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Welcome to Senior Snippets: In this instalment, I will be providing you with some useful tips on keeping older people safe on social media. Technology surrounds us in our daily lives in almost everything we do. It has not only influenced the way in which we communicate, share information and complete daily tasks, but a recent report suggests that it may even help to combat isolation and loneliness in older people and improve their mental health.
It’s estimated that 60% of people aged 65 and over now have access to the internet at home. Not only are the silversurfers getting to grips with emailing, but they’re also logging on to platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Skype to stay in touch with friends and family members. Many people are also playing online games, painting, sharing pictures on sites such as Pinterest and communicating with like-minded individuals on online interest groups. So, with this in mind, here are a few tips on how to stay socially active but savvy:
- Create a strong password – use a combination of letters, capitals and numbers.
- Use different passwords for social media sites and financial / payment sites.
- Keep your passwords somewhere safe but not obvious.
- Share a limited amount of personal information on social sites.
- Never give out your address or financial information.
- Ensure settings are set to private, not public – so only friends can see your information.
- Never agree to meet someone without letting a relative know first.
- Never give somebody you meet over the internet money.
- When joining paid for social networks only enter your card details on secure and reputable websites – look out for the padlock icon on the payment page.
- Use your common sense, if someone you meet seems too good to be true, there’s probably a strong possibility that they aren’t genuine.
Welcome to Senior Snippets: the bi-weekly advisory column with the older members of our community in mind, brought to you by Sale resident and owner of the Sale & Altrincham office of at-home care company Home Instead Senior Care, Alan Savage.
Everyone knows that it’s good to exercise to stay fit and healthy, but what about maintaining a healthy mind? Social interaction plays a major part in not only combating loneliness and isolation but also ensuring that older people stay mentally active and integrated into local communities for longer.
No matter your age, physical ability or mental health, getting involved in some form of social activity for at least 2-3 hours a day is key to your general well-being. It has been proven that interacting with like-minded individuals at classes or groups can improve your health, reduce the risk of re- hospitalisation, prevent the number of falls and even slow down the onset of dementia in older people.
There are a number of activities you can get involved in in your local area, with or without support; be it at church halls, community centres, private members clubs, leisure centres or parks. These activities can range from coffee mornings to lunch clubs, singing clubs, Bridge clubs, art classes and knitting and crafts groups. Whilst most groups are suitable for both men and women, there are also groups which are specifically for women like the Women’s Institute, and Probus (Professional, Retired and Businessmens Club) for men.
For a comprehensive list of what’s going on across South Trafford, including all the classes and groups available, then please contact me for my official ‘What’s on Where’ activity guide which provides details of senior friendly activities or if you can't wait click on this link for some inspiration! WoW_poster1.pdf
Please find our training link below
Warning signs of Dementia
Welcome to the latest edition of Senior Snippets: an advisory column with the older members of our community in mind, brought to you by Alan and Lucy Directors of Home Instead Senior Care in Altrincham and Sale.
September is World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign launched in 2012 which takes place every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, but what all forms of dementia have in common is a high risk of behavioural disorders- change in personality and people behaving out of character.
Here are some warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease that are important to look out for.
Memory loss that disrupts daily life: One of the most common signs is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information.
Challenges in planning or solving problems: Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers.
Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure: People sometimes may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favourite game.
Confusion with time or place: Losing track of dates, seasons, and the passage of time.
Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships: For some people, having vision problems is a sign. They may not realise they are the person in the mirror, for instance.
New problems with words in speaking or writing: You may notice a person has trouble following or joining a conversation.
Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps: Placing things in random unusual places. Sometimes the person may accuse others of stealing the items.
Decreased or poor judgment: Experience changes in judgment or decision making
Changes in mood or personality: Some can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful, or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, or with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone.
If you or someone you love is experiencing any of these warning signs or if you have concerns about dementia, it is best to visit with your GP, who can help guide you in the right direction.
Also for further research and knowledge you might like to use our online family training portal
If you would like to speak to someone at Home Instead, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We also welcome any suggestions for future topics from you. All you have to do is write to me at Lucy.firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Lucy Gill Home Instead Senior Care, The Parflo Building, Huxley Street, Altrincham, WA14 5EL
"The two Laura's (CAREGivers) are an asset to Home Instead, they're both so encouraging, it is great to know that mum is in safe hands"Fiona Sale (daughter)