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Pew Report: 43 Percent of Seniors on Web Use Social Media

The number of seniors using social media more than tripled in the last four years, according to a new report from Pew Internet & American Life Project. About 43 percent of Internet users aged 65 and older say they use social media, compared with just 13 percent in spring 2009, the Pew report said. Among Web users, those aged 18-29 have the largest percentage of social media users at 89 percent. Older people are looking to maintain ties with their family, particularly those who live far away, said Aaron Smith at Pew. They want to see pictures of their grandchildren….

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Home Health Aides’ Long Wait for Wage Fairness

More than three million home health aides — a lifeline for the elderly who are neither in institutions nor able to manage life’s mundane tasks on their own — are learning exactly how sclerotic the nation’s regulatory processes can be. Nearly half of home health aides are so poorly paid, they must rely on public benefits like food stamps and energy assistance. Sixteen months ago, President Obama promised to change Labor Department rules that exclude them from the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which guarantees minimum wage and overtime to all other categories of American workers. The exclusion…

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Making the Holiday Season Happy for Seniors and Caregivers

The holiday season can be such a wonderful time for family and friends to share together; it is a time for creating memories and honoring family traditions. Unfortunately, the holiday season can also be a stressful and depressing time for many seniors. Seniors can feel confused and isolated during the holidays but there are ways to make this a much more enjoyable time for them by following a few guidelines. Seniors can feel confused and isolated during the holidays… Holidays are a time when memories can be shared. Engage your aging family member in the re-counting of stories and memories…

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