Helping Seniors Share Memories via Photos — Family Caregiver Quick Tip

With the proliferation of smartphones, it seems as though we all have a good quality camera with us wherever we roam.

This means that we are taking more and more family photos.

That includes our senior loved ones, many of whom are using smartphones to snap pictures of things in their world.

Family caregivers might share family photos through their social media accounts, but are our seniors getting to see all the fun photos family members share easily with people we may not even know?

Family caregivers can help bring senior loved ones into the loop by connecting them to ways that make it easy for them to get into the action!

Seniors and Photos

If your senior is not currently taking their own photos, you can help show them how to take them and also what to do with them once they have captured the moment.

Seniors might surprise you by wanting to take their own pictures, but we know that they will definitely want to see what other family members are sharing.

They will love seeing the what the grandkids and great-grandkids are up to – – and you can help make it happen!

Shared photos represent memories and connections to family near and far.

Tips for Image Sharing

Seniors may need family caregivers help getting connected to technology to see other people’s photos as well as sharing their own.

Here are some reminders and tips to get them going:

  1. Teach them how to transfer their photos from their phones to sites like Facebook and Instagram, to email or a family website, all so that other people can see their creations. Lessons in security may be needed, as they don’t want to give more personal information or set passwords that are easy to guess when they share photos that could expose other private info like their online banking.
  2. Demonstrate how they can join Facebook to see the photos shared by family members and friends. Help them navigate getting and being friends; posting comments versus private messaging and when each is appropriate to use. Let the family know they are joining Facebook so if the teens don’t want grandparents in their personal mode of expression, tell them not to accept them as friends up front so no one gets hurt feelings later.
  3. Start them on Facetime or Skype, where they can virtually visit with the grands and great-grands regularly.
  4. Give them help with photo editing and other programs that can improve their photos. They may need ongoing help with this process until they have mastered cropping and lighting.
  5. Help them create video histories using their photo albums to scan family treasures into slideshare or powerpoint files and also video them giving verbal histories. Their photo histories can be embellished with music and overlays to really create lasting memories shared by everyone in the family. This will become priceless in the future!
  6. Give seniors a lesson in computer etiquette, explaining to them about ‘oversharing’ and how this can be dangerous. Commenting in haste can’t be undone. Also, we don’t want to share photos that are unflattering, offensive, or violates the rules of the social sharing site used.
  7. Set up ways for them to safely store their treasures so their labor of love won’t be lost if the phone gets lost or their computer crashes.

Additional Resources

Here are a few more articles that provide a bit more information to get seniors and family caregivers connecting via technology for fun and memory building.