I have decided to focus this latest issue of the David York Agency Newsletter on the elderly and social media. Given this past winter, we in New York can all testify to the advantages to the elderly of connecting with others from the convenience and safety of their own homes. Many might think that social media is the exclusive domain of the younger generation. However, many of our older adults have enthusiastically adopted it to keep up with the times as well as their old acquaintances and younger family members. While their younger counterparts use social media in a “selfie” sort of way, the elderly, who are very sensitive to privacy issues, use it to connect with like-minded individuals.
The older generation has seen the world change at breakneck speed. While there are few who remember the horse and buggy, there are still those around whose memories span from the trolley car all the way to the walk on the moon. Communication for them shifted from letter writing and telegrams to the telephone and, now, email. Ever adaptable, the elderly in our midst have come to embrace what would have been science fiction to them in their youth – email, Skype, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. And, their usage patterns are unique to their demographic.
I hope this information helps shed light on an ever-growing trend in our burgeoning senior population. It would seem to me that encouraging seniors to take advantage of social media and
enabling them to do so would be a win – win situation. Please feel free to forward this to anyone you feel would be interested and keep sending your feedback and suggestions. Again, you may
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Anita Kamiel, M.P.S., R.N.
Director of Patient Services
Anita Kamiel, R.N, M.P.S. is the founder and owner of David York Home Healthcare Agency and is fully acquainted with all factors related to eldercare services and the latest guidelines for seniors. She holds advanced degrees in gerontological administration and has experience in the field as a Nursing Supervisor in a nursing home. Anita has been in the business of home care for over 40 years starting out in a NYC Medicaid agency. Thirty years ago she realized the need for affordable, quality home health aide services provided and supervised by caring individuals, so she boldly opened David York Home Healthcare Agency in Brooklyn, New York. She is the mother of 4 and the grandmother of many and when she is not on adventures like safaris in Africa, she still works 6 days a week and runs to her workout classes 3 of those nights. You can contact her at 718.376.7755 or at www.davidyorkagency.com where she is happy to share her experience and help you through your home healthcare issues.