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David Wilcox

How the internet and digital technology can combat isolation | Connecting Social Care a... - 1 views

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    "I would like to introduce you to just a few examples of exciting and cost effective innovations which could be promoted by local authorities. Many more example are included in my forthcoming eBook "The Click Guide to Digital Technology for Care""
David Wilcox

Worries about later life - and are there solutions in technology? | Ask a gran | Gransn... - 1 views

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    "With our very nice friends at the Nominet Trust, we're asking what are gransnetters' big worries about the future? Being ill, needing care, getting lonely etc? (Yes, I know, bundle of laughs, but there is an upside....)

    We're also asking how technology has helped you, not necessarily with anything to do with getting older, which we're all doing, but just how it's improved your life. "
David Wilcox

Dementia friendly? The digital onslaught. In the shoes of… Gill's Mum :) | Wh... - 1 views

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    "As cheque books are phased out, pensioners who believe in "real money" are more and more likely to carry cash, with all the security risks that this involves. Special rates for on-line payments (including the escalating fuel bills) are penalising older customers financially, and I'd argue equally importantly, in unnecessary loss of independence.

    Anyway, I asked Mum what SHE thinks. These are her words, typed up on her computer  (no, she doesn't tell you that bit!) but she had forgotten how to "save" it and gave it to me printed out…."
David Wilcox

Who we are | Campaign to End Loneliness - 0 views

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    "The Campaign to End Loneliness is a coalition of organisations and individuals working together through research, policy, campaigning and innovation to combat loneliness and inspire individuals to keep connected in older age in the UK."
David Wilcox

Why digital exclusion is a social care issue | Social care network | Guardian Professional - 0 views

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    "Next year the welfare system will undergo an overhaul as universal credit is introduced. The benefit, replacing six others, includes a new requirement to apply for benefits online. With millions of people having never used the internet, however, it raises the question of how those not online will manage.

    Universal credit is just one example of how, as our society becomes increasingly digitalised, those who are not online are at risk of becoming excluded. And it's not just a case of people opting not to be online."
David Wilcox

Spots of Time : Small moments can make a big difference. // Get Involved - 0 views

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    "Get Involved At Spots of Time we want to make it really easy for you to give a spot of your time to make a diference near you.  So just click an activity below that you like the look of - choose a time, date and location that works for you - and book it

    Giving time with us is completely flexible - you don't have to make a long term commitment or have a CRB check (though we're happy to help you do this if you'd like to), and you can even invite friends to join you on facebook, twitter or by email.  We'll confirm your placement by email and send you the details you need to take part. "
David Wilcox

"The Disruptive Social Care Podcast" Casserole Club - 0 views

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    "We hope you enjoy this webcam recording of this week's podcast, featuring regular presenters Stuart Arnott from Mindings and Shirley Ayres, and this week's special guest, Murtz Abidi from Casserole Club."
David Wilcox

DropBy - A friendly, caring and supportive online community for the over 60s, focusing ... - 0 views

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    "This web site is designed to be a supportive online community for the over 60s to keep in touch.
    Its focus is on interaction - with family, friends, each other and through interest groups.
    This website is easy-to-use and members want to be part of a 'virtual' friendly, caring and supportive community."
David Wilcox

http://www.casseroleclub.com/about - 0 views

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    "Casserole helps people share extra portions of home cooked food with others in their area who might not always be able to cook for themselves.

    For those who aren't on the internet, Casserole helps those who are offline to order meals, connect and pair up with local people - In fact most of the diners we have registered we've met personally and support through phone and text.

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David Wilcox

What Is My Last Song - Help with funeral arrangements - 0 views

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    "My Last Song features a Lifebox to store the important details of your life; advice on farewell music; and advice on end of life issues."
David Wilcox

Itea and Biscuits | Age UK Blog - 1 views

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    "But the other thing we have to remember is that there's probably little value in telling people that the internet is good for them. In a sense, this is where the government's Digital by Default strategy is flawed: people feel a bit bullied, they think it's about saving money (which it is) and why should they put themselves out for that?

