December 27, 2009

AUSTRALIA: It's Facebook for Over-50s

. BRISBANE, Queensland / The Courier-Mail / Lifestyle / December 27, 2009 By Elizabeth Burke THE OVER-50s are benefiting from their own version of Facebook, new research has shown. A study by Helping Hand Aged Care found that social networking sites tailored for seniors were helping them stay connected with their own generation and overcome loneliness. Adelaide-based Helping Hand's research director Megan Corlis said most older people experienced "temporal loneliness" meaning they don't feel lonely all the time, just at certain times of the day. MY GENERATION: Brisbane 62-year-old Christine Gardiner is a fan of the networking site for over 50s. Picture: Annette Dew "For these people, a monthly dinner dance or bingo night is not enough to help them overcome loneliness so more needs to be done," she said. The study found that while social networking giant Facebook rarely appealed to older people, www.aboutmyage. com – an online site for over 50s – had signed up about 10,000 members, including Brisbane 62-year-old Christine Gardiner. "It's just great," she said. "It gives you that contact with other people. It's Facebook for geriatrics." [rc] © 2010 Queensland Newspapers