Just had to share a great post by Liz Dennery Sanders…
45 Things I Know at 45 (That I Didn’t Know at 25)
If my grandma knew how to use a computer, I think she would love Facebook. She would enjoy seeing pictures of her friends and family, hearing about the happenings in their lives and sharing her own interesting stories. Especially later in life when she limited her driving to church and the grocery store, I think she would have enjoyed watching her news feed and commenting on the items posted by her family and friends.
Unfortunately, my Grandma has dementia. For the past 4 years, I’ve watched the slow decline of her mental capabilities (and her health). At first, it was little things – like remembering someone’s birthday or that someone had passed away. Then, the details of her stories, which I’ve heard more times than I can count, began to get turned around and mixed up as she shared them again. Today, she tells us that people have been to visit her when they haven’t. She grabs her things to go to the store, but within a minute or two, forgets and is not sure where she is.
I wonder… if Grandma had used Facebook before dementia took over, would she be able to look at her profile and remember those she cared about? Would the wall posts bring back memories of places she had visited? Would she call me on the phone and ask if I saw the most recent photo of my nephew, her great-grandson?
I’m not getting any younger. Will my experience with Facebook today help me remember people, places and events as I age? Could Facebook prevent dementia from stealing my memories?
Could Facebook be used to help amnesia patients or those with traumatic brain injuries? Maybe it is already. If not, I hope someone somewhere is doing the research.
We are all aware of the social benefits of Facebook, could there be medical / altruistic benefits as well? What do you think?
China is doing the research… yay! Click here to read the article.
Playing with puzzles and doing crafts may help seniors with their memory, problem solving and other cognitive functions, a Chinese study suggests. Keeping mentally active has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia, but less is known about the the effects of mental training on healthy people.