    We would be better off thinking about why young people go on the internet. It isn't primarily because the health service needs them to, or even for price comparisons, cheap deals and easy banking. It's because the internet offers the things they love: music, relationships, the chance to make each other laugh. We would say this, of course, but at Gransnet we think we're an attractor for older people online: we offer something that gives older people real pleasure. But with the internet currently designed primarily by 23 year-olds for 23 year-olds, there still isn't enough really compelling content for older people, designed by the over-50s for the over-50s"
David Wilcox

Increase in older users of social networking - why it's a non story | Digital Unite - 1 views

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    "Someone tell us something we don't know. Like, how are we going to get the less digitally confident, and the people who'd like to go online but who are still trepidacious, whizzing around the net with panache and aplomb, saving money, having choice, wielding civic powers, keeping mentally alert, feeling less lonely and isolated? That seems to me to be, still (and with the advent of universal credit which will only be delivered online, increasingly so) the most pressing question. And not least because unless it can be achieved, the fabled and miraculous cost saving efficiencies that online promises a heavily indebted government are but (non digital) pie in the sky."
David Wilcox

Some experiences of introducing older people to computers. | Digital Unite - 0 views

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    "I thought I'd share a few of my experiences of introducing and teaching older people how to use computers in my role as a team leader in the Computer Classes section at Age UK Knowsley & West Mersey. I hope it will be of use to some of you, and please feel free to add some tips of your own."
David Wilcox

U3A Online Courses - 0 views

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    "U3A Online courses are short courses specially designed for older people and available through a partnership between Third Age Trust (the UK national U3A organisation) and the U3A Online Inc.(based in Australia).
    These are courses for which no entry qualifications are required. They offer no credit on completion and are designed purely for personal interest and enjoyment.  They have been written by volunteers who are experienced tutors or course leaders in their fields. 
    These courses are aimed at U3A members, ex-U3A members who are no longer able to attend a U3A, and those unable to access conventional courses for one reason or another (e.g. restricted mobility, disability, etc)."
David Wilcox

Silver surfing: Tips to help older people get online - Yahoo! News UK - 0 views

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    "Two thirds of UK adults surf the web every day, but 5.4 million Brits over the age of 65 have never ever logged on.That's the finding of a new campaign launched by Age UK - formerly Age Concern - called iTea and Biscuits Week, which aims to offer easy-to-use advice to get older people online."
David Wilcox

Sus-IT A New Dynamics of Ageing Project - 0 views

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    "Sus-IT is a research project funded by the New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) initiative, the largest research programme on ageing ever mounted in the UK. Research under the New Dynamics of Ageing programme will impact on policy decisions and scientific, technology and design choices that will make sure that older people will enjoy better quality lives.
    Here you can find out more about what our research involves, read our publications and find out how you can participate in our research."
David Wilcox

Articles related to caring for older people|Digital Technology, Social Media and Older ... - 1 views

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    "Anyone who knows me, will know I am a gizmo diva. I love my gadgets. I find this amazing as I am useless at DIY and lack the desire and motivation to change the status quo. I consider myself a people person and the digital world enables me to connect with people all over the world. As I grow older (I am already of an age where I am described as a 'pensioner' Oh, how I hate labels!) I have come to the conclusion that my world will shrink and when that happens, my digital products will provide a lifeline for staying in touch with people wherever they are as well as maintaining my independence by shopping online etc."
David Wilcox

Update on how the ipad has gone down with the parents in law « Sandie Bakowski - 1 views

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    "This post follows on from my last one about setting up an ipad for my father-in-law who is a stroke survivor (so will make more sense if you read that first).  I received some lovely good wishes and interest so I wanted to provide an update."
David Wilcox

Older people, technology and community | Independent Age - 2 views

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    the potential of technology to help older people renew or develop social contacts and to actively engage in their communities
David Wilcox

nef 'five-a-day' to well-being in major new government report | the new economics found... - 0 views

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    "nef's 'Five ways to well-being':
    nef 's centre for well-being has developed a set of five evidence-based actions that, if practised regularly, can improve personal well-being.

    Connect
    With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

    Be Active
    Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy; one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

    Take Notice
    Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are on a train, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

    Keep Learning
    Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun to do.

    Give
    Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you.
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