Get in touch with the world through Facebook

Published 10:42 am Saturday, March 9, 2013

Facebook is a social networking website intended to connect friends, family and business associates.

Facebook users create a profile page that shows their friends and networks information about themselves. The choice to include a profile in a network means everyone within that network can view the profile.

The profile typically includes the following: Information, status, Friends, friends in other networks, photos, notes, groups and the wall.

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The 74-plus demographic is the fastest growing demographic among social networks, according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, and social networking among Internet users ages 65 and older grew 100 percent between April 2009 and May 2010, jumping from 13 percent to 26 percent.

Facebook, Twitter and Skype all show the most growth in the older adult demographic and with 39 million people currently aged 65 and older — and an estimated 55 million by 2020 — social networks are sure to continue to see a surge in their older base.

I recently read an article about a woman turning 101. For her birthday she started a blog and reflected about all she had seen in her 101 years of life.

Amazing, but did you get the fact that for her 101st birthday she started a blog? Wow. If I live to be 101 I want to be just like her and keep embracing technology.

There is a lot of opportunity out there to keep in touch with friends and family. Are you taking advantage of it? If it scares you, think of the 101-year-old woman that just started blogging.

To help you get started Kendra is teaching a beginner class on Facebook. She is a great teacher and will walk you through getting started or answer any questions you have about your existing account. This class starts at 6 p.m. on Monday.

Don’t worry if that one won’t work for you or when you call the class is full because she will do more. To sign up for this stop by the front desk or call 507-433-2370 ext. 0. See you there.

 Upcoming events

Monday: Cooking class, 8:30 a.m.; Naps, 9:30 a.m.; Blood pressure, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Exercise with Evie, 1 p.m.; movie, 6 p.m.; Facebook lessons, 6 p.m.

Tuesday: Silver Sneakers 8:30 a.m.; Hormel breakfast, 9 a.m., Stuffed French Toast; Exercise w/Evie, 9 a.m.; Ron’s Massage, 10:30 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Zumba, 4:05 p.m.; SilverSneakers, 4:30 p.m.; No Zumba; Zumba 5:35/7 p.m.

Wednesday: Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; Card making class, 10:30 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Stitching Bees, 1 p.m.; Open chess, card Bingo, 1 p.m.;

Zumba Boot Camp, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday: Silver Sneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Bingo, open chess, 1 p.m.;

Hearing Aid Cleaning, 3:15 p.m.; Zumba, 4:05 p.m.; Silver Sneakers, 4:30 p.m.; Zumba, 5:35/7 p.m.

Friday: Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.;

cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge, Cribbage, 500), 12:30 p.m.

 Weekly card results

Monday Bridge

Feb. 25, three tables

1st Dave Solomonson, 2nd Jaynard Johnson, 3rd Bud Higgins, 4th Mary Johnsen, 5th Lois Johnson

Tuesday Duplicate Bridge Feb. 26, 4.5 tables

1st Ray Schmidt, 1st Gail Schmidt; 2nd Dick Hansen, 2nd Jaynard Johnson; 3rd Dave Solomonson, 3rd Dick Titus; 4th Gene Muchow, 4th Larry Crowe

Tuesday “500”

Feb. 26, four tables

1st John Karnes, 2nd Eloise Williamette, 3rd Beulah Luthe, 4th Wayne Chilson


Dave Solomonson

Friday Bridge

March 1, three tables

1st Arnie Lang, 2nd Mabel Vaale, 3rd Betty Jorgenson, 4th Jaynard Johnson, 5th Dick Titus

Weekly Cribbage

Feb. 27, three tables

1st Barb Dickman, 2nd John Karnes, 3rd Jessie Swain, 4th Bernice Scholer

Weekly “500”

March 1, two tables

1st Eddie Hall, 2nd Dorothy Stern, 3rd Dennis Bray, 4th Lois Anderson

Semcac daily meals

Monday: Pork steak, Alt: Liver and onions

Tuesday: Baked fish

Wednesday: Corned beef

Thursday: Chicken dumpling soup

Friday: Hamburger on bun

Alt: Fish patty on bun