Do You Know Someone Who is Hearing Challenged and Needs an Amplified Phone?

Sometimes you need a gadget that will make life easier when your have personal challenges. If you or someone you know has a hearing challenge or need help waking in the morning then these items just might help. These devices make life easier and fun for anyone with hearing loss generally have a difficult time waking up in the morning! Below is more info:

Powertel 580.  Amplicom’s Powertel 580 Combination Amplified Corded Telephone With Integrated Answering Machine and Dect. 6.0 Cordles Handset offers loud, clear and personalized sound and brings back the joy of communication.  It is compatible with hearing aids and cochlear implants, and feature large, easily readable displays.

Amplicom TCL Series Alarm Clocks:  The Amplicom TCL series alarm clocks have a wireless shaker pad that is placed under the pillow.   At the designated time, the pad vibrates to rouse the sleeper without waking up the rest of the household.   Available in both analogue (TCL 100) and digital (TCL 200) versions.  Great for those with hearing loss, but also ideal for the typical “heavy sleeper,” this alarm shakes and wakes you out of bed.
Amplicom NL 100 Neck Loops:  To relax, who doesn’t love listening to their newest playlist or a book on an iPod or other mp3 player?  And now those with hearing loss can enjoy the same access to these little pleasures thanks to Amplicom’s new Induction Neckloop.   It lets hearing aid wearers or anyone with compromised hearing get loud and clear sound when listening to a book or playlist.    It simply slips over the neck and plugs into the device.

Find out more about these products on Amplicon.

New System Provides Innovative Ways to Avoid Missing Prescription Medication

 I am so glad someone finally came up with a good medicine reminder.

MedCenter System features new approach of pill stocking (with days and dates), talking alarms and visual aids

Miami, Florida – April 15, 2013 – Prescription medicines are an important component of health management, however a growing volume of research indicates a disturbing trend in consumer noncompliance. Millions of Americans do not take their medicines correctly. People simply forget to take them, are confused about the proper dosage and timing, or lack the personal organization to carry out the daily task.

After noticing the problem of consumer noncompliance, Martin Cooper began a project based on a simple idea; create a talking system of remembering your daily medications using the date of the month – The Med Center system. This system emphasizes the “Date” rather than the “Day of the Week.” The “Date” is located on each Pill Box and Pill Cavity, the visual display of the Clock as well as audibly during the alert messages. This repetition of the “Date” helps ensure proper medication compliance, even when the user is unsure whether it is Monday or Tuesday.

“Growing up, my father would forget to take his necessary medication – which would result in him fainting and passing out,” says Martin Cooper, the inventor of The MedCenter System. “Coming up with a way to organize my parents’ medications and encourage their adherence was the true motivation behind creating the system,” he says.

 

The system works in the following steps:

· Load the entire month’s meds into the (31) Daily Pill Boxes and place them into the Organizer with their Green ends up, showing they are full.

· Set up to 4 Daily Alarms to alert you when your medication is due.

 

· At the beginning of the day, take the correct Pill Box out of the stand and place it into the “Today’s Pills” tray on the front of the Organizer Stand.

· A repeating friendly reminder notifies you of the time, the date and which daily dose to take. “Good morning! Please take your morning pills for the 20th.”

 

· Press the red “Alarm Acknowledged” button to confirm compliance and the MedCenter Talking Alarm Clock tells you when the next daily dose is due.

 

· At the end of the day, return the Pill Box to the stand with the Red end up to show the day’s pills have been taken.

 

· Press the green “Talk / Time” button at any time for an audible notification of the current time and date.

 

· Press the blue “Alarm Check” button at any time for an audible notification of the upcoming alarms.

· The clock also features an easy to operate, talking, Set procedure for all four alarms, the time and date.

 

· Large easy to read LCD with backlight makes the clock easy to read, even in the dark.

Doctors and Pharmacists agree that taking medications on a set schedule is crucial for managing your health. With the MedCenter System, taking your medications on schedule, becomes a part of your daily routine.

