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

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".

 

 

Can Technology Delay Functional Decline?

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!

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Using Technologies

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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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)

Oscar Senior

 

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.

 

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.

 

Course on Using Smart Phones and Tablets

 

A course on using smart phones and tablets by AARP

 

Drivesharp

 

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

 

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

 

 

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