Using the Safety Apps on Your Mobile Phone

This post is for your information and safety. You may be surprised by how easy it is to set-up your “In Case of Emergency” – ICE contacts on your mobile phones. This critical information could possibly save your life or get you expedited help on your way to the hospital. For example, in the free apps on your mobile phone, you can provide your blood type. In addition, it helps emergency personnel know whom to contact on your behalf in the event of an emergency.

When you have a moment, listen to my podcast on why you may want to consider using these free apps, which are available on your mobile phone. Then use the support links below to read and use the guidelines setting up your emergency contact information.

This podcast is available on Apple podcast, Google podcast, and other platforms of your choice. 
Just click this link to select:

https://anchor.fm/judith-guerra7.

Find detailed information and resources about emergency cell phone apps at the Medical Alert Advice website by clicking the 911 icon.

Android users can find assistance with filling out the Medical ID information using the links below.

 android-app—medical-id-instructions.pdf (jointcommission.org)

https://medicalid.app/

Apple has various ways to use emergency features on the iPhone. Click the link below to learn more and to setup your medical ID on the Apple phone using the Health App.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207021

Sources:
https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-add-emergency-info-to-your-phones-lock-screen
https://freeappsforme.com/medical-id-apps/
bSafe – Never Walk Alone on the App Store (apple.com)

Using APPs for Mental Wellness

According to a recent post at the VeryWell.com Website:

Complementary Treatments are approaches to health that occur alongside conventional medical treatment. Studies show that complementary therapies positively impact mental health disorders, particularly anxiety and depression.”

For a detailed list of complementary therapies such as yoga, dance, and art, click the link below:

https://www.verywellhealth.com/alternatives-to-therapy-5217661

One of the best overall Mental Health Apps of 2022 is Moodfit. To learn more about Moodfit click this link – https://www.getmoodfit.com/

Use the link below to get a list of the Best 2022 Mental Health Apps that can be downloaded to a tablet or smartphone.
https://www.verywellmind.com/best-mental-health-apps-4692902

Another source for Mental Health Apps can be found at the link below. At this website you can learn about the Pros and Cons of each app in addition to the cost.

https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/mental-health-apps#A-quick-look-at-the-best-mental-health-apps-for-2022

Use the link below for the Stop Suicide App, which is free.
https://thebetterappcompany.com/better_stop_suicide


For more suicide prevention apps
https://www.tomsguide.com/us/suicide-prevention-apps,review-2397.html

Best wishes for mental wellness,
Judith


FYI – What Are Health Cards?

This YouTube video may give you the answers you’ve been looking for to understand what Health Cards (e.g., New York’s Excelsior Pass) are, and how they can be used in various businesses. Health Cards are easily retrievable using your mobile phone with an app. At this writing, more than 20 states—including ConnecticutNevadaHawaii use Health Cards.

Find out more at the sources below:
Source: How Does the COVID SMART Health Card Work? (verywellhealth.com)

https://epass.ny.gov/home

Celebrating Black History Month with Technology

I am delighted to learn about these APPS and to share this news with you during Black History Month. So much progress has been made with the African-American additions to the technology field.

Click the links to learn more.

Text Message Savvy

senior-textingDeveloping technology skills can be challenging for many of us. However, these everyday skills are necessary tools to assist us.

Texting has been around since the 1990s, nevertheless, it may still be difficult for some of us to comprehend how to use it.

GCF Learn is a free computer training website, which I urge you to visit for help.   Click the links below for guides on how to text.

  • Introduction
    You’ve probably heard people talk about text messaging, or texting. Text messages are short messages (usually 160 characters or fewer) sent from one mobile phone to another. It’s similar to instant messaging, except that you won’t need to log in—you’ll just send messages directly from your phone.Typically, texting is not free, although your mobile carrier probably offers service packages that include a certain number of texts per month (or even unlimited texts).
  • If you don’t have a texting plan, you’ll generally be charged whenever you send or receive a text message.  Source: Text Messages Tutorial at GCFLearnFree

3 Ways to Make Your Cell Phone Battery Last Longer

woman-1447074_1280 What is your understanding of how to make your cell phone battery last longer?  Should you do one or more of the following:

  1. Turn your phone off when you are not using it?
  2. Fully deplete the battery then fully charge it?
  3. Use 4G when possible instead of 3G?
  4. Turn off Bluetooth?

Check out the WikiHow suggestions by clicking the link below. While many of us now use mobile phones instead of land-line phones in our homes, these mobile phones come with Lithium Batteries which require some maintenance as long as they are used.Source: 3 Ways to Make Your Cell Phone Battery Last Longer

Brrrr It’s Cold…Protect Your Cell Phone !

 

 

Photo  Jarobin Guerra Gilbert

Photo
Jarobin Guerra Gilbert

Prevent phone freeze

 To keep phones from getting too chilly, don’t leave them alone in the elements, like in a parked car. Stashing your phone inside pockets closest to your person, where they can absorb some of your body heat, is best.  If you do need to leave it behind, turn the phone off instead of just putting it to sleep. Continue reading

Tech Recommendations for 2014

Happy 2014 New Year!  Welcome to the new blog format at Tech4Boomers.  I am hopeful the new layout will help you to see and learn more when you visit this page. There is plenty to tell you about. In this post, the focus will be on the steps that can make your 2014 technology experience more secure and cost-effective.   Continue reading

Keeping up with tech news…

iPhone/iPad

 ♦ Periodically tech4boomers highlights articles that have tips, tricks and useful information.  This week we want to call your attention to an article by Katherine Boehret, of the Wall Street Journal, which covers iPhone and iPad things you should get to know. Don’t forget to click the link provided for the details.  A sample of what she covers is: how to directly access apps, how to Tap to scroll up, keyboard shortcuts, how to take screenshots, how to swipe search.  In all she covers ten things you will want to know.  Click this link for the article: via Ten Tips and Tricks Every iPhone and iPad User Should Know – WSJ.com.

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Choosing Computer Monitors

The next article we think you will want to read is by Kate Murphy at the New York Times, Personal Tech section.  This article covers what you should consider when buying a computer monitor.  Since we spend sooo much time these days looking at computer screens, it’s important to know why you choose one monitor versus another, and how important  the specs are. Ms. Murphy explains resolution, and how the picture elements (pixels) are supposed to give a sharper picture quality.  However, that may be true only up to a point.  Murphy checks with a retinal neuroscientist for his opinion.  In addition, contrast ratio is explained. But, after all of this discussion it turns out “Response time is the first thing to look at”. Ergonomics play an important role when choosing a monitor. How monitor ergonomics affects eye, back, and neck strain is also reviewed. All said, this is an important article.  Read more by clicking this link: via Things to Consider When Buying a Monitor – NYTimes.com.

I hope this is helpful 🙂