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Tweet Away: Getting Started with Twitter

Tweet Away: Getting Started with Twitter

In this blog series, we have reviewed the processes of creating and setting up accounts for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok. In this blog, we will explain how to create an account and set up a Twitter profile. To learn more about the differences between the social media platforms, check out our recent blog, Social Media: What is it All About?. With Twitter being the most popular social media site for users over 55 years old, now is a great time to set up an account. 

Step 1: Create an Account

Go to www.twitter.com and click “Sign up for Twitter” at the bottom of the page. Your screen will now look like this:

Picture This: How to Get Started with Instagram

Picture This: How to Get Started with Instagram

In related blogs, we explained the differences in social media websites and reviewed the process of setting up accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and TikTok. In this blog, you will learn how to create an account and set up an Instagram profile. Although Instagram is owned by Facebook, there are slight differences in the sign-up process between them. One of the main differences between the two is that you can sign up with Instagram using your existing Facebook account. This can make it faster and easier to create a new account on Instagram than on Facebook.

     Step 1- Create an Account: Log in with Facebook

Go to www.instagram.com and click "Sign Up". Next, you will be prompted with this screen:

6 Ways to Learn a New Language in Retirement

6 Ways to Learn a New Language in Retirement

Are you considering learning a new language? Perhaps you've been trying and discovered how challenging it can be. As we discussed in a recent blog, 7 Reasons to Learn a New Language in Retirement, it can be incredibly beneficial for your physical, mental, and even emotional health. So, where should you start, and how can you actually achieve skills in understanding and speaking a foreign language? Read on for several tactics that are all proven to be very helpful in learning a new language:

Facebook: Where Do I Start?

Facebook: Where Do I Start?

In our recent blog (Social Media: What Is It All About?), we discussed the various functions and features of five of the top social media networks in 2021: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Pinterest. In this blog, we will explain how to get started with Facebook, create an account, and set up a profile.

Step 1- Create an Account

Go to www.facebook.com and click the green box that says, “Create New Account”. Next, you will be prompted with this screen:

5 More New Skills Older Adults Can Learn From Home

5 More New Skills Older Adults Can Learn From Home

The internet provides amazing access to education on practically any topic, to people of all ages. There is no such thing as being too old to learn new things, and modern technology makes it easier than ever, right from the comfort of your home! If you are retired, or even just looking for something new and exciting to learn, we have a few ideas that you can start right now. All of these skills help maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout retirement. After you've read this, click here to check out Part 1 of this series!

Cutting the Cord – Your Guide to Movie and TV Streaming

Cutting the Cord – Your Guide to Movie and TV Streaming

Are you a cable TV subscriber? If so, does your blood pressure rise when you pay the monthly bill? In a recent Consumer Reports survey, one in five respondents who subscribed to cable TV said they were extremely or very likely to cancel. Most said to was due to the high cost.

Many disgruntled cable subscribers consider "cutting the cord" and subscribing instead to internet-based video streaming services. Netflix pioneered streaming video, and now there is a multitude of options. However, making the jump from cable needs to be done thoughtfully to avoid technology headaches and unexpected costs.

Social Media: What is it All About?

Social Media: What is it All About?

Today we live in a world surrounded by rapidly growing and changing technology. It can be challenging for people of any age to keep up. One highly-relevant and potentially complicated aspect is social media. Social media was initially created to easily keep in touch with family and friends through the use of written or photo-oriented posts. Social media is commonly misunderstood as something to be used by only younger generations. This is a misperception because popular networks were created for no specific age group, and they actively cater to people of all ages.

Social media has rapidly grown in the past fifteen years and will undoubtedly continue to do so. Facebook was the first social media network to reach success at a high level. Following Facebook came many other social media networks of varying popularity. In addition to Facebook, other platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest have skyrocketed to the top seven most popular social media websites in 2020.

Younger people use social media more commonly because they grew up with technology. However, this does not mean older generations do not have a place in the social media world. In fact, these social media sites are accessible with the use of a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer - whichever you prefer! Sometimes, social media's greatest challenge is not about understanding the technology itself, but rather understanding what each site has to offer

Read more about the following social media platforms!

The Top Resources to Learn to Play an Instrument from Home

The Top Resources to Learn to Play an Instrument from Home

So, you’ve decided to learn a new instrument - congratulations! As we’ve discussed in past blogs, learning an instrument in retirement brings many benefits, both mentally, physically, and emotionally. However, as everyone knows, you cannot simply pick up a new instrument and enjoy playing beautiful and complex songs. There is a long and sometimes challenging learning process to endure. To help make this easier, we have compiled a list of online and mobile resources you can use to help learn your new instrument, right from the comfort of your own home

Keeping Up with Your Reading in the Digital Age: Part 2 – E-books

Keeping Up with Your Reading in the Digital Age: Part 2 – E-books

In Part 1 of this two-part blog series (Audiobooks - click here), I commented on my love of books both as physical objects and fountains of reading pleasure. The advent of e-books challenged and delighted me in both areas.

What is an E-Book? 

An e-book is a book in digital form that can be read on a smartphone, tablet, computer, or a dedicated e-book reading device ("e-reader"). The digital file containing the book's contents must be downloaded from the internet onto the device. Once downloaded, the content of the book can be read. 

4 Benefits of Playing Games for Older Adults

4 Benefits of Playing Games for Older Adults

Online games play an important role in overcoming many problems faced by the 55+ community. Playing games helps to improve mental fitness and healthy aging for older adults. It's more than merely entertainment and passing the time - read below to learn more about some of the benefits of online games:

Reasons to Play More Games!