Our modern society offers amenities and conveniences that few of us would wish to live without. We turn handles and clean water comes out of a faucet, we flip a switch and the light comes on. More incredibly, we pick up a little device with a screen and we can read information or transmit pictures to anyone anywhere in the world. That said, there is something about nature that still beckons to us. Jim Dondero agrees that for all our technology and modern conveniences, we still find it important to conserve national parks to visit and forests and other wild areas. We grew up with nature for millennia and on an instinctive level it is comfortable because it is home.
A recent study backs this up. It is found in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and it says that taking a walk in and around nature reduces one’s stress level compared to walking in a more urbanized setting. We occasionally need to “get away from it all” with “all” being the hustle and bustle of modern life. We know that modern life is good, and nothing would make most of us want to go back to a day before internet, television, toilet paper and penicillin when people had to live off game they caught that day.
Let’s face it, technology can be overwhelming for many seniors. Despite this, it can also be a tremendous resource if you can get them to feel comfortable using a Smart Phone or tablet stated Kevin Seawright.
Thus the creation of the AARP RealPad, designed to make technology simpler for seniors. It states that it is designed to be less frustrating and confusing for seniors, yet it seems to fall short.
To begin with the on button is tiny, which is not helpful to seniors who may have arthritic fingers. Other tablets have a more substantial on the button. Also, the RealPad button needs to be depressed for a period before it responds.
This tablet comes with an easy to use support system that provides not only 24/7 live help but also tutorials to teach seniors how to use the device.
The device is reasonably priced at about $150 which is helpful and it does have some great support options. Most seniors interviewed thought that the device ought to be slightly larger, and the audio video feeds a little clearer.
The RealPad is only currently available in black. AARP feels that as demand increases, they can make some of the changes to make this device even more senior friendly.
There was a sign in Brooklyn, New York that caused quite the controversy! A sign was posted that read “Help Wanted, Males Only.” I’m sure any of you that glance at that sign can see just what’s wrong with it. It’s discriminator especially against women. Why would a Dunkin Donuts franchise possibly need to only hire men? Is there a reason? Do they think that women aren’t as qualified? Did they already have too many women working? Were previous female workers causing a problem?
The restaurant was very vague as to their decision for posting that sign. According to Reddit The Dunkin Donuts store that posted this really didn’t say much about why they posted it.
The best part of this story is the fact that it was an 8 year old noticed this sign and told her father to take a picture of it. Brad Refiler agrees that it really shows the c
aliber and great parenting that a person that young picked up on the fact that that sign is wrong. It’s thanks to them that others won’t be offended. Sometimes, people do things without thinking or realizing it’s wrong. Maybe that’s what happened here. We won’t know until whoever made the sign explains their actions.