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Activities and social life may begin to wane for older adults who have lost spouses or are suffering from physical ailments. But staying active is still very important to the health and well-being of seniors no matter what their circumstance.

That's where family caregivers can help. Loved ones can encourage the seniors in their lives to find new ways to remain active if the old ones no longer work.

Whether it's assisting them in planting a garden, planning a trip or just reconnecting with old friends, it's never too late to offer that older adult in your life an encouraging word and a helping hand.

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Making Friends with Your Computer

More seniors are becoming intrigued with internet technology and social networking tools such as Facebook. However, some older adults struggle with basic computer skills. Most communities have a variety of resources that can help seniors get connected and ensure they have the assistance they need to stay safe and independent at home.

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Technology Helps Reduce Senior Depression, Keeps Families Connected

Seniors are sometimes fearful of the latest technology. But Internet services like Skype and email can keep them connected to family and friends, which could lift their spirits and help prevent loneliness and depression.

Online dating is one popular way to meet a mate, and web-based dating services now abound. But are they safe?

Seniors Finding Romance Online

Thanks to technology, looking for companionship has changed for singles of all ages. Online dating is one popular way to meet a mate, and web-based dating services now abound. But are they safe? Consider advice from the experts and the options that are now available for finding companionship at any age.

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Technology and Companionship Helping Seniors Stay Home Longer

The surging development of new gadgets is expected to help many in the growing elderly population postpone a move to assisted care facilities, but some of the electronic wizardry may compromise privacy. A Home Instead CAREgiverSM can provide the human touch any time, night or day.

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Registry Still Helping Seniors Avoid Unwanted Calls

If you’re a senior at home and the telemarketers persist, get in touch with the Federal Trade Commission. “Do Not Call” remains an effective way to silence those unwanted phone solicitors. Think about assistance at home, too. A Home Instead CAREGiverSM could help keep you safe from intrusions on your privacy.

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How Caregivers can Handle Holiday Stress - What Seniors Need/Want for the Holidays (5 of 5)

Caring for a senior loved one can make the holidays more stressful for the caregiver. Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care offers a variety of tips to avoid and counter stress throughout the holiday season.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors - What Seniors Need/Want for the Holidays (2 of 5)

Intangible gifts, such as your time, can be very meaningful to seniors who have less of a need for more possessions.

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Make the Holidays Merry for Seniors - What Seniors Need/Want for the Holidays (3 of 5)

Simple things can make the holidays more enjoyable for seniors.

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Holiday Ideas for Seniors with Diminished Senses - What Seniors Want for the Holidays (4 of 5)

In this video, Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care offers holiday ideas for seniors with diminished senses. Engaging the other, non-diminished senses is key to increasing their enjoyment of the season.

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What Seniors Need/Want for the Holidays (1 of 5)

Holiday shopping for seniors can appear daunting because they usually appear to have everything they need. However, the intangible gifts can mean more to your senior than another gadget or pair of slippers.

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