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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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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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