Using Technologies (p1):

Avoiding the digital divide. using computers, tablets, smartphones, wearables (activity-trackers) and more.

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Analysis & Exploration: Using Technologies

Alzheimer's Thermostat Design: Jeeves vs. Nurse Ratched

Remember Jeeves, and Nurse Ratched? Imagine they were in charge of designing products for older adults. I wish we had the sort of products I imagine Jeeves would have designed for Bertie Wooster. Unfortunately, we seem to get the products Nurse Ratched might have dreamed up for the unfortunate...
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Working at 90 and designing for age

Stimulated by a recent NPR segment on working at 90, here are some thoughts about user interfaces for older adults, and why they fall short.
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Could tech really take 20 years off your age?

My favorite question when I meet someone with an idea for a new venture is: “what problem are we trying to solve?". Here is one that is really worthwhile: Delaying functional decline as we age!
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The Paradox of Good UX Design for Seniors

Seniors report avoiding, or using in as stealth a manner as possible, technologies that would improve the quality of their lives — even enhance their safety — because they are associated with or specifically designed for the elderly. The paradox, then, for good UX design that addresses seniors’...
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So You Want to Build a Pill Dispenser? Focus on Filling!

Do you have an idea for a pill dispensing product? Good for you. You’ve seen the problem and complexity of multiple medication and you have an idea to make it better. I commend you. At NightingaleRx we’ve learned a few things from evaluating other pill dispensers and studying the medication...
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Make Your Health Care Wishes Known - Easily

The New Old Age blogger Paula Span has recetly written an immensely helpful piece on new ways each of us can make our health care advance directives known.
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Explorer Discussions: Using Technologies

Telephone, Cyber and Doorbell Scams Explored

Explorer Steve speaks about computer scams, including one brought to his attention by his neighbor who complained that a message would periodically appear on her computer screen telling her that her computer was infected, and to call the number in the message to get help in clearing her computer.
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Rollators and Walkers: What are the features that matter?

A circle member presents a helpful summary of his gleanings from his research for an ambulation assistive device. The group gained insights into the differences between a walker and a rollator, and many more useful tips for choosing, including:
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Quantified Older Adults: Activity tracking conversation

This circle discusses their use of activity tracking devices to monitor and quantify their levels of acitivity. The group discuss the different approaches each of them has to tracking, and why they do it in the first place.
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i Phone and Hearing Aids

How well does the i Phone work with hearing aids? Hear this discussion from our March circle.
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Ageism and Technology

Interesting discussion about Ageism, but also about the challenges of technology adoption by older adults. Among other things the group talked about how to reduce the friction between older and younger adults.
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All-terrain walker demonstration

Our group had a demonstration of a prototype all-terrain walker, invented / designed by Elaine Levin who came along to show us her product concept.
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Useful Products & Resources: Using Technologies (shared by our Explorers)

CompuMed

 
CompuMed, medication adherence aid
 
CompuMed is a countertop device to store and dispense medications at pre programmed times, with alerts.
 

Skype

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

RFID Blocker Sleeves

 
RFID Blocker Sleeves, cyber security
 
RFID blocker sleeves protect credit cards, passports, and other radio frequency ID cards from being read by unauthorized scanning devices nearby.
 

Magnifier Android App

 
Magnifier, reading aid app,
 
The Magnifier app is an Android version of the EyeReader iPhone app.
 

Course on Using Smart Phones and Tablets

 
Course on using smart phones and tablets
 
A course on using smart phones and tablets by AARP
 

Drivesharp

 
Drivesharp, Posit Science Driver Training, brain training
 
Drivesharp is a brain fitness product of Posit Science which is offered in partnership with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
 

TV Ears

 
TV Ears, amplifier, hearing aid
 
TV Ears is a lightweight headset using voice clarifying technology intended to capture the TV's audio signal and amplify only the human voice frequencies while decreasing background noise.
 

NoMoRobo: website to help stop robocalls

 
Nomorobo, telemarketer blocking, nuisance calls
 

NoMoRobo is a web site that allows the user to register the number receiving telemarketing calls and which intercepts those nuisance calls before they reach you. Calls from other than known illegal telemarketing sources come through as always. Occasional telemarketing calls come through and...

 

Envoy - Family Concierge Service

 
Envoy family concierge, home services
 
Envoy’s mobile app lets family members or elders find, communicate with and pay for a prescreened family concierge.
 

 

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