Wednesday, September 28, 2011

10 Easy Steps to Teach Seniors to Use a Computer

Some of our experienced eldercare companions have taught their clients to use a computer with great success. Many of these clients now communicate with their children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren via email, Facebook and Skype. For many seniors, it has opened up a new avenue for them to keep in close contact with their loved ones and share in the milestone moments of their grandkids. Others have reported reconnecting via Facebook with friends they haven't heard from in 50 years. It is a great tool for seniors. And we have found many of our older clients tend to really embrace the technology once they get over the initial fear factor.

Teaching Seniors Computers - 10 Tips

Written By : Michael Gorzka

I've been teaching library computer classes since 1997. Here are my top 10 tips for teaching
seniors how to use a computer.

1) State the goals of the class before you begin instructing. People will come into a class with different skill levels. Advanced students will often work ahead or surf the web if the class material is too basic for them.

This can distract you and other people in the class.

After everyone in the class has been seated, I introduce myself and then say something like: "Just to
make sure we're all on the same page here, this the Introduction to Email Class". In this class we cover the
very basics of sending and receiving email messages. Is that why we're all here?"

2) Use real life parallels whenever possible...Read entire article

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Monday, September 19, 2011

National Nanny Recognition Week- September 18-24, 2011

National Nanny Recognition Week was started in 1998 by a group of industry professionals including the National Association of Nannies (NAN), to promote and honor professional nannies.

Happy National Nanny Recognition Week to all the exceptional nannies who go above and beyond to care for their charges. Wee Care Nanny sincerely thanks you and greatly appreciates the wonderful and valuable service you provide throughout the year.

For Families, if you employ a nanny there are many ways you can recognize their hard work and show your appreciation:

  • Take her out to lunch or dinner with the family.
  • Give her a gift certificate to her favorite restaurant, spa or bookstore.
  • Give her a letter letting her know how much you and your family appreciate her and what she means to your family.
  • Send a gift basket with her favorite chocolates, sweets, coffee, tea or a fruit basket. Please don't forget to include a personal thank you note.
  • Ask your children to write a thank you letter and make a special gift showing how much they love and appreciate her.
  • If possible, let her go early one day and pay her for the full day.
  • Provide a gift certificate for yoga or dance classes or to the theater or movies etc.
  • Most importantly, remember to sincerely thank her for everything she does throughout the year for your family and peace of mind.

Thank you again for your hard work and the valuable service you provide!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pets for Seniors - Enhance Quality of Life

Pets for Seniors - Enhance Quality of Life

Written By : G. Dube

Recent studies indicate that seniors who own pets, live longer, experience better health and enjoy life much more than the senior who has no pet companionship. Results have shown that pet owners often experience a decrease in temperature, stress level, and even blood pressure! In addition to this luxury of companionship, pets can provide joy, entertainment, love and security and even calm the pet owner. Pets love you for being you -- not for the psychological games you play -- not "only" for the treats you shell out frequently -- they are forgiving, loyal and love you unconditionally.

Learn the 6 ways pet ownership can enhance a senior's quality of life: Continue article here

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Teaching Children to Be Critical Thinkers and Other Life Lessons

I found this article from the NYT interesting and wanted to share it.

School Curriculum Falls Short on Bigger Lessons

By Tara Parker-Pope

Now that children are back in the classroom, are they really learning the lessons that will help them succeed?

Many child development experts worry that the answer may be no. They say the ever-growing emphasis on academic performance and test scores means many children aren’t developing life skills like self-control, motivation, focus and resilience, which are far better predictors of long-term success than high grades. And it may be distorting their and their parents’ values...continue article here

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