Social Media Platforms Step Up To Aid Older People Struggling With COVID-19 | #dating | #elderly | #seniors
The distancing and quarantine procedures that are now familiar to the world due to COVID-19 can be easier for younger generations to accept. Whether it’s millennials or Generation Z, millions of those under 50 grew up with computers, cellphones and tablets tuned to social media and inviting personal and professional connections over long distances. Recent forced isolations can be easier if you’re already accustomed to reaching out to other humans virtually.
Unfortunately, older individuals who grew up in a world in which social interaction meant going outside and mixing with human beings face to face can struggle with finding contacts and other resources in the age of mandatory social media. In some spots, special services stepped forward to serve the senior set.
With a looming recision all but guaranteed even before the Coronavirus quarantine lifts, senior citizens and other older social media users could face practical lifestyles without being able to venture out into the world to confront them. The social platform Amava.com looks to connect retirees through flexible work options, volunteer opportunities and unique travel experiences.
Founded by CEO Mark Silverman, Amava also provides an online forum for social engagement. The service confronts the expectation that gig work, volunteer opportunities and travel options will become more difficult to find and, in some sad cases, altogether impossible to locate.
Currently, Amava serves up content and ideas for staying engaged in the world around folks from a distance, such as volunteering from home and connecting with those in nursing homes or physical rehab centers. Users can also grow their interactive forums and discussions as the social media platform reports usage up more than 60% since the virus crisis began.
Meanwhile, a dating app for people over the age of 50 recently turned off all payment options and gave everyone over that age free access. Due to the spread of Coronavirus, the minds behind Lisa50 realized many older love seekers are shut in alone — making their social media app a source for chatting and boosting moral even if a romantic connections doesn’t take place.
Founder David Minns stresses there are no strings attached as the dating service is “giving everything away” while the COVID-19 uncertainty remains.