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Best Art Apps for Adult Learners

What are the Best Art Apps to start with on iPads, iPhones, and Android devices? I’ve been teaching people, especially those close to my own age, how to use their iPads, iPhones and Android devices creatively since I fell in love with painting and drawing on my iPad 5 years ago.  And this is always the most asked question. In this article I will be discussing different art apps you can use to turn your iPad or android tablet into a canvas or sketchbook and start creating up a storm.
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Which Customer Interaction, When?

When the conversation turns to interacting with customers before a product is "finished", most product developers I've talked to are enthusiastic. But they have very different opinions about when to interact with customers, how to interact with them, and for what purpose. I believe there is a way of thinking that helps resolve these questions, depending on the details of the company, and the stage of product development they are at. This article is to share it.
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Elder Dignity, Autonomy and the Need for Protection from Abuse

Dignity of the elder must not be disregarded in the name of protection: whether we are dealing with the difficult issues of how to convince dad to give up the car keys, mom’s need for placement in a facility, or fear of money being improperly acquired by a scammer. The question posed is how to maximize the preservation of dignity in the face of true need for protection of the elder? This article addresses the issue as it relates to financial abuse of elders, but the principles are equally applicable in other situations.
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Medication Management Systems: Which?

"Good" medication management is widely believed to be desirable, by older adults as well as by clinicians. This article is about what factors make medication management systems useful for a given person, and outlines a series of circumstances for which specific features of these products can be helpful. Think of this as a "how to get started" guide to the topic of medication management systems.
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Products for Seniors: Could Do Better

After several years of product evaluations and unmet need explorations with groups of older adults, this is my most striking take-away. "While there is no shortage of problems for which older adults would like solutions, the vast majority of products we have looked at are either hard for elderly people to use, or do poorly the "job" our older adult demographic wants to get done". This article is about why (in my opinion) this is the case, and about errors to avoid. 
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Games for Seniors: Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is a new App (Game) has taken the world by storm. This article suggests it could be a great Game for Seniors, helping to encourage healthy exercise. The article (plus video) explains what Pokemon Go is, and how one plays it.
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Medication Management Tips from Older Adults

Learn what older adults themselves think about the challenges of medication management. Listen to discussions about the things our explorers care about; how they approach managing their medications; which products they prefer (the best pill organizers, and most successful pill reminder techniques); and what problems they face.
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Sensors, Dementia, Safety: Real World Experiences

Using a handful of simple, non-intrusive sensors, retired engineer Bob Glicksman has been able to learn all sorts of important things about the daily routine of an elderly person, who has cognitive impairment, and for whom he cares. He has been able to make multiple successful interventions to stave off what might have otherwise been serious adverse events. In fact, this simple sensor setup has worked better than he expected, and he shares his experiences, as an example of a real world use case in which a small addition of technology can accomplish a lot.
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The Power of Community

The power of community: thoughts from a co-housing pioneer.
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Best Pill Reminder App

Best Pill Reminder App: Explorer Choice

We set out to pick the best pill reminder app to share with the explorers in our Useful Apps Club. This article describes which features we selected as important and why; summarizes the results of our tests; and shares with you some details about the two Medication Apps we want to recommend, each of which is good for a slightly different life situation.
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sock puller
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Despite a number of devices for pulling socks onto the feet, here is one which is designed to do the opposite: remove socks.
Nike Hyperadapt 1.0
Description:
Nike Hyperadapt 1.0 sneakers are wearable technology for the feet, especially designed for athletes but also may be a great help for anyone who needs assistance with putting on their shoes and lacing them.
Senior Rides by GreatCall Lyft
Description:
GreatCall has teamed with Lyft to offer a ride service using live operators, eliminating the need for a smartphone app.
ViewClix
Description:
The ViewClix Smart Frame is designed to be placed in the home of an older adult to display pictures shared from smart phones, PCs or other mobile devices. It is also intended to be used for video calls.
Skylink Door Opener
Description:
The Skylink DM-100 Swing Door Opener is intended to facilitate opening and closing entry doors as well as interior doors for persons with physical limitations that make doors difficult to open or close.
The group fields a question to start the discussion on excercise, balance, and fall prevention.
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Explorer Shelly tells the group about a gadget he has found to pull up his socks when dressing.
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Explorer Marilyn describes her ideas for helping elderly or disabled persons more easily and safely board buses.
These explorers talk about peripheral neuropathy, and gait improvement ideas, and they comment on their personal experiences with the condition.
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Explorer Marilyn reports to the group that during a recent visit to friends, they had a robot cleaning their hardwood floors.
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Explorer Marilyn discusses her search for a fitness tracker which measures heart rate.
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Explorer Steve addresses the group on a topic that he has researched following a previous meeting: Password Management Tools.

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Explorer Bani asks the group to help her find a solution to her problem of how to open the windows in her home with weak hands.
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Explorers show interest in the Amazon Echo ("Alexa") and similar voice-based interactive technology which can serve the user, and is actually a type of robot.
Explorers discuss and offer examples of the effects of losing the sense of smell or taste, and moreover which sense would be the more important to them personally, if they had to choose.
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Featured Research

 

Medical Alert Systems: Help

Medical Alert Systems GuideWe kept getting asked "which medical alert systems are best?"; and "how do I choose the right medical alert system for me?". This independent, objective, hands-on research tries to answer those questions. If you are looking for medical alert systems, either for yourself or for an older adult such as a parent, this piece of research is for you.

View: Medical Alert Systems Guide

 

Useful Apps Club

Useful Apps ClubUnlock the potential of your smartphone or tablet to improve your life. The Useful Apps Club is for older adults and Boomers who have a smartphone or tablet (or are thinking of getting one) and need help to turn it into a useful tool. We are focused on finding Apps that can change your life, and teaching you how to use them. 

View: The Useful Apps Club

 

Reduce Fall Risk

Avoid FallsRead the "best of the web" on: Avoiding Falling. Our team of clinicians and citizen analysts has scoured the web for the best available answers to a set of questions designed to help you make falling less likely, and make the consequences if you do fall less bad.

View: Avoid the Perils of Falling

 

Guide: Home Sensor Systems

Home Sensor SystemsRead our report on this new category of products, designed to help seniors stay at home longer, and to help their families worry about them less. There are important lessons to be learned about which ones work, and for which types of circumstance they are optimal.

View: Home Sensor System Guide