Can Elderly People do without Computers

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Elderly Geek

No, you cannot do without computers – unless you shut yourself from the rest of the world in the middle of an Alaskan wilderness with no power, use wood for cooking and heating and you hunt for food.

Otherwise, you cannot get by without it or, at the very least, one of its “cousins,” like tablets, smartphones, wrist instruments, health monitors, home security systems, microwave oven and many other day-to-day personal gadgets that have become parts of your home.

Your life, as well as ours, has been enslaved by the computing power of the IC (Integrated Circuit), the heart of all computers. Even if you suffer from cyberphobia (fear of computers), your day is still dependent on computers or any of its variants.

For example, my coffee buddies can’t comprehend why my laptop goes with me everywhere.Yet, they spend most of their coffee time checking their emails, react in FB, send tweets, or listen to MP3s through their smartphones.

The computer has become an indispensable tool in our daily lives. It is here to stay and will continue to do so into the distant future. You cannot do without computers or any of its cousins, and if you want to keep up with other seniors (and the rest of the world), you should get into it right now.

The charts below leave no doubt why…

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Computer Use Among Seniors

Elderly people now are more tech-savvy than their predecessors. They go online for the latest trends and news, gadgets, weather reports, book airline ticket or restaurant and hotel reservations. They buy stuff online and look for a second chance at romance through dating sites

Other than its practical uses, here are ten other reasons why you should keep up.

 

10 Ways Computers can Help You:

1.  Connect with family members and friends:
Getting in touch with family members and friends has never been so easy, fast and cheap. You can send messages through text, voice and/or video.

And you can do them in the comfort of your home or anywhere in the world. All you need is an Internet connection. No frills, no hassle, just log in and you get connected.

It removes loneliness and feelings of isolation. It also allows you to get immediate help in case of emergencies.

 

2.  Slow down age-related decline:
Regularly getting information online enriches your mind, helps you stay sharp and mentally alert, and physically active.

These simple activities, as small as they are, help slow down cognitive decline – one of the natural consequences of aging.

 

3.  Enhance your life:
Some studies show that people who regularly use the computer have lesser depression symptoms than those who don’t.

This is because going online is as enriching as going on a trip or an adventure. You get to know places, people, and culture without actually being there. It expands your knowledge and boosts your self-worth.

 

4.  Increase your self-confidence:
The knowledge you get from browsing the Internet increases your knowledge base, allowing you to interact with your social circle with ease and finesse.

Other than becoming more socially adept, computers and computer-based products like fall detectors, health monitors, wrist instruments, locators and emergency dialing capabilities, give you the self-confidence of going about your daily activities without anxiety or fear of something going wrong.

 

5.  Better bonding with grandchildren:
What do most children do these days? Play computer games! They are in front of computer game consoles at home, glued to their smartphones or tablets outside, or hang out in arcades shooting down virtual monsters or aliens.

And what’s to stop you from joining them? Cool, huh!

Speaking the language of your grandchildren and playing with them promotes bonding. It is also good for your physical and mental health.

Just don’t overdo it. Overexcitement may not be good for your old heart.

 

6.  Help solve mobility problems:
Computers, well above and beyond expectations, have made life easier, faster and cheaper.

They allow you to pay bills online, do bank transactions, buy groceries or personal stuff, make hotel, restaurant or flight reservations, to name a few.

This is kind of basket-full of goods if you suffer from mobility or driving problems.

 

7.  Automate records keeping:
You can get rid of those handwritten notes, i.e., your health history, your bank transactions, you next doctor’s appointment, drugs you are taking and when to take them, by using computers.
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There are apps (electronic applications) in the market that can do all these, ether from desktops or portable, like laptops, smartphones and tablets.

All you have to do is encode all your important information into your computer and the apps will do the rest. They will even beep you a reminder.

 

8.  Get connected with other people or groups:
You can easily reach people or groups with similar interests, idealism, political color, sexual orientation, etc., online.

They are found in FB, Twitter, Instagram and many other social sites. Joining is easy and interacting with them even easier. All you have to do is take part the in the group’s discussion

What makes this kind of getting-to-know-you setup great is that you can voice out your thoughts and opinions over a wide range of issues, yet remain anonymous.

