Category Archives: Technology

Online learning and connecting | several articles for digital users of all levels

fatigue - connectionThe Internet and meeting platforms as Zoom have provided exceptional ways for people to stay connected over the past year. Perhaps going forward, digital conferencing computer applications and programs will be the connection of choice for so many reasons.

On March 6, the Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Link partners’ network will be offering this free Webinar that’s geared for persons who may need a little boost and confidence building in getting started on digital highway.

March 06 – A webinar especially for seniors and others who may be a little skeptical about digital devices and the Internet: “BABY STEPS #1: Let’s Get Tech Savvvy!


Here are a few articles that may be of interest for you:

“Vaccine Signups Cater to the Tech-Savvy, Leaving Out Many” – Stateline

tech savvy vaccinations“Mary Christian, 71, spent hours on both her cellphone and iPad trying to arrange an appointment online for a COVID-19 vaccination through the Mississippi State Department of Health website and on its listed registration phone line. Older adults across the country who can’t easily navigate online technology are finding it difficult to sign up for appointments.” Rogelio V. SolisThe Associated Press

by Jenni Bergal

“Like millions of older adults across the country, Allan Potter and his wife, Vicki, are eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The Potters, who live in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, are prime candidates. They’re both 73. He suffers from a neuromuscular disorder. She has multiple myeloma. They hoped to sign up for the shots and get them quickly.

“But they don’t have a computer or a smartphone. And, as in many states and counties, that’s a problem because most of the registration and appointment-setting is being done online.

“’Not all of us have a computer or are on the internet,’ Allan Potter said. ‘We’re old-school. We’ve got a landline and that’s it. It’s very frustrating.’

“While many older adults have access to the internet and are tech-savvy, others are not. And even some of those who are used to going online are having a hard time navigating complicated registration websites. Others who are being left out include low-income residents who may not have the technology and people in rural areas with poor internet connections.

“Many older people are turning to adult children, other family members or friends to help them. Others are just left out.”

Continue reading this article at Pew Trusts, click here.


Click here to register for a Special Link Webinar: 

“BABY STEPS #1: Let’s Get Tech Savvvy!”

 

 

Loneliness and isolation | here are two articles that let us know that every day is not “sunshine and penguins” but there are ways to adjust.

loneliness how to deal with itShar Tuiasoa

This New York Times article, “How to Deal With Life in Long-Term Isolation” offers examples of people who have managed in scenarios of being alone or being isolated.


Resilience

74 year-old Diane Evans has learned, “If adverse situations beat you down, there wouldn’t be an African American in this country. You do what you have to do to survive.” In this NPR article, “There’s No Stopping These Seniors; Even A Pandemic Can’t Bring Them Down”, there are stories of remarkable resilience many older persons are showing in the pandemic.

Know a person age 60 and over or a person with a disability who wants to borrow an iPad, a computer & more? | Read this.

tech owl

 

TechOWL can assist with an iPad, computer, and more for older adults and people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. Please see the above flyer and this listing of TechOWL’s Assistive Technology Resource Centers and contact list.  If you know of anyone that can benefit from this technology, please refer them to the appropriate TechOwl Resource Center from the attached contact list.

 

Mobile Technology for Adaptive Aging – The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine

mobile technology for adaptive aging

Click here or on the graphic to download this .pdf file.

“To explore how mobile technology can be employed to enhance the lives of older adults, the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine commissioned 6 papers, which were presented at a workshop held on December 11 and 12, 2019. These papers review research on mobile technologies and aging, and highlight promising avenues for further research.”

Patients on board with health trackers but don’t trust consumer wearables, survey finds” – Fierce Healthcare

woman_wearing_device“Nearly half of patients managing chronic conditions said they would physically visit the doctor less if they could share health data digitally, according to a recent survey. (Sony)”

by Heather Landi

“Patients who manage chronic conditions are eager to use a monitoring device to manage their health. But consumer smartwatches might not be the answer.

