Special masks can help hard of hearing adults

By: Beacon staff
Posted on: September 08, 2020

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), masks can make communication difficult for the approximately 48 million Americans with hearing loss. Masks muffle sound and take away a person’s ability to read lips and see facial expressions, which help people better understand what they’re hearing. “Widespread mask use at this critical juncture in the pandemic ... READ MORE

Without tech, some ‘phone it in’ to the doc

By: Regina Garcia Cano and Tom Murphy
Posted on: August