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7 Android Accessibility Tweaks to Set Up a Phone for Seniors – Make Tech Easier

Help a senior navigate their phone more easily.

By Ojash Yadav, Updated Jul 8, 2022

It’s getting increasingly complicated to use Android devices, thanks to newer models that come with a bunch of advanced features. This is especially frustrating for senior citizens. However, you can help them out by making their phones easier to use. All it requires is a few Android accessibility tweaks, like the ones we discuss below.

1. Increase Font and Icon Size

One of the most common complaints you’re likely to hear from elderly family members about using a smartphone is difficulty in reading. Thankfully, to make text more readable for them, you can increase both the text and display size on their Android device.

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15 of the Best Books for Seniors | Book Riot

By Tracy Shapley Towley, Apr 8, 2022

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When I was a kid, I thought my grandma was old.

She wore clothes I associated with older ladies, and she made cinnamon sugar toast for us when we went over there. She used mothballs! When my grandfather died, it turned out she didn’t know how to pump gas or write a check. And she was in her early 70s! That’s not even old! Why did I think she was old?

Is it just that the times were different and nobody was out there writing think pieces about how moms and grandmothers needed to flaunt their sexuality? Is it because I’m getting closer to my grandmother in age, and when I was a wee, tween, and teen I just lumped “older” into one category?

Or is this due to advances in healthcare and quality of living? I mean, my father-in-law is 72, and he’s perfectly capable of climbing a mountain if he wanted to (he doesn’t want to). But then again, he’s about 40% robot at this point, having had so many joint replacements.

Source: 15 of the Best Books for Seniors | Book Riot

The Washington Post: How smart tech around the home can help seniors and their caregivers

By Christina Sturdivant Sani, January 20, 2022, at 7:00 a.m. EST

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Amy Goyer has been a caregiver most of her adult life. At 20, she began caring for her ailing grandparents. Then her mom had a stroke at 63, and her dad developed Alzheimer’s. Later, her sister was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease.

Over the years, Goyer crisscrossed the country to care for her loved ones. At some points, they lived with her. Other times, she monitored them from afar. Now AARP’s national family and caregiving expert, Goyer, 61, says the most notable change in caregiving in her experience has been technology — particularly the smart tech that many seniors rely on to stay safe in their homes.

“New technologies are coming up all the time, and people are always sending me things to look at,” says Goyer, who oversees the organization’s Family Caregivers Discussion Group on Facebook, which has more than 8,000 members.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/home/2022/01/20/smart-tech-for-seniors/

More people are adopting old dogs — really old dogs – The Washington Post

Steve Frost of Redding, Calif., with 11-year-old Elmo, who takes four pills morning and evening. (Courtesy of Steve Frost)
Steve Frost of Redding, Calif., with 11-year-old Elmo, who takes four pills morning and evening. (Courtesy of Steve Frost)

One organization says it envisions “a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid.”

Source: More people are adopting old dogs — really old dogs – The Washington Post

10 Health and Life Benefits of Owning a Dog When Over 50 – AARP

10 Reasons to Get a Dog When You’re Over 50

“From health benefits to sheer huggability, canine companions make sense”

via 10 Health and Life Benefits of Owning a Dog When Over 50 – AARP.