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iPad beginner?

iPad buttonsAre you  beginner? Own an iPad and want to put it to better use?  Here’s a free iPad course for beginners of all ages.

Designed for you, these LESSONS cover the basics from:

  • how that round button at the top or bottom of the iPad works
  • how to make a home screen more useful
  • how to get a new app from the App Store
  • how to move apps to different places
  • how to install a keyboard
  • how to lock the device

Learning the basics helps you advance from a beginner to someone who can determine what you want and then make the iPad do it.

The phrase, “There’s an app for that.” sums it up. The apps determine what the iPad will do. They are very important. Just the apps that came with the device will open a world of new things to do. But, if you need additional information, think about what information would be useful, research the apps you need and get them from the App Store. Most are free.

Learn how to set up the keyboard and you’ll take the device from a consumer of information to your personal information maker.

And, locking the device will become it become more important as you do more things with it.

There’s even a lesson with tips that will help you get the most out of the iPad.

The iPad can do so many things for you, but you have to learn the basics to get it do most of them.

Home care and the internet of caring things — 2016 and beyond

What's all this "exciting" technology hype getting us? Look at the context.

  • In health care alone, insurance costs are rising with each renewal.
  • The delivery system keeps getting more expensive.
  • The cost of medicine goes up.
  • The average age of people over 65 approaches 85.

Eventually something from the tech future has to have a positive effect on our lives

We don't need refrigerators that tell us what to buy at the grocery store. We  don't need thermostats that talk to us or help us monitor our dog when we're away.  We need technology that improves home care.

Laurie Orlov has written an article looking at the technological possibilities for 2016.

Read it. Think about it.  Talk with your friends about it.

Make technology help our growing population of people who could use some cost cutting, safe ways to stay home and live a healthy life.

How Seniors use Smartphones

serveimageIt's no surprise that with such a concentration in cellphone ownership (61%), seniors don't ordinarily use the internet. Seniors haven't been able, or maybe aren't interested, in the internet and its many advantages for information savvy people. Cellphones present an almost insurmountable set of problems for seniors wanting to watch a video, shop, access medical information, contact friends and family, or manage investments.

A majority of Canadian seniors, people over 68, now own a cellphone but only a small number have made the leap to using a smartphone, suggests a report by the Media Technology Monitor.

Of the 774 seniors polled how many said they owned:

a cellphone, 61%
a smartphone, 13%
a tablet, 12%

Seniors had a very slight preference for Apple's iPhone and most of the tablets were iPads.

Only 7% of the seniors said they used their mobile device to connect to the internet and only 2% tried social networking on their smartphone. Other figures in the report:

About 17 per cent of seniors said they sent text messages
Seniors estimated they spent about 6.3 hours a week online
About 23 per cent of the seniors said they use social media
Of the senior social media users, about 87 per cent were on Facebook, while only about 17 per cent were on LinkedIn and nine per cent were on Twitter