computers, internet and social networking

Includes PC simplification software, personal computers for seniors, home routers, web conferencing, Skype-related, social networking, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

Complexity is killing us – where is the Universal Easy Mode?

Windows 8 – the interface that needed a ‘Start Me Up’ revision. The emotion that has been unleashed by the launch of Windows 8 is fun to read about – unless you have a new computer pre-installed with it. Then you are in deep trouble – you are dealing with a mysterious user interface designed for a Windows phone that nobody will buy – nor will you – but sadly, you are running it on a computer. You cannot find the Start menu, locate a network printer, find where files are placed -- and that’s actually before you’ve done any work. The lack of a Start menu alone immediately spawned an entire software industry of add-ons! But thankfully, someone tells you about a downloadable START button – and you’ve taken one small step forward – at least until the complainers are silenced with Windows 8.1. >>> Read more . . .

Your Social Security is smart about phones

Social Security has a smart phone app.  Never one to be behind the technology times, Social Security has announced the availability of a smart phone site, noting that 35 million page views come via smart phones -- over what period, how many repeats, we can only guess. The site must be a work in process, however. Before I could even type my password into MySocialSecurity, a message informed me that the information which I had not yet requested was best viewed on a desktop. No kidding. There are more options and tidbits of information on the desktop site than on the mobile site, including the non-trivial process of applying for benefits. On a phone would be a study in persistence in the face of daunting obstacles. But life is good: "phone users can connect with Social Security on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest."  Whew, if we couldn’t connect through Pinterest, I just don’t know what we’d do. >>> Read more . . .

Winning SeniorLink helps seniors stay connected

A 16-year-old helps older clients with technology.

05/14/2013

Silver surfers fighting loneliness with technology

A study teaching older people how to use programs like Facebook has found social media can help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness among seniors.

03/26/2013

Helping seniors learn new technology

Though lots of communities offer computer classes for older adults, the response has been mostly local and small-scale.

05/03/2013

AARP: Seniors need better access to Internet to support aging in place

Many older adults still do not have affordable, high-speed connectivity at home.

04/16/2013

New Digital-Divide Campaign Would Leave Seniors Behind

Getting online, a priority for low-income children; but low-income seniors are being left behind.

04/08/2013

Aging in Place Technology Watch, March 2013 Newsletter

It’s a puzzlement – finding the organizations trying to get older adults online.  Last June I wrote a post about getting older adults online – in particular, the age range from 75 and beyond – only 34% of those folks were online at that time. Many organizations offer online assistance in coping with a variety of concerns of older adults, whether it is taxpayer assistance, help with online banking, obtaining coupons for grocery savings, even a Geek Squad coupon from AARP -- available online  -- to help with problems that older adults might have using computers.  Duh. And a new campaign, Everyone On, has produced Connect2Compete, a public-private partnership that has been launched to help low-income individuals cross the digital divide – but only if they have a child on the ‘federal free and reduced-cost lunch programs.   >>> Read more . . .

Helping seniors get online -- whose job is it anyway?

It’s a puzzlement – finding the organizations trying to get older adults online.  Last June I wrote a post about getting older adults online – in particular, the age range from 75 and beyond – only 34% of those folks were online at that time. Yet so many organizations offer online assistance in coping with a variety of concerns of older adults, whether it is taxpayer assistance, help with online banking, obtaining coupons for grocery savings, even a Geek Squad coupon from AARP -- and it is, naturally, available online!  -- to help with problems that older adults might have using computers. Duh. And a new campaign, Everyone On, has produced Connect2Compete, a public-private partnership that has been launched to help low-income individuals cross the digital divide – but only if they have a child on the ‘federal free and reduced-cost lunch programs.'  >>> Read more . . .

Social isolation 'increases death risk in older people'

A study  found that being isolated from family and friends linked to a 26% higher death risk over seven years.

03/26/2013
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