In 1968, 9-1-1 became the national emergency number for the United States though it did not become widely known or used until the 1970s, even into the ‘80’s. The 911 system was designed for landline telephones but landline phones are not in use as they were decades ago. With many households canceling their landline systems in favor of a cell phone, the accuracy and effectiveness of 911 comes into question.
Mirror, mirror on the wall. When you look in the mirror how do you talk to yourself? How do you see yourself? Chances are you already know that your self-talk can sabotage, or make, your day. Our brains can control how we feel about ourselves and how we face our days based on whether our self-talk is positive or negative.
If your aging relatives are losing their ability to drive a car and get to the grocery store, they may be worried about being able to age in place. With technology and home delivery what it is today, your loved ones may be able to go online or pick up the phone and have almost anything they need delivered right to their doorstep. This is a valuable resource, especially if you don’t live in the same area that they do. They can have access to groceries and entertainment items between your visits and you can rest easy knowing they are not doing without.
Being prepared for an emergency involves a lot of things such as a list of important phone numbers, extra food, flashlights and batteries and more. Whether you’re preparing for an emergency such as a tornado, a hurricane or for winter storms, having a plan is important.
As we age our daily activities often decrease. This often leads to a life filled with TV and movies. But what if our loved ones can’t afford cable or aren’t interested in the broadcasting of today’s daily schedule? The internet provides an alternative that may be more suited for some. Although cable can be expensive and the broadcasting may be a little progressive for many of our seniors, the Internet allows our loved ones to reach programming that has long been off the air of today’s TV lineup.
If you have a family member who is disabled, you know how difficult life can be for both of you. The frustration of not always being able to help them, understand what they want, and protect them when you’re not around is immense. Luckily, there are technology tools in the form of apps out there that can help make life easier, safer and better for them and you. Here are a few of the more helpful must-have apps for people with disabilities and their family members.
Have the children moved out and moved away? Then perhaps it is time for you to think about downsizing? While making a move from the long-time family home into a smaller house, condo or retirement village, that old saying “you can’t take it with you” becomes more evident.
If you’re on a college campus, it’s not enough to load your backpack up with books and trudge through the snow or rain to get to the class on time, it’s also important to have the right apps loaded on your smartphone. Let’s face it – there is plenty in the news about campus safety and LifeFone now has an app that can help you feel safer and more secure.