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Baby Boomers and the Digital Era

Did you know that adults 50+ are the fastest growing demographic on the internet?  Or that adults 65+ make up over 50% of all internet users?  This infographic from Koeppel Direct examines how older generations have adopted the social media, mobile phones, email, and the web.  Double-click on the visual to enlarge.    ...

Older Drivers and New Car Technology

  NEW CARS, NEW TRICKS.  As car manufacturers continue to introduce new technologies in their vehicles, blind-spot warning systems and back-up cameras are the technologies older drivers are most willing to adopt, according to new research by The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab. The Vehicle Technology Adoption Among Mature Drivers study found that mature drivers consistently favor technologies that improve driving safety, but some think certain advancements make drivers too reliant on technology.   Older drivers (defined as drivers ages 50 to 69) are most willing to...

Add ICE to Your Mobile Device

ICE = IN CASE OF EMERGENCY  Sometimes an idea arises that is so simple that you wonder, Why didn’t I think of that?  Adding an In-Case-of-Emergency (ICE) contact to your mobile device can save your life. It’s simple:  on your phone or tablet, use the acronym ICE to list a trustworthy family member or friend who is familiar with your medical history, allergies, medicines and special conditions.   How It Works You can add this directly into your contact...

Top 10 Tech Gifts for Silver Surfers

  BABY BOOMER TECHNOLOGY MUST-HAVES Everyone can use a little help with their holiday shopping. I’ve put together my top 10 favorite tech gadgets for those over 50—including 5 ideas for under $25. Which will you choose for your favorite silver surfer (or yourself)? Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 for Computers, Tablets and Smartphones The genius of this Logitech Bluetooth keyboard ($38.59) is that is it can nestle a smartphone AND tablet for easy typing and you can toggle...

Email Phishing Is So Very Fishy

  SOMETHING’S FISHY A week doesn’t go by now that I don’t receive a fishy e-mail.  An e-mail that appears to be from my e-mail service or bank that carries an anxiety-inducing message.  At tax time, I even got an e-mail that looked like it came from the IRS, but it was not.  These are all email phishing scams. Merriam-Webster’s definition of phishing: a scam by which an e-mail user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information which...

Choosing a Safe, Memorable Password

Here are tips on how to choose safe and memorable passwords.  It’s easier than you think with a system.  Be aware that 90% of passwords can be broken in 20 minutes or less because we choose public information or simple patterns like 123456. 4 Rules for a Secure Password: At least 8 characters long Combination of letters and numbers At least one capital letter Avoid public information (no birth dates, family names) Write the password down before you type...

Here Come the Healthcare Robots?!

HEALTHCARE ROBOTS: MY NEW BFFs? My son-in-law can’t stop talking about that movie Ex Machina, where sexy robots are going to take over the world—robots that are seductive and have bodies like Kim Kardashian, robots who will dupe middle-aged men into thinking they’ve found true love.  But who cares?  (Let me say up front that I, for one, plan to stick with my wife, regardless of the sexy robots coming off the assembly line.) I keep reading about how...

The Silver Tsunami: Our Aging Workforce

  OUR AGING WORKFORCE & THE GREAT DIVIDE Carl can still remember the first time he was at the Keurig coffee machine in the office cafeteria with Patrick, his new associate, when the age issue came up. Patrick was a recent graduate of Holy Cross, one of the brightest young people Carl had ever met and a member of the Millennial Generation—those 78 million Americans between 18 and 34 who are struggling to find jobs, pay their college loans,...

All You Need to Know about Hybrid and Electric Cars

WHAT ARE HYBRID AND ELECTRIC CARS? If you’re confused about the difference between hybrid cars, electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrids, you’re not alone.  Take a quick tour of the world of BEVs, PHEVs and EREVs with this fantastic infographic (Leave the Gas at the Station) that explains how hybrid and electric cars work and explains many of the money-saving and environmental benefits you can expect once you make the switch from a gasoline-powered car to a green energy vehicle. Let us...

Top 10 Baby Boomer Activities

Top 10 Baby Boomer Activities Baby boomers have adopted attitudes and lifestyles unlike any previous generation.  The 78 million diverse Americans born between 1946 and 1964 enjoy a variety of activities, ranging from aerobics and workouts to quality time with their favorite rock ‘n’ roll albums according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. But there’s more to the generation that coined the phrase, “Never trust anyone over 30.”  For starters, aging baby boomers are unlikely to settle for their parents’ versions of...

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