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12/01/14 1:52pm
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RiverheadCare Tech

Sponsored By Riverhead Care Center.

Riverhead Care Center offers residents outstanding patient care in a beautiful, elegant setting which promotes recovery and independence. From our warm and inviting lobby to our breathtaking outdoor patio and gardens, residents and their families feel at home in our home!

We live in a digital world and rely on technology for almost everything. Whether it is to stay connected with friends and family, work or entertainment, or accessing family and health records, technology is a vital part of our everyday lives. For those born before 1960 however, being able to learn and use technology effectively can be a challenge. Here are some ways older audiences can stay connected.

Tablets

A challenge for seniors is not just that they were born before the start of the digital age, but health conditions that can make using devices more difficult. Those suffering from arthritis have difficulty typing on keyboards, dialing a telephone, and using a remote control. Touch screen devices like tablets are much more user friendly. They are also very visual, and settings can be customized to suit the needs of the user.

Skype

Skype

Many seniors have family spread out across the country that they would like to keep in touch with. Travel can be difficult and is often a hassle, but a great way to keep up with kids, grandkids, and even great grandkids is through Skype. It is a simple way to interact with loved ones online via video in real time. The software is free and can be downloaded to computers, tablets, and smart phones.

Classes

Want to learn something new? Take a class! There are a number of places on the North Fork to learn how to use computers and the Internet. The Riverhead Free Library offers instruction classes to teach e-mail basics, how to use Google, and even how to get to know your computer. Along with libraries, there are adult continuing education courses at local schools that can also provide lessons and workshops on computer use.

GPS

This type of technology is perfect for any age drivers. Maps are less common when traveling, and GPS allows you to type in the address of where you need to go, providing turn-by-turn directions with vocal prompts. It is important to remember to program your GPS before you hit the road so that you are not distracted while on your trip. Best Buy has some good choices to look through.

Wireless Home Monitoring

Seniors who live alone or in an assisted living facility face many risks. Wireless home monitoring devices can notify caregivers of emergencies such as a fall, or even track vitals. Certain devices with GPS wiring can also detect if a person has left their home or other areas they may normally spend time. These tools are perfect to allow your loved ones maintain their independence, but also provide help if needed. Here is an updated reprot from Consumer Reports that can help one choose the right device. Consumer Report – Home Monitor Device

Telemedicine

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A new form of technology is becoming more prominent across the nation, and is especially useful in rural areas where there are fewer healthcare providers. Telemedicine is the use of information that can be shared electronically from one site to another to help improve a patient’s clinical health status. With new apps coming out, this new technology is easy to use.

Technology continues to expand and develop on a regular basis, and even those born in the digital age have to keep up with the emerging trends. The tips above are a great starting point for those who wish stay connected and in the know.

10/27/14 4:02pm
10/27/2014 4:02 PM
The Blob

The Blob

Sponsored By Riverhead Care Center.

Riverhead Care Center offers residents outstanding patient care in a beautiful, elegant setting which promotes recovery and independence. From our warm and inviting lobby to our breathtaking outdoor patio and gardens, residents and their families feel at home in our home!

The nights are getting darker and the wind seems to be howling louder these days. That’s right, Halloween is just days away! As we carve our pumpkins and don our ghoulish costumes for parties, special time needs to be set aside to truly get into the spirit of All Hallows Eve. Watch one of these classic horror films and experience a truly terrifying Halloween this year.

Notorious – 1946

Notorious

Notorious

Cary Grant graced the silver screen in a number of films that left his female fans swooning. His roles as the sophisticated, and very handsome, leading man landed him a role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious in 1946. The film, released shortly after the end of the Holocaust, is a thriller centered around the daughter of a convicted Nazi spy and the love triangle involving a government agent (Grant) and the leading member of the Nazi group in which she was sent to spy on. From espionage to poison and murder, this thrilling tale leaves viewers on edge.

The Blob – 1958

The Blob

The Blob

While the plot of The Blob is completely fiction, the sense of fear from watching this movie is not. The indestructible alien amoeba consumes its victims and continues to grow in size as it does so. The teenage hero of the film spends his time not trying to defeat the monster, but alerting his fellow townsmen of the danger. Many of his claims are deemed a prank, but the naysayers all learn the hard way. If you fear the blob yourself, the good news is that it is vulnerable to the cold, and the Arctic is where the human-eating creature now resides.

Cape Fear – 1962

Cape Fear

Cape Fear

Attorney Sam Bowden sends a felon to prison for rape, only to have the convict released eight years later with a mission of seeking his revenge. The 1962 production of Cape Fear chronicles Bowden’s fight to keep his family safe from Max Cady as he continues to attack unknowing victims, stalk the family, and murder the innocent. Gregory Peck plays the leading role of the hero who triumphs in the end, but not without a psychologically thrilling fight first.

Carrie – 1976

carrie

Based on the novel by the ever-so-creepy Stephen King, Carrie is the supernatural horror film that became a household name. Starring Sissy Spacek as the tormented teenager, this movie includes a lot of supernatural happenings, tons of blood (both human and pig), and enough terrifying acts to keep you awake for weeks. The film has been remade several times, but nothing compares to Spacek’s portrayal of the ill-fated Carrie.

Silence of the Lambs – 1991

Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs

Serial killer films are perfect for Halloween, but few are truly scarier than Silence of the Lambs. With Anthony Hopkins as the incarcerated cannibal, and former psychiatrist, this movie will have your mind reeling and head turning in every scene. The heroine’s safety is secured at the end, but the fate of others is left unclear as cannibal Hannibal Lecter says “I am having an old friend for dinner.” Be sure to have your dinner first before watching.

Many of these classics have also had their remakes, but nothing beats the original. Visit the local library to rent one this week and get ready for Halloween. You may want to have a friend over to watch these horrifying flicks as well. Happy Halloween!