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AT for Boomers and Seniors

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We all want to be able to participate in life and do the same things we always did. When our eyes begin to fail we get glasses
When our ears fail we get a hearing aid.
Using Assistive Technology is a natural part of the aging process.

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AT for Boomers and Seniors

  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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