Using Technologies (p3):

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

 

For Older Adults, their Families, and Caregivers

— and for Companies Creating Innovations Related to Aging.

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Analysis & Exploration: Using Technologies

The Email

For as long as I can remember, my late mom, who passed away at 96, used to call the PC that sat on their desk “The Email.” This segment of "My Internet enabled Life" talks about "The Email".

 

 

The Internet

This segment of "My Internet Enabled Life" talks about the evolution of the Internet and about how it works.

 

 

Computers and Me, Since 1968!

Unlike many of my age peers, I have been using computers since before they became small enough to become the popular tools that took us from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age. Now that I am retired they are still an essential part of my life. Here is a brief history of my life using computers, highlighting some of the ways they have made my life more interesting and enriching.

 

 

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’ needs is to do so without explicitly seeming to target the “old.”

 

 

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.

 

 

Co-creating the Future of Aging: First Steps

Last night we held the second meeting of the Meetup group: "Aging in Place technologies: collaboratively co-creating the future of aging". We wanted to attract people looking to roll up their sleeves and collaborate and actually work together on solving the challenges of aging, and that's exactly who came along. It was quite exciting.

 

 

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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