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Senior Blogs: Mental Exercise and a Connection to the World

Make new connections and learn through senior blogs


What’s the hot new leisure activity for seniors? It’s senior blogs, according to an Associated Press article reported by MSNBC.

What is a “Blog?”
“Blog” is an abbreviation for “Web log,” which is typically an online journal or newsletter that is intended for the general public to read and is updated frequently. Blogs often include photos and links to other sites.

The authors of blogs are called bloggers. Bloggers typically write about topics that interest them, so their blogs often represent the personality and views of the author. Many bloggers invite readers to comment on what has been posted, which can result in lively online discussions.

Benefits of Senior Blogs
Bloggers who were interviewed by the AP said that senior blogs offer many benefits for older adults:

  • Senior blogs help older adults keep their minds sharp.
  • Senior blogs keep the authors up on current events.
  • Senior blogs are a great way to meet people around the world.
  • It’s easy to share life experiences, wisdom, and information through senior blogs.
  • In some cases, senior blogs give the authors a bit of fame and recognition for their efforts.

    "It brings out the best in me," Millie Garfield, 80, told the AP. Millie is the author of the senior blog called My Mom's Blog, created with help from her son. "My life would be dull without it," she said.

Senior Internet Use is Growing, and So Are Senior Blogs
Here are some statistics on Internet use among older adults, from the Pew Internet and American Life Project in February 2004:

  • 22 percent of Americans age 65 and older use the Internet. That’s more than 8 million people. In contrast, 58 percent of 50-64 year-olds, 75% of 30-49 year-olds, and 77% of 18-29 year-olds go online.
  • Use of the Internet by adults age 65 and older grew 47 percent between 2000 and 2004.
  • 3 percent of online seniors in the U.S. have created a blog, and 17 percent have read someone else's blog

Would you like to start your own senior blog? Check out the Top 8 Tips for Beginning Bloggers from Deborah Ng, the About.com Guide to Web Logs, and start your own senior blog.

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