10 Jan Peer-To-Peer: Seniors Teaching Seniors to Use Computers

In the twenty-first century, computers and technology is not only of interest to the tech savvy and the young. Reports show that adults 55 and older are increasing their online presence. And not only are they opening their arms to the realm of keypads and digital data, some seniors such as 94 year old Isabella Dryden have begun to master the “e-ropes” and teach fellow seniors how to use computers and navigate around online.

Whether seeking information, watching a favourite show online or using webcam to stay connected and updated with family and friends, today’s elderly can rely on InTouchLink to provide them with a safe, easy-to-use computer experience.

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09 Jan The Most with the Least?

A recent Gallup poll showed that American seniors 65 and older showed a prevalence in maintaining levels of mental and overall wellbeing with less social time than younger counterparts. Nowadays, staying in touch with family and friends can prove trying to the elderly with loved ones living miles – sometimes, continents – away. InTouchLink however, is an ideal and practical solution for seniors and their families who wish to make communication and socializing easier – not to mention increasing social time well spent!

Email, internet browsing and webcam capabilities are all available in a simple-to-use computer format. Wish to share those captured moments on camera? No problem – additional functions like photo albums and calendars are also available for users. Now more than ever Grandma and Grandpa can stay active and maintain a balanced state of wellness – all with the help of a few clicks of a mouse!

Sign up today for a free trial, and see just how InTouchLink can make you and your loved ones’ lives easier! A New Year's resolution to keep "in touch" for 2012 is one resolution that InTouchLink can certainly help you keep.

06 Dec Robo-Pals for the Elderly?

Soon in the future robotic companions could very well be made available for the elderly. Researchers are currently developing the technology to create such companions. Not only will Grandpa or Grandma have someone to talk to and help with tasks around the home, these machines will also help to facilitate a sense of independence and improve quality of life.

In the mean time, your senior loved ones may still enjoy such freedom. Through InTouchLink’s simple email and easy-to-use computer software, staying connected with family and friends is a snap! Users are able to keep up with technology through email, web surfing, webcam, photo album, calendar capabilities and more!

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22 Nov Holiday Online Shopping Just Got Easier!

It’s that time of year again – buying those parcels and presents for all your loved ones. Like so many other Canadians, you find yourself considering purchasing those perfect gifts online – normally a monumental task, right?

Let InTouchLink help you this season! With our simple email and easy-to-use software for seniors, finding and making those special items take no time at all! With large, easy to read icons and intuitive design, InTouchLink provides a safe, enjoyable online experience for the elderly, computer illiterate or those who require a more user friendly program.

Computer basics? Check that off your shopping list today!

14 Nov 1000 Miles But Only a Click Away

For many grandparents like Audrey Thomas, having loved ones live hours, days and continents apart can be challenging. However, technology is playing an increasing important role in keeping families connected.

At InTouchLink, we believe distances and technology shouldn’t be barriers to a senior’s ability to reach out to their families and the ever-changing world around them. With providing simple email and easy-to-use computers, Grandma and Grandpa are able to stay informed and up-to-date on the lives of their children and grandchildren. Now, setting up an impromptu webcam invite via Skype is a cinch!

Even elders living in seniors communities can still benefit from this innovative technology – InTouchLink also provides a hotel-style communication system which allows for streamlined administration and front desk staff operation as well as revenue generation opportunities!

For a free 30 day trial, please visit: http://myitl.com/seniors/.

07 Nov Mind Over Matter?

Is poor memory performance and errors truly all in the mind?

A current  study on the influence of negative age-related stereotypes held by older adults was published in Psychological Science wherein individuals were tested to see whether their ability to execute an exercise were directly related to previously held beliefs, or genuine inability.

During the study, two groups of adults (consisting of both younger and older individuals) were presented with the same test. One group was given the impression it was an outright memory test, while the other understood it to be more of a language exercise. Results showed the group that believed were completing a memory test had more consistent prevalence of memory errors and lower performance of the older adults in that group than in the other group.

At InTouchLink, we understand the importance of fostering a sense of independence and mental acuity in the seniors' community. In this day and age, it is even more imperative to provide opportunities to elders to stay in touch with their loved ones and the world around them by developing (and making available) simple, easy-to-use computers for seniors. The InTouchLink software and communications system (for seniors’ communities) allows for simple email and computer basics.

Further information about the new study Cognitive Aging and Memory Lab at Tufts University can be read online at: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/237202.php.

03 Nov Mind and Body: Senior Activity and Depression

During one of the more substantial studies performed on European elders by University of Gothenburg researchers in Sweden, two key factors became apparent. Firstly, those who led more active lives were less prone to suffering depression. Secondly, seniors were more likely to take the initiative in improving their health when feeling empowered and offered a sense of self-motivation.

The InTouchLink system offers such self-motivation and competence through an innovative, simple-to-use hotel-style communication ideal for seniors communities. It also provides the same fun, safe online experience for individuals from the comfort of their own homes. Whether just to check their email, webcam with loved ones or browsing the website, InTouchLink provides simple email and computers for the elderly.

To read further about the University of Gothenburg’s study and the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement (SHARE), click to: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/236997.php.

28 Oct Let’s Get Physical – Technology Helps Keep Seniors Fit

Elders in Seekonk, RI are taking advantage of cutting-edge technology in order to stay active and keep fit.

One such senior resident, Nancy Smutek, uses her community’s Nintendo Wii on a daily basis to improve her balance and fitness level. What started as an occasional recreational past-time playing the software’s bowling game became a regular physical therapy regimen when a family member recently introduced her to the Wii’s fitness programming capability.

Combining motion detection with a traditional video game control system has made Nintendo Wii a popular and effective tool in engaging older adults, both mentally and physically. Programs like the Wii are ideal computers for seniors as they are fun, easy-to-use and elderly-friendly.

To read further about Ms. Smutek and how this technology affected her community, please visit: http://www.eastbayri.com/news/2011/oct/27/seniors-find-fitness-wii/.

12 Aug Internet costs prove to be a barrier for seniors

According to new research out of Australia, the cost of internet can potentially create significant difficulties for seniors now and in later years. In her recent study “Older Australians and the Internet”, Dr. Sandra Haukka of Queensland University of Technology highlights the fact that more and more services – whether they are health, social or business related – are shifting to online formats. Many seniors are unable or unwilling to pay for internet access. Compounded with the fact that a large part of the senior population is unable to use the computer (or lacks interest in learning now), the future could hold some serious issues in terms of seniors accessing essential services.

Dr. Haukka’s study found that:

  • 53 per cent of participants had a moderate or above interest in the internet, while 46% put their interest as low or nil.
  • Two-thirds of respondents rated their internet skills as very low, and more than 40 per cent said cost was a barrier to using the internet.
  • One third said the internet would improve their daily life”.

This study also found that there is a continued interest among seniors to learn basic computer and internet skills. As Dr. Haukka says, "The internet should help people to live independently for longer, enabling them to learn, bank, shop, communicate and network from home”.

Studies, surveys and research continually point to the fact that though small, a growing number of seniors across the board want to learn how to use computers and the internet. Designed specifically for first-time, senior users, InTouchLink teaches these skills and more through a friendly, easy-to-follow system. With step-by-step guidance, customizable page sizes and many other features, this system is ideal for any new user. Accessible and affordable, InTouchLink is a great way to ensure that seniors can not only connect to loved ones, but as Dr. Haukka points to, access all of the information and services that are to be found online.

To read more about Dr. Haukka's study, click here