 

9.  Find a new romance:
If you are looking for another chance at romance but is a bit shy about, join dating sites.

They are as popular as any health and fitness site and as widely-visited, too. Millions of men and women gather around these sites looking for the same thing as you.

These sites can provide you with a virtually all kinds of women to choose from. All you have to do is send a “friendship request” to start the ball rolling. If she accepts, then you are off to a possibly wonderful ride.

There is no guarantee of success, though. The Internet is the hunting ground of scammers, psychotics, losers, and online thieves. So don’t rush into a relationship like a boy on his first crush. While there are success stories, there are also tragedies.

 

10.  Earn supplemental income:
Computers have redefined work. Whereas it was a home-to-office-and- back routine before, now you can do it at home or anywhere.

You can now “work” while basking on a tropical beach or flying from one country to the next. You can work in a bus, a train, or in your pajamas at home.

There are thousands of ways to earn a living through your computer..

In 1973, roughly three years after the first computers were used in the office, an article titled, “Computers and Technology: Aiding Tomorrow’s Aged,” was published in a periodical called, The Gerontologist.”

The article wrote in part…

“The powerless and helpless feeling of the aged is due not only to increasing infirmity but to society’s failure to set up institutions and systems that make it possible for the elderly to overcome the handicaps they have…An elderly person’s maximum amount of ability to care for himself/herself would save society huge sums of money.”

Still skeptical why you cannot do with computers?

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How to Make Delicious and Healthy Soup – Part 1

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Is soup a regular part of your meal?Do you normally have soup with your meals?

I dot is with mine. It whets my appetite.It

My favorite is a vegetable soup made up of moringa leaves, moringa leaves, eggplant, and squash. Occasionally I indulge on meat broth (chicken, pork or beef), but laden with head or Chinese cabbage, and potatoes.

They are super delicious and healthy, too.

I take several spoonfuls of it before taking solid food. It is warm and soothing to the mouth, and unbelievably satisfying to an empty stomach.

 

You should try it if you are not into soups yet. Other then physical sensations, soups have three other healthy benefits. These are:

 

1. Soup  increases the vegetable content in your diet – something uncommon to a typical American diet;

Vegetable soups, aside from being easy to prepare, contain a lot of nutrients necessary to augment a seniors daily dietary needs.

 

2. It is filling – soups can be as filling as solid foods, In fact, they can be taken as a meal provided it is rich in proteins, according to a January 2005 article published in the “Physiology & Behavior,” magazine.soups can be as filling as solid foods and can be taken as a meal, provided it is laden with protein;

 

3. Soups have low energy density – they don’t make you gain weight because they have very low calorie content.-calorie

Not all soups, no matter how delicious, are healthy, however.

Cream-based soups like the New England chowder soup is an example. It contains 201 calories and 10 grams of fat. By comparison, a vegetable soup only has 90 calories and 0.8 grams of fat.

Canned soups are definitely a no-no. They have high levels of bisphenol A, or BPA, which may increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to the June 2011 issue of “The Journal of the American Medical Association.” Besides, they are full of sodium

So if you want to have a delicious and healthy soup, make your own in your kitchen.

You can start with the immune-boost soup.

 

Immune-Boost Soup:

Ingredients:
– 1 small yellow onion, diced;
– ½ cup chopped mushrooms (maitake, or portabella);
– I head escarole, roughly chopped (you can use kale or chard);
– 1 can, low-sodium white beans (lima beans can also be used);
– 1 quart, organic low-sodium chicken broth stock;
– 1 tablespoon, olive oil

 

Preparation:
– Sautee diced onions and mushrooms in olive oil;
– Add broth stock and beans;
– Boil. Then add escarole;
– Simmer the mixture for a few minutes, then add salt and pepper to taste.

Let the mixture cool down to sipping temperature. Voila! You have a delicious and healthy soup.

 

Health Benefits:

As we age, the body undergoes two critical changes (among others) – loss of sensitivity of the taste buds and the slowing down of metabolism.

