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Griswold Special Care San Antonio Introduces Family 411

Jun 17, 2010

According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 45 percent of individuals between the ages of 70 and 75 are now online. For seniors living far away from their families, especially during the holidays, getting online provides a way to keep in touch with children and grandchildren with much more regularity and non-medical home care company GRISWOLD SPECIAL CARE is making that effort even easier with the introduction of its Family 411 social networking site - a first in the home care industry.

Family 411 (located at www.family411.net or via www.griswoldsa.com) is a privacy-protected social network that gives family members access to online updates about their loved ones that are posted by other family members, caregivers or aging relatives themselves. E-mails can also be generated to additional family members and friends with updates. According to Fiona Middleton, GRISWOLD SPECIAL CARE's senior vice president, Family 411 represents a great way for family members to stay in touch as well as a jumping-off point for seniors to further immerse themselves in all the Internet has to offer.

"Family 411 is the perfect tool for seniors wanting to test the social networking waters. Keeping in touch with family members becomes something they can do on a daily basis," said Middleton. "The benefits aren't just short term, either: A recent UCLA study also suggested that Internet usage engages complicated brain activity. The added exercise and improved brain function allows seniors - especially those with Alzheimer's or dementia - to stay more alert and aware of their surroundings long after they step away from the computer."