Monthly Archives: June 2017

3 Tips for Helping the Elderly Use Computers

We have moved quickly from the release of the very large first personal computer, to super advanced machines that are more transportable than a book. How is an elder supposed to keep up with this rate of change? Do not worry, the technology lingo and hype you hear these days is not important to most people. There are still preparations that you can take to ensure that the computer is simple, yet still very beneficial.

1. It may help to make the screen larger for the elder, if they have trouble seeing it. Simple steps can be taken to increase icon size, window size and the size of the text displayed on the screen. For more information on how to make specific features of your PC larger, click this link.

2. If you are the person setting the computer up in the home or you know the person that is, tell them to just keep it simple. Computers are as complicated as we want them to be, or perceive them to be. To do this, ask the elder what he or she wants to do on the computer and delete all of icons that do not accomplish this task by dragging them into the recycle bin. Do not uninstall the programs unless you are a computer professional, as this may have unintended consequences.

3. Is there virus protection software on the PC and is it up-to-date? Alerts should notify you if there is not, a red or yellow alert button will be located on the bottom of the screen near the start button. If there is a red alert button, stating that your ant-virus is not active or you believe that there is no anti-virus software on your computer, follow the URL below to get Microsoft’s free virus removal software. 

In the summer heat

In the summer heat, it can become a great challenge to heat our homes without skyrocketing the electricity bill. Additionally, many of us may not have a cooling system. These situations can become dangerous for the elderly who demand a safe room temperature, particularly those living alone on the hot summer days. This article presents nine ways that you can help seniors stay cool to beat the heat, without beating the budget.

1. Avoid Direct Sunlight: Investing in drapes or shades for windows to block the sun’s rays can avoid heating the home through direct sunlight. The first step to a cooler and safer home is through the elimination of sunlight, which causes heat to increase through the sun’s warming rays.

2. Windows: Although this may sound contradictory to the first step, use a white or light colored window dressing to reflect the sunlight to have the windows open to let cool air in, without being subject to the sunrays. Additionally, leave cabinets open, as they tend to hold in heat.

3. Turn you fan into an air conditioner: Placing a frozen bowl of ice or milk in front of a fan can make the fan act as an air condition. The ice emits cooling air, which is distributed through the home with the fan.

4. Electronics are hot: Keep in mind that electronics create heat. This heat may be very minor, but if you have many electronics in your home on at the same time it can slightly increase the temperature.

5. Avoid Heat: If you use the oven frequently in the home, consider switching to an alternative such as the microwave. The oven can get over 500 degrees and releases its heat into the surrounding area, which can heat the home.

6. Humidity: A high humidity can increase the feeling of a temperature in a room. Obtaining a dehumidifier may assist, particularly if you live in a humid climate.

7. Landscaping: For a more long term solution, planting trees around the home can give shade, which will cool the home by preventing sun rays from going through your windows or hitting your home.

8. Attic insulation: One of the best ways is to insulate the attic, especially when an attic-ventilating fan is used. This can reduce the temperature from the outdoors and cause hot air to be removed from the home.

9. Light Bulbs: Light bulbs give off small amounts of heat, but having them on can increase the temperature of a room, particularly if several are on at a given time.