Retirement homes teach Facebook to keep seniors connected

07/30/2013 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Senior citizens are getting classes in Facebook and Twitter use at some retirement homes, in an effort to help the elderly stay in touch with their families and live more fulfilled lives. It is hoped that seniors who use social networks might avoid the isolation that studies show can shorten lives. "Once they get the simple directions, it just opens up the world," says Natalie Billings, who teaches a class on Facebook use at a Massachusetts retirement home.

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