Friday, July 28, 2017

Senior Friendly Computing Series: 5 Barriers to Senior Internet Use



For many Seniors and their loved ones, Quality of Life is the "bottom-line" objective. We propose that the internet is intimately involved in accomplishing and maintaining that goal. Seniors use computer and internet technologies at relatively low rates. Unique personal barriers make adopting technologies challenging.

This is the third article in the "Senior Friendly Computing" series. Its focus is on the 5 Barriers to Senior Internet Use: Physical, Mental, Psychological, Technical and Social.

1) Physical influences

Age related wear and tear or the influence of disease processes result in general slowing of nearly all physical functions. US Census reports detail 59% of the 65+ group and 35% of the 80+ group are internet users while greater than 50% of the 65+ population have disabilities, handicaps or chronic illnesses limiting participation in the Information Age. Sensory functions are frequently compromised. Those relevant sensory functions include: vision (ie. Macular Degeneration), hearing (progressive deafness), and touch. Motor deficits involve posture requirements and physical access to the computer (Arthritis, Osteoporosis, degenerative processes, and spinal deformities).

2) Mental influences

Cognitive functions include memory, language, thinking, socialization, and emotions. There are several designations for varying levels of the "Senior moment". Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Age Related Cognitive Decline (ARCD) are examples. According to the Alzheimer's Association, "Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer's accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular Dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common cause." Other common causes include Parkinson's, Huntington's, HIV, MS, etc. Chronic illnesses may present with reversible cognitive compromise like Diabetes, Thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies. Wide variation in cognitive function may compromise memory, information processing, understanding and following instructions, also task completion.

3) Psychological influences

Here are several psychological reasons: a) Lack of understanding or knowledge about the uses and the value of the internet b) The perception of insurmountable difficulty and interface complexity c) Illiteracy and a steep learning curve d) Fear and apprehension about failure, change, abuse, reputation damage, security violations, and loss of autonomy e) Common Senior concerns are: I'm too old to learn, I'm unfamiliar with the hardware and software, I've no contact with other users, and only kids use the internet so I avoid social media f) Some Seniors have general discomfort with all digital technologies (computers, GPS, phones, readers, blue-tooth, etc.) g) Unclear motive/benefit: no reason for use, no social motive, no relevance, lack of measurable returns, delayed or prolonged period to benefit h) General resistance to: all new technologies, intrusive/invasive monitoring, required learning and adaptation i) Eccentricities.

4) Technical influences

Technical support should be human, friendly, willing, patient and accessible always. Support availability is a major decision factor for many Digital Seniors. The industry has evolved to implement Senior friendly modifications involving the keyboard, mouse, web access, and internet visibility. Emphasis is applied to restrict unwanted emails, make internet access easier by avoiding passwords yet maintaining security, advancing touch screen features which includes one touch video conferencing. Continuous computer change remains constant. This time it's for the better.

5) Social influences

Frequent internet users who are 65+ are called "Digital Seniors". Cost of purchase, maintenance, repair, and upgrades of hardware/software pose a major obstacle to many Seniors due to fixed incomes. Need and relevance are important variables in establishing an adequate return on investment. Availability of free computers and internet is restricted in rural settings. Access to free computers/internet and public transport plus handicap accessible services seem easier in metropolitan areas. Digital Seniors are frequently found where there is family support especially with younger family computer users. It's important to recognize that certain cultures are biased against computer and internet technology.

These are the major challenges to Senior well-being: memory deficit, social isolation, mobility compromise (personal movement and transportation), and declining ability for task performance. These 5 Barriers to Senior Internet Use deprive the "Silent Generation" of the advantages and benefits of internet based technologies. The next article in the "Senior Friendly Computing" series will address the many benefits of the internet which enhance that well-being.




V V S researches and discusses the vital relationship between Seniors and the internet in a series of informational articles titled Senior Friendly Computing. Pertinent topics include: statistics, barriers and benefits, who uses and who doesn't, favorite reasons for Senior use, safety tips, industry modification, and helpful information resources. This article, 5 Barriers to Senior Internet Use, identifies physical, mental, psychological, technical and social challenges that limit access to "the world in a box" for today's Digital Seniors. Our goal is to highlight trends between Seniors and the Internet while promoting access to all. Let V V S help improve Senior well-being for you and yours.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Important Factors You Cannot Forget When Buying An Essential Oil Diffuser

Essential oils have gained so much popularity because of their numerous benefits. They are largely used for aromatherapy and this kind of therapy is no longer limited to spas, but has found its way into homes. Most people love the calming effects of essential oils and use them not only to control moods, but to also enjoy restful peaceful nights.

