Using Technologies (p1):

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

 

For Older Adults, their Families, and Caregivers

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Analysis & Exploration: Using Technologies

DIY Technology Solutions to Things Bothering My Aging Relatives

My relatives and their friends are in their 70's and 80's and 90's now, and I am finding they have some recurring "problems" that get in the way of life being as enjoyable as I think it should be. I have come up with a variety of DIY "Tech Solutions" to these problems that I have implemented for them. I hope they will be useful for you too.

 

 

How to Find "Whatsername" After All These Years?

Peter Paul and Mary had a hit single decades ago called “Whats-her-name.” The chorus goes: “I wonder whatever happened to whatshername.” Your PC might help you find not only whatshername, but also whatshisname too. Here is how to do it.

 

 

An Internet Enabled Life

Having used technology all my working life, and now being retired, I notice that many of my peers are missing out on some of the benefits that come with appropriate use of the latest technology.

In this first of a series of articles, I start by just describing my Internet-enabled life. In other parts of the series, we offer essays describing a myriad of ways the Internet can enrich your day. I want to get you “hooked” to the Internet.

 

 

Technology & the Future of Aging

This is a live recording (slides and audio) of a talk given by Richard Caro entitled "The Future of Aging, & the Intersection of Aging & Technology". This talk was given in March 2019, at the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco.

 

 

What They Want vs What You Think They Need

I've said it before. Most of the products for older adults that we see are frankly not very good. This article is about two especially common pitfalls. I think of them as the "eat your broccoli" error, and the "I know how to market to 40 year olds" issue.

 

 

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 inmates of "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest".

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Using Technologies

Ideas for Alexa skills or routines to keep my Dad engaged

I'm giving Dad a couple of Alexa Echos for Christmas (he has a big house and is hard of hearing).  I'm trying to find some good skills and maybe set up some routines to get him to actually engage with the devices.  I was thinkng of creating a morning routine that includes a greeting, the weather... ....... Read more

Tech Support: How Do You Do It?

 How do you keep your gadgets and computers working?

Our explorers are talking about this topic, and comparing notes. Join the discussion. Share what you do in the comments below.

 

 

Framing the Question:

Back in the day, you could go to the... ....... Read more

Best Video Call Technology

Now that we are all "sheltering in place", finding ways to interact virtually with people from our homes has rocketed up people's priority list.

We have had quite a few emails now from people wanting to know the best way to have video calls with their family and friends. Here are some... ....... Read more

Apple Watches Help Monitor Elders' Health

One of our SRC Explorers is an enthusiastic Apple Watch owner, and presents to the group about the features he likes.

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Apple Watches Help Monitor Elders' Health

One of our SRC Explorers is an enthusiastic Apple Watch owner, and presents to the group about the features he likes.

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Apple Watches Help Monitor Elders' Health

One of our SRC Explorers is an enthusiastic Apple Watch owner, and presents to the group about the features he likes.

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

GetSetUp

 
GetSetUp
 

GetSetUp.io is an interactive social and learning system designed to help seekers learn new tech skills or get started on new tech projects. 

 

Support.com

 
Support.com
 

Support.com is an online tech support service intended to provide remote help and solutions to computer and other device-related problems.

 

Total Tech Support

 
Total Tech Support
 

Total Tech Support from Best Buy is a membership fee-based service intended to provide a range of tech support services and discounts on repairs.

 

WellBe

 
WellBe from HandsFree Health
 

WellBe from HandsFree Health is a virtual healthcare assistant, which comes in a smart speaker and, optionally, with a modern-looking, smartwatch-type medical alert.

 

Oscar Senior & Oscar Family

 
Oscar Family, by Oscar Senior
 

Oscar Family 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.

This product is made and sold by a company called Oscar Senior, which also sells a ...

 

CompuMed

 
 

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

 

Skype

 

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

 

RFID Blocker Sleeves

 
 

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.

 

 

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