Technology

Understanding your digital footprint

By Patrick Baker ~ One day, you’re shopping for shoes online and then you’re seeing ads for those shoes on social media, news sites, or inside mobile apps. You’re beginning to notice a pattern. What you’re noticing is the influence of the digital footprint you create every time you go online and interact with content.

Sharing Digital Photos and Videos

By Patrick Baker ~ You returned from your summer vacation with hundreds of digital photos and dozens of short videos. Now what? How can you manage your photos and share them with family and friends? Since your camera is also part of the hand-held computer we call a smartphone, you can share your photos and […]

Fitness Tech

By Patrick Baker ~ Fitness encompasses many aspects of overall health and well-being. When we say “fitness,” we commonly think of our physical health exclusively. However, we are learning what some cultures have long known: the mind and body are connected and affect one another in ways we still don’t fully comprehend.

Older Adult Personal Safety Tech

By Patrick Baker ~ Longer lifespans allow us to learn and experience more of everything life has and enjoy relationships with family, friends, and loved ones. Longevity also has risks – physical and cognitive – that may require additional attention and support over time.

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 […]


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