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Boomersand Seniors(2)

  1. 1. AT for Boomers and Seniors: Maintaining Lifestyles As We Age Kathy Privratsky and Cheryl Sennett Assistive Technology of Alaska www.atlaak.org Assistive Technology of Alaska
  2. 2. <ul><li>CEUs are available for participating </li></ul><ul><li>1.0 CEU for whole series or partial CEU for each session attended </li></ul>CEU Announcement Assistive Technology of Alaska
  3. 3. AT Resources - ATLA <ul><li>What is ATLA? </li></ul><ul><li>Assistive Technology Library of Alaska (ATLA) </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Tech Act Project for the State </li></ul><ul><li>Provide: Awareness, Demonstrations, Information & Assistance, Loans, Trainings / Webinars </li></ul><ul><li>Focus: Vision, Hearing, Communication, Computer Access, ECU </li></ul><ul><li>Assessments / Consultations </li></ul><ul><li>Third Thursday at 3:30 Webinars </li></ul><ul><li>Sales of AT </li></ul>Assistive Technology of Alaska
  4. 4. <ul><li>Describe what AT is and why it is important to consider for this age group </li></ul><ul><li>Identify three AT devices or products to consider </li></ul><ul><li>Identify three resources that offer information about AT for boomers and seniors. </li></ul>Outcomes Assistive Technology of Alaska
  5. 5. What is Assistive Technology? What is Assistive Technology? Assistive Technology of Alaska
  6. 6. <ul><ul><li>We all want to be able to participate in life and do the same things we always did. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When our eyes begin to fail we get glasses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When our ears fail we get a hearing aid. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using Assistive Technology is a natural part of the aging process. </li></ul></ul>Why AT for Boomers and Seniors? Why AT in the Senior Years? Assistive Technology of Alaska
  7. 7. <ul><li>Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Hearing </li></ul><ul><li>Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Recreation </li></ul><ul><li>Mobility </li></ul>Maintaining Lifestyles as we Age Maintaining Lifestyles As We Age Assistive Technology of Alaska
  8. 8. <ul><ul><li>What are the activities the person enjoys and could continue to enjoy with AT? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety (call for assistance and maintain safety in the home) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comfort – the person will actually use the device </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making every day tasks easier with AT </li></ul></ul>Considering AT Considering AT Assistive Technology of Alaska
  9. 9. Merlin CCTV Handheld Video Magnifier Lighted Magnifiers Eye-Pal –Combination reader/magnifier AT for Vision Assistive Technology of Alaska
  10. 10. <ul><li>Bold writing pens </li></ul><ul><li>Contrast and low sheen </li></ul><ul><li>Extra lighting / more concentrated </li></ul><ul><li>Self threading needles </li></ul><ul><li>Stand magnifiers </li></ul><ul><li>Talking telephones </li></ul><ul><li>Talking watches, clocks and thermostats </li></ul>AT for Vision Assistive Technology of Alaska
  11. 11. <ul><li>Zoomtext – Magnifies text across all computer programs up to 36x </li></ul><ul><li>WebEyes- Magnification for Internet Explorer </li></ul><ul><li>from 4-144pt </li></ul><ul><li>Mozilla Firefox Web Browser (free) </li></ul><ul><li>Comes with built in magnification-increase magnification with NoSquint free add on for Firefox, allows settings for background, color, remembers settings </li></ul>Web Access - Vision Assistive Technology of Alaska
  12. 12. <ul><li>Pocket Talkers </li></ul>AT for Hearing Amplified & Big Button Phones Loop systems FM Systems Alert Systems Easy to Use Cell Phones AT for Hearing Assistive Technology of Alaska
  13. 13. <ul><li>Alert systems (phones, doorbell, motion) </li></ul><ul><li>Amplified telephones or added amplifier </li></ul><ul><li>FM systems (theatre, church) </li></ul><ul><li>Hearing aids and loop system </li></ul><ul><li>Personal listening devices </li></ul><ul><li>Telecommunication devices (TTY, text msg) </li></ul><ul><li>Vibrating pagers / alert systems </li></ul>AT for Hearing Assistive Technology of Alaska
