Friday, January 3, 2020

You Might Forget Computers and Just Use a Smartphone to Get Things Done

Nowadays most of the tasks you formerly did with computers are much more easily done with a smartphone wherever you happen to be.

You simply talk to the smartphone.  You hold down the home button to do so.

Either you ask the smartphone to tell you how to do it or you have the smartphone do it for you.

For example ask the smartphone how you make a phone call or how you get the news.

Better, get the smartphone to do it for you.  Just ask the phone to call somebody or tell it to get the news.  It will lead you through most processes.

No Windows needed, no Mac, not even a Chromebook.

(Don't want a smartphone? Try a cheap Kindle Fire.)

So, for most tasks forget the old way.

Welcome and learn the new way.


Note: Old stand-alone computers were magnets for trouble.

It is nowadays simpler amnd safer for Apple and Google to make a single systems or security change on internet cloud based systems for smartphones than for Microsoft to update millions of vulnerable Windows stand-alone devices.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

New Tech in Light Bulbs?

Suppose you could use your little table lamp anywhere without plugging it in.

Suppose a light bulb could keep working when the power went out.

Suppose you could turn on a light bulb in your hand, like a flashlight and use it as a tasklight.

Or suppose you could just hang it on a hook for lighting.

Or suppose you would simply like it to play your music.

All it takes is a search of Amazon to find the new bulbs.






Friday, September 27, 2019

Keeping Notes

Keeping notes is more valuable as we get older.

Maintaining event calendars probably comes first for most people.

I use Google calendar for time and date related events so that I can get reminders by email.

For to do activities I now use the Microsoft to do app which is an upgrade of Wunderlist.

For procedures of various types I post to my website here for my own benefit as well as for others.

I download manuals and instructions and send them to Kindle and Google play books. 

Things I need to recall go to Evernote.

Items I need to read go to Pocket for temporary storage.

Google chrome Doc's enables OCR of printed docs into my digital files by importing images from an iPhone scanner application

Friday, August 2, 2019

A "Happy Valley" Resident Website


Now that it is so easy to create a website,  senior community residents generally have a “bulletin board” type website of their own where residents can share common interests.      

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Beating Alzheimer's

 This is about “Happy Valley” and not about technology.


I am posting it here because we do not yet have and a site for residents of this community, as done commonly elsewhere.
So... 

It happens that there are two very different directions being taken to address the issues of dementia here, maybe even three.

There is unanimity here that action needs to be taken, even though this community is very well regarded in the way it handles dementia treatment already.

Views on dementia treatment are changing, however.     There is a groundswell of change.

The most current thinking is that there is a whole constellation of changes in the brain which can create dementia.       Basically the brain’s regulating system gets out of whack. It needs to be restored to proper functioning before serious problems start.

The causes are genes, diet, exercise, medications, and so on.

Prevention would address these issues by DNA analysis, exhaustive blood tests beyond those normally offered, and many other diagnostic procedures,

Then there would be corrective follow up treatment for the issues found in each individual case.

I am especially concerned about others because it happens that I have a copper deficiency which resulted in muscle atrophy and loss of balance and leads automatically to Alzheimer’s, IF It had not been diagnosed and then treated.    The blood test that identified the condition is rarely done. Half a dozen neurologists failed to identify the problem until I got to the University of Pennsylvania. 

I'm grateful now that Happy Valley's outstanding physical therapy department was then able to put me on the road to recovery with intensive workouts on fitness machines with increasing weights.    Unfortunately it does not have the best equipment wherever it does physical therapy, 

And, unfortunately, it happens at Happy Valley that, while there has been new preventive outreach, the wellness and fitness program has deteriorated on one campus from what it was just a few years ago.

At this location all fitness classes have been discontinued, facilities reduced or eliminated, and essential equipment removed.       

Meanwhile, the main emphasis has been in building a new community for those already with advanced dementia.

I simply feel that this is like closing the barn door after the horse has gone.    

Nowadays the efforts need to be to restore the brain to normal functioning by addressing those issues which created the problem in the first place.

If that is not done seniors, and this community, will be more and more overwhelmed with the increase in dementia, as the treating facilities drown in costs.