The MedCenter System has a suggested retail price of $69.95 with the talking LCD clock and $34.95 without it. Other products include: the Monthly Mini Monthly Organizer ($24.95), Traveler Weekly Organizer ($19.95), Daily Pill Organizer ($18.95), Daily Pill Organizer with Alarm ($28.95), and 5-Alarm Sport Watch ($24.95). More products can be seen here: http://www.medcentersystems.com/Store.html. 

MedCenter System products can be found nationwide at a variety of retailers, including select Kroger pharmacies, Discount Drug Mart Stores, Thrifty White, Kerr Drug, Ralph’s, CSN/Wayfair, The Gift Closet, Stacks & Stacks, Active Forever, Healthy Directions, Alimed, LS&S Dynamic Living, Medline, Miles Kimball Easy Comforts catalog, The Shopping Channel (Canada), Mary Maxim Catalog (Canada), Amazon.com, WalMart.com, Target.com, Meijer.com, CVS.com, Sears.com, Kmart.com, ForgettingthePill.com, TheInsulinCaseShop.com, EPill.com, DiabetesandMore.com, MaxiAids.com, AEKmarketingco.com, AssistedLivingStore.com, ActiveandAble.com, and on the company’s e-commerce site: www.medcentersystems.com.

 

 

 

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So You Want to Start Your Small Business in New Jersey But Need Help With Business Finances?

Thinking about starting a small business when your retire? Forced to leave your job due to downsizing or other issues? Need to learn more about the money side of running a business?

If you are a new business owner or even thinking about starting a business you will benefit from this FREE Workshop in New Jersey. Essex County is sponsoring a powerful workshop on March 4,  2013 on Business Finance Basics.  The workshop will be conducted by a business expert I know Lathea Morris.

Click this link to learn more about this cutting edge financial workshop in New Jersey.

But even if you are already savvy a refresher never hurts.

Need To Learn A Excel, PowerPoint, Resume Writing, Publisher, or Get Ebooks ALL FREE?

Today I had an engaging and empowering discussion with a fellow motivational speaker, Donna Satchell about blogging. We motivated each other by discussing some cool tips and techniques and then she asked. “Rosie, do you want some great online training?” I had just decided this morning that I wanted to pump up some of my skills in Outlook and Excel so I shouted, YES.

So she  shared with me a site that can be used when you have some evening down time, scheduled training time or even while recovering from work, illness or retirement. The site is called Learn Free and is produced by the wonderful folks at the Goodwill Industries of Eastern NC.

Now you probably have the same question I had “What’s the catch?”

So, I looked for the “catch” and here it is right on their website under the section on Support was a Frequently Asked Question about how they were able to offer these classes free. The answer is below:

Have you ever thought about what Goodwill does with the proceeds from their retail stores? When you donate your gently-used items to Goodwill, you are supporting programs that provide education, employment, and life enrichment opportunities for people in your community.

GCFLearnFree.org® is one such program of Goodwill Industries of Eastern NC, Inc.®, based in Eastern North Carolina. The funds raised through the Goodwill Stores make GCFLearnFree.org possible, not only for the residents of Eastern North Carolina, but for people all around the world!

So if you are a baby boomer that wants to Learn Baby Learn check out Learn Free. And, if you want, there is a well deserved opportunity to donate to the organization in appreciation.

 

Busy Baby Boomers Find Time to Explore Cooking Passions

I just read a post from one of the busiest baby boomers I know about cooking roasted broccoli. Now this baby boomer, Heidi Caswell, is not a professional chef and does not cook for a living. But in her living she cooks for family and friends. I hope that made sense. You see, I know Heidi as an entrepreneur, super  blogger and blogging mechanic.

I say mechanic because if your blog is broke she helps you fix it. If you need blog training she will train you. And if you want to send a special card to a love one she will help you do that also.But in t he midst of her busyness she finds time to work her other passions.

So, take a few minutes to explore two of her blogs. The first one to grab her insights on roasting broccoli on her blog Boomer Empowerment.  And if you want to see some great videos and glean gems on the art of blogging visit WordPress101.

And if you want to make that very special connection that goes beyond the text send that special recipe to a friend in a card. Visit Connect Simply.

