Gadgets That Help During Covid: Virtual Circle

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This virtual Longevity Explorers' circle meeting includes members from sixteen states and features discussions inspired by common experiences living under the Covid 'stay at home' orders. The topic: gadgets that help during COVID.

The opening question is "What gadgets have you found most helpful during this time of social distancing?" This diverse group came up with a variety of answers:

  • Smartphones, tablets and computers are cited as most helpful. Linda is enthusiastic about the usefulness of her iPad. Others are keen on being able to connect with family and friends.
  • Videoconferencing apps - for members are still working from home, Zoom dance classes, personal training and Pilates lessons.
  • Telehealth - for medical appointments as well as for therapies.
  • Teaching and Learning tools - from mathematics (with XP Pen model 640) to music lessons.
  • Smart speakers and Echo Show - as part of a Smart Home or separately.
  • Podcasts, audio books, and online musical performances.
  • Gaming apps, including games with online players.

 A concern - which can interfere with online services and information is the difficulty locating tech support - is raised by more than one member, eliciting suggestions - "Tech Pals" and "Tech Geeks" are mentioned prominently.

Finally, members express appreciation for this virtual Longevity Explorer circle, and wish to attend again as well as to follow up to learn how to form new circles.


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tech gadgets, videoconferencing, Zoom, podcasts, tablets, laptops, computers. senior computer