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

Elderly Scams: When You Need to Take Control

Elderly Scams: Taking Control

What to do when a parent shows signs of falling for “scams” — and seems unable to take the appropriate actions to avoid them? While it is often appropriate to let older adults worry about their own “scam-proofing”, there are some situations in which an intervention is appropriate.

Watching Video Together Despite Distance

I wanted a solution that would let me and my sister (who lives far away) do some joint activities. We decided to try “joint watching” of a video. It worked rather well and we both enjoyed it, so I am sharing it here.

Want Joint Activity with Distant Relative

Want Joint Activity with Distant Relative

Your parent or relative lives far from you, or for whatever reason in person visits are not realistic.

You have a way to talk with them via video already. But now you want something you can actually DO together "virtually".

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 Apple store, or get someone to drop in, or go to … Read more

Parent’s Computer or Phone “Not Working”

Parent's Computer or Phone "Not Working"

Helping family members who are technology-adverse, with their technical problems, has always been tough, but becomes even harder when they are remotely located or in an isolated facility. Part of the problem of remote support is “seeing” what they are seeing and “controlling” what they are doing.

Vision Problems: TV Action When Not Talking

Vision Problems: TV Action When Not Talking

Since my Mom’s vision is failing, she has a hard time understanding what is happening in a TV show when the actors are not speaking, In some shows there are long dramatic pauses or just action noises.

Virtual Connections to the Tech-Challenged

video calls seniors

Photo credit:  Pavan Trikutam   How do you have rich and engaging interactions with your parent who you can’t visit in person? Especially if they cannot, or will not, adopt mainstream consumer technologies. That’s the challenge we are exploring in this article.   After months of enforced isolation during COVID, video calling as a solution … Read more