Now, I must say that Heidi did not endorse this message and I only decided to post about it on impulse and impression after seeing her Facebook post about the vegetables in her garden. I was actually in between a marathon posting on Ebay and looking at the post about the recipe was a true boomer break.

I guess what I am learning more  and more is that we must take time to explore our passions. And since I am a baby boomer I am not surprised.

Attention All Baby Boomers Who Love Old School Music Living Near Newark NJ

If you are a baby boomer who loves “Old School” music you don’t want to miss this event. Read the note below I just got in the mail.

The UMDNJ – African American Heritage Committee has tickets for its annual “Evening of Creative Expressions” to be held on Friday, December 7th at The Priory, Newark, NJ at 6 p.m.   Please feel free to share with others and let us know via e-mail if you are interested in attending.  Donations from the event will support scholarships to UMDNJ students and to the Clinton Dozier Scholarship Fund.

I hope you can support this event! We have tickets and can answer your questions.  For information you may email:  Avril Lecky leckyal@umdnj.edu; Winston Watson watsonwi@umdnj.edu or Carl Chase chasecg@umdnj.edu .

Thank you for your support and hoping to see you there.

Also, there will be two artists exhibiting, Derek Dent and Ray Horner.

So, if you want to have a great time and support some worthy scholarship funds please consider attending. Also, if you come please tell them that Baby Boomer Rosie sent ya.

6 Tips to Help Make Cyper-Monday or Any Day a Safer Buying Adventure

Online shopping during the holidays is a convenient, green, inexpensive way to share the joy of the season. Cyber Monday is typically one busiest online spending days of the year. But as you gear up for the holidays don’t forget to take simple precautions to keep your credit card, banking and identity information safe.

ProtectMyID  has a few simply but very important steps to take to protect your identity online this holiday season:

1.   Never Shop on a Public Wi-Fi Connection – Although you may trust the baristas at your local coffee shop, you can’t always trust the person sitting next to you. Hackers can easily tap into Wi-Fi connections at public hot spots to steal your identity information. This can be especially dangerous when you are making purchases with your credit card on unsecured connections. Options: surf at home or set up Internet Tethering between your smartphone and laptop or tablet so that you are always surfing on an encrypted connect.

2.  Monitor Your Accounts – While you are doing a lot of shopping – online and in the store – it is good to keep an eye on your bank and credit card accounts. Match your receipts up to your statement to make sure that they are correct and there are no fraudulent charges. Keep an eye out for small charges, sometimes that is how crooks test to make sure they have a good card. For convenience, set up credit card account alerts that automatically email or text you every time you make a purchase. It makes detecting fraud a snap.

3.   Only Shop on Trusted Websites – Don’t just let the search engine pick the site for you, make sure you are using a trusted and well-known website. Type in the direct web address for the stores you are familiar with, and don’t shop on price alone.

4.   Read the Reviews – When shopping online for gifts this season, read the reviews of the actual seller, if available. While the site may be credited with security, purchasers may have had problems in the past that you want to know about before you buy from them.

5.   Look for Signs Shopping Sites are Protecting Your Data – On the web page where you enter your credit card or other personal information, look for an “s” after http in the Web address of that page and a secured padlock (https://). Encryption is a security measure that scrambles data as it travels through the Internet.

6.   Keep Your Web Browser Updated – The latest versions of the most popular browsers (FireFox, Safari, Internet Explorer) provide another layer of protection with web sites that use Extended Validation (EV) Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates. The address bar turns green and has both https and the closed padlock. Make sure that when your computer is asking you to update your software you don’t ignore the requests.

Remember, the faster you detect identity theft, the easier it is to clean it up. Always be aware of what is on your credit report and your bank statements, as crooks rely on our lackadaisical attitude to continue their crooked ways.

Eldercare Locator Announces Holiday Campaign to Help Prevent Financial Exploitation of Older Adults

Please help spread the word about this critical campaign against financial elder abuse.

Washington, DC — As financial exploitation targeting older adults continues to become more prevalent in the United States, the national Eldercare Locator announced today that it has launched a campaign to encourage older adults and their families to address this critical issue and to get informed about the warning signs and resources available to help prevent exploitation.  Research shows that as many as 5 million older adults are victims of elder abuse each year and financial exploitation costs seniors an estimated $3 billion annually.

