From the Publisher
"I loved this book. The pictures were great and the information was even better. Now I can talk 'tech' with my kids." -- Mary Lawrence, retired grade school teacher
"I gave the book to my mom as a gift. She really liked it and found a lot of useful information." -- Gene Johannsen, Silicon Valley Software Engineer
"This book is unique--it's both informative and quite funny at times. I bought 50 copies to send as gifts to my biggest clients." -- Stefan Solvell, President e-pill Medication Reminders
"Every senior citizen should read this book!" -- Bob Rupp, retired CIO of a Fortune 500 company
About Technology for Seniors
Companies churn out thousands of new gadgets each year: from enhanced automobile engines to button-sized music players that can store your entire music collection (and then some). Many of these technologies are designed specifically for senior citizens. Others are designed for a wider consumer base, yet offer unique appeal to the senior.
The Senior Sleuth's Guide to Technology for Seniors provides a comprehensive look at those technologies that enrich the senior citizen experience. This book covers a broad range of topics of interest to seniors and their caregivers including computers, the Internet, health and medication management, independent living, modern communication, travel, and fun.
This book helps those seniors looking to modernize, connect with younger generations, and address old (or aging) problems with new technologies.
Contents at a Glance
The Case of Senior Technology (1)
Chapter 1. The Rise of Senior Technology (5)
Chapter 2. Home Computers (13)
Chapter 3. The Internet (47)
Chapter 4. Health and Medication (85)
Chapter 5. Independent Living (107)
Chapter 6. Communication (129)
Chapter 7. Travel and Transport (161)
Chapter 8. Home Entertainment (191)
Appendix A. Futuristic Stuff (251)
Appendix B. Additional Resources (255)
Epilogue: Case Closed! (257)
David Peterka is a technology writer who has written for a number of industry giants including General Electric and Boeing. He provides technical (and other) support for his senior parents. David is the founder of the Senior Sleuth Guides.
Excerpt from this Book
The Profile: What is a Senior Sleuth?
You were curious about something. You bought a book. And now you're sleuthing.
A Senior Sleuth is any senior citizen curious enough about a particular topic to investigate. Although learning any new topic or skill can be daunting at first, the Senior Sleuth knows that patience and persistence will crack the toughest case.
In fact, as a Senior Sleuth you have an advantage over younger investigators. You have a full lifetime of experiences. This will help you more easily contextualize new concepts--comparing them to another of your billion life experiences--so that the new fits nicely in with the old.
For example: You hear of this gadget called a Global Positioning System (GPS) device, which maps your exact location, no matter where you are. This immediately makes sense to you. You, like every other person on the planet, sometimes get lost while driving or hiking an unfamiliar trail. In fact, you've gone more places (and have subsequently gotten more lost) than younger folks, so you understand the need for this device better than most. You might not know how it works or how to use the thing, but you now know the technology exists and you have the option to learn more.
But, of course, you already know this. That's why you are here. I'll stop yammering. It's time to investigate.