Social Interactions (p1):

Interacting socially with other people.

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Analysis & Exploration: Social Interactions

Quickly Getting Help for a Friend in Need

"Hi, this is Lisa. I'm not sure I can take care of myself right now. Can you bring me some food?" I found that scary sounding message on my voicemail one Saturday morning. It started me on a journey to coordinate care for a close friend. I learned several things that I'll share with you... .........Read more

 

 

Cohousing: The Power of Community

Cohousing: The power of community. Thoughts from a cohousing pioneer. .........Read more

 

 

Games for Seniors: Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is a new App (Game) has taken the world by storm. This article suggests it could be a great Game for Seniors, helping to encourage healthy exercise. The article (plus video) explains what Pokemon Go is, and how one plays it. .........Read more

 

 

Don't Fence Me In: See the Real Me

How caregivers can adapt so seniors can live a true expression of who they really are. .........Read more

 

 

Reduce Isolation by Meditating

Many older people live alone and don't get to see and talk to their family members very often.  Often their friends have died or they or their friends have moved.  Isolation and loneliness are major issues that result in health problems for the elderly.

This article shows how meditation... .........Read more

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Social Interactions

Loneliness and Social Isolation: SFV

The group is asked for their observations and comments about isolation and loneliness in later life. Hearing loss is discussed as an isolating condition. Problems with vision, mobility and depression are mentioned as others which limit human contact and reinforce isolation.

Suggested... .........Read more

Housing Solutions to Social Isolation

The type of housing we occupy can greatly affect not only our physical but also our mental wellbeing.

Discussion about different housing options was spirited and informed. Many participants in this Longevity Circle are members of the Avenidas Village that provides resources for people who... .........Read more

Robot Helpers Now and in the Future

We had an intense discussion about the use of robots as helpers, starting with some people’s experience with single function versions of this newly emerging technology such as fetching and carrying, cleaning, putting things away for later retrieval, walking with you etc. Safety concern that such... .........Read more

Smartphones Who has them? What do they use them for?

Is there a simplified smart phone for seniors? Several in the group still use flip-phones.

However, most in the group use an iPhone. One big advantage of using an iPhone is that many more people know how to use it and can give help when needed. It is better to use a common brand so that... .........Read more

Too Much Unfilled Time

Explorer Mary has too much unfilled time, and asks how she can fill her free time, especially in the evenings. .........Read more

Where Should I Live in My Later Years? Why?

Explorers Shirley and AnnieScott discuss their decision to live in a Continuing Care Retirement Community, and some of the pleasant surprises they found once they moved in. .........Read more

 

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Useful Products & Resources: Social Interactions (shared by our Explorers)

 
Loop communication device
 

Loop is an Internet connected monitor and iOS app intended to be a communication device that allows the user to share video, photos, and video chat.

 
 
toobaloo, auditory feedback device
 

Toobaloo is a tubular device designed to give auditory feedback to children (or adults having speech therapy) and to help adjust fluency.

 
 
 Hasbro Joy for All companion pets
 

Hasbro Joy for All companion pets are designed to provide company to persons who may be at risk for loneliness or isolation.

 
 
ViewClix
 

The ViewClix Smart Frame is designed to be placed in the home of an older adult to display pictures shared from smart phones, PCs or other mobile devices. It is also intended to be used for video calls.

 
 
Meetup groups
 

Meetup is an Internet platform for like-minded people to get together for discussions, entertainment, vocational or social reasons.

 
 
Skype, video chat
 

Skype is a free app for video calling which can help people stay in touch over long distances.

 
 
Line, Free Calls and Messaging, Video calls
 

Line is a free video and voice calling service competing with Skype and Facetime and offering free unlimited individual and group messaging.

 
 
Cuuble, connect, communication, remote communication, activities of daily living
 

Cuuble is an Android or iOS app on a cloud-based platform designed to allow family members or friends to communicate and assist an aging parent who may be in a remote location. Photo sharing and message features can reduce isolation, and it can help keep track of many important functions in an...

 
 
WithMe
 

WithMe is a mobile app for smartphones and tablets that provides social connection and support. WithMe is simple, lightweight, and esy to use.

 

 

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