Connect with us


The Rise Of The Silver Surfer: How Social Media Benefits Aged Care

Dealing with the elderly often isn’t easy, but it can be hugely rewarding if you take the right approach. You’ll need to bear a few things in mind, however, such different ways of communication, and you’ll need to have endless patience. There are also a few things you shouldn’t rule out, either. Here’s what to consider when working with the aged.
Communication: it’s a little different
Communication with the aged takes some getting used to, and there are a few factors to bear in mind, such as different viewpoints due to generational gaps, or physical and mental impairments that prevent understanding (such as deafness or Alzheimer’s). suggests that in order to communicate effectively with the elderly, you should sit face-to-face. Many older people rely on visual cues or lip-reading, and it also eliminates distractions. Furthermore, all the attention is on them, which gives them a feeling of importance and self-worth.
You’ll need skills
It goes without saying that you’ll need to be extremely patient, calm and understanding when dealing with the aged, as the work can often be challenging. According to, you’ll need personal skills, such as tenacity, and you can’t get easily upset. This is particularly important when working with patients who have Alzheimer’s or dementia, as they’ll often become confused and frightened. They might also direct negativity towards you, or even become violent due to frustration. Additional professional skills will be needed, too, such as a qualification in social work or aged care. Various aged care courses are available online, and can be studied part time.
Social media…?
You might think that all the elderly want to do is play bridge or stare at the TV, but this isn’t the case. Many older people are joining Facebook, Twitter, and Skype. According to a 2010 study by the Pew Research Centre, the 74 years old and above demographic is the fastest growing demographic among social networks! Social networking usage even grew a massive 100% between 2009 and 2010 amongst those over 65 years old (ScopeBlog.Stanford.Edu). The main reason for the aged wanting to get online is to keep in contact with their families. A 2011 article in The Atlantic also suggests that social media can stave off loneliness and depression in the aged, as it serves as a source of instant connectivity.
If you’re cut out for it, working with the aged can be a wonderful experience. The right style of communication is important, as are the right skills. And don’t think that the elderly are out-dated and not interested in technology, because even social media can play a part in their lives. If you’d like to learn more, enroll in an aged care course today.

Featured images:

License: Royalty Free or iStock
Ang Lloyd writes for Now Learning, an education portal in Australia, which promotes tertiary education, such as aged care courses and social work diplomas.

Continue Reading

Recent Posts

Home Improvement3 months ago

How To Add More Value To Your Home

If you have some spare cash in the bank, it is likely you would like to spend it on your...

Lifestyle3 months ago

What is a Deep Plane Facelift

Cosmetic surgery is a choice that needs a lot of research and when it comes to thinking about a facelift...

Entrepreneur3 months ago

Unveiling the Demand for Digital Marketing Courses: A Comprehensive Analysis

In recent years, the realm of marketing has undergone a seismic shift propelled by the digital revolution. As businesses increasingly...

Home Improvement3 months ago

What Does an Effective Wardrobe Spring Clean Entail?

Spring is upon us which means one thing and one thing only. It is time for the annual purge of...

Business5 months ago

Your Basic Guide To Creating A Unique Investment Blog

Starting your own blog is great and once you get the ball rolling, it can be a good passive income...

Business5 months ago

3 Low-Risk Ways To Get Your New Business Started

Once you’ve got an initial business idea and believe that it will be a success, there are some basic things...

Lifestyle5 months ago

Conquering the Co-free Zone: Tips for Thriving as a Remote Worker

Adjusting to an office environment can come with its downfalls in the sense that it might be a shock to...

General6 months ago

3 Ways To Take Control Of Your Finances Starting Now

If your finances have taken over and are bringing stress to your life, we understand just how overwhelming it can...

Travel8 months ago

Best Places To Visit In The North Of England

If you live in England, you will know there are many different places to visit for the weekend. There are...

General8 months ago

Green Home Improvement Ideas

In a world where environmental concerns are growing, the concept of “green” has gone beyond a trendy catchphrase and is...

Lifestyle8 months ago

How to Host an Unforgettable House-Warming!

The time has finally come. You have moved into your dream pad, and are officially adulting in your very own...

Autos8 months ago

A Guide to Parking Lot Striping

The journey to a well-striped parking lot begins with the right paint. In this brief guide, we’ll unravel the mystery...

Business11 months ago

Business Tips For Protecting Your Finances During A Recession

In 2023, taking the necessary steps to protect your finances for your business is now more important than ever. The...

Lifestyle12 months ago

Tips For Cleaning Your Trainers

If you’re into your trainers and streetwear, you’re likely to be very conscious of keeping them looking their best! So,...

Marketing1 year ago

Branding Trends For Start-Ups in 2023

Branding is incredibly important as it impacts how your business reaches and connects with its target market. If you’re branding...