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Staying connected: find friends and family virtually on Facebook, join free seminar

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Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 4:00 am

The Internet and Social Media become more relevant every day, and each year more older adults go online to get their information and stay connected. In fact, a recent Pew Research study, “Older Adults and Their Technology Use” shows that among Internet users, roughly 46 percent of older adults online use social networking sites such as Facebook, and that they have more persistent connections with people they care about.

Research has also shown that older adults comprise the fastest-growing category of new users on social networking sites such as Facebook. If you would like to learn more about Facebook, how it works and what it offers, make plans to attend an upcoming free Facebook Social Connections seminar hosted at Splendido on May 29, at 10 a.m.

Using Facebook is easy—if you can browse the Internet, you can master Facebook.

The fact is, if you want to keep up with what your kids and grandchildren are doing, creating a Facebook page will help. One recent study showed that 76 percent of teens use Facebook, and Facebook users between the ages of 18 and 34 said that not only do half of them check the site when they first wake up, but a whopping 28 percent of them do so before they even get out of bed.

Maybe you like the idea of staying connected, but are worried about privacy and security -- who can see the information you share? Maybe you don’t see the relevance of reading and posting information on the world wide web. Be assured—with a tutorial, you’ll understand how to control who is able to see the information you share – and learn the benefits of staying in touch with loved ones around the globe. Imagine, before you get out of bed, being able to browse photos of your granddaughter’s graduation… check who is planning on attending the upcoming class reunion… watch the latest addition to the family take his first steps… reconnect with long-lost grade school pals, or share the good news of your son’s new job.

If you’re considering exploring the world of Facebook, but don’t know where to start, then mark your calendar: on Thursday, May 29 at 10:00 a.m., Splendido, 13500 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Tucson, will host a free Facebook Social Connections Seminar. Marlene Dancil of Splendido, and Paula Ledbetter of Mather LifeWays, will help attendees get acquainted with today’s most popular online community.

They will cover how to “like” a post, share a photograph, as well as how to find and “friend” others, from high school classmates and former work colleagues to new acquaintances.

“Facebook is an ideal way to stay in touch with people through private and public messages, photos, and more,” says Ledbetter. “More and more people of all ages are turning to this tool to share important moments of their lives, as well as for everyday connections, humor, news, and inspiration.”

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