According to SeniorJournal.com, those age 70 to 75 are the fastest growing group of internet users. This, combined with the decreasing cost of home computers, has opened a new sense of community to seniors through the use of internet chat rooms. Chat rooms afford seniors the ability to develop friendships and a sense of community when it is difficult for them to get out in the "real" world.
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Senior chat rooms are available for older people looking to find friendships, romance, advice and general information. The contact with others helps a senior to not feel so isolated. The knowledge that they gain through learning to operate a computer and their new online friends may help ward off cognition problems by keeping their brain stimulated. Chat rooms grant seniors the opportunity for social interaction that they might not otherwise have.
There are many types of chat rooms dedicated to senior citizens. An older person may find a heath-related website that will have chat rooms dedicated to such certain medical condition as arthritis. A religious organisation website may have chat rooms dedicated to seniors of the same faith. A non-profit organisation may feature chat rooms exclusively for seniors looking to connect with other seniors and learn about retirement issues.
Many chat rooms for seniors have different features to help their members compensate for the disabilities brought on with advancing age. Adjustable font and font sizes can help if the reader suffers from declining eyesight. An intelligent text features will finish typing a word based on selecting commonly used words that start with the same letters as well as assist those with manual dexterity problems. Some sites offer the ability to have the text read aloud.
Seniors should take precautions when joining and participating in online chat rooms. Choose a username that is different from your own name. Never give out your address or phone number to members of the chat list in order to safeguard information that could be used to locate you. There are people who will prey specifically on seniors.
Many sites dedicated to seniors have lists of websites with chat rooms and other resources that will help an older person find a chat room dedicated to their interest. Be it romance or politics, information on Alzheimer's or heart problems or just a community to share the events of their lives, seniors can find it through an online chat room.
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