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THE RIVER - AUGUST 21, 2015
Seniors Learn Facebook, Skype And
Texting With New In-Home Service
It’s not just children going back to school these days. Local seniors are learning to
text/Skype and use Facebook with an in-home service that teaches them how to
stay in touch with family and friends worldwide.
Visiting Angels, one of the nation’s largest in-home senior care companies with an
office in our area started the Senior Surfing 101 program to help its clients learn to
surf the net. Caregivers go into seniors’ homes to teach tech – everything from text
messaging and Skype to Facebook and the Internet. The program is part of Visiting
Angels’ larger Life Care Navigation, which assists families to plan for different life
stages that helps seniors socially connect and engage, cope with loss, and understand
Skype played a vital role in 72-year-old Kathryn’s life when she moved to Florida,
leaving her son behind in Washington state. Kathryn’s Visiting Angels caregiver helped
her move cross-country, taught her how to Skype and helped her create a Facebook
page... just in time for the birth of her new granddaughter, Kate, in Washington.
“Because of this program, I was able to experience two of the greatest joys in life
– becoming a grandmother and seeing my son become a new father,” said Kathryn.
“Skyping and Facebooking with my son and his family are now a normal part of my
life. It helps me feel like I’m still an important part of their lives even though I’m miles
and miles away.”
Log On To Battle Blues
The Visiting Angels’ Senior Surfing 101 program also helps older Americans battle
depression. One fourth of all seniors over the age of 65 suffer from depression.
Recent studies show:
• Seniors who surf the internet can reduce depression by 20 percent.*
• A University of Arizona study finds seniors who use Facebook showed a 25
percent improvement in mental “updating” skills, essentially improving their working
• Another study shows seniors who visit social networking sites like Facebook have
a positive emotional experience when measured by breathing rates, brain stimulation
and pupil dilation.**
“With our Senior Care Program we identify all the stages of life so we can care
for seniors in a holistic way – care for their mind, body and spirit. These social con-
nections play an important role in helping seniors heal from loss, validate the merit
in their lives, and allow them to live comfortably in their own homes,” said Visiting
Angels CEO Larry Meigs. “We created Senior Surfing 101 as part of the program
because we discovered when seniors reach out to family and friends with a text or
through Facebook, they make immediate connections. This makes them feel in touch
with their loved ones and less isolated. They often want to write a letter, but good
luck getting the grandkids to write back. Send a text though, and those grandkids will
respond right away. They’re learning new technology and that stimulates their minds
and keeps them thinking. They crave learning, and now we’ve brought the classroom
right into their homes.”
Visiting Angels: Senior Surfing 101
Angels teach seniors how to:
• Use a cell phone, text and send e-mail
• Skype or use Face Time
• Create a Facebook page/account and interact with family and friends
• Log in, shop online or research information on a search engine
Other Visiting Angels services include helping seniors with light house work, medi-
cation reminders, bathing, cooking, transportation and socialization.
For more information on Visiting Angels or to find a location near you, visit www.
Local Author Releases Religious Fiction
This week marks the nationwide release of Burning Down The Country
House, an absorbing new novel by author Carol M. Williams of Cape Coral.
In Burning Down The Country House, Williams explores the circumstances
leading up to the fiery end of a marriage built on deceit, power play and ignorance.
The author interjects hilarious anecdotes into this poignant account of a family under
duress as seen through the eyes of her child protagonist: Addie. Addie relates a
heartrending story of physical and emotional abuse, poverty, anger, social prejudices,
innocence lost and spiritual decay in the wake of an injudicious abstraction of God and
Addie’s passion for life was interrupted at an early age by a sequence of disturbing
events – too tragic for her young mind to comprehend – yet she held tight to what she
remembered as truth. In this book, Williams delves into the dark trenches of spiritual
poverty when the head of a household replaces the one true and living God with one
of his own making.
Williams is a Jamaican author who lives in Florida with her husband, Robin. She
is actively involved in the Health and Single Moms ministries in her local church. She
spends her time between Jamaica and Florida, where she is an avid artist and is a
member of the Southwest Florida Art League.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through book-
stores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by
visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
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Humane Society New Clinic
need low cost, affordable health care options for their pets,” said Jennifer Galloway,
executive director of GCHS.
The new location was remodeled with the help of multiple grant money that include
grants awarded from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. The clinic will
serve as a veterinary office and will be able to accommodate more patients. The
expanded space has four exam rooms and two doctors to serve patients.
“We are excited to have an expanded facility to better help serve the community,”
added Gloria Letendre, clinic manager.
The current veterinary clinic located at 2010 Arcadia Street will become a low-cost
spay and neuter clinic that will service Lee County and surrounding counties. The
spay/neuter clinic will focus its efforts on the pet overpopulation problem in Southwest
For more information about Gulf Coast Humane Society, call 332-0364 or visit
703 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel, FL (239) 472-3022
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