Posted by suzanne on Oct 15, 2012
The Philips Center for Health and Well-being recently conducted a survey on technology use among those age 65 plus. They polled 501 adults, age 18 to 64, as well as 500 adults age 65 plus and found that we underestimate how tech-savvy older adults are.
- 54% of those 65 plus state they are comfortable using technology
- 27% use technology to support a healthier lifestyle
- 28% use Facebook regularly
- 25% use YouTube regularly
Helping seniors to become more tech-savvy as they age is an important part of healthy aging. It is critical to continue learning and stimulating the brain, and on-line knowledge and information is important in today’s society.
I remember being very proud of my elders who embraced computers and tried out email and Facebook. Now I see more and more seniors using social media regularly.
If you have computer or technical knowledge to share with someone, have you considered educating a senior?
Check out the Philips Center for Health and Well-being.
Posted by suzanne on Oct 1, 2012
International Day of Older Persons is October 1, 2012.
Today, we recognize the contributions of older individuals – to society and community, within corporations and organizations, to family, friends and neighbours, and to others around them.
Older individuals have much to contribute. They want to be active participants in society. We need to encourage their participation and continue our work to improve their health and well-being. We need to provide a supportive environment and develop more effective ways of helping them find more fulfilling and meaningful later life activities.
Take a look around you. Celebrate International Day of Older Persons by acknowledging older adults and all the work that they do.
Posted by suzanne on Sep 22, 2012
It is International Active Aging Week. Organizations in Canada and the U.S. are encouraging a healthier lifestyle among the 40 plus.
Why promote exercise? It is about more than just physical health.
Exercise can activate:
- Emotional well-being
- Social connections, including intergenerational relationships
- Spiritual health
- Environmental commitment