The first can be solved by eating something sweet and delicious to the tongue, while the second by eating healthy foods to reinforce the body’s immune system which is affected by the drop in metabolic rate.perk Loss of sensitivity is often cured by eating something sweet and delicious to the

Fortunately, the main ingredients of the immune-boost soup, mushrooms, and escarole can do both.

 

1.  Mushrooms:
Mushrooms are delicious and healthy due to its high dietary fiber content, Protein, vitamin C, Folate, Iron, Zinc, and Manganese.

They are also high in vitamins D and B6, Riboflavin, Niacin, B6, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorous, Potassium Copper, and Selenium.

 

2.  Escarole:
This veggie is full of vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, K, and Folate. Even a half-a-cup serving contains vitamins C, E, and B, and Calcium, Potassium, Manganese, Phosphorous, Iron, Sodium, Copper, Manganese, Zinc, and Selenium.

No wonder it is called immune-boost soup.

Eating healthy foods is a must for any age. It becomes a necessity as we age because of the deterioration of some of our physiological functions, which can be compensated by a good diet.offset by a good diet.

And you don’t need a degree in culinary arts to do that because there is a horde of DIY healthy recipes on the Internet, which you can easily and cheaply do at home.

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Signs of Potential Medical Problems You must Heed

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Losing or gaining weight?

Since the dawn of Man, signs have already played a crucial role in his life. Primitive man broke leaves, etched on tree trunks, read footprints, or drew on cave walls or on stones.

Those signs were all meant to convey a message – usually to convey information or warning of potential serious consequences if ignored.

We don’t break leaves or etch on tree trunks anymore, but our lives are still governed by signs. In fact, more signs – from those on laptop or smartphone keyboards to street signs along the roads you drive through each day.

Then as now, they convey the same message, but more complex, comprehensive and baffling, at times.

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How to Prepare Cheap and Healthy Snacks – Part 1

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Crispy baked sweet potato – yummy!

Do you want to lose weight? Take snacks between meals.

No, this is not bull or hype but from personal experience. Taking snacks keep you from overeating during the major meals, i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner – that’s my secret of keeping my weight at a constant 66 kilos (give or take 2 to 3), over the years. It’s as steady as my heartbeat (of course, I also exercise a lot).

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How to Prepare an Easy and Nutritious Dinner – Part 1

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It’s dinner time!

You should not miss it because you have at least six to seven hours before breakfast and you don’t like to be awakened from a deep evening sleep by a grumbling, hungry stomach. Do you?

What to have for dinner, however, can be a problem, especially if you live alone with no one to prepare it for you.

Fortunately, in this age of quick-fixes, there are several options to choose from. For example, you can try this easy-to-prepare, yet nutritious dish – One Pan
Sau·té.

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How to Prepare an Easy, Cheap and Nutritious Lunch – Part 1


What’s for lunch?

Before going into the nitty-gritty of the question, and the preparation of a cheap, easy to make and nutritious lunch, let’s explore the importance of this mid-day meal.

Lunch is important because it keeps your metabolism active, after a moderately-sized meal like breakfast and snack hours before.

“Extended periods of starvation between large meals create gaps which keep metabolism from staying active,” says Dr. Kurt Hong, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Huntington Medical Foundation.

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How to Prepare Breakfast that is Cheap and Nutritious – Part 1

Do you like to wake up early in the morning with a deep growl from the pit of your stomach?

It does not feel good. In fact, it comes with a dull pain caused by a craving for food.

Strangely, I know a few people who have learned to ignore this hunger sign. Except for a cup of coffee, they take nothing early in the morning. These are those who believe that breakfast can make them gain weight, or, by skipping it, lose some.

Their cause might be admirable, but their approach to a perceived problem is wrong. It’s like going to war half starved.

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How to Develop Healthy Eating Habits in Our Senior Years

Do you eat like this?

“Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.”

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin may have said this in jest, but the message is as true now as it was when he said it. It becomes almost a tenet for some seniors where the effects of unbridled eating and drinking earlier in life are as unmistakable as traffic signs.

To a very large extent, people’s current state of health and well-being are the results of bygone days when they lived by the mantra, “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die.”

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