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Crossing the street to communicate

Dan Carney for Becky Nappi's blog (Dan Pelle)
Dan Carney for Becky Nappi's blog (Dan Pelle)

In my Boomer U stories today, I wrote a sort of manifesto for aging boomers and seniors to connect using modern technology and social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and texting.

As we age we have to "cross the street" to the younger folks part of society's block. The pros far outweigh the cons, in my opinion.

As an example of an adapter, I wrote:

"This week on the MSNBC program “Morning Joe,” host Mika Brzezinski announced that her father, former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, now has a Twitter account. He’s 85."

For older folks not familiar -- or intimidated by Twitter -- I recommend it for this reason alone: It can function as a modern-day news service, with just the headlines only. People don't tend to tweet their daily items, such as what they had for lunch. People usually tweet links to stories they've read. And if you follow a lot of journalism tweeters, it can help you stay informed.

So tweet if you can. You might be surprised at what's in this modern "birdsong."

P/S: This is a cleverly done photo of Dan Carney, a super texter at 66. Read about him, and an 82-year-old Skyper, here.

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Spokesman-Review features writer Rebecca Nappi, along with writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., discuss here issues facing aging boomers, seniors and those experiencing serious illness, dying, death and other forms of loss.