The National Center on Elder Abuse has partnered with the Eldercare Locator to produce a consumer guide that is now available to help inform this discussion.  Click this link to get a copy of the guide.

“Financial exploitation of older adults can take many forms and can come in many guises including telemarketing scams, identity theft, fake check scams, home repair fraud, and even “sweetheart scams” whereby a con artist befriends or romances an isolated lonely older adult to gain control over their finances.  Unfortunately, financial exploitation can  often be committed by a person you know and trust—a friend, caregiver or even a family member, which makes it even more difficult,” said Sandy Markwood, CEO, n4a.

“There are steps older adults and their families can take and resources available to help identify and remedy this serious problem.  To ensure your safety and the safety and security of your finances, it is critical for you to assess your financial situation on a regular basis.  We are seeing more and more financial abuse across the country which is why this holiday season, we hope families will check in with their older relatives to be sure that their finances are in good order and in good hands.”

Signs of Financial Exploitation

There are several signs of financial exploitation for families to look out for, including-

Financial activity that is inconsistent with an older adults past financial history;

Multiple withdrawals within a short time period;

Inconsistent signatures on documents;

Confusion about recent financial arrangements;

New names added to accounts or other changes to key documents that have not been authorized;

A caregiver or beneficiary who refuses to use designated funds for necessary care and treatment of an older adult and

An older adult who feels uncomfortable or even threatened by a caregiver or another individual who is seeking to control their finances.

Families that are concerned about financial exploitation should report the issue to state agencies that deal with protecting the safety and well-being of older adults.  The campaign, which encourages older adults and their families to plan and be cautious, released tips to help prevent financial exploitation, some of which include:

Learn how to avoid fraud and scams 

–Consult with a trusted person before making any large purchases or investments.

–Do not provide personal information (i.e. Social Security number, credit card, ATM PIN number) over the phone unless you placed the call and know with whom you are speaking.

–If you hire someone to help you in your home, ensure that they have been properly screened with criminal background checks completed.  Ask for certifications when appropriate.

–Talk with an attorney about creating a durable power of attorney for asset management; a living will; a revocable, or living, trust; and health care advance directives.

“Financial Exploitation can be prevented if people know the right questions to ask and where to turn for help, said Mary Twomey, Director, National Center on Elder Abuse.  “Although it is a sensitive issue and one that can be difficult to broach, it is critical for families to address it, and there are many useful resources available to guide them through the process.”

About Eldercare Locator

The Eldercare Locator is the first step to finding resources for older adults in any U.S. community and a free national service of the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) that is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). Contact the Eldercare Locator at 800.677.1116 or the website Eldercare Locator.

November 2012 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Eldercare Locator, which has received more than 2.3 million calls since it launched in 1992 and assisted millions of older adults and caregivers connect with local aging resources.

 

Diabetes and Dentists Important Information to Help Keep Baby Boomers Healthier

Many of us may see our oral health as a part of our Diabetes health and management.  For some of us the Dental visit is only for dentures, implants or when that tooth hurts.  Yet, more and more research is showing that the health of our mouth can be an indicator of other health issues like Diabetes.

Many baby boomers may also ignore the need to make sure their current dentures fit properly. But poor fitting dentures can wreck havoc for the baby boomer diabetic.  Here is a short video on dental care and diabetes.

As many of you already know Diabetes results when he body does no produce enough insulin. learn more abou Diabetes by clicking his link.  As baby boomers our risk for developing the disease increases with age.  One report on health and baby boomers projected that one in four baby boomers will be living with Diabetes.

I want to share two articles on oral health and Diabetes that you can review for your self or a loved one. One is from the Centers for Disease and Control and another from Colgate-Palmolive Company  

I know I have a lot of links to articles in this one post. However, I encourage you to grab a cup of of your best low sugar beverage, relax and read all of them. As Baby Boomers we must do all we can to keep vital, healthy and purposeful. There is just too much for us to do. Don’t you agree?