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Amazon.com reached an agreement with the State of California legislature, so the Silver Buzz Cafe Store is back. :-)


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One Year On – Health Care Reform Progress Explained

It’s a year since the health care reform bill was passed. Where are we now and who is trying to take our benefits away? [...]

It’s Time For A Holiday Safety Check

Holiday time brings a whole range of new hazards into our lives. Prevention is better than cure. We look at some of the most common problems and what do do about them. [...]

Advanced Robotics Making Great Strides In Health Care

Japan, which has a higher percentage of older people than any other country in the world, has been exploring the use of robotics in health care for many years. One of their latest developments can help stroke victims learn to walk again. [...]

Safeguarding Your Digital Assets

If you store financial information in programs like Quicken, digital photos and videos, music and correspondence, it would be inconvenient or sad to lose it all. Disk drives don’t last for ever. Today we look at a range of options for keeping your data safe. [...]

How To Cut Your Phone Bills

Telephones are essential, especially for seniors. They provide a lifeline in terms of emergency and they help us keep in touch with relatives and friends. They can also be used for an Internet connection, which has become an essential part of modern life for those who have taken the plunge and learned how to use it. However, unlike the old days, there is a huge, sometimes bewildering and often unnecessary range of services available via that thin connection that comes into our homes. There are also alternatives. [...]

iPhone/iPad Apps For Seniors – Part 5 – Productivity Aids

In earlier articles in this series we’ve looked at iPhone/iPod/iPad Apps related to health, travel, news and weather. Today we’ll look at productivity aids that seniors should find particularly helpful. [...]

Everyone’s Guide to Medical Equipment – Part 22 – Implant Technology

All of the equipment that we have looked at in previous articles in this series, ranging from scalpels to Positron Emission Tomography ( PET) machines, are normally used in medical facilities, laboratories, home care or emergency situations. Today we’ll look at devices, current, experimental and envisioned, that are designed to be permanently or temporarily implanted in a patient. [...]

iPhone/iPad Apps For Seniors – Part 4 – Weather Tools

In earlier articles in this series we’ve looked at health, travel and news Apps for the iPhone and iPad. Both devices come with a standard, but rather limited Weather tool. It’s adequate, but it only provides minimum and maximum temperatures and an icon for rain, cloud, sunshine etc. for the list of cities that the user selects. There are many other tools that provide better local or wide area information. [...]

iPhone/iPad Apps For Seniors - Part 3 - News Tools

In previous articles in this series we described iPhone/iPad Apps that are related to health issues and that travelers will find useful. Today we’ll look at news Apps. The browser on the iPhone is perfectly usable for reading newspaper and other media web sites, but there are also Apps supplied by media companies and news enthusiasts. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite news Apps. [...]

iPhone Apps For Seniors - Part 1 - Health Related

There are now tens of thousands of application (“Apps”) in the iPhone/iTunes store, many of them free and hardly any costing more than a few Dollars. Most Apps also run on the iPad, which has a much larger screen. In this series of articles we’ll look at ones that seniors will find useful, starting with health related ones. [...]

Playgrounds For Seniors

There’s an old joke that revolves around the observation that, in some ways, adults become more like children as they age. The Brits seem to have noticed the similarities. A new London playground, which is due to be built by this spring in Hyde Park, will have six pieces of equipment built in Denmark, including a stationary bicycle, a cross-trainer and a sit-up bench. That wouldn’t be unusual, except that the playground is for seniors! [...]

Auto Safety Features For Senior Drivers

One day last week we set off for San Francisco in the pouring rain. We have to drive a winding, single lane road to reach the nearest freeway. A few hundred yards from home we came up behind a senior lady driving at 35 MPH in a zone with a 55 MPH limit. This road is deadly. It’s nicknamed “Blood Alley” by the locals for good cause. She was putting on her makeup! This article is about modern auto safety features, all of which can be particularly useful to seniors. [...]

New Technology May Reduce Risks for Fall Prone Seniors

We’ve written about the dangers that falls pose to seniors in many articles in the past, including one on “Avoiding and Dealing With Falls” and others on the dangerous side effects of some medications in this respect. People with poor eyesight and dementia are also more prone to falls, especially when they are moved from home, or a nursing home, to hospital. Ninety percent of hip fractures occur in people over fifty and eighty percent of them are women. A European project has developed a wearable, wireless device equipped with motion sensors to monitor people who are susceptible to falls. It can also help people decrease their risk of a fall. [...]

Telehealth Monitor Could Reduce Hospital Visits and Save Money

We’ve written about telehealth (also known as telemedicine) before, both in the context of providing better care in rural areas and as a part of a managed care program. There is a wide range of emerging telehealth applications. Some systems focus on helping physicians make better diagnoses by enabling them to discuss situations and clinical test results, such as X-Rays or CAT scans, with one or more subject matter experts. A slight extension would allow patients to visit local clinics, be connected to monitoring equipment, and discuss the situation with their physician over audio/video links. A Japanese research team is developing a portable vital signs monitor that can be comfortably worn 24 hours a day and that connects through the Internet to a remote monitoring service. [...]

The Best Ways to Save Money On Prescription Medicine

Earlier this year we described how a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan might save you money. Today we’re going to look at some tried and true ways of reducing the amount you pay for prescription drugs. We found hundreds of Internet sites listing foreign drug stores, most of them of doubtful trustworthiness, and dozens of “Top 10″ lists, most of them listing the same ideas. We’ve consolidated the ideas down into a short list. We’ll describe each idea and then provide you with a checklist of the five most important things you can do to save money without taking risks. [...]

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