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Technology, Dog Years & Keeping Up

A year for your beloved pup is equivalent of a human body maturing 7 years. Dogs’ accelerated maturity life cycle has a parallel in how things mature in the digital world.

Considering the speed in which technology matures, where our lives increasingly revolve around its innovations, there is a pronounced sense of urgency for collaboration. Brain trusts from companies, nonprofits, government, and the public need to collaborate on innovative ways to help our elders: our parents, extended family, and friends.

As we welcome 2019, Tech Talk starts out “unplugged” – an issue relevant to Boomers, seniors, and their sons and daughters alike. The latter demographic, readers of our sister publication Northeast Ohio Parent, perhaps, are vested and well-positioned to secure the wellbeing of Boomers and seniors. Just like Boomers were the innovators of the 20th century, sons and daughters of Boomers are now the instigators and innovators of the 21st century. They possess the ability to influence, aka shape, the competitive markets, translating to increased affordability and accessibility so no one is left behind.

Additionally, philanthropy in traditional disciplines continues to be augmented by digital world-borne tools and ideas. Those sons and daughters who understand the digital world’s prominence in the real and digital worlds we live in, are now in the decision-making roles to maximize the efficacy of philanthropic efforts. In short, sons and daughters can instill meaningful change for our society.

According to its fact sheet, the White House’s Conference on Aging is “the best-known White House conference.” Great, we already have a platform for collaboration and brainstorming. But wait, it only happens every 10 years? I’m sure readers see the challenge as it relates to the digital world where technology-based innovative ideas originate and mature with head-turning speed.

If you Google the factsheet from 2015, Uber is listed under the section titled “Using Technology to Help Older Americans.” I remember this vividly, sharing the informative video on its pilot program for senior transportation with others.

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What’s In Your Ear? Here are the Top Podcasts of 2018 According to (who else?) the People at Apple

Have you heard? Apple has announced the top podcasts for 2018 and one had a Cleveland connection. Were any on your list? What are you listening to and why? ...
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Fundraiser Set for Digital Literacy Program

Our tech columnist is also co-founder of a free series of classes aimed at helping people 60 and older become comfortable with technology. Check out The Center for Aging in the Digital World's upcoming fundraiser. ...
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Tech Talk: Gadgets to the Rescue

As technology continued to permeate into every nook and cranny of our lives, and as technology evolved at the speed of light, I started seeing solutions and services that catered to the above “What if?” scenario. ...
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Local Seniors Test Tech for Case Western Reserve University

Ohio Living Breckenridge Village has opened a 2,400-square-foot Smart Living Lab at its Willoughby campus in partnership with researchers from Case Western Reserve University. The lab was designed to allow seniors to work with the devices before the technology advances to the marketplace—and where university faculty and students can immediately relate with the residents to address their daily challenges. ...
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Tech Talk: Bridging Distances with Connections that Count

Almost all “digital natives” (younger people) — and many digital immigrants (Boomers), such as myself — use smartphones and their apps to stay in touch. Dispersing information on social media once to update our friends does away with the need to repeat the same information to multiple parties. ...
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Tech Talk: Field of Streams

If you haven't tried one of these free library services, you’re missing out on a hidden gem for the 21st century. If you are pressed for time to actually set foot into your library, visit its website for starters. It is hard to miss the banner on the CCPL homepage aptly proclaiming “The digital collection. Free with your library card.” ...
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Travel Assurance: Communicate with Confidence Abroad

Making simple changes in your settings also minimizes the chance of getting expensive charges when communicating with friends and family back home. Additional options such as video chat enhance your ability to communicate. ...
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