Smartphone Features for Baby Boomers

Smartphone apps help empower Boomers to better manage health situations. There are thousands of apps that empower Boomers to take control of their health. As Boomers use smartphones for life-management tools sales are expected to soar.

I found my smartphone easy to use and now understand it’s features and how it will help me in my daily life. I think Boomers will continue to discover the benefits of smartphones and find them useful like I did. As we get older using technology will make life easier and more manageable.

I had gotten used to my plain cell phone with the big buttons and no extras, not even a camera.  I thought that phone served my needs in retirement perfectly.   That was before about a month  ago at the Verizon kiosk at Costco when I picked up the latest Android phone, the “Charge” by Samsung with 4G.   I now see the advantages of having a smartphone.   So do a lot of other boomers who are buying smartphones in large numbers.

With only a month of experience of using my Droid, here are some of the applications (Apps) I like the best.  There are many more to be discovered and many will be developed.

1. GPS – Believe it or not I did not have a GPS device before.  This is my favorite feature.  I was thinking GPS was only useful for trips, but I use it all the time.  I used it to locate a restaurant, a friend’s office, a utility company office,  a house in a far off neighborhood and more.

2. Car Locator –  A GPS related App helps you find your way back to your car.   Can be used to find your way back on a hike, to the cruise ship and many more uses.

3. Gas Buddy – Again I thought this was for trips, but it is useful even in your own neighborhood, showing you the price at your local stations.   On the road, it is even more helpful.

4. Internet Access –  Now I don’t need to purchase the local Internet access when staying at that condo at the beach.  I will have Internet access when visiting the mother in law for long visits, waiting around for appointments,  getting there early when meeting someone.

My smartphone helps me stay connected to my business.

5. Travel Apps.  I think the travel apps will have the helpful and enjoyable app features for me.  Some Apps I have discovered are: Tripadvisor , Google Maps, Places, ShipMate will track your cruise day by day

6. Bar code scanner with Google Market let’s you check prices on anything with a bar code anywhere.  Easy to use.

7. Slacker Radio and Pandora are great music apps.  No more paying for this stuff.  Available and easy.

More useful apps I have heard of are: Eye Reader to magnify and illumine small print,  Instant Heart Rate and Epocrates app is a resource for drug information.  Smartphone apps help empower Boomers to better manage health situations.   There are thousands of apps that empower Boomers to take control of their health. As Boomers use smartphones for life-management tools sales are expected to soar.

I found my smartphone easy to use and now understand it’s features and how it will help me in my daily life.  I think Boomers will continue to discover the benefits of smartphones  and find them useful like I did.   As we get older using technology will make life easier and more manageable.

Boomers Mothers Day

Boomers Mother Day

Mothers Day is a time to remember that special Mom.  There will be folks taking their Mothers to dinner at the best of restaurants.  Florists will be busy as children head out to get Mom a plant or flowers.  Some younger mothers will receive home made items from their small children.  Then there will be Moms like me. I will never forget my mother and today I understand the meaning of the word Mom.  Now admit it boomer ladies, we were a challenge in our early years and then some of us became Moms.

Dr. Spock and his best selling book helped me along the path of motherhood. I was only nineteen when I had my first child.  I will list a few things just to see if you can relate.  Experiences and memories are priceless you know.

  1. Child birth equals agonizing pain that goes away as soon as you hold the baby in your arms.  It is replaced with a feeling of love that can not be described in words.
  2. Diaper changing can be quite the challenge, especially if it is a boy baby, or one has not experienced the sensation before.  After a few hundred changes, it becomes as easy as lacing your shoes.
  3. Then baby grows to fit in the high chair.  What fun it was to see my little girls REFUSING  to open their mouths unless, I played; Zoom, Zoom, here comes the airplane, with the baby spoon.  Actually though, a mom gets used to having baby carrot spit on her favorite blouse.
  4. Bosses usually expect young moms to call in late for work. I know that you know that is a joke, right?   Some of us got up three hours before work time to get a head start on getting the child ready to go to the baby sitters. It was another learning experience when my three year old decided that she was not going.  The battle was on to get her dressed.  I won!  Well, not really. She sat down in a mud puddle on the way so we had to go back home and relive the  scene again.
  5. Then came grade school.  I really enjoyed it when I received a call from the teacher.  The teacher let me know that my highly intelligent borderline gifted child missed turning in her home work.  My little girl told the teacher that a big wind came up and blew her papers down the sewer drain as she was catching the bus.  There was just one problem.  There was no big winds that morning and no sewer drain.

