ElderCarelink Blog

Live alone longer? Seniors connect via the Internet

by Judy Kirkwood
January 13th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

By the time we got my mother a laptop computer, she was too cognitively impaired to work the keyboard as she had when she was an ace executive secretary. It might have made a world of difference had we gotten her connected with the Internet earlier.

In a collaborative effort to enrich the lives of shut-ins, Microsoft, Selfhelp Community Services, New York’s Department of Aging, and Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications combined forces to promote Internet use by seniors in an innovative but simple project: The Virtual Senior Center. Although this was a funded project that benefited a limited number of people, it is conceivable that results could be replicated across the country.

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Why elderly friendships fade away

by Judy Kirkwood
October 6th, 2011 at 9:18 am

Mom was lucky to have several friends who lived as long as she did. So, it was frustrating that my mother didn’t make an effort to see or talk to them when she seemed to be capable of doing so. Even before her stroke, we would suggest mom make a date to meet an old friend from church, or a woman whom we had called “Aunt” whom mom met way back when Dad was in the service.

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Never travel without an itinerary, Part 3

by Judy Kirkwood
September 29th, 2011 at 9:35 am

This post is Part III of Never Travel Without an Itinerary

When you have a family member whose health is precarious, you want to be available night or day to receive news and to help make life or death decisions. You get used to planning for catastrophe. Yet, it is human nature to let down your guard from time to time. And that is what I did when I went to Cayo Espanto, a private island off the coast of Belize, for a long weekend on assignment for a magazine.

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