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Director's Message

November 2014 Technology and Aging Independently

 It seems that everywhere we turn there is information on some new innovative technology that will help aging adults.  It is both exciting and daunting.   

I think most of us agree that technology will make parts of our lives easier, and that it will make things possible for us that were challenging for earlier generations.   

As a professional in the field, it is challenging to keep up with new developments.  Strategies that we once recommended as state-of-the art are now outdated.  People ask advice on devices we’ve never seen.  New features are added frequently, making devices more effective, but also more complicated to use (think TV channel changers!).  

At the same time, there are exciting new developments almost every day that can transform our quality of life.  There are stairs that light up when you step on them, apps for your phone to monitor your health and home, ever evolving ways to stay connected without leaving your home, wearable technology, and so much more.   

Technology is a watershed issue for our generations.  We are not the “digital natives” that those under age 25 are.  Tech learning is not intuitive for us.  Many have chosen to stay on the analog side, using telephones, longhand and typewriters for communication.  For some, technology implementation has been the tipping point that led to retirement or makes it hard to get re-hired.  Others eagerly embrace the latest versions and applications, trading up to the iPhone 6 on release day.  Most of us fall somewhere along the continuum between these points. There are also privacy concerns to be addressed. 

I know that many of us have days when we want to turn it all off and go sit quietly in a field of sunflowers, but inside we know that technology is a part of modern life, transforming our world at increasing speed, and that there are new technologies that can help us lead longer, healthier and more independent lives.   

It is exciting to learn about emerging technologies that can help us stay socially connected, engaged in lifelong learning, have unlimited information at our fingertips, stay healthier and have tools to help us manage our own lives as we age. True to our mission, PSRC has invited several area resource professionals to share information on technologies they are using so that we can all discover new possibilities and make informed choices for our future.   

Do you know these technologies?

· PERS—Personal Emergency Response System—a way to call for help if you have  an emergency in your home

· MOOC-Massive Open Online Courses- keep learning new things from the comfort of home

· Skype-Video chat with anyone in the world.

· PHR- Personal Health Record- a digital record that you and all your care professionals can access

· Roku- a streaming media player that enables you to watch programs on your TV.

· Peapod- order groceries online

· Med-e-Lert- electronic medication dispenser

· Fitbit-track daily activity, calories, sleep and weight

 Join us at the Fall Conference on November 1 to learn about these and more!


Susan W. Hoskins LCSW

Executive Director




Previous Messages

November 2014 Technology and Aging Independently

October 2014 An Age Friendly Future

September 2014 Annual Report

July - August 2014

June 2014 - Romance After 50

May 2014 - Your Virtual Estate

April 2014 - Memory and Forgetting

March 2014 - Aging in Community

Observational Stay

February 2014 - Family Caregiving

January 2014 - Attitudes about Aging

December 2013 - Giving

November 2013 - Healthcare Marketplace

October 2013 - Annual Report 2013

September 2013 - Total Brain Health® Fair

July - August 2013 My cat, My Father and Me

June 2013 - Age Friendly Communities

May 2013 - Navigating a Changing HealthCare Landscape

April 2013 - Becoming Visible

March 2013 - Navigating Life’s Transitions

February 2013 - Partners in Caring Princeton

January 2013 - Men as Caregivers

December 2012 - The Safety Net

November 2012 - Going Solo

October 2012 - Documenting Your History

September 2012 - A Journey of Transformation

July - August 2012 - Gratitude & Moving

June 2012 - Diversity

May 2012- Aging in America


March 2012 - Patient-centered Care

February 2012 - Can you Spare an Hour?

January 2012 - Challenges & Opportunities

December - Are you Prepared for Emergencies?

November - We need YOU!

October - Chocolate for Memory

September- Looking Back and Looking Forward

July - August 2011; Ageism

June 2011 - Accessibility

May 2011 - Paper retention

Knit Wits, April 2011

Lessons and Legacies, March 2011

Independent Living February 2011

Home Safety January 2011

Witness to my Life December 2010

Elections, benefits and open enrollment November 2010

Retire in 3D!

Strategic Planning September 2010

Am I Old? July 2010

Memory Clutter June 2010

Aging In America May 2010

Volunteering April 2010

Spirituality March 2010

Estate Planning February 2010

Encore Careers January 2010

Hiring Home Care December 2009

Annual Giving by Sharon Naeole November 2009

Flu Pandemic 2009 October 2009

Healthy Memory, Healthy Mind September 2009

A Personal Perspective on Caregiving July/August 2009


Wei Ji: Crisis, Danger and Opportunity April 2009

Write your own obituary March 2009

Hobbies February 2009

Hope and Vision in Challenging Times
January 2009

Medicare Changes 2008: Take A Look! December 2008

Scams, Frauds and Rip-offs November 2008

Engaged Retirement: Beyond Financial Planning October 2008

September 2008 Caregiver Dilemmas

Finding Rhythm and Purpose July/August 2008

Spring Cleaning II June 2008

V + OA = ER (Volunteering + Older Americans=Engaged Retirement)May 2008

Spring Cleaning April 2008

Have You Had the Talk Yet? March 2008

Get Moving with FitRhythms™! February 2008

My Condolences January 2008

Advocacy December 2007

What Are Social Services? November 2007

Sensitive Topics October 2007

Plan for the Future September 2007

The Up-side of Aging Summer 2007

Volunteering June 2007

Strategic Plan May 2007

National Conference on Aging: Let's ReThink Aging April 2007

Brain Health March 2007

Resiliency February 2007

Transportation January 2007

Season of Giving December 2006

Medicare Part D November 2006

April Hill McElroy October 2006

Civic Engagement September 2006

Change June 2006

White House Conference on Aging May 2006

Hearing Loss April 2006

GrandPals March 2006

Lets Talk February 2006

Eldertopia January 2006

Hoarding December 2005

Annual Report: November 2005

Are You Prepared? October 2005

Planning Ahead October 2005

Watch Your Language September 2005

Medicare Part D Summer 2005

Sue Tillett June 2005

The End of the Journey May 2005

Clutter March 2005

New Dietary Guidelines February 2005

Transitions January 2005

Funding December 2004

Caregiving November 2004

Civic Engagement with GrandPals October 2004

A New Look September 2004

Safe Driving Summer 2004

Food Safety June 2004

Communication June 2004

The Challenge of Giving Care May 2004

Seniors On The Move April 2004

Depression March 2004

McGreevey February 2004

Medications January 2004

Random Acts of Kindness December 2003

Civic Engagement November 2003

Reverse Mortgages Oct 2003

Emergency Preparedness, Jan 2003

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