Middle school years brought another challenge.  Our neighborhood had yearly large item trash pick up day.  It was a eye opening experience to come home from work and look out my kitchen window.  The back yard was decorated with chairs, couches, tables and lamps from all over the neighborhood.  Now, who says that children do not have lifting power in their younger years?  At least they paid attention in gym class.

Then came high school. We experienced the first pimple, the first date, learning how to drive, the first automobile, the shaving experience, wild music, tattoos, jeans with holes, how to over do make up, but mom so in so’s mom lets them attitude, MTV, and the first teenage party. Then there was the swinging door thing on the refrigerator and messy teen age bedrooms.  Oh, and how about those looks when you said no?  Wow, what experiences!

I love my children and every memory that I have of them. They made me laugh, they made me cry, and they gave me a reason to live.  I am proud of the learning experiences that they gave me.  They both like to live, love, laugh and learn.  They are both unique in their own ways.  Even though they are grown, they will always be my little girls.  So if you have a mother this week, let her know that you care.  If you have a child let them know how special they are to you!  Let us just spread the love around and enjoy the moment!  Mothers are special!  Children are special!  All in all they help our hearts to sing.

Boomer Story: New Toys for Who?

Today I turned 62 so I decided to go outside to Best Buy to check out the prices on computers.  Now it has been a few years since I was in that store and it is just up the street from me.  My oh my how things change.  I saw the sign that said computers so I headed out that way.

Nothing looked familiar to me.  The big fat computer screens are now skinny and come in all sizes.  Some have towers and are small. Others don’t even have towers at all.  Now for the mouse.  Well some didn’t even have a mouse and some computers had lids on them.  So I started reading.  Each part appeared to be sold separately with a lot of different prices and names.  Then some of the computers looked like small hand bags and I was not sure what that was all about.  Anyway I knew right then that I needed a sales representative.  She was very nice and answered all my questions.  The only thing though, I am not sure if we were talking the same language because it seems there has been a lot of new terminology put in to the new computer world.  She did her best though and I thanked her but decided I had better wait on buying until another day.

Then I moved on to cameras.  I wanted just a little small type to hook on this old computer so I could take a recent picture of me to put on Face Book.  I am here to tell you, I have never seen so many different cameras in all my life.   Now right away I saw this was not going to be an easy task either and could wait until another day.

I looked around.  All the young folks seemed right at home in the store.  They knew just what they were looking for and a lot more.  I felt like an old moth ball that fell out of a storage bag and could see that I had a lot of more learning to do before purchasing.

Since the store was starting to get a bit crowded I figured I should just move on and come visit these folks on another day.  Anyway I headed for something that I recognized, a can of computer spray cleaner that cost $9.99.  I was proud of my selection and headed to the cashier.  Now I was in for another experience.  First I had to stop and stand by a man until he let me know what cash register that I could go to in order to check out.  Finally, I was at the proper place to pay for my can of spray.  The cashier was very nice but he was out of small bags.  Anyway I just figured that people buy the big stuff in a store such as this and that was not a problem for me.

So the next time I go out to check out computers and cameras I am asking my grandson to go with me.  That way I figure I will have a good guide to direct me in the right direction.  In the mean time, I have used my can of computer spray cleaner but had to even read the directions on that.  What a world it is out there folks.  Things are really changing.  Now I am sure if I keep an open mind and be willing to listen and learn, I’ll make it in the new world of electronic devises.  I hope things don’t change too much more before I get there the next time or I might even consider purchasing on line.