Authors：Y.Y. Colindres, Y-L. Hsu (2016-11-23) ; Recommend: Yeh-Liang Hsu (2016-11-23).
Note: This paper is published on International Society
for Gerontechnology (ISG 2016), vol. 15, (suppl.), pp.11-11, November,
Social media technology to reduce social isolation and
provide care for older adults
Purpose In a society where the Internet usage grows on a daily basis, the
geographical distances between the older adults and their families are one of
the many factors that may lead to social isolation and depression1.
However, emerging technologies allow people to connect with each other through
the use of social media. Studies have shown there is a rising elder population
adopting this technology into their daily life routines2.
Unfortunately social media by its own does not
increase social interaction3. The rich content published on social
media is a key factor for promoting interaction among its users. Some older
adults may have trouble producing content on social media due to finding the
technology confusing, but are fairly acquainted with physical world objects4,
5. Therefore the implementation of physical objects to produce digital
content for social media is proposed in this research. Method This paper
examines the implementation of a single Internet of Things (IoT) structure to
incorporate a popular social media network into a care giving framework. This
framework uses products that may commonly be used by older adults that generate
information the caregiver may share on Facebook. Utilizing the Facebook SDK for
publishing this IoT structure can be implemented
in different ways; for example it is
used for rehabilitation games that encourage older adults to perform physical
activities and is also used in home telehealth applications.A
rehabilitation game based on a basketball scoring backboard transmits the
playing time and total score data to the application, allowing the caregiver to
share it onto Facebook, thus allowing the family members to be informed of the
rehabilitation done on that day during their daily check up on social media.
Granted that when done in a daily basis this will allow the family members be
up to date and communicate with their loved ones. A home telehealth
application can also use the same IoT structure, in which a 2-in-1 blood
glucose and blood pressure meter publishes the measurement data to caregivers’
mobile phones. The data can then be posted onto the older adult’s Facebook
timeline, allowing family members or caregivers to be notified of the results
cannot automatically post content or prefilled text on the timeline. Users need
to approve every social media post before publishing, allowing them to have
more control of the content they wish to share online. Results &
Discussion Enabling family members to be updated of their loved ones
through social media helps them become more involved in a passive way in the
older adult’s life. Equally giving family members and caregivers a gateway to
actively interact with the elder adult. This intends to provide a bridge for
social inclusions through social media adaptation allowing caregivers to not
only provide physical care but emotional support much needed by many older
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Keywords: Communication Management Governance,
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