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Older People with Young Skills

September 8th 2009 06:01
Twitterer Ivy Bean, 104

According to TweetDeck the median age of Twitter users is 31, 27 for MySpace, 26 for Facebook and 40 for LinkedIn. That hasnít fazed 104-year-old Ivy Bean from Bradford, England. Bean has a Facebook page and has grown very fond of Twitter and her words arenít going into space either.

Beanís Facebook account has the maximum 5,000 friends, a group she gathered in a very short time after joining the site, but Twitter has become her favourite networking site because it is easier to use and only needs updating she says.

An astounding 27,000 followers on Twitter keep up with her trials and tribulations of life and her every day things such as what she eats, when she has her hair cut and her favourite TV shows.

Bean's Facebook friends don't miss out on her updates either. Her accounts are now linked so that all of her tweets appear on her Facebook account as well.

Bean is possibly the oldest person on Twitter and she certainly is a model for older age learning but her age defying activities extend beyond technology. The great grandmother of two Ė soon to be five Ė and a resident of care home, Hillside Manor, recently won a gold medal at the homeís Over-75 Olympics in the Frisbee-throwing category.

Ivy Bean is not the only model in this story. Hillside Manor has to be applauded for the priority it gives to activities for its residents. If residents are interested in particular activities such as photography, the management of the home find ways they can learn them, some even attending local colleges. Some of Bean's fellow residents have caught on to the Twitter craze too. Manager Pat Wright says the home is trying to offer its residents something more than knitting or crochet.

Bean has now captured the attention of the international media. It would be a blessing if Hillside Manor and its innovative approach to aged care reaps some of the attention too. Many aged care homes here in Australia would do well to adopt some of Hillside Manorís priorities for keeping people active, alert and connected.

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Comment by Jason King

September 8th 2009 06:52
That's awesome - you go Ivy!!!

Comment by Mr Nice Guy

September 8th 2009 07:39
Can't wait for Ivy to do something outrageous on YouTube . . . a little moonwalking perhaps

Comment by Wilson Pon

September 8th 2009 10:48
Way to go, Ivy. You're really the role model of the youngsters. Also, you've shown us that "Learning is a lifelong process"!

Comment by katyzzz

September 8th 2009 12:48
Hear hear or is it here here, or perhaps don't hear hear, as for me I come into the younger category, of course. Who could resist thst picture, Janet?

Comment by Janet Collins

September 8th 2009 13:04

Comment by Janet Collins

September 8th 2009 13:07

Now that's a good suggestion and not a silly one. Ivy could do it and that would get everyone talking. We can only wait and see.


Comment by Janet Collins

September 8th 2009 13:09
Hi Wilson

It certainly proves there is no age limit to learning technology or, in fact, anything else. Perhaps Ivy will inspire many younger than herself who have never ventured into cyberspace to follow her. It certainly isn't impossible.


Comment by Janet Collins

September 8th 2009 13:13
Hey Katy

Ivy could probably teach a few young ones a lot of tricks on the internet. It certainly proves she is able to attract so many people interested in what she says. She could probably teach a lot of we, orblers too!!! And yes, the pic is a classic, isn't it?

Thanks for dropping by.

Comment by Chris Champion

September 9th 2009 00:15

Comment by Janet Collins

September 9th 2009 01:57
Thanks Chris. It was worth writing about.

Comment by Morgan Bell

September 9th 2009 08:11
old people on Twitter, hey?

oh well, at least it keeps them off the streets

Comment by Kristin Wolgemuth

September 9th 2009 14:01
She has a heck of a lot more followers than I have on Twitter!

Comment by Janet Collins

September 9th 2009 14:31
It certainly does, Morgan. What a great way to keep our older folk connected.

Thank you.

Comment by Janet Collins

September 9th 2009 14:34
Hi Kristin

I think Ivy has a lot more followers than just about everybody. Good on her.

Thanks for the visit.

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