To the 310 million monthly active Snapchat users, many of whom are in their teens and early 20s: Sorry, but old people are about to crash your party. And that is exactly why the app is exploding in use, even recently overtaking Twitter in terms of daily users.(I'm not even 40, and I'm one of them.) To the hip kids who have grown up with the four-year-old short video sharing app: It is with regrets that admittedly I may even incorrectly explain some of how this service—with its myriad of odd features—works. A social network where people share photos and short videos for just 24 hours, Snapchat is the answer to the Internet's problem of never forgetting.A key public health strategy for those 50 or older is to take advantage of preventative services.Despite their effectiveness, only 25 to 50 percent of seniors are up-to-date.As with any social network, much of your Snapchat experience will depend on who you follow, but on this one you're less likely to find carefully composed posts.Instead, Snapchat all about spontaneity and documenting things "in the now." Or, as the company's founder Evan Spiegel puts it, "instant expression."Navigating the App When opening Snapchat, forget the infinite scroll of the social networks you're used to, because this app immediately springboards the camera to the screen.
The delivery of preventative services needs to be increased in community settings.These fact sheets are brought to you through a joint partnership with the National Council on Aging.Mental Health America collaborates with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) My Medicare Matters campaign in support of our joint goal of assisting older adults to access mental health resources through Medicare. Have you experienced increasing social isolation in recent years, the death of loved ones, or feelings of hopelessness?In 2013, the highest suicide rate (19.1%) was among people 45 to 64 years old.The second highest rate (18.6%) occurred in those 85 years and older.