Patrick Baker on Technology

Essential Travel Apps

By Patrick Baker ~ All travel starts with a destination in mind. Your purpose in traveling (work or pleasure), how you get there, who you’re visiting, where to stay, how you’ll get around, and what you’ll do are all factors in choosing where to go. Independent of the kind of trip, destination, or activity, there’s […]

Secure Your Google Account with Sign-In and Recovery Methods

By Patrick Baker ~ Recently a client entered an incorrect password for their Google account multiple times and locked themselves out of their account. Fortunately, they had set up multiple sign-in and recovery methods and were able to regain account access quickly. What are sign-in and recovery methods in the Google ecosystem, and how do […]

Extending the Life of Older Computers

By Patrick Baker ~ Remember that new computer feeling when you first acquired your desktop, laptop, or tablet computer? Recall the anticipation of selecting, ordering, then finally receiving and setting up your new computer. It’s not a trivial decision – or expense. So how can you make the most of your technology investment?

Technology Guardrails for Persons with Mild Cognitive Impairment

By Patrick Baker ~ Older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who are also technologically inclined still want to feel a sense of personal agency and autonomy when using computers, mobile devices, and online services. However, adult children of older adults, other family members, and caregivers want the persons in their care to use technology […]

Cutting the Cord and Streaming

By Patrick Baker ~ Streaming video content is movies, series, and other programs you can watch over the internet or download to your computer, smartphone, or tablet for later replay. People can stream their programs instead of subscribing to cable or satellite TV. Some content is exclusively available on streaming services, like the documentary The […]

Age Tech: 2021 and Beyond

By Patrick Baker ~ What is Age Tech? Age Tech is technology and services designed with and for older adults. Age Tech helps older adults live independently for longer. It also helps families, caregivers, and senior care professionals better manage care.

Alexa Together Could Be a Game-Changer in Home Care

By Patrick Baker ~ Later this year, Amazon is poised to launch a new interactive service in the US called Alexa Together to help support older adults and their families. Announced in late September, Alexa Together is a subscription service that enables families and other caregivers to monitor the well-being of their aging loved ones […]

Find My Android Devices

By Patrick Baker ~ Last month, we discussed locating a misplaced, lost, or stolen iPhone, iPad, or MacBook. This month’s column focuses on how to find missing Android smartphones and tablets.

Find My Apple Devices

By Patrick Baker ~ One of the worst feelings in the world is the panic one feels when you can’t find your wallet, pack, or purse. That same feeling applies when you can’t locate your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook. Fortunately, the Find My app – included with all Apple operating systems – can help you […]

Virtual Volunteering

By Patrick Baker ~ Many people want to help their communities through volunteering, but how can you volunteer if you have time constraints, mobility issues, or lingering pandemic safety concerns? Fortunately, there are numerous options available for volunteering virtually. Let’s examine some of the choices available.

Essential Travel Apps

By Patrick Baker ~ Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, independent of the kind of trip, destination, or activity, there’s an app for that. Here are a few apps that help travelers plan their trips and make the most of their time at their destination. All apps noted are available for both iOS and […]

Smart Home Technology for Independent Living

By Patrick Baker ~ According to a recent survey by, almost 90 percent of older adults stated they intend to live in their current homes for the next five to ten years. Eighty-five percent of those respondents believed they could continue living in their homes without significant home modifications.

Smartphone Accessibility Features for Older Adults

By Patrick Baker ~ Last year, AARP said that smartphones were the most purchased item among those surveyed. Adoption of mobile technology among older adults has increased during the pandemic. However, the standard setup for nearly all smartphones does not acknowledge older adults’ unique physical needs, such as diminished vision and hearing. With that in […]

Privacy, Secure Messaging, and File Sharing

By Patrick Baker ~ Safeguarding your privacy in the world of technology requires knowledge and effort. Persons who utilize text messages, email, and social media need to be cautious about sharing personally-identifying information (PII) like your birth date, Social Security number, and other highly confidential information.

Managing Your Google Account for Estate Planning

By Patrick Baker ~ If you have a Google account, you’re in control of your data and the tools available to manage your account. But did you know you can tell Google how to manage your account as part of your estate plan? People use Google accounts and apps for email, creating and managing documents, […]

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