Exploring Social Media This Holiday Season

Published on 25 November 2015

Now that the holiday season is in full swing my mental checklist is full of holiday-specific things to do. Send out greeting cards and emails to friends and family: check!  Gather everyone together for a fabulous turkey dinner: check! Get my nephew to teach me more about social media: check!

Bah Humbug: Consumers Not Prepared for Holiday Scammers

Published on 25 November 2015

With the holidays upon us, a new survey from the AARP Fraud Watch Network shows the traditional season for giving may become a peak time for taking among con-artists targeting Washington consumers.

Shady Signals—Washington Wireless Users Unaware, Unprepared for Online Attacks

Published on 1 October 2015

With the latest in smart phones, tablets, and wireless web access, staying connected has never been easier. The power of wireless computing and communications puts information and resources just a click away at home or at our favorite coffee shop.

Senior man using computer

Seniors Training Seniors Learn-a-thon a Win-Win

Published on 27 August 2015

Taking a big risk, the Seniors Training Seniors computer skills training program launched an intensive marathon of "Computer Basics" classes and labs for the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens (MOSC) Employment Resource Center clients in July 2015. Computer Basics classes have been offered before, but not back-to-back, with attendant labs for each level, over an entire month. The preparation was intense and well worth it!

Brain Health: Minimize the Risk Factors, Maximize the Protections

Published on 1 June 2015

I have to admit, I love to read and learn new things. Growing up, family members called me a "bookworm," because I was always checking out books from the library. As I grew older, my thirst for reading continued and I even started to write poetry.

Assistive Technology Lab Empowers Older Adults with Low Vision

Published on 28 January 2015

Older adults with low vision have reconnected with their independence in a new assistive technology learning lab funded by the City of Seattle’s Technology Matching Fund.

Smartphone Apps: Solutions in the Palm of Your Hand

Published on 2 September 2014

For many of us, when we go about doing things on a daily basis we utilize and rely upon the use of computer technologies for a variety of reasons: simply to meet our own personal needs or our work obligations. Mobile computing technologies have become the most conventional medium used for communications, information sharing, and instant connection via wireless Internet.

Economics Make a Case for Universal Design

Published on 31 July 2014

The good news is that there are a lot more of us and we're living longer. Because of that very fact, the bad news is that we are headed toward an unparalleled economic crisis that we seem woefully unprepared to meet. The crisis is our inability to pay for long-term care services and supports.

CENTS Launches Project to Protect Washington Seniors

Published on 30 April 2014

Why did the infamous bank robber Willie Sutton rob banks? "That's where the money is," he said. Scammers who prey on senior citizens have the same mentality.

Storytelling Goes Digital

Published on 31 January 2014

Digital storytelling is a practice with roots in the 1970s and 80s. With the advance of digital technology—especially smart phones that snap a photo or capture action so conveniently—the opportunities for using this technique are endless. Anyone with a camera and a newer computer can share family history, personal accounts of meaningful experiences, educational information, and images and information that can change their future.

Too Many People with Hearing Loss Miss Out

Published on 30 October 2013

Hearing loss is an invisible disability that impacts daily communication for one in seven people. That number increases to one in three at age 65. Hearing aids have improved dramatically in the last decade, but they are still just that—aids. Those with hearing loss will hear better with hearing aids than without them, but they will still have trouble hearing in many situations.

Access to Technology for Vision Loss

Published on 1 May 2013

Disabling vision loss among seniors and baby boomers is a serious and growing issue due in large part to the aging of the population. With it, a growing number of individuals experience age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Indeed, some experts predict that the incidence of vision loss will double by 2030.

Like, Friend, Follow, Tweet or Pin Us

Published on 1 February 2013

A website is almost mandatory for any organization that offers valuable information, services, or products. In addition, a number of "social networking" websites have made it possible to share information with thousands of online readers within seconds. The Internet gives health and human services providers tremendous potential to reach people in need.

A Star is Born Amid Technology

Published on 1 November 2012

In 1998, Center Park residents got together and decided that they did not want to be left behind in today's computer and fast Internet Age. The Special Technology Access Resource (STAR) Center of Seattle was born.

Make Sure Your Home Can Change As You Do

Published on 30 August 2012

Home sweet home! No one expects a simple turn of events or our changing lives to suddenly make our home sweet home become a barrier to our comfort and peace of mind. Unfortunately that is typically what can happen if we are not aware of the possibility of change and if we're not prepared to deal with it. 

Universal Design Goes Beyond the Home

Published on 29 February 2012

Have you ever watched a captioned television at an airport? Were you thankful for the curb cut when pushing your baby stroller up a sidewalk? Did you appreciate the automatic door opener at the grocery store? These are all examples of "universal design."

Fund Promotes Assistive Technology, Independence and Economic Opportunity

Published on 2 March 2012

Are you a 50- or 60-something and thinking about starting a small business or earning income from self- employment?  Do you need help paying for hearing aids? Are you experiencing vision loss and frustrated because you can no longer independently pay your bills, read your mail, or even write a "to do" list for your significant other?