Tech Tips for Seniors – Articles & Resources

ARTICLES

  • STEP-BY-STEP TECH TIPS

    Step-by-Step Tech Tips

    • Now You Can Use Uber Without a Smartphone
      GoGoGrandparent acts as an intermediary between the ride-sharing service and the person who needs a ride, and works for both legs of a return trip as long as you have some type of cellphone. READ IT
    • How to Use Google Like a Pro and Make Your Life Easy
      Need to convert a measurement, track a flight, define a word, check out a medication? Google can do all these and more in a flash. Learn the tricks. READ IT
    • How to Have a Better YouTube Viewing Experience
      Learn how to get rid of ads, make the video bigger, see captions and more with our YouTube tips. READ IT
    • How to Use Skype Like A Pro
      Even if you’ve been Skyping for a while, there are ways you can make the experience better. READ IT
    • How to Use Pinterest: 4 Tips for Getting Started
      Learn how to set up your account, find inspiration and start interacting on Pinterest. READ IT
    • How to Get Started on Instagram
      Instagram is a photo-centric social network that lets you see friends’ and family members’ photos and share your own. READ IT
    • How To Clean Up Your Computer Desktop
      When you let files and folders accumulate on your desktop, you can run into problems. Here’s how to get organized. READ IT
    • How Do I Copy and Paste on My Computer?
      Copying and pasting text is a simple and time-saving computer skill – and saves the inevitable errors we make when we retype. READ IT
    • How to Use Bookmarks to Save Your Favorite Websites
      Bookmarks are helpful online tools inspired by physical bookmarks. Learn how to use this handy feature. READ IT
    • How to Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Make Your Life Easier
      Using keyboard shortcuts instead of your cursor to log in, scroll, print, undo mistakes and much more can save time. It’s also easier on the hands. READ IT
    • How Do I Download a File from an Email to My Computer?
      Learn how to download a file —for example, a photo — that someone emails you as an attachment. READ IT
    • How to Share a Link With a Friend
      Ever want to share a link to an article or an image that you find online? Here’s how.READ IT
    • How to Control What You See on Your Facebook News Feed
      Facebook lets you pick what you see on your News Feed. Use our guide to See First and learn how Facebook’s algorithm works.READ IT
    • How to Use Twitter as a Newsfeed
      Learn how to set up an account and follow people and organizations that share your interests. READ IT
    • How to Follow an Event on Twitter and Get In on the Conversation
      Whether it’s an unfolding new story or a hot new TV show, on Twitter you can mix with people from around the world and add your two cents. READ IT
    • How Can I Make Smiley Faces and Other Emoticons With My Keyboard?
      How do you communicate mood when you’re chatting online? You need emoticons! Learn how to make them here. READ IT
    • How to Make Faces, Things and Animals with Your Keyboard
      There’s more to emoticons than smiley faces. Learn all the fun things you can make while you get to know your keyboard. READ IT
    • Need Tech Help? Try YouTube Videos.
      On YouTube, you can find online resources for learning computer and iPad skills – including some great how-to videos. READ IT
    • How to Use Google’s Conversational Speech Search
      Google voice-search feature lets you ask it your question (no typing!) and listen to the answer. READ IT
    • How to Create — and Remember — a Secure Online Password
      Hackers have gained access to 93 thousand websites and stolen millions of passwords. Here’s what you need to do and some simple tricks for coming up with safer passwords. READ IT
    • Password Help: What Is Two-Step Verification?
      Our Tekspert explains why 2-step verification is safer and how to set it up. READ IT
    • How to Use a Password Manager to Make Strong Passwords Easy
      It’s hard to make – and remember – multiple strong passwords for different sites. Try this tool. READ IT
    • How to Protect Yourself Online
      There are ways to stop people you don’t know from accessing and using your personal information. READ IT
  • AGING WITH GEEKITUDE: ADVICE FROM A RECOVERING TECHNOPHOBE

    Aging with Geekitude: Advice From a Recovering Technophobe

    • How To Overcome Your Fear of Technologies
      If you figure out a new technology, it will build your brainpower, too. Try these tips for overcoming technophobia. READ IT
    • How I’ve Made New Friends on Facebook
      Want to find a good dentist? Talk about last night’s movie? You need friends. Here are 12 good ways to meet them on Facebook when you’re way past 21.READ IT
    • How I Found My Roots With DNA Testing
      Order a DNA kit online and spit into a test tube – before you know it you could be connected to cousins you didn’t know you had. READ IT
    • What I Learned from Browsing the Hearing Aid Forums
      This grassroots community might be the best online source for practical, unbiased money-saving information about hearing aids.READ IT
    • How I Created an Instant Social Life Using Meetup
      Looking to make new friends who share your interests? Read about Meetup, an online network of local groups that helps people join offline communities.READ IT
    • Google Cardboard: A Virtual Reality Experience for Cheapskates
      Have you heard how virtual reality is going to change the world? While you’re waiting, get a taste of the VR experience with this DIY kit. READ IT
    • Why Computers Make Us Feel Stupid & How to Get Around It
      Stop feeling stupid (you’re not – they are) and try these tips when your computer doesn’t do what it’s supposed to. READ IT
    • 6 Reasons a Smartphone Is Right For You
      If you’ve been holding back from getting a smartphone, it’s probably for one of these six reasons – none of which hold water, Erica says. READ IT
    • Apps For Us
      We older folks don’t need ways to juggle three kids’ schedules or six spreadsheets – but we do like to play with our tablets and phones. READ IT
    • 11 Apps That Can Save You Money, Time and Pain
      Apps keep popping up to solve practically every one of life’s problems, large and small. Here are Erica’s latest discoveries. READ IT
    • How to Save Money by Ditching Your Landline
      Landlines are becoming expensive dinosaurs. Options, from a cellphone-only solution, to VoIP and hybrid alternatives, can save you money. READ IT
    • How to Find the Answer to Practically Anything on the Internet
      From troubleshooting appliances to finding the direct dial number for customer service, there’s an easy way to do it online. READ IT
    • How to Self-Publish Your Life Story
      Anyone can easily and inexpensively publish a paperback or ebook. Here’s how to tell and share your story – or your travelog, words of wisdom… READ IT
    • How to Waste Even More Time on Facebook and Regret It Less
      If you can’t beat Facebook, why not use it for fun and profit? Here are some creative ways to waste your life away. READ IT
    • How — and Why — to Use Google Earth
      Revisit your past, check a vacation destination, house hunt from home, tour the world — there are so many reasons to use Google Earth. READ IT
    • How to Undo Mistakes on Computer and Mobile Devices
      Did you hit send by mistake? Lose a document? Accidentally delete something you just typed? You can undo your errors. READ IT
    • How to Troubleshoot When You’re Manualphobic
      Why can’t they make manuals we can actually use – and how can you get troubleshooting help when you’re manualphobic? Erica’s got tips – and a rant. READ IT
    • Bargain Tips from an Online Shopaholic
      Shopping online doesn’t just save your knees and nerves — it can also save you money. Check out these tips. READ IT
    • How to Get Rid of Ads on the Web
      Had enough of the ads that pop up, follow you around and hide what you want to read? Blocking them is easy! READ IT
    • On the Road: Apps, Sites, Gadgets & Tips
      Recovering technophobe Erica takes a look at easy-to-use apps and gadgets for your next road trip. READ IT
    • How to Cut the Cable Cord and Save Money
      Millions of TV addicts are learning how to cut their cable TV service without losing the shows they’re hooked on. READ IT
    • How to Make Picture Emoji
      Still making text emoticons with your keyboard? Turns out, it’s easy to make cartoony emoji – even animated ones. READ IT
    • The Easy Way to Digitize Your Shoebox of Old Photos
      There are so many good reasons to make digital albums of your old photographs. Here’s how. READ IT
  • MOBILE TECHNOLOGY: PHONES, TABLETS & APPS

    Mobile Technology: Phones, Tablets & Apps

    • Send Me SFMOMA: Fine Art in the Palm of Your Hand
      The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s new service sends works of art from its collection directly to your smartphone via text message. READ IT
    • The Best Mass Transit Apps for Getting Around Town
      Get up-to-the-minute bus, subway and train route suggestions and walking directions for US cities. READ IT
    • Siri for Seniors: 45 Commands That Will Make Your Life Easier
      Wake me in 20. Read me my email. What’s the forecast? If you have an i-device, there’s a lot Siri can do for you! READ IT
    • How to Get Started on Instagram
      Instagram is a photo-centric social network that lets you see friends’ and family members’ photos and share your own. READ IT
    • How to Take Better Pictures with Your Phone or Tablet
      If you’re new to phoneography (or tabletography), check out these tips. READ IT
    • On the Road: Apps, Sites, Gadgets & Tips
      Try these easy-to-use apps and gadgets on your next road trip. READ IT
    • Apps For Us
      We older folks don’t need ways to juggle three kids’ schedules or six spreadsheets – but we do like to play with our tablets and phones. READ IT
    • 11 Apps That Can Save You Money, Time and Pain
      Apps keep popping up to solve practically every one of life’s problems, large and small. READ IT
    • Bluetooth for Technophobes
      Bluetooth technology is built into most devices. If you’re not sure why you should use it, just think about the last time you got your cords tangled. READ IT
    • Quiz: How Well Do You Know Text Speak?
      OMG! LOL!… How many of the acronyms that kids are typing on their phones and Facebook do you know? Take our quiz and learn! READ IT
  • SOCIAL MEDIA

    Social Media

    • How to Complain to Customer Service on Social Media – and Get Results
      What’s the most productive way to complain today? The internet, and especially social media. READ IT
    • How to Control What You See on Your Facebook News Feed
      Do you feel like whenever you get used to a new feature on Facebook, they go and change it?READ IT
    • How to Blog on Facebook
      Feeling creative? A little-known Facebook feature makes it easy to start a blog— and keep blogging. READ IT
    • Stories From Your Life: Using Facebook to Tell Your Story
      Facebook’s “Page” feature offers a perfect way to tell your story through photos, video and words. Here’s a walk-through, with storytelling tips. READ IT
    • How to Waste Even More Time on Facebook and Regret It Less
      If you can’t beat Facebook, why not use it for fun and profit? Here are some creative ways to waste your life away. READ IT
    • How to Use Twitter As a Newsfeed
      Learn how to set up an account and follow people and organizations that share your interests. READ IT
    • How to Follow an Event on Twitter and Get In on the Conversation
      Whether it’s an unfolding new story or a hot new TV show, on Twitter, you can mix with people from around the world and add your two cents. READ IT
    • How to Use Pinterest: 4 Tips for Getting Started
      Learn how to set up your account, find inspiration and start interacting on Pinterest. READ IT
    • How to Get Started on Instagram
      Instagram is a photo-centric social network that lets you see friends’ and family members’ photos and share your own. READ IT
  • GET INSPIRED & BE CREATIVE

    Get Inspired & Be Creative

    • Meet YouTube’s Oldest How-To Star
      With just a point-and-shoot camera, knitter Judy Graham has created a mini-empire on YouTube. You can do it, too, if you have a skill to share. READ IT
    • WATCH: Facebook’s Oldest User
      At 105, she created her first Facebook account – and it’s not just for keeping up with family and friends. READ IT
    • A Day in the Digital Life of Joe Isaac
      At 90, he’s Lexington, Kentucky’s longest-serving senior-tech guru. READ IT
    • What Does It Feel Like to Get Old? Ask Cyndi.
      Thousands of young people follow Cyndi Perlman Fink on Quora for her funny and truthful answers about aging. READ IT
    • Google Art Project: Tour Museums Up Close
      Wander around 250 of the world’s greatest art museums and get an extreme up-close view of the works. You can even curate your own collection. READ IT
    • Google Street View’s Galleries of the World
      These interactive views of the world’s most beautiful places let you travel to the Antarctic, the world’s highest peaks and its most beautiful coral reefs. READ IT
    • Live Music Online: Sites and Apps for Your Listening Pleasure
      The web offers opportunities to hear — and in some cases watch — unique recordings of live music that once only the very lucky had access to. READ IT
    • Spaced Out: The Best Online Experiences of our Stunning Universe
      Get a taste of the final frontier – and an awe-inspiring visual experience – via these ebooks and interactive sites. READ IT
    • Stories From Your Life: Making Audio Recordings
      An array of resources are available online to help you tell your personal story. Here’s how to get started. READ IT
    • Stories From Your Life: Using Facebook to Tell Your Story
      Facebook’s “Page” feature offers a perfect way to tell your story through photos, video and words. Here’s a walk-through, with storytelling tips. READ IT
    • How to Self-Publish Your Life Story
      Anyone can easily and inexpensively publish a paperback or ebook. Here’s how to tell and share your story – or your travelog, words of wisdom… READ IT
    • VIDEO: 97-Year-Old Creates Beautiful Pixel Art
      Hal Lazko makes astounding art on the computer, using a Microsoft Paint program. READ IT
    • VIDEO: Artist Uses iPad Mini As His Canvas
      Watch this Japanese artist re-create Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” on iPad mini. READ IT
  • ONLINE SAFETY & SECURITY

    Online Safety & Security

    • Scam: Cellphone Identity Theft
      A growing number of cellphone owners are falling victim to this easy form of ID theft. Here’s how to protect yourself. READ IT
    • Inspirational Passwords You Won’t Forget
      What if your secure password was also your driving force for the day? Turns out, you can easily make it so. READ IT
    • How to Create — and Remember — a Secure Online Password
      Hackers have gained access to 93 thousand websites and stolen millions of passwords. Here’s what you need to do and some simple tricks for coming up with safer passwords. READ IT
    • Password Help: What Is Two-Step Verification?
      Our Tekspert explains why 2-step verification is safer and how to set it up. READ IT
    • How to Use a Password Manager to Make Strong Passwords Easy
      It’s hard to make – and remember – multiple strong passwords for different sites. Try this tool. READ IT
    • How to Protect Your Personal Info from Cybercrooks
      There are great online deals for consumers – but cybercrooks may take advantage, too. These essential dos and don’ts can help keep your personal info safe. READ IT
    • 4 Ways Computers Get Infected (and How to Avoid Them)
      It’s always flu season for computers. From scareware to malware, 13 percent of home computers get infected. Here’s how to avoid yours being one of them. READ IT
    • Scam Alert: The Global Privacy Enforcement Network
      The FTC is warning people who use email to be wary of phone calls about your account.  READ IT
    • How to Protect Yourself Online
      There are ways to stop people you don’t know from accessing and using your personal information.  READ IT
    • How to Protect Your Body While You’re at Your Computer
      Learn how to be kind to your muscles, eyes and blood pressure while you’re online.  READ IT
  • SAVING MONEY ONLINE

    Saving Money Online

    • How To Save Money Online Like a Millennial
      What are some tricks you can use to cheat the e-commerce system? Learn from the digital natives!  READ IT
    • 7 Online Flash Sales: How to Get Good Deals
      Imagine a sample sale without the shoving. Welcome to online flash sales that offer everything from vacations to wine and tech gadgets.  READ IT
    • Couchsurfing for Seniors: An Online Community Offers More than a Free Place to Stay
      A global online community offers travelers a place to sleep, an insider view of the place you’re visiting and new international friendships.  READ IT
    • Bargain Tips From An Online Shopaholic
      Shopping online doesn’t just save your knees and nerves – it can also save you money. Check out these tips.  READ IT
    • How to Cut the Cable Cord and Save Money
      Millions of TV addicts are learning how to cut their cable TV service without losing the shows they’re hooked on. READ IT
    • How to Save Money By Ditching Your Landline
      Landlines are becoming expensive dinosaurs. Options, from a cellphone-only solution, to VoIP and hybrid alternatives, can save you money.  READ IT
  • TECH HELP FOR SENIORS

    Tech Help for Seniors

    • 8 Options for Affordable Hearing Aids
      More than two out of every three Americans over age 70 have meaningful hearing loss, experts say, but according to the New York Times, only 20 percent of people in this country who need hearing aids buy them. READ IT
    • Wearables: They Do More Than Count Steps
      One of the hottest topics at the recent M-Enabling Summit near Washington, DC was wearables — all of this great new technology that attaches to our bodies to help us stay healthy. READ IT
    • The Tech Enhanced Life
      This tech-themed community for seniors updates frequently with new articles and also offers the Useful App Club (paid membership), a great introduction to mobile apps and how to use them. READ IT
    • Tech 50+: Technology Through Our Eyes
      Veteran tech journalists rate the latest devices and gadgets based on criteria that matter to usREAD IT
    • Techboomers
      This site systematically walks you through how to use online services and destinations. The site adds a new tutorial every week — sign up for the newsletter to be alerted. READ IT
    • AARP TEK Talk Videos
      These YouTube videos of live tech talks educate you on everything from fitness trackers to how to adjust your Facebook settings. READ IT
    • Bleeping Computer
      These step-by-step tutorials for Windows, Mac, tablets and more are good for more advanced users, covering everything from how to turn your iPad into a digital picture frame to how to unfreeze a trackpad. READ IT
    • Senior Tech Daily
      This site aims to help seniors stay safe, connected and independent. It’s a product of LIVHome Care Monitor and as such, tends to defer to caregivers. READ IT

 

RESOURCES

  • TECH HELP FOR SENIORS

    Tech Help for Seniors

    • The Tech Enhanced Life This tech-themed community for seniors updates frequently with new articles and also offers the Useful App Club (paid membership), a great introduction to mobile apps and how to use them. https://www.techenhancedlife.com
    • Tech 50+: Technology Through Our Eyes Veteran tech journalists rate the latest devices and gadgets based on criteria that matter to us. http://www.tech50plus.com/
    • Techboomers This site systematically walks you through how to use online services and destinations. The site adds a new tutorial every week — sign up for the newsletter to be alerted. https://techboomers.com/
    • ARP TEK Talk Videos These YouTube videos of live tech talks educate you on everything from fitness trackers to how to adjust your Facebook settings. http://www.tech50plus.com/
    • Bleeping Computer These step-by-step tutorials for Windows, Mac, tablets and more are good for more advanced users, covering everything from how to turn your iPad into a digital picture frame to how to unfreeze a trackpad. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials
    • Senior Tech Daily This site aims to help seniors stay safe, connected and independent. It’s a product of LIVHome Care Monitor and as such, tends to defer to caregivers. http://seniortechdaily.com/
  • TECH CLASSES

    Tech Classes

    Also ask your local library and senior center about free tech classes.

    • Senior Planet Centers
      Senior Planet Centers, provide free digital technology classes to people age 60-plus at sites New York City and Plattsburg, New York. https://www.seniorplanet.org/centers/
    • Senior Net
      Senior Net is a volunteer-staffed nationwide network of computer technology training centers. (Paid membership) http://seniornet.org/
    • Oasis Connections
      Oasis provides free computer and mobile technology classes to adults through senior centers, libraries and other community sites in cities nationwide. http://www.oasisnet.org/National-Programs/Connections-Technology
    • Apple Classes
      Apple stores offer free workshops for people who want to learn how to use the company’s products, including hardware (Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch) and programs. http://www.apple.com/retail/learn/
  • DIGITAL CULTURE, NEWS & REVIEWS

    Digital Culture, News & Reviews

    • Scam Alerts from the FTC
      The Federal Communications Commission publishes regular scam alerts and security advice. Check the webpage for updates or opt to get FTC scam alerts by email. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts
    • Digital Trends
      Stay abreast of the latest news, analysis and products — “tech for the way we live.” http://www.digitaltrends.com/
    • Endgadget
      Digital news, reviews and culture. Endgadget’s Buyer’s Guide is updated monthly. https://www.engadget.com/
    • Techradar
      This site’s tech news includes a weekly update on the best deals in computers, devices and wearables. http://www.techradar.com/
    • Too Embarrassed to Ask Podcast
      Recode’s weekly podcast demystifies tech and digital culture. Just press Play and listen on your computer or mobile device. http://www.recode.net/too-embarrassed-to-ask-podcast
    • Lifehacker
      This daily blog points readers to tech deals, cool sites, useful software and apps, and other digital ways to make your life easier and more fun. http://www.lifehacker.com
  • SHOPPING ADVICE

    Shopping Advice

  • TECH AND WEBSITE SUPPORT

    Tech and Website Support