A MESSAGE FROM DEWEY KLOSS OF THE
SILVERIDGE COMPUTER & TECHNOLOGY CLUB
Seniors & Technology
A recent article at seniorliving.org pointed out how embracing technology can help seniors have a happier and more fulfilling retirement. Yes, this includes you and me and all of us here at Silveridge. Advancements in technology have brought us marvelous smartphones like the Apple iPhone, and Android system phones from a bevy of manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Google, and others. These devices not only keep us in closer contact with family & friends but enable us to enjoy photos of our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren wherever they are.
Additional benefits may include texting, emails, enjoying Facebook, always having the latest news from back home or anywhere, entertainment like YouTube, apps like Google Maps that easily guide the user to destinations near or far. The smart phone that seniors have is also a miniature computer with awesome capabilities. And, smart phone technology is only one slice of the technology pie.
Wearables like smartwatches help seniors live a healthier life by monitoring their heart rate, and while sleeping can measure quality of sleep & blood oxygen levels, and offer suggestions for improvement your wellness.
Easy to install technology like wireless cameras—now less expensive than ever—can help keep you safe. Self-programming robotic vacuum cleaners can clean your carpets and floors while you sleep.
The technology in newer cars is amazing! “Infotainment” systems on your car’s center screen are playing an ever increasingly important role from facilitating hands-free phone calls to navigation to music and podcasts. I know some seniors simply ignore modern technology and bumble by without it. Others do try their best to learn what they need to learn to get by.
It’s interesting that those seniors who learn what they need to know to use their technology-laden device(s) often know a couple of things that many others may not know. But one thing seems certain—we all need a little help from our friends. Among those friends at Silveridge is the Silveridge Computer & Technology Club (SCTC). When we band together and share our knowledge, everyone wins.
Changing gears, few of us at Silveridge on Friday afternoon, March 13, 2020 will forget the notice that appeared in our PO boxes. Concerning the Coronavirus, The decision has been made to cancel all activity events effective today. Silveridge Management.
SCTC was set to celebrate his 25th anniversary shortly and it never happened. In fact, the club still has over $500 in prizes that were to have been awarded to lucky winners.
The good news is that SCTC will start up once again this season, and information regarding starting up SCTC will appear a month from now in the December 1 issue of Silveridge Sun, and also in the December Silveridge Newsletter from Sue Arnesen’s office.
Before going on, I do need to share one bit of sad news with previous season’s members of the Silveridge Computer & Technology Club. Michael Folker, husband of SCTC President Carol Folker, passed away October 13 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. His death was from the coronavirus exacerbated by his already compromised health.
Mike Folker was a key teacher and leader in SCTC. Quoting his obituary, “For over 20 years, Michael generously taught basic computer skills, Photoshop, and Microsoft Word to seniors in the computer club at Silveridge in Mesa, Arizona. He had the patience of Job!”
Mike also served several terms as club president and was on the SCTC Board of Directors for over a decade. He will truly be missed.
President Carol Folker and I have been in touch this past summer making plans for restarting SCTC. With the passing of Michael, she has asked me to assume this responsibility until such time when she feels able to take the reins again.
I am happy to accept it and will appreciate support and help from previous SCTC members and other interested residents at Silveridge this coming season.
DuWayne “Dewey” Kloos
VP, Silveridge Computer & Technology Club