Using Technology to Stay in Touch with Senior Loved Ones

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Coping with the death of a family member

Allow Yourself to Grieve

One of the most important things you can do when faced with the death of a loved one is to allow yourself to grieve. You may experience shock, anger, sadness, and can even feel lost or helpless. This is normal, but it is necessary to express these feelings because keeping them in will only lessen your ability to cope.

Talk to your family and friends about what you are feeling. It is likely that they are feeling the same emotions as you and talking about it will help you cope and find closure. Talking about your loved one after their death is also a great way to honor their memory and help you appreciate the moments you had with them. There are other ways to honor them as well, including donating to their favorite charities, planting a tree in their memory, or spending time with family to share stories and reminisce with photos of fun times. These kinds of activities, while they may seem difficult, will help you find closure and acceptance.

When you experience the death of a family member, you will be filled with many emotions and may also be required to do things like make funeral arrangements or work with their estate planners to carry out their final will. During this time, it is imperative that you take care of yourself and not neglect your needs – eat well, get plenty of rest, and try to continue doing the things that bring you joy. Whether this is exercise or spending time with friends, this will help you cope and keep a level head while dealing with other responsibilities.

MEDIA INQUIRIES

In the past decade, the tools humans use to communicate with each other have changed substantially. These days, people use everything from text to Facebook Messenger to stay in touch with their loved ones. If you have an elderly friend or family member that you want to stay in contact with, teaching them how to use these tools is important. 

Studies show that socialization can improve the quality of a senior citizen’s life, which is why connecting with elderly loved ones with the help of technology is so important. Here are some ways you can use technology to stay connected to your senior loved ones.

Facebook is a Great Communication Tool For Seniors

Did you realize that people over the age of 65 are the fastest-growing demographic on Facebook? If your elderly loved one isn’t on Facebook, you need to help them embrace this popular platform. Setting up a profile for your senior loved one and connecting them with their friends/family member on Facebook is a great idea. 

With a profile, your senior loved one can start to make posts. They can also comment on the posts of their friends/family members. Facebook Messenger can also be set up on your elderly loved one’s phone if they want to send instant messages or video chat with others on this platform.

Zoom is Easy To Use

As you start to research various tech tools for your elderly loved one to use, be sure to consider how user-friendly they are. Whether you are trying to check up on your senior loved one or send them a funny message, you need to make sure they can operate the technology on their end. 

During the pandemic, more people than ever started to use the video chat platform known as Zoom. Using Zoom is a great idea if you want to chat with your senior loved ones and other family members at the same time. Providing your senior loved one with a face-to-face digital interaction can brighten their day and motivate them. 

By utilizing the technology in this article, you can stay connected with your senior loved ones regardless of where they live.

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