Technology Solutions for People that Don't Like Change

Apple is No Longer Supporting Several iPads and That’s Great News for Some

Technology is always changing. For those that grew up using computers, we hardly notice. 

We mindlessly update the software on our computers, phones and tablets, then poke around to see what’s new. When we get a new gadget, we forego the user guide and simply figure it out on the fly.

For older generations, it’s not so simple. Each year, Apple rolls out a major change to iOS (the operating system that controls the iPhone and iPad). Since 2013, I’ve been teaching the iPad to older adults, so I have been on the front lines for these changes. Older users typically fall into one of three categories:

5 Upcoming Updates That Will Change the Way You Use Your iPad

5 Upcoming Updates That Will Change the Way You Use Your iPad

Apple is releasing a major updating to the iPad in the Fall. What does that mean for you?

Earlier this month, Apple showed a preview of their annual update for iPhones and iPads - iOS 11, which will be released this fall. The upcoming release includes several major changes to the iPad.

Depending on your iPad model and how you use it, these changes may completely change the way you use your iPad or have no impact whatsoever.

Why I made my 90-Year-Old Mom a Fake ID

Why I made my 90-Year-Old Mom a Fake ID

An Out-of-the Box Rummaging Hack

As a family, we are fully committed to living “in the moment” with our mother as she progresses through the stages of memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, out-of-the box creativity has been essential to us - like the story of the fake ID, which became the dignity hack we used to help with purse rummaging anxiety.

We knew losing a purse might happen for Mom who was forgetting more frequently. But in her mind, leaving home without a purse, was not really an option for a ‘normal’ lady. She put her foot down; she would not relinquish her purse. 

For safety we had removed credit cards, insurance info and some personal information from her wallet. Sure enough, eventually her purse went permanently missing.

How a YouTube Video Began a 33% Reduction in Antipsychotic Meds in Dementia Care

How a YouTube Video Began a 33% Reduction in Antipsychotic Meds in Dementia Care

One man’s reaction to his favorite music changed the way the state of Wisconsin approaches dementia care.

In 2012, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld an important and somewhat controversial decision. Helen E. F., a woman with Alzheimer’s disease, was locked in a psychiatric unit where she was given psychotropic medications as a result of exhibiting behavioral issues. The court ruled that she was not a proper subject for involuntary commitment. Not surprisingly, Wisconsin made some changes in dementia care.

Priceless Mother's Day Gifts

Priceless Mother's Day Gifts

4 Free Gifts that Will Warm Your Mom’s Heart

If your mom is anything like my mom, then she loves sentimental gifts.  For moms, it truly is the thought that counts.

From homemade cards to coupons for hugs, giving sentimental gifts has become somewhat of a tradition for me on Mother’s Day. I’ve continued that tradition into the digital age, and put together a list of creative digital gifts that all Moms are sure to love.

4 Surprising Facts You Should Know About the Latest iPad Release

4 Surprising Facts You Should Know About the Latest iPad Release

Apple Just Released It's Cheapest iPad Ever!

Apple has a well earned reputation for offering premium products with premium pricing. On March 19th, they very quietly released a high end iPad at a not so premium price.

Even though this announcement flew under the radar in the media, it has major implications for anyone that's in the market for a tablet. Here are four surprising facts about the latest iPad offering from Apple.

4 Reasons You Should Use Your iPad WITH Your Parents

4 Reasons You Should Use Your iPad WITH Your Parents

I love spending time with my mom, but now that she's in her 90’s, I am much more proactive in engaging her. More and more often, I find myself doing it with a gadget between us.

Don't get me wrong; we both enjoy nature and spending time with family, but it happens less frequently nowadays. It's hard for mom to get around, and her adult grandchildren live hundreds of miles away. 

Even though the time spent together is different, we’re still able to enjoy the warmth of visiting with family. Here’s four reasons why I use an iPad with my mom and think you should too.

The Only 5 Things You Should Say to Siri

The Only 5 Things You Should Say to Siri

Siri - the virtual assistant that's built into Apple computers, including the iPhone, iPad and Mac - is one of the most well known and most used virtual assistants. She (or he if you prefer) speaks over 20 languages, answers over a billion requests per week and isn’t even 6 years old.

Despite the notoriety, Siri has some limitations. She often has difficulty transcribing or interpreting specific requests, especially those that include conversational language or complicated names.

5 Ways Dementia Caregivers Can Use Personalized Music

5 Ways Dementia Caregivers Can Use Personalized Music

Personalized music is invaluable resources for caregivers. Even if you are caring for a person that is not normally interested in music, that does not mean that he or she will not be impacted by hearing a familiar tune.

Listening to specific songs help people with dementia feel like themselves, and in turn, the music helps caregivers build emotional trust and nurture cooperation. Learning how to incorporate personalized music into daily activities can make you a more successful caregiver. Here are five ways how: