Very Basic Rules for Aging Parent Digital Devices

Are you helping to maintain and secure a computer for your aging parent? Do you find yourself spending lots and lots of time explaining why NOT to click on a button or an update screen, even when windows seem to swoop in and personally invite a user to click (or worse download)? Here is an explanation that just may help an aging senior understand, concretely, what’s going on.

Brian Krebs, over at the blog Krebs on Security, has posted 3 Basic Rules for Online Security. From his perspective, and I agree, just about everything can be distilled into the three broad guidelines listed below (or head on over to his post to read more detailed explanations). Remind family members to keep these three things in mind, day in and day out. when they are using computers.

  1. If you didn’t go looking for it, don’t install it
  2. If you installed it, update it (magazines, anti-virus programs, etc.)
  3. If you no longer need it, remove it.

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Scams and Seniors: Redux

I cannot get Rachel from Credit Card Services to stop calling me. She has such a lovely voice, and she always tells me that there is no problem with my credit card. But then she continues on, encouraging me to talk to one of her colleagues about lowering credit card interest rates. Moreover, it will be my last opportunity. Don’t I wish it was going to be my last opportunity to talk with Rachel and her colleagues!

In fact, Rachel is harassing me, and I know she does this to lots of older seniors who don’t know a lot about technology. I have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). When this happens, you should, too.

Watch this video that describes how to file a complaint, and it is well worth watching, especially with senior parents or other aging family members and friends.

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Still Learning at Age 88: Reading the Language of Life

My dad is an ardent lifelong learner. Here’s recent post from his private  family blog.

At the Eastern Mennonite University bookstore students and faculty have exclusive access for the first two weeks of the semester. Shortly thereafter, the store’s stacks are opened up to the public. So several of us from the retirement community next door, headed to the bookstore to peruse, purchase, and perhaps read what students are reading.

 One of the fascinating reference books on the bookstore’s shelves, for biology students, was The Language of Life by Frances S. Collins, now the Director of the National Institutes of Health. When I saw this text I decided to give it a go.

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Things We Take for Granted Used to be New!

A humorous, but pithy reminder for everyone — adults, adult children, and seniors —  everything we routinely use and take for granted was new at one time or another.  The video is a Norwegian Broadcasting Network comedy presentation. Enjoy!

Some New iPad for Dad Readers?

Check out this Wall Street Journal blog post, A Look at iPad Users. The story shares iPad ownership stats, recently released by ComScoreincluding a terrific graphic that depicts iPad sales by age group. Notice the statistics for age 65 and older and then add those iPad sales to the stats for the group just below, age 55 to 64. Bottom line? Lots of seniors own and are using iPads. The Journal’s blog post also features a short video news report that leads with the iPad data.

ComScore is a digital intelligence, data, and marketing firm.

Watch for a new iPad for Dad post  – coming son.

If you are considering purchasing an iPad for your senior parent, read some of the post about my Father/Daughter iPad adventure. Click on the any of the links below.
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Grandparents, Parents, Grandchildren: Family Blogging?

How would digital literacy and behavior improve if more families saw blogging as a way to communicate, share, and connect with extended family members, as well as teach children, parents, and grandparents the basics about global communication? Would they be thrilled that their younger family members had a big head start developing digital citizenship skills? Would grandparents, motivated by extra connections with their grandchildren, develop new confidence in their technology skills? Would parents be delighted at all of the writing taking place and take pride as they watched children, as well as grandparents, become more savvy digital citizens?

Blogging is safe and easily managed. While we’ve all heard the scary stories, such as people going online and writing mean comments or nasty rumors that go public or even viral — in truth just about all blogging is safe and fun. Blogging enables people to write, revise, write more, and publish for a community of readers.

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