  14. 14. AT for Memory Assistive Technology of Alaska Talking Photo Album Automatic Faucet iTouch / iPhone Community Suite Pill reminder /alarm Simple Photo Phone
  15. 15. <ul><li>Auto shut off devices (i.e. coffee pots, irons) </li></ul><ul><li>Hand held devices (all-in-one) </li></ul><ul><li>Medication dispensers (daily, weekly, complex) </li></ul><ul><li>Microwave or toaster ovens w/ auto shut off </li></ul><ul><li>Reminder items to help prompt </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Automatic water on/off </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alarms / voice reminders of appointments, meds </li></ul></ul>AT for Memory Assistive Technology of Alaska
  16. 16. AT for Communication Assistive Technology of Alaska Low-tech boards iTouch - Communication Application Voice output device Text Communication High-Tech communication
  17. 17. AT for Mobility Assistive Technology of Alaska walkers Specialized wheelchairs Scooters Seat Assists Wheelchairs
  18. 18. <ul><li>Bath benches </li></ul><ul><li>Canes, walkers, scooters, wheelchairs </li></ul><ul><li>Portable grab bars </li></ul><ul><li>Ramps </li></ul><ul><li>Rotating disks – out of car, out of tub </li></ul><ul><li>Seat assists (getting out of a chair) </li></ul><ul><li>Borrow vs purchase </li></ul>AT for Mobility Assistive Technology of Alaska
  19. 19. AT for Recreation Assistive Technology of Alaska Wii games Card shuffler Needle Threader Large Print Cards iTouch Kindle or Nook
  20. 20. <ul><li>Adapted exercise bikes </li></ul><ul><li>Gardening tools </li></ul><ul><li>Card shufflers, card holders, large print cards </li></ul><ul><li>Hand held electronic card games </li></ul><ul><li>iPod and iTouch </li></ul><ul><li>Large print books, crossword puzzles, embroidery patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Stand magnifiers and extra light </li></ul>AT for Recreation Assistive Technology of Alaska
  21. 21. AT Resources - Demonstrations <ul><li>Demonstration Centers </li></ul><ul><li>Alaska Center for Blind and Visually Impaired (ACBVI) </li></ul><ul><li>ATLA </li></ul><ul><li>Independent Living Centers </li></ul><ul><li>Special Education Service Agency (SESA) </li></ul><ul><li>Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrations provide enough information about a piece of AT so a person can make an informed decision </li></ul>Assistive Technology of Alaska
  22. 22. AT Resources - www.aktradingpost.org Assistive Technology of Alaska
  23. 23. AT Resources - Reutilization <ul><li>Recycling / Reuse (All Ages) </li></ul><ul><li>ACBVI </li></ul><ul><li>AK Trading Post (www.aktradingpost.org) </li></ul><ul><li>ATLA </li></ul><ul><li>Craig’s List and eBay </li></ul><ul><li>Independent Living Centers Loan Closets </li></ul><ul><li>Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can add items to the Trading Post </li></ul><ul><li>NOTE: Assistive Technology (AT) and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) </li></ul>Assistive Technology of Alaska
  24. 24. AT Resources - Internet <ul><li>Vision Resources: </li></ul><ul><li>Firefox Web Browser: www.mozilla.com </li></ul><ul><li>No Squint Add on - Firefox: urandom.ca/nosquint/ </li></ul><ul><li>Webeyes : www.webeyes.us </li></ul><ul><li>Zoomtext : www.aisquared.com </li></ul>Assistive Technology of Alaska
  25. 25. <ul><li>Just a few of the resources from this presentation </li></ul><ul><li>AARP: www.aarp.org/internetresources </li></ul><ul><li>Assistive Technology Services www.assistivetechnologyservices.com/personal.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>Care4U www.care4u.com/kitchen.html </li></ul><ul><li>Epill www.epill.com </li></ul><ul><li>Family Village www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/Mall.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Independent Care Products: www.independentcareproducts.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Medication Reminder System www.medication-reminders.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Page Minder www.pageminderinc.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Net: www.seniornet.org/jsnet/ </li></ul>AT Resources - Internet Assistive Technology of Alaska
  26. 26. Questions? Q & A Assistive Technology of Alaska
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