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3 New Technologies To Care For An Aging Parent

3 New Technologies To Care For An Aging Parent

Caring for aging parents is one of those things in life that we all know is coming, but we dread it all the same. After all, it can be stressful to watch your parents lose abilities that once came so naturally to them. As frustrating as it is for you, the caretaker, it can also become frustrating for parents. They may feel that they are losing freedom that they once had. They may also feel like a burden to their children who are now grown with families of their own. The good thing is that we live in an extremely tech savvy world now. Even better is that your parents don’t have to be tech savvy as you to take full advantage of the technologies that are out there to help care for them. Here are three new types of technology that can help you know your parents are fine while giving them the freedom that they have always had.

Technology For Keeping An Eye On Them

Lively is an activity tracking system, but it’s fairly is non-invasive. You attach Lively ports to things that your parents use every day, such as a closet door, keys, a medicine cabinet, and other items around the house. Then you sync the ports to your computer, tablet or smartphone. If something seems out of the ordinary, Lively will send you notifications so you can check in to make certain everything is as it should be. Lively uses a cellular network, so no WiFi is required.

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Dropcam and Piper offer a fairly similar system in that you can keep an eye on your parents when you are away. The difference is that these companies don’t just use ports. Instead, they utilize cameras through the home. You can use them to check in as well as to communicate. Fortunately, the feature a fairly elegant design to help blend in with the home as a whole.

Smartsoles are GPS insoles that slide into any pair of shoes. It can then be accessed by a Web app from the computer or a smartphone. Smartsoles will then track your parents wherever they go. These are especially useful if you have parents who tend to get lost easily, are becoming more forgetful, or have Alzheimer’s. If your parent gets lost or frightened, you will be able to easily figure out where they are, go pick them up and take them back home where they will feel safe again.

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Technology For Communicating With Them

One way to keep in touch on a regular basis is a smartphone. Smartphones allow you to call your parents and even to talk with them face to face using a number of different apps like Facetime and Skype if you live a great distance away.

For some aging parents, though, the smartphone might be a little intimidating. For these parents who are resistant to smartphones, there is the Jitterbug Plus from Samsung. This phone has simple, user friendly buttons and very basic commands. Plus, if they forget to charge the Jitterbug Plus it will last for 25 days on standby. This phone will place you, healthcare professionals and emergency personnel at the touch of your aging parents’ fingers.

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Technology For Keeping the House Clean

As your parents age, they will being to find it harder to do physical things that once seemed so easy. Vacuuming is one of these physical activities that often gets overlooked. Vacuuming is one important thing that needs to be done, but they might feel it is too invasive to have someone come into their home to clean. The Moneual Rydis H68 Hybrid Robotic Vacuum is the perfect answer. This vacuum cleans both carpets and hard floors by itself. It self-programs the best path for each room, thus coming up with a cleaning pattern. Then, when the battery is running low it will dock itself to recharge.

With the use of these technologies a burden is lifted off of you as your parents’ caretaker. At the same time, a burden is lifted off of them. You can make sure that your parents are doing fine without being overbearing, and your parents can live their lives without losing so many freedoms or feeling like they have to burden you all the time with you checking in.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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