A diffuser is used to release the selected essential oil or oils in just the right amounts and intervals depending on the preferences of the user. With the increased popularity of the oils, different kinds of diffusers have been created. It can be confusing if you are not very familiar with the diffusers, but using a few helpful factors it becomes easy to select the best.

Diffuser type

The mode of operation is what determines the type of diffuser. Generally there are ultrasonic diffusers which create ultrasonic vibrations that break down essential oil particles released into the air; nebulizing diffusers which work by blowing air on the surface of the oil creating fine spray or mist. There are also heat diffusers which heat the oils leading to their dispersal and evaporation at rapid rates and evaporative diffusers that blow air on pad saturated with the essential oils. Look at each of the options and the advantages of each to make an informed decision in the end. It is also important to remember that some of the diffusers work silently whereas some may produce noise as they operate.

Area coverage

Diffusers are not as large and hence finding the right spot for them in your home should not be that hard to do. However, it is important to consider how much of the space in the room they will be able to diffuse and circulate the essential oils to. A diffuser that covers a considerable amount of space is better than getting multiple devices to cater to your needs. Know the exact needs you have as far as coverage goes and you will be able to select the device that suits your space best.

Cost

When it comes to cost, the type of diffuser, the brand and the size may determine the prices attached. The design of the diffuser can also determine the amount you pay for it. It helps to do a comparison between the best essential oil diffusers so you are able to choose one that falls within your budget and one that is also bound to serve all your needs effectively.

Quality

Aromatherapy is something you may want to enjoy for a long time to come and this means that you need to settle for a high quality diffuser. Look at the materials used in making the diffuser so you can choose a durable piece. It may not be very advisable to go for very fragile materials considering you are prone to knocking it over, especially if you love it on your bedside stool. Think long term when weighing between best oil diffuser options.

Essential oil diffuser reviews can be helpful in getting you the best one for your home. Consider all options when looking for the best aromatherapy diffuser including the mode of operation and it will be easy to settle for a good device.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

How To Stop Thinking About Technology

Is technology always on your mind? It need not be. It's a wide world out there for you to venture and experience a lot of other fun stuff which may be missing from your life. Please stop thinking about technology for a while. This article gives you seven ways for that. Read on to find out.

Here they go:

1) Life is not only about cell phones and digital screens. The more you focus on them, the more UV rays radiating from them deteriorate your eyesight and may even lead to blindness. It is so much better to spend time, cuddle and chitchat with your family members for a greater while.

2) You don't want to be contacted every five minutes by your family or friends. Switch your cell phone off and enjoy the scenes and sceneries around as you drive on the highway. Let your hair down, drive carefully and enjoy the beauty of life.

3) There are so many fun activities to do instead of sitting slump on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and watching the TV. Be active and join the volunteers team of your community and do some volunteer work for instance, mowing the highly grown grasses of your environment and planting new seeds for growing trees. Working as a team and spending time in mother nature will definitely raise your spirits and make you look forward to doing more of it again and again.

4) Instead of staying addicted to technology, engage yourself in one or two hobbies in your spare times. It can be cooking new recipes or plotting a fiction story whatever you love and spend your time fruitfully. It will definitely broaden your outlook and you will be wiser day by day as you engage more in hobbies you love.

5) Instead of opening your digital screens, borrow books from the local library and make time for reading them. It may be anything you like to read in your niche or a niche you are beginning to get interested. You become learned by the number of books you read every month and you will soar to great heights.

6) Instead of staying glued to technology, find a way to better your fingers at playing the piano which gets little attention in the piano space of your home. Get more musical sheets and play more and more until you are ready to play in a concert for fund-raising reasons for sick children or adults near about your community. God will acknowledge your good intentions and shower on you with more blessings.

7) Instead of chatting with new modern girls or celebrities, control yourself, get real and buy roses for your spouse to show how much you love her and how much you appreciate her contribution to the family, without whom your life would be empty.

These are seven special reasons why you need to stop thinking about technology for a while, be manly, carry out responsible activities as a spouse, parent, colleague or Boss and make the most out of everything from your life.