KTVZ: New free resource for Alzheimer’s disease caregivers. “Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be a challenge, but AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association have announced an enhanced online tool to make it easier to find information and resources. The Alzheimer’s Association and AARP announced they are joining forces to extend the reach of the Community Resource Finder, an online database connecting families with local resources to help address concerns and navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s, dementia and aging.”
ZDNet: Why don’t more people over 60 have YouTube channels?. “Despite media coverage suggesting “mature” vloggers (anyone over 40) are up and coming in the beauty sector, there are not many successful YouTube channels that showcase skills, talents, and passions hosted by those over 60 years old.” Oh, I dunno, maybe because YouTube commenters often treat YouTubers like dirt? As for the over 60s, I can think of Granny Pottymouth and RC Model Reviews, though I’m not 100% sure he’s over 60.
Evening Standard: Glamorous Instagrans: Meet the senior style icons of Instagram. “A whole host of senior style stars are currently smashing OOTDs on the ‘gram and gaining millions of fans in the process. Ranging from 53 to 90-years old, these inimitable fashionistas prove that as you get older you not only get wiser but more confident with your personal style, too.” OOTD = “Outfit Of the Day”
The Japan News: Website collects data on dementia care. “An online database of caregivers’ first-hand experiences with dementia patients is being compiled by universities and other entities in a bid to share effective approaches.”
University of Southern California: Grandparents’ move to Facebook spurs both embarrassing ‘fails’ and opportunities. “Older Americans are the fastest-growing group to use Facebook, according to a Gallup poll released in April. More than half of those between ages 50 and 64 now have a Facebook page; in 2011, only about a third did. And about a third of people age 65 and older now use Facebook as well. As recently as three years ago, 71 percent of teens reported that they used Facebook, according to another study from the Pew Research Center, and that figure has now dropped to 51 percent. While the shifting user base and other factors have skewed Facebook older, many younger users still keep their Facebook pages. Recent data show that Facebook is more popular among lower-income youth. And sources such as Gallup indicate that numbers of college-age Facebook users are holding steady.”
EurekAlert: Facebook app offers opportunity to help unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers via friendsourcing. “The app was developed as part of an investigation of a peer support group intervention in which emotional and informational issues that arose in the support group were pushed to the caregiver’s Facebook friends as questions. The Facebook friends then had the opportunity to enlist as a member of a support network by answering the support group questions. Researchers said that when those emotional and informational questions were answered, the caregivers experienced a feeling of increased support.”
Penn State: Posting, commenting and customizing on Facebook involves, empowers older adults. “Social networking sites, such as Facebook, offer tools and activities that may help older adults feel more empowered and less isolated, according to researchers. In a study of Facebook use, older adults who posted a lot of personal stories on the social networking site felt a higher sense of community, and the more they customized their profiles, the more in control they felt, said S. Shyam Sundar, Penn State distinguished professor of communications and co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory.”