‘Your favorite grandson’ helps seniors with computer technology
By Linda L. Riley
Lev Saunders is working on becoming everyone’s favorite grandson – the one they can call on when they need help with computers, printers, cell phones or other electronic gadgets.
App helps seniors get online
Generations on Line (GoL), a nonprofit dedicated to helping seniors tackle the digital divide, has launched a free application, or “app,” that’s designed to get older adults online more easily by using small, portable computer “tablets.” The app is called Easy Tablet Help for Seniors. It is available both in the Apple App Store and in Google Play. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) is collaborating with GoL on behalf of seniors citywide to expand computer tablet training through this new app.
Aging Research & Issues: Nov. 20-22, 2017
- Personality and Survival in Older Age: The Role of Lifestyle Behaviors and Health Status. Debora Rizzuto, Enrico Mossello, Laura Fratiglioni, Giola Santoni, Hui-Xin Wang. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, December 2017 ,Volume 25, Issue 12, Pages 1363–1372. Published online: June 8, 2017. Conclusions: Extroverted people, who are characterized by higher optimism and high self-efficacy, are prone to healthier behaviors and better health, which may result in longer survival.
- Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard – Emerging Innovations in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports for Family Caregivers. Susan C. Reinhard, Wendy Fox-Grage, Lynn Friss Feinberg (AARP Public Policy Institute), Barbara Coulter Edwards, Jim Downie, Debra Moscardino (Health Management Associates). November 2017.
Aging Research & Issues: September 11-15, 2017
- Precipitation and Physical Activity in Older Adults: The Moderating Role of Functional Mobility and Physical Activity Intentions. Christiane A Hoppmann, Jessica Chak Man Lee, Jochen P Ziegelmann, Peter Graf, Karim M Khan, Maureen C Ashe. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 72, Issue 5, September 1, 2017, Pages 792–800. Published online: December 26, 2015.
- Space, the final frontier: outdoor access for people living with dementia. Elaine Argyle, Tom Dening & Peter Bartlett. Aging & Mental Health, Volume 21, 2017 – Issue 10, Pages 1005-1006. Published online: October 19, 2016.
Aging News & Research: September 5-8, 2017
- Technology Access and Use, and Their Associations With Social Engagement Among Older Adults: Do Women and Men Differ? Jeehoon Kim, Hee Yun Lee, M Candace Christensen, Joseph R Merighi. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 72, Issue 5, September 1, 2017, Pages 836–845. Published online: October 9, 2016.
- To stay or to go? Postretirement housing choices of single Baby Boomer women. Foula Z. Kopanidis, Linda J. Robinson & Mike Reid. Journal of Women & Aging, Volume 29, 2017 – Issue 5, Pages 417-427. Published online: September 14, 2016.
Aging Research & Issues: April 10 – 14, 2017
- Homebound patients’ perspectives on technology and telemedicine: A qualitative analysis.
Kristin T. L. Huang, MD, Tracy J. Lu, BA, Forootan Alizadeh & Arash Mostaghimi, MD, MPA, MPH. Home Health Care Services Quarterly, Volume 35, 2016 – Issue 3-4, Pages 172-181. Published online: 29 Nov 2016.
- Evidence-Based Programs for Older Adults: A Disconnect Between U.S. National Strategy and Local Senior Center Implementation. Julie Bobitt, PhD & Andiara Schwingel, PhD. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, Volume 29, 2017 – Issue 1, Pages 3-19. Published online: 23 May 2016.
Aging Research & Issues: November 21 – 23, 2016
- Online social integration is associated with reduced mortality risk. William R. Hobbsa, Moira Burked, Nicholas A. Christakise, and James H. Fowler. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, November 15, 2016 – vol. 113 no. 46.
- Do State Laws Protecting Older Workers from Discrimination Laws Reduce Age Discrimination in Hiring? Experimental (and Nonexperimental) Evidence. David Neumark, Ian Burn, Patrick Button and Nanneh Chehras. Michigan Retirement Research Center, University of Michigan.
Aging Research & Issues: October 3-7, 2016
- Caregivers’ Willingness to Pay for Technologies to Support Caregiving. Richard Schulz, PhD, Scott R. Beach, PhD, Judith T. Matthews, PhD, Karen Courtney, PhD, Annette De Vito Dabbs, PhD and Laurel Person Mecca, MA. (The Gerontologist, Volume 56, Issue 5 – open access). The study assesses whether and how much informal caregivers are willing to pay for technologies designed to help monitor and support care recipients in performing kitchen and personal care tasks.
- New Report Presents Detailed Economic Data on All 50 States and D.C. for August. (U.S. Congress, Joint Economic Committee. September 22, 2016) For example, private-sector employment was up in 27 states and D.C. .
- Assessing Social Isolation: Pilot Testing Different Methods. Harry Owen Taylor, Stephanie Herbers, Samuel Talisman & Nancy Morrow-Howell. (Journal of Gerontological Social Work , Volume 59, Issue 3 – open access). One in every four residents reported social isolation, compared to staff who perceived that one in eight residents were struggling to feel connected.