with Cold Turkey!

Image via http://www.getcoldturkey.com

Cold Turkey is a computer application that helps you quit your addicting apps and websites for any amount of time you wish. Installation is simple, and allows you to block websites and applications on both Chrome and Firefox (if you use Internet Explorer, that’s on you).

Finally I’ve had some respite from the media machine. Goodbye, virus grief! Sayonara, senseless Youtube binges!

Check out what sites I’ve blocked:

Video via Youtube.com

Anything I’m missing?

I know it’s not a permanent solution to an ever-growing problem of our reliance on social media, especially since my day job includes responding to people’s questions and concerns about COVID-19. However, it’s given me some sweet, sweet relief. The world may be burning around us, but now I’ll finally get a chance to answer the emails I’ve been putting off!

Here you are. I’ve served you a chance to take a temporary step away from social media and online distractions on a golden platter.

What will you do with the keys to the handcuffs? Take a walk, drink a cup of coffee, perhaps finally getting some work done?

Facebook Post:

Using Cold Turkey to take a well-deserved social media break. #socialmedia #ColdTurkey #wellness https://bit.ly/2xBiCkf

Twitter post:

How I’m quitting #socialmedia “Cold Turkey”: https://bit.ly/2xBiCkf. #ColdTurkey #media