“Three in four patients say they would wear a specialized monitoring device only used for their specific condition if prescribed by their doctor, a survey from electronics company Sony found.

“Nearly 90% of those surveyed believe they could better manage chronic conditions with a health monitoring device. More than half of patients said they would potentially switch doctors if another doctor prescribed a specialized device, according to the survey of 2,000 people conducted by Sony.

“However, while consumer-facing companies like Apple and Fitbit offer wearables with health tracking capabilities, only 28% of patients would trust a consumer device to help manage their chronic condition and 45% said they were unsure, according to the survey.”

Click here to continue reading this article at FierceHealthcare.

“Live Transcribe is an accessibility app designed for the Deaf and hard of hearing and usable by anyone.”

Screenshot_20200527-153154_Live Transcribescreenshot using “Live Transcribe” during the Webinar.

Tuned into this ADvancing States WEBINAR today, “Using Technology to Meet the Needs of Older Adults Isolated at Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

Of the volumes of Webinars that have proliferated the landscape in the past bunch of months, this one had some real applicable learning points. One we are eager to share with our Link partners and people who come to this Website.

Meet “Live Transcribe” – an quite useful app for your smart phone.

Live Transcribe is an accessibility app designed for the Deaf and hard of hearing and usable by anyone. Using Google’s state-of-the-art automatic speech recognition technology, Live Transcribe performs real-time transcription of speech and sound to text on your screen, so you can more easily participate in conversations going on in the world around you. You can also keep the conversation going by typing your response on the screen.

On Pixel 3 and up, these additional steps are required to use Live Transcribe:

1. Open your device’s Settings app.
2. Tap “Accessibility”, then tap “Live Transcribe”.
3. Tap “Use service”, then accept the permissions.
4. An Accessibility button should now appear at the bottom right corner of your screen, next to the Home button. Tap the Accessibility button or use gesture (https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/7650693) to start Live Transcribe.

Real-time transcription:
• Supports transcription in over 70 languages and dialects.
• Supports quick-switching between 2 languages.
• Displays non-speech sound so that you know if someone is knocking on your door or a dog is barking.
• Reply without speaking by typing your responses within the app.

Referring back to transcription:
• You can save a transcript up to 3 days which stays secure on your device. (By default, transcriptions are not saved.)
• Touch and hold the transcript to copy & paste.

For more accurate transcription:
• Use an external microphones found in wired headsets, Bluetooth headsets, and USB mics for better audio reception.
• Check the loudness and noise indicator to find out if your environment is suitable for transcription.

Requirements:
• Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and up.

Live Transcribe was made in collaboration with Gallaudet University, the premier Deaf and hard of hearing university in the US.

Join the Google Accessible community (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/accessible) to provide feedback and receive product updates.Visit link: http://g.co/disabilitysupport to connect with an expert on the Disability Support team.

Permissions Notice
Microphone: Live Transcribe needs microphone access to transcribe the speech around you. The audio is not stored after the transcript is processed.

 

The Keys to Effective Telemedicine for Older Adults – Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Telemedicine Older Adults

by Laurence Solberg 

“I started using telemedicine around 13 years ago as a geriatrician for the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). I used it mostly for following up with patients after discharge from a Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) Unit, which served as a longer-term rehabilitation unit that we had in our hospital.

“I’ve seen how the VA has used telemedicine over the years, using numerous different platforms. They’ve used encrypted telephones that involved calling from a central location in a medical facility and video chat that required placement of equipment during a home visit.

“We’ve run the gamut from using basic landline telephones to HIPAA-secure video-conferencing programs. These days, we sometimes place tablets in the home when the patient does not have access to a smartphone.

“As more primary care is being shifted away from office visits during the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m now using my telemedicine experience and training as a geriatrician to help the VA use the 4Ms Framework for Age-Friendly Care to improve care for older adults.

Continue reading this article at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, click here.

 

ZOOM notes | in a pandemic state

In this pandemic world, more and more of us probably are attending meetings; connecting with friends and family; attending webinars; taking courses and exercising with ZOOM or one of the other video applications.

