This blog: http://www.timegoesby.net/weblog/2008/02/elders-in-the-b.html TIME GOES BY/Elders in the Blogosphere made me think about how much my Dad would have probably enjoyed taking part in this activity. He was an avid reader and wrote letters to many of his friends in “long-hand” as he called it. I think he would have enjoyed the opportunity to share stories and opinions with so many people at one time. Local senior citizens centers might want to start thinking about incorporating this type of activity into their schedules.
Some of the senior citizens that I know are under the impression that the Internet, blogs and so forth are just for teenagers. In fact, I mentioned this very article to aunts and uncles in my family who are in their 50s and 60s and they were surprised to know that folks in their age range are blogging. It is also a fact that neither of my daughters have blogs, but I do. Admittedly, I have one because of this class, but I am still part of a demographic that does not include teenagers.
It does sound very new age, but I think blogging could add an element of excitement and camaraderie to our older citizens if they gave it a chance. Plus, we need to preserve their stories and experience.