Social Media Use of Older People Living In Nursing Homes and the Effect of Social Support on Successful Aging
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Keywords:Nursing Home, Older People, Social Media Use, Social Support, Successful Aging
Aim: This study was planned to determine the effect of social media use and social support on successful aging in older people staying in nursing homes.
Methods: The population of this descriptive and correlational study consisted of individuals aged 65 and over living in a nursing home in Istanbul, and the sample consisted of 168 elderly individuals. Data were collected using the Older Individual Information Form, the Social Media Usage Scale, the Multi-Dimensional Perceived Social Support Scale, and the Successful Aging Scale.
Results: It was determined that the time spent using the internet and social media in elderly individuals during the day was 3.46±3.20 hours and 2.14±2.20 hours, respectively. The mean scores of the individuals on Social Media Use, Multi-Dimensional Perceived Social Support Scale, and Successful Aging Scales were 2.59±2.25, 52.74±16.99, and 63.57±1.71, respectively. It was determined that there was a positive significant relationship between the Social Media Use Continuity subscale mean scores and the Successful Aging Scale total score averages and Healthy Aging and Coping with Problems subscale mean scores between the Social Media Use Competency subscale, mean scores, and the Successful Aging Scale total score averages and Coping with Problems subscale mean scores.
Conclusion: It was determined that the social media use of the elderly individuals was moderate, the perceptions of social support and successful aging were high, and as the social media use of the elderly individuals increased, their social support levels also increased, and this had a positive effect on successful aging.
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