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The Senior Sleuth's Guide to Technology for Seniors Paperback – Large Print, December 1, 2009

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ISBN-13: 978-0982565209 ISBN-10: 0982565208

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"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)
Index (259)


Author Bio

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 are!

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Conifer Books (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982565208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982565209
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,084,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Scott Lambert on October 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book gives a broad survey of the products that seniors should consider using. It goes beyond just talking about computers, and covers topics like smart phones, medical devices, Tivo, and GPS devices. Although many of these devices are mainstream, this book does a nice job presenting the advantages offered to the senior community.
There are a lot of high tech products out there, and you could research each product type individually online. That is too much work for someone like me. This book lets you see the ones that will benefit seniors all in one place.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RJR on November 10, 2009
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Technology is getting very confusing for this senior. It was easy to find answers to any technology questions. I also found new ideas that I wasn't even looking for. I bought a copy for myself but now I'm buying more for my friends for Christmas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joy in learning on December 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book was an excellent source for technology information tailored to seniors. The section describing sources for maintaining or improving mental and auditory capabilities was especially helpful. Peterka recommended the Posit Science Brain Fitness Program, and I have been using the Auditory and Visual products and have seen improvements. . .including with my tennis game! I have a technical background but still found all of the information in the book very useful. My daughter bought this book for me for Father's Day, and now she has bought another copy for her in-laws for Christmas.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R.Steffen. on October 24, 2010
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This is a great book for a senior citizen. Paterka really makes it easy and fun for the elderly to stay "in touch" with the younger generations through technology. He also keeps the information light and funny, because normally this type of book is dry and boring, but Paterka gives the book his trademark humor. Overall a great buy!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David G. Crooks on March 23, 2012
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does not say much about apple software and related issues for macs.
fairly interesting in some areas. i'm 82 and need more help than any book can give this old fart.
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