September 23, 2014

With So Many Senior Citizens unwilling To Go Digital, How Can We Make It Easier?

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by John Brennan
IT Director –

We’re often asked the demographic of users and the reality is over 65% of our users are females Untitled-2between the ages of 45 and 60. What that tells us is that the majority of our users are the children of older adults using technology to research housing and care options for mom and/or dad. But what about all of  the technologies infiltrating our lives – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, eMail, the internet, etc.?

Pew Research (  recently did a study of technology use by Americans aged 65 and older and the results are pretty much what you’d expect – 6 out of 10 seniors now go online, and while the growth rate for this segment is faster than any other, seniors are still way behind in technology adoption rates compared to the rest of America. In fact, once we look at the 75-79 demographic, the number of users is less than 50%.

New technologies have great potential to help seniors – there’s medical care information  available like never before, you can have face to face interaction most only associated with Sci Fi movies through programs such as Skype, you can virtual travel through the world using Google street view and visit places you’ve only dreamed of,  and you can reconnect with family and friends and stay involved in their lives through social media sites such as Facebook.

With so many great reasons to use these new technologies, it begs the question – why aren’t more seniors doing it? Pew found 2 distinct reasons – physical limitations and difficulty learning how to use these new tools. Here are a few suggestions to overcome these obstacles and help you or a senior you know start exploring the digital world we live in.

Touch Screens
Say goodbye to that mouse! Using a mouse while suffering arthritis can be reason alone to stay away from a computer but with the advancements of tablets, e-readers and touch screen computers mice can be eliminated. In fact, research shows that 27% of older Americans already own a tablet, an e-book reader, or both. These are folks in the know and they know it’s much easier to point and touch than it is to move and click.

Browser Magnification
Nearly every browser available today offers the ability to enlarge text and images with the click of a button or swipe of the fingers. This is what makes reading a book or browsing the web so attractive to so many. Unlike a newspaper or paperback book, a digital device can make the text bigger, change the font, or alternate between background colors making reading easier on the eyes and brain.

DECREASED Functionality
Yep, you read that right, decreased functionality. Today there are computers built and programmed specifically for seniors (, for example) that focus on the concept of “less is more”. These devices shelve features like multiple browser tabs, overlapping windows and drop down menus and simplifies navigation making staying in touch and exploring the web that much easier.


Attention Central Virginians! Aging With Grace – 2nd Annual Gathering – Only 25 seats left!

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Aging with Grace 2nd Annual GatheringUntitled-1

Equipping Churches for Senior Ministry
in the Age of the Baby Boomer”
Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center
in Glen Allen, VA on
September 23, 2014
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. John Upton, President of Baptist World Alliance and the BGAV. Multiple other experts are slated to share insights on medical, spiritual, physical, and other aging related issues. There will also be a Vendor EXPO featuring 40+ senior service organizations.

As Spiritual Leaders, we are called by God to tend to the widows, orphans, the sick and the dying. We thus have an obligation and usually a keen desire to help church members.

Our ministry can be most effective if Pastors have Spiritual, Emotional and Practical help we can offer to families in need.

To register for the Aging with Grace Annual Gathering event on September 23, 2014 visit
or call
804.321-3300 Ext. 104.
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The Aging with Grace 2nd Annual Gathering brings together Pastors, Church Leaders and Community Caregivers from many different denominations and disciplines to connect, learn and share their experiences with leading experts in the fields of Senior Ministry and Aging Related Issues.

This event fosters better communication between Pastors, Church Staff, Lay Ministers and Caregiving Organizations that provide care for our senior, aging population. Learn More.


2nd Annual Gathering
Dr. John Upton

President of
Baptist World Alliance
Executive Minister of
Baptist General Association of Virginia
Plus a Senior Resources EXPO
Featuring 30+ vendors
including our
Early Bird Sponsors
Bon Secours Health Systems
Bremo Pharmacy
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Always Best Care
Alzheimers Association
Arthritis Foundation
Care Patrol
Carriage Hill Apartments
Clinical Research Partners
CMG Foundation
Comfort Keepers
Companion Extraordinaire
Heart n’ Home Healthcare
Heritage Oaks Independent Living
Imperial Plaza Retirement Community
Legal Shield
ManorCare Assisted Living
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Powell Orthotics & Orthopedics
RE/MAX Commonwealth
Security One Lending
Senior Connections – CAAA
Spring Arbor Assisted Living
The Crossings at Bon Air
The Crossings at University Park
VA Dept. of Aging & Rehabilitative Services
Winning The Training Game
WPER “Positive Hits” Radio
Hosted by
The Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center

2880 Mountain Road,
Glen Allen, VA 23060

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The 2nd Annual Aging with Grace Gathering, on September 23, 2014 (from 9am to 2pm) at Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center will address these and similar issues head on and face first. Through a combination of Breakouts sessions (with Medical experts, healthcare experts, experienced Pastors and even lawyers), a Keynote presentation from Dr. John Upton and an EXPO featuring 30+ community resource organization, the Virginia Council of Churches is addressing this issue head on.

