Online Games, Social Media and More: Stay In Touch With Your Loved One

Author: Maine Veterans' Homes
Posted: February 18, 2021
Category: Maine Veterans' Homes News

Online games can be an entertaining way to engage with your loved one!

Smart phones, tablets, and computers have undoubtedly been a saving grace as we continue to face the challenging restrictions due COVID safety protocols. As we all remain committed to staying safe at home, did you know that you can go beyond a phone call or video chat to engaging in activities online with your loved ones? 

We’d like to share some ideas that allow you to connect and interact in fun new ways. If your loved one is capable of navigating a smart device independently, online games can be an entertaining experience that allows you to play and interact with one another throughout the day. From the safety of your home, you can challenge each other to a game of cards, chess, cribbage, backgammon, or even a round of golf. Simply search your app store for “games you can play with friends.”

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You don’t need to be 65 or older to enjoy Words With Friends, an app where players take turns building words, similar to the board game Scrabble. Older adults can play along with loved ones, or as a member of a team, making them feel both connected and challenged.

An app called Elevate Brain Training is also a good choice for your parent or grandparent. It uses math, memory, and word games that could potentially keep dementia at bay. Also, consider Luminosity, which uses puzzles and brain teasers to help keep its users sharp. It helps improve skills such as memory, attention, speed, flexibility, and problem-solving.

Don’t forget other handy apps that can help your parents enjoy lifelong hobbies such as reading the newspaper, enjoying books, audiobooks, or even old-time radio programs and music.

You can find almost any game online that your loved one enjoys – backgammon, Monopoly, UNO, Risk, and more. Besides being a fun pastime, it adds the element of connectivity whether they are playing with a friend, loved one, or even someone they don’t know.

Social Media

If mom or dad are interested in becoming more involved in technology, they will undoubtedly want to join a social media site, such as Facebook. They’ll be able to see pictures of their grandchildren, chat with family, and find other friends who are embracing the platform.

According to the Pew Research Center, 62 percent of internet users ages 65 and older use Facebook. Also, among adults 65 and older who have broadband access, 28 now use social media sites, with 15 percent making it a daily occurrence. 

Here are some other interesting figures when it comes to seniors and their choice of social media:

  • Facebook: 46%
  • YouTube: 38%
  • Pinterest: 15%
  • LinkedIn: 11%
  • Instagram: 8%
  • Twitter: 7%
  • Snapchat and WhatsApp: 3% each.
  • Reddit: 1%

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The beauty of the technology is that it can help with almost anything. There’s an app that acts as a magnifying glass and light when a user positions a mobile device’s camera over text. There’s also an app that acts as a flashlight.

An internet search will certainly return many more ideas for apps that the older folks in our lives can benefit from. Seniors are more technologically literate than they ever have been. They may need a little encouragement from a trusted family member, but once they discover the possibilities, the sky is the limit.

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About Maine Veterans’ Homes

Maine Veterans’ Homes has an entire department dedicated to keeping residents engaged. Our specially trained staff cater to residents' individual wants when it comes to activities, whether a resident loves to paint, listen to music, go fishing when the weather permits, and much more. Learn more about MVH activities  >>>