Enhance your connections with Social Media.

Advances in Social Media have perhaps been a lot too fast and embraced too many options to be able to keep abreast. But it can enhance your retirement and keep you connected with the community in many ways. Here is a quick overview of what is available so you can think about which option might suit you best.

Facebook helps you find old and new friends, keep in touch with family and find interesting articles. You can be involved with computer, tablet or smart phone. Instagram is mainly for sharing photos and videos and best used with a smart phone. Pinterest shares and saves images so you can create visual scrapbooks and follow others’ scrapbooks. Twitter is for very short messages. You can follow news services and celebrities and send quick messages to morning news programs to express you opinion. Best done with the smart phone. Linkedin is primarily a business networking platform where you can create you own profile and can remain connected with old work colleagues. Maintaining you profile could lead to employment options. Easier on a computer or tablet. Messenger can be likened to emails or text messages. But more popular with the younger generation. Computer or tablet are probably easier.

Look formidable? Best taken one step at a time. Having been anti-social media for many years I recently tried Facebook and found it relatively easy to learn and now love exploring my options. I love the connection and the news that comes my way. Messenger came along with Facebook and that too is relatively easy.

You may have experiences that you could share.


What are the benefits of mastering Social Media ?

Whichever option in the field of social media we choose to use the benefits are numerous. Connecting with old friends and making new friends can be exciting. Health and lifestyle information is readily available and we can stay up to date with news and current affairs. Such aspects help us to feel less isolated and maintain connectedness.

Learning the new skills to manage and master social media develops self confidence ad keeps our minds active. Family life can be embraced at a new level sharing photos, videos and updates.

Some people allow social media to dominate their lives. I was anti-social media for many years. It was only in the last year I decided to give Facebook a try. It has strengthened my connection with my wider family. my god-daughter and her family and showed me a sure way to communicate with my grandsons. The quick connections up and down the east coast of Australia made the Australian Football League Grand Final Day the best fun day. I am hooked!

Essentially social media is what you make of it. What is your experience?

Do I need to appoint an attorney?

Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document in which you designate another person to act on your behalf to make decisions about you, your property or financial affairs. It might be for ‘all decisions’ or ‘specified decisions’. Your appointee should be someone you trust to ensure you have peace of mind.

It has been considered as only being required should one become incapacitated. But this is not necessarily so. Extended periods outside Australia at any age could require the appointment of an attorney. A POA can be initiated for short periods of time if you are incapacitated or absent. On regaining your status or returning you will act for yourself. The most common time to establish a POA comes with advanced age. It should be reassuring as it is an instrument to protect your rights.

If you do not have a POA and a time comes when you can no longer handle your affairs, someone will need to apply to the government in your state of residence to appoint someone to act on your behalf. You can purchase POA kits from most Newsagents, Australia Post Offices and on-line.

I first appointed my attorney many years ago on my first extended period travelling and living overseas. Although my attorney has never acted on my behalf I alert him when something comes up so he can be ready if needed.

Do you have an experience to share?


What’s your category, Senior or Super Adult?

Terms used to classify groups of people are slow to change. Media is the key to changes. When we determine our choice of category we need to use it more so it catches on. What is your choice? Senior or Super Adult?

During the twentieth century retirees were often described as old and looking for the quiet life. Come the twenty first century changes appeared. Retirees leaving full time employment were focused on living busy active lives for as long as possible. These retirees wanted to be taken seriously and treated with respect.

A new category emerged in England – Super Adults and has now spread to America. It doesn’t appear to be commonly used in Australia. Retirees are still categorised as “seniors”.

Those claiming the new category of Super Adult believe it sounds a lot more dynamic and full of opportunities. Super Adults have during their lives, undergone huge changes, experienced ups and downs and learnt much from both good and bad experiences. They have gained wisdom in their ageing. Having traded youth and beauty for experience and wisdom they see their achievements as worthy of respect.

I suspect that many Seniors lay claim to similar experiences as the Super Adult. Which category is most likely to impact society? What attitudes might be changed?