communication devices, e-Readers, and tablets
includes non-PC-based communication devices, such as tablets, e-Readers, videophones, age-appropriate telephones & email appliances
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sat, 12/07/2013 - 11:14
It’s that time of year – everyone knows someone. Your grandmother, your mother, father, uncle – they are, for the most part, living in their own homes, where not-so-hidden dangers are all around. Perhaps in addition, they are lonely – as this very sad article describes. So you know someone who is older than you and, perhaps, lives alone – as 46% of the women aged 75+ do, according to the US Census. So what might be a list of gift ideas aimed at a few of the opportunities and concerns of the 75+ person in your circle of family or friends or individuals in your neighborhood senior center? If you have them, please add your own suggestions to this list. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 11:13
SEI-TEK™ Inc, partnered with Mobisoft Infotech, a top app and system developer, will launch a funding campaign for their innovative new tablet, Savi™ on Kickstarter today. Kickstarter allows every-day consumers to fund creative and technological projects. Together, backers and creators bring these innovative projects to life. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sun, 11/10/2013 - 11:50
An inquiry about an iPad opens the door – to a maze of twisty passages, all alike. We like to bring our iPad when we visit my 90-year-old mother-in-law. We walk her out of her memory care unit to a quiet living room and my husband shows his mother beautiful images of kittens and cats. As we passed the 40-something concierge at the front desk, she asked us about whether she should get an iPad. This woman does not own a smart phone and has no Internet service in her house -- and apparently no friends to guide her in this process. If you were asked this question and had just a bit more information about her situation, what would you say? >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 16:18
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 16:16
Mayday feature -- gets help in real-time.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 13:57
Tablets are hot, hot, hot – but are the usage plans affordable? So 34 percent of Americans own tablets – of these, "ownership skews toward adults ages 35-44 (49%), compared with younger and older adults. Tablet owners have incomes > $75K per year and are typically people who have a college education." Let’s hope these folks share their tablets with parents and/or grandparents; that the high-energy and youthful AARP training was and will continue to be a worthwhile and available program to help those parents and grandparents. Lots of good can come from tablets – not the least of which is ease of ongoing maintenance compared to PCs, etc. And apps are plentiful and mostly free. This charming Art in the Moment iPad app for seniors with dementia recently caught my eye. Or check out Breezie, seen at AARP’s Life@50, soon to be available in the US. GenConnect has launched with free iPad training video tutorials. But with all of this effort, charm, and enthusiasm, let’s dwell on the elephant in the room – monthly carrier costs. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sat, 10/05/2013 - 11:32
AARP TEK – fabulous training for older adults. When an organization becomes as large and influential as AARP, what a party they can throw and how attendees enjoy being brought together at its large events. Life@50+ in Atlanta was clearly fun for the attendees -- but what made it special in the context of technology utilization were several days of continuous training classes (see below) on using tablets. Led by Philip Jordan, of SeniorTechRally who did many of the training sessions himself, 4-H Club participants, dubbed "Tech wizards" sat at each of the training tables to answer questions and demonstrate use of the device. Part of a program called Mentor Up, these young adults were charming – they didn’t patronize trainees, answered questions energetically and ran around the tables showing and telling. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 13:40
YORK, PA, September 16, 2013 – Gen-Connect's website provides resources to help inexperienced technology users learn the iPad. Co-founder Michael Potteiger was inspired when he taught his own grandmother and noticed the profound effect on her life. It wasn't as easy as he first thought – he moved too fast, showed too much and overlooked basic concepts that were second nature to him. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sun, 09/22/2013 - 10:59
Isn’t it cool that all of our technology knows us and our location? It’s a widening and wonderful tech world isn’t it? We are blessed with video and the web on our smart phones; social connections all around are endorsing and Linking us In. Best of all we can speak and ask our device stupid questions -- and get specific and even charming location-based answers. Siri, tell me,what is Pi to 500 places? That was easy, but how many miles (kilometers, inches) is it to Miami? How long will it take if I’m walking from where I am standing in Washington, DC? Unlike Trivial Pursuit -- where knowing the answer matters -- with our fabulous devices all you need is the question. And because your phone is on, your starting point is wherever you are RIGHT NOW. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Fri, 08/16/2013 - 12:43
A new tablet, Claris Companion, monitored and configured by caregivers.