Join the Fun: Follow Crane’s Mill on Social Media

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A resident uses her iPad in the Cherry Blossom Lounge

A resident uses her iPad in the Cherry Blossom Lounge

Social media is a great way to keep in touch with family and friends, stay up-to-date on the latest news, and so much more. Did you know that you can also keep up with all the goings-on at Crane’s Mill on social media too?

Click the links below to learn more and engage with our community today:

Interact with residents and staff, gain access to exclusive event invitations, and never miss a minute of all the fun happening at Crane’s Mill!

Google Plus
Check our Google Plus page often for stunning visuals and the latest community news.

Check out our collection of videos featuring our residents, staff, the campus, and more!

Crane’s Mill on Facebook

Have you explored Crane’s Mill on Facebook?

Connect with Crane's Mill on Facebook!

Connect with Crane’s Mill on Facebook!

Currently, we’re running a series of images based on our recent blog post about quotations on aging, including thoughts from Walt Disney, John Glenn, and more!

Plus, all of our latest event invitations, photos, videos, and so much more show up on our Facebook page before anywhere else.

Don’t forget to share your favorite photos with us and who knows—we may share them across our social media platforms!

Click here to visit the page, and be sure to click “Like” to get all the latest updates from Crane’s Mill!

Have You Found Milton, the Crane’s Mill Elf?

Have you seen our Crane’s Mill Elf on our Facebook page?

His name is Milton, and he’s found his way around so many different areas of our campus, including the pool gym, gift shop, library, and more!

Visit our Facebook page, and be sure to click “Like” to keep up with Milton and everything else going on at Crane’s Mill!

Technology 101 for Seniors | Lesson 3: Facebook – How to Set Up Your Account

Welcome to Lesson 3 of Technology 101 for Seniors! Today, we’ll focus on how to set up and start to use a Facebook account.

Believe it or not, there are over 1 billion Facebook users around the world! That’s about 3 times the U.S. population, all signing on to one single website. One of the fastest growing groups using Facebook are seniors, so chances are many of your friends and family members are already using the site to share photos, updates, and more. Want to get in on the fun? Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to help you get started!

Before you sign up, you’ll need to have an email address. If you don’t have an email address, click here to view Lesson 1 where you’ll find tips about setting one up.

How to set up your account.

Setting up an account is easy. First, open up your web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox are examples) and type “” into the address bar at the top.

Facebook Sign Up Page - Click to enlarge for a closer look.

Facebook Sign Up Page – Click to enlarge for a closer look.

When you arrive, you’ll see a screen similar to the one pictured here. Under the words “Sign Up”, you’ll enter your first and last name, email address (or mobile number) and create a password. Then you’ll use the pull down menu to enter your birthday, then check male or female, and click the green “Sign up” button. Don’t worry, your information won’t be public right away, and we’ll show you how to make sure you only share what you want to share.

For your password, pick something that is easy to remember, but hard for someone else to figure out. Perhaps your first pet’s name combined with a previous address number, or a grandchild’s birthday combined with your cousin’s zip code. Once you decide on something, write it down and keep it in a safe place.

Getting Started

Getting Started - click to enlarge for a closer look.

Getting Started – Click to enlarge for a closer look.

Next, you’ll be taken to the first Getting Started page. This page will ask if any of your friends are already on Facebook. By clicking “find friends,” Facebook will search your email address and see who you might already know who is on Facebook. If you’re concerned about your privacy, or would rather just find friends on your own, click “skip this step” in the bottom right hand corner.

Profile Picture

Profile Picture - Click to enlarge for a closer look.

Profile Picture – Click to enlarge for a closer look.

The next page will ask for your profile picture. If you have one already on your computer, click “add picture” and upload the one you’d like to use. Or, you can click “take a photo” and use your webcam to take a photo of yourself. This can be tricky, so you can click “skip” and get help from a child, grandchild, or friend.

Welcome to Facebook

Welcome to Facebook - Click to enlarge for a closer look.

Welcome to Facebook – Click to enlarge for a closer look.

Now you’re ready to really have some fun. At the top of the page, Facebook will ask you to confirm your email address. Click “confirm now” and you’ll be asked to enter a code. Visit your email inbox, retrieve the code and enter it on Facebook. This is in place to make sure you are “you.”

You’ll see a button to “Take a Privacy Tour.” We suggest you take this virtual tour before you get started having some fun (which, trust us, is coming soon!). This will take you through every option for who can see your page and what they can see. You may want your page open to everyone, or just friends, or friends and their friends too.

Our advice: start out with the most stringent privacy settings. You can always change as you go along, but think about it this way: if you post a photo of your grandchild, do you want the whole world to see it, or just people you know and trust?

Find Friends, Have Fun!

Now it’s time to start having some fun! In the search bar at the top of the page, you can type in friends’ names to start finding people you know. Start with easy ones, like your siblings, children, and grandchildren. When you find them, click “send friend request” and they’ll get a note that you’re on Facebook and you want to be their friend.

When they accept, you’ll be able to interact with that person no matter where they’re located. Plus, you’ll start to see “people you may know” suggested by Facebook based on your current friends. Who knows, maybe you’ll find an old school or camp friend you haven’t thought about in years!

In an upcoming lesson, we’ll share more about how to use Facebook, including sending messages, sharing photos, articles, videos, how to stay away from spammers, and more!

Plus, there are more lessons on the way. Is there something you’d like to learn about in “Technology 101 for Seniors”? Let us know by clicking here. We’d love to help you learn how to be a tech-savvy senior!

Once your Facebook profile is set, don’t forget to click this link to visit the Crane’s Mill Facebook Page and click “Like” to receive all of the latest news, info, and more from Crane’s Mill!

Crane’s Mill News – A Look Back at 2014

Crane’s Mill produced plenty of news-worthy items in 2014. Here’s a look back at some of the stories from Northern New Jersey’s Premier Retirement Community.

In 2014, we had some amazing new staff members join our team. Colleen Frankenfield was named the new President and CEO of Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey, our parent organization.

Executive Chef Arthur Marston joined Crane’s Mill, bringing a fresh outlook on menu creation and meal preparation and presentation.

Crane’s Mill started a Facebook page, and it’s proven to be a fun, informative way to keep up with the community.

In spring, duck duplexes were installed on our campus—a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

The Towne Square Gallery hosted a juried show.

These are just a few examples of newsworthy items we were lucky enough to report on, and be a part of, throughout 2014. We know 2015 has more great things in store, and we’re excited you, our readers, are along for the ride.

To view these and other Crane’s Mill news stories, visit the Crane’s Mill News page on our website by clicking this link.