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Can't find a good reading light

My 96-year-old aunt describes her eye problem as: "I have glaucoma and macular degeneration. I'm seeing an Ophthalmologist as well as a Retinologist and they told me there was nothing they could do...

 

Want joint activity with distant relative?

Your parent or relative lives far from you, or for whatever reason in person visits are not realistic. You have a way to talk with them via video already. But now you want something you can actually...

 
 By Frank Engelman    Advice    May 26, 2022

Losing memories?

As we age, we tend to forget not only where we leave physical items or upcoming events, but also important memories such as names, past events, and locations. Alexa has a built-in feature called...

 
 By Frank Engelman    Advice    May 12, 2022

Need Help Making Alexa Useful?

I am unsure what features to include, or how to set it up so it is as useful as possible. There are a number of "How To" articles on Tech-enhanced Life relating to Alexa....

 
 By Frank Engelman    Advice    May 5, 2022

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...

 

How to Monitor Sleep

There is a lot written about how important it is to get a good night's sleep. But how do we measure our sleep in the first place, so we can monitor whether it is "good", and whether any things we do...

 

Making Zoom Even Easier

Now that "Zooming" is a verb, knowing how to make video calls via Zoom is becoming an important life skill. The truth is Zoom is extremely easy to use, which is why it became so popular during COVID....

 

Living independently

Which products and services can help an older adult live independently, and with autonomy, as long as possible?...

 

Tech-enhanced life - Jan. 6

How do you set up and maintain some type of mutually convenient calendaring solution that maintains the right balance between "collaborating" and "helping" and "keeping things simp...

 

Oh no! The laundry room floor is flooded!

We want to avoid water leaks altogether. Or, if that is not feasible, we want to get alerted as soon as possible after a water leak starts leaking, so we can intervene and minimize damage....

 

Tech-enhanced life for seniors - Nov. 18

Looking at gifts that will enhance TV viewing? Recently, a product called the Amazon Fire TV Cube has become available. However, the Amazon Fire TV Cube is not so simple to set up, and so I have...

 

Tech-enhanced life for seniors - Oct. 14

This article covers several smart living room features useful for family members or friends - and that focus on "challenges" of particular relevance to people as they age. In the living room, the...

 

Tech-enhanced life for seniors

Suggested Solutions Smart Thermostat, Dementia or Poor Vision I needed a smart thermostat to help overcome problems of an elderly relative with dementia and low vision. I ended up creating a solution...

 

Tech-enhanced life for seniors

Kitchens are especially important for smart home features because there are some quite major things that can easily go wrong if you are not completely on the ball. For example, the stove being left...

 

Tech-enhanced life for seniors

The problem Once or twice a month I leave the stove on after fixing breakfast. Most of the time I realize that I have left the stove on but it may be an hour or two after breakfast. I worry about...

 

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