Senior social networking is growing in leaps and bounds, especially with the increase in the “baby boomers” reaching this age group.
Senior networking has become very popular among seniors as a way to stay connected to friends and loved ones.
It is also a great way to stop the loneliness that can become a senior’s worst enemy.
The ability to stay in touch and connected on the internet is a wonderful and positive way for seniors to keep their mind active and alert.
The number of adults using social networks from 2005 to 2008 has more than quadrupled.
Seniors should also be very aware of the dangers of social networking and the relationship to identity theft.
These “silver surfers” as we’re called make up at least 7% of all users on the internet.
There are also sites that connect boomers and seniors on common interests.
Some seniors being more hi-tech than some, will also find sites geared for them.
Here are some senior social networking alternatives for the user other than Facebook and Myspace that may not seem mature enough for you.
This site deals with retirement, health and aging. Registration is free, but required to access features that are interactive such as, the home, profile, special offers and chats.
This is a site for a senior that is fairly sophisticated, but also for the senior that is not as savvy with the technical aspect. Thirdage has Senior-People-Meet which helps deal with this issue.
This site is free. Join groups, build your profile and connect with others. This site has E-news for seniors, photos, videos, games and discounts.
When registering for this site, it gives you access to a weekly web letter by AARP with information and news for all seniors.
Seniors can start blogging to connect with their friends, make new friends, and participate in forums.
This site also has great articles that vary from exercise, the environment, and travel.
Registration is free to access interactive features for this popular baby boomer network.
This site is more sophisticated than some and is great for keeping up with friends, games for the brain, blogs, photo’s and videos.
Also accessible are groups on money, careers, body and health, learning, fun, love and travel.
This is a wonderful site for age’s 50, 60 and 70 travelers. Registration to share and create a profile is free.
This is a great site for tons of information for caregivers, seniors, and features for everyone. Sign up for emails etc. Also check out Cool Grandma site.
This site also has news of interest for seniors, personals section, health, volunteer opportunities and current events.
I like this site because it truly seems to “get” what seniors like. This site accepts no advertising and is open to all faiths.
If you’re not a “techie” this will give you the opportunity to get your feet wet with online communications with other seniors and have plenty of fun in the process.
Many of my friends asked me to include a few 50’s and up dating services, so here are a few for your consideration.
Always make sure you go online and check out the reliability of any site you plan to do business with, or give any personal information to.
Facebook has also become extremely popular for seniors. Check out facebook privacy and become knowledgeable on protecting your identity while enjoying your friends.
You can have loads of fun with senior social networking sites, but, as I said above, beware of the dangers of social networking, so you can stay safe and have nothing but enjoyable online experiences.