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... .........Read more



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. .........Read more



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! .........Read more



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’... .........Read more



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. .........Read more



Trends in Technology Use by Older Adults

Pew Research has released a report that shows a substantial increase in the use of technology by older adults. They increased the use of the Internet, smart phones, and TV. .........Read more



Explorer Discussions: Using Technologies

Rosalie Sings the Praises of Amazon's Alexa

Explorer Rosalie reports to the group on her experience from Amazon's first Echo and newer products and Alexa skills, including "Let's Chat". .........Read more

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. .........Read more

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. .........Read more

i Phone and Hearing Aids

How well does the i Phone work with hearing aids? Hear this discussion from our March circle. .........Read more

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. .........Read more

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. .........Read more


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Useful Products & Resources: Using Technologies (shared by our Explorers)

Oscar Senior, tablet app
Oscar Senior is an app for tablets or smartphones that provides a simplified visual interface designed for ease of use by older adults and communication with family or friends.
Big Keyboard iPad app
The BigKeys keyboard app is intended to enlarge the font size to enable users with visual disability or poor vision tend to use a physical keyboard with an iPad, since they may tend not to see (or feel) what they tapped on.
CompuMed, medication adherence aid
CompuMed is a countertop device to store and dispense medications at pre programmed times, with alerts.
Skype, video chat
Skype is a free app for video calling which can help people stay in touch over long distances.
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, reading aid app,
The Magnifier app is an Android version of the EyeReader iPhone app.
Course on using smart phones and tablets
A course on using smart phones and tablets by AARP
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, 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.


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