This post is about several aspects of this social connection phenomenon.

zoom fatigueIllustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

“Another pandemic woe: Zoom fatigue” | “The rapid trajectory of videoconferencing service Zoom has entered a new phase: What started as a social lifeline during the pandemic, and then became an object of privacy and security concerns, has now become a grind.

“Why it matters: Zoom is wearing a lot of us down, and as our era of enforced online work and socializing drags on, we’re all going to have to learn how to better conserve our physical and psychological energy.

“There are several reasons why videoconferencing is so exhausting.” — AXIOS


“Zoom releases security updates in response to ‘Zoom-bombings'” – The Guardian


The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources is transitioning to ZOOM cross-training meetings, Death Cafes and webinars, too. In this week’s e-blast to Link partner agencies, this announcement appeared:

COMING in May and June: Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Link partners ZOOM EVENTS: We’ll be hosting three very special ZOOM Webinars; the dates will be announced soon. Each of these multi-hour virtual events are FREE for our Link to Aging and Disability Resources’ partner agencies. And we’re trying to find out how to get CEUs for each event.

    • Some of you may recall the exceptional workshop – “Authentic Communications” – we hosted several years ago.Those same  dynamic “Work Wisdom” presenters who engaged you then will be back for a two and a half hour WEBINAR all about managing through uncertain times. Times like these.
    • We’ll have another multi-hour WEBINAR with a nationally recognized dynamo with local roots; this ZOOM WEBINAR is totally focused on creating and sustaining cultures of diversity and equity.
    • Lancaster and Lebanon Link partners who got a taste of this presenter’s cross-training presenter’s “Early life experiences and trauma” presentation asked to have more. So we’re thrilled to let you know that Dr. Lark Eshleman will be the ZOOM WEBINAR presenter on the subject of Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Stay tuned – more to come soon – we’re working out the details of CEUs and dates and times.


“Look Who’s Zooming! Bear, Brookline’s comfort dog & friends”The Boston Globe


“What do you think of the new Zoom updates? Which Zoom update is your favorite?” – That’s one of the “Quarantine Conversation Starters” in this New Yorker short article. Another one we liked is: “I had a dream last night that I was at a restaurant, and, when the waiter poured my water, his hand accidentally brushed against mine, and I woke up sobbing for our lost world. Have you had any weird dreams lately?”

“Will telemedicine be the new norm after the coronavirus crisis?” – Al Jazeera

“As the pandemic forces doctors to turn to online solutions, many healthcare providers say they now see their advantages.”

telemed“Caitlin Powers sits in the living room of her Brooklyn apartment in New York, and has a telemedicine video conference with her physician, Dr Deborah Mulligan.” – [Mark Lennihan/AP Photo]

by Christine Nguyen

When Dr Mythili Krishnamurthy, an obstetrician/gynaecologist in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, got her patient’s message on WhatsApp about breast pain and a fever, she was confined to her home, like the rest of India, which had been on lockdown since March 25 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the lockdown did not stop her from managing the patient’s care.

“Doctors, like Krishnamurthy, are doing ‘house calls’ again – but now, they are in the form of telemedicine visits. Telemedicine refers to remote care, including real-time video and app-based visits. Because of the public health crisis, a profession wary of accepting telemedicine has turned to it overnight.

Media touts telemedicine’s value as a way to triage suspected COVID-19 patients, but telemedicine is not just a useful temporary stopgap, healthcare professionals say. It allows doctors to see patients with a range of problems and can improve patient care. Once doctors and patients use it, it is unlikely they will stop.”

Read this article in its entirety at Al Jazeera, click here.


The Lancaster County Link partners’ cross-training meeting is about telemedicine at Veterans Affairs.

“May 21 – VIRTUAL ZOOM CROSS-TRAINING meeting – Jessica Lehman, Veteran Affairs Medical Center- Lebanon, VA’s Health Initiative – Telehealth