Won’t you help us develop viable solutions
for Virginia’s Churches?


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September 18, 2014

Southeast Florida Social Worker/Case Manger Appreciation Luncheons

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please join us for our annual social worker and case manager appreciation luncheons in Southeast Florida. There will be two events, remedy one in Miami and one in Davie.

OCT. 22, 2014
Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail
Miami, 33132

OCT. 23, 2014
Signature Grand
6900 State Rd 84
Davie, 33317



September 17, 2014

New Advertiser Alert – Brookdale Home Health & Personalized Living – The Villages, FL

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Welcome Brookdale Home Health & Personalized Living in The Villages, FL! They’re the newest advertiser on the nation’s fastest growing senior housing and services resource –!

brookdale-logoWhether a senior is aging in place in their home or living in a senior living community, medical and non-medical home care are options that provide a wide array of features and services. The goal of these services is to help seniors receive the care they need in the setting of their choice while providing the senior and their family with realistic and safe options.

Check out their full ad here.


September 11, 2014

New Advertiser Alert – Pruitt Health Hospice – Aiken, SC!

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Pruitt Health Hospice – Aiken
211 York St. NE
Aiken, unhealthy SC 29801

Pruitthealth Hospice offers peace and comfort to patients so that their last days may be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones.

You can view the complete ad here.


September 9, 2014

New FREE Listing Alert – Chesapeake Senior Errand Services in Annapolis MD.

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Please welcome Chesapeake Senior Errand Services to the nations fastest growing senior housing and services resource –!

Chris from Chesapeake Senior Errand Services contacted us about our FREE WEB promotion and we built him a listing in the senior services section of our website in the Greater Baltimore market, and we also designed and placed a banner for him so th10593089_1542620505967992_6122518947070219628_nat his services will be seen by EVERYONE searching that market for all levels of care.

Chesapeake Senior Errand Services provides clients with dependable, timely, and accurate execution of a variety of time saving errand services. Serving Annapolis and surrounding areas. Check out the full ad here and view their banner whenever you search for senior housing and services in the Baltimore area of

If you or someone you know could use a little free advertising for their community or senior service, visit and we’ll be glad to help!


September 4, 2014

A great read…a MUST read for care givers – Dementia: The Journey Ahead

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Susan Kiser, author of Dementia: The Journey Ahead recently contacted us about our Free Advertising promotion so we coverbuilt her an ad and a banner that appears in the search results in every market in the US, Canada and Mexico. Her book records her experiences of a first time caregiver and provides wisdom, humor and the reality of just how much there is to learn.

Filled with practical advice for every stage of the disease’s progression, including information on support groups to help you prevent burnout, questionnaires designed to keep your loved one safe, and checklists to give you control in this time of unknowns, Dementia: The Journey Ahead will help you help your loved one—every step of the way.

Check out her ad with links to her website and Facebook page here and look for her banner promoting Dementia: The Journey Ahead throughout on the search results pages.

If you or some one you know needs help advertising their senior community or service, let us know! Visit and we’ll get to work – for free!


NEW ADVERTISER ALERT – The Crossings at Harbour View in Suffolk, VA

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Please welcome The Crossings at Harbour View to the nations fastest growing senior housing and services resource –!

The Crossings at Harbour View will be a state-of-the-art senior retirement community that will offer a full continuum of Untitled-1great lifestyle options, including Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care services. The community will be located within The Riverfront development, a master-planned community that has already been voted “Best Community” by the Tidewater Builder’s Association three times.

Check out their full ad HERE.


September 3, 2014

Join Mennowood in Newport News VA for great health and safety programs!

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Keep Falls Away this Fall!
Thursday, sale September 18, 9:30 am
Learn how to identify hidden home hazards that can lead to sprains and breaks.

Don’t Be Scared – Learn How to Respond to Heart Attacks
Tuesday, October 28, 2:00 pm
Learn the basics of heart anatomy and steps to take if a loved one experiences a heart attack.

Both programs will be presented by Jack Dye, Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician.

All events are free and open to the public, but space is limited.
Please call us at 757-249-0355 to RSVP.
We look forward to seeing you soon!






13030 Warwick Blvd • Newport News, VA




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