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Dealing with a Wandering Loved One with Alzheimer’s

Before my wife passed away from Alzheimer’s, she went through a period of wandering outside the home that I could control with a few simple devices. I want to share what I did, and the solutions I used, in the hope they will be useful for others in the same situation I was in.


 

 

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.


 

 

Fire TV Cube with TV

How to Set Up an Amazon Fire TV Cube

Recently, a product called the Amazon Fire TV Cube has become available and I am finding it often helps me solve challenges I am working on on behalf my older friends. I have developed this "How to" guide to help other people like me set up a Fire TV Cube for their friends, relatives, or aging parents. I include instructions for how to enable various features I have needed for the solutions I have created for my friends and relatives.


 

 

Making TV "Useful" For My 94-yr-old Aunt

This is about how I took advantage of the ubiquity of TV in the lives of many older adults.  By adding various "smart" integrations, I turned the TV from simply a source of background noise into a useful tool — that helps my 94-yr-old aunt accomplish all sorts of things she previously had trouble with.


 

 

Surf the Web Like a Pro

There is an infinite cache of brilliant essays, news articles, scientific reports, and books available on the Internet, but you cannot access much of it without giving the website owners something of value in return, unless you master a few simple "surfing techniques".

This installment of "An Internet Enabled Life" will tell you how to quickly hack through the annoying jungle of subscription nags and popup-n-pop-downs and advertisements to get at the actual content you care about.


 

 

Internet Feeds: How to Set Them Up & Use Them

This page contains some detailed instructions for how to set up Internet feeds so they stream useful articles and other content to the home page of your browser — so you don't have to go searching for them.

This continues the article "Surf the Web Like a Pro", in which you can read more — including what exactly "Feeds" are and why you might want them, and is part of the series "An Internet Enabled Life".


 

 

My Favorite Browser Extensions

I find having the right "Browser Extensions" installed on my browser makes a huge different to how easily I can surf the web, and avoid popups and paywalls, and find what I want to read easily and quickly.

Here is the list of my personal "Favorite Browser Extensions".


 

 

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Virtual Connections to the "Tech-Challenged"

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.


 

 

Setting Up Alexa Calling

How to Set Up Alexa Calling for a Loved One

Are you looking for a way to setup video chats with your loved one who lives independently or in a facility? This article tells you how to do that, using the Echo Show, without requiring your loved one to do any of the "setting up".


 

 

Magic Carpet Apps for That

As I mentioned in the introduction to "My Internet Enabled Life, you can see the world while sitting at your PC in your own house or apartment. Here is a list of websites that offer an amazing assortment of places to visit, theater performances to watch, TV series, and movies.   


 

 


 

Jiobit Smart Tag

The Jiobit location-tracking smart tag and app are designed to track the wearer over a cell network at any distance indoors or out. 


 

 

acto touchscreen app

 

AcTo Dementia

AcTo Dementia is a website intended to provide information about touchscreen apps designed for use by persons with dementia.


 

 

Abridge App

 

Abridge

Abridge is a smartphone app designed to facilitate the recording of conversations during medical visits and to organize the recorded information for ease of understanding when reviewed.


 

 

LifePod

 

LifePod

LifePod is a wireless system of communication and feedback intended to help designated family, friends and caregivers using voice contact and messaging between the users.


 

 

BoundaryCare

 

BoundaryCare

BoundaryCare is an iOS app intended to keep track of an Apple watch wearer's whereabouts and to display movement and location information on one or more iPhones using the app.


 

Dementia Patient Wanders (Living at Home)

Your loved one tends to wander out of the yard when you aren’t looking. She has dementia, and you worry she will get lost. 

Although you could get an elderly GPS tracker, they may refuse to wear it, and cell coverage in your area might not be reliable.

What Time Is It? Dementia Confusion

My Dad is now in a nursing home, and he can't tell the difference between 4 AM and 4 PM when looking at a clock. When he asks his Voice Assistant, and it says, "It's 4 AM", he thinks it said "4 PM," and he better get dressed for dinner!

Socially Distance My Flu Shot, Please!

San Francisco Explorer Bob reports to the group that he is ready to get his annual flu shot, but is concerned that the space provided for inoculations by his usual drugstore pharmacy is a small room with no air circulation.

"Senior" Finds TV Hard to Use

As older adults develop physical and mental frailties, they sometimes have difficulty using products they want to be able to continue to use: such as the TV.

For example, physical impairments, like arthritis or tremor, may make it hard to press buttons. And cognitive impairments may make...

Covid Benefits--Part 3

Virtual1, the first  Longevity Explorers group that plans to meet entriely online with circle members living coast to coast discussed the benefits they accrued during the pandemic. In the third recorded segment of our July meeting, individual members continue to discuss affirmative change in...

Covid Benefits--Part 2

In the second recorded segment of our July meeting, individual members continue to discuss affirmative change in their lives during covid. Circle members give us a peak into adjustments in their lives as they have more time to reactivate earlier interests and use new technologies. They reveal...

Getting Tech Help: SF Explorers

The SF Explorer Circle discusses and shares how they get tech help for their devices or tutoring to operate them.

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...

Flywheel: Hail a Cab Swiftly

Lynn presents another in the series of Longevity Explorers' favorite apps, telling the group about Flywheel, her favorite ride sharing app.

Explorers Discuss Canes, Hiking Poles, and Canadian Crutches

The Explorers review a set of canes with additional features which have appeared before, and this leads to talk of a mobility aid which is new to the discussion.

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Featured Research

 

Medical Alert Systems: Help

Medical Alert Systems GuideWe kept getting asked "which medical alert system is 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 a medical alert system, either for yourself or for an older adult such as a parent, this piece of research is for you.

Choose the Right Medical Alert System for YOU

 

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

 

Avoid Social Isolation & Loneliness

isolation and lonelinessOur community is exploring ways to avoid becoming isolated and lonely as we grow older. See what we are discovering — including one group of older adult's "recipe" for overcoming loneliness.

View: Isolation & Loneliness Hub

 

Medication Management Tools

medication management toolsPoor medication management is one of the key reasons people are forced to stop living independently. There are a wide range of tools that can help you manage your medications — and avoid, or at least postpone, that fate. We have researched which products work best for different types of people, ranging from simple inexpensive pill boxes and reminders to complex "automated" pill dispensers.

View: Medication Management Hub