Amid the ever-changing news cycle and a loss of trust in media, it can be hard to discern fact from fiction. So many news sources prey on the fears of older adults and deceive their audiences by deploying reactionary scare tactics. In the process, these predatory news outlets sow division and blur the lines between a real news story and those that are manufactured.
As an older adult or senior citizen, you must stay informed on current events and remain vigilant in how you consume the news. This is not a hopeless ideal, but it will take patience to understand a particular topic fully. The key is to resist complacency and accept that your preconceived notions of the truth may not be entirely accurate. Remember this as you explore Senior Health Care Solutions’ tips for staying informed about current events.
Consult Multiple Sources
One way to stay informed is to consult multiple sources of information. If you hear the news reported in a particular manner from one outlet, track down the story somewhere else and see if it checks out. It may be less trustworthy if you can only find a story being covered by a single source, or if the piece seems to have a particularly emotional slant. Luckily, there are multiple scales online that judge the dependability of the most popular news sources.
Emphasize Local News
As it relates to the actual media you do choose to consume, keeping it local is usually your best bet. Supporting local newspapers and television stations is a great way to keep your news more grounded and relevant to your experience. While the national news certainly should have its place in your daily media cycle, the news that takes place in your area will have a more direct impact on your life, at least in the short term.
Prepare to be Challenged
By the time you reach your 50s, your worldview is pretty much unshakeable. However, you should keep an open mind regarding media consumption. The world is constantly changing as discoveries are made and information is released. Make an effort to understand the constantly changing news landscape and try your best to open your minds to modern points of view on contemporary issues.
Learn How to Stay Informed About Current Events
Staying informed on current events as an older person can be tricky to accept, but it can be done with the right mindset. Senior Health Care Solutions wants to create an open-minded environment in our facilities, and we encourage our residents to remain interested in current events. Learn how we can help you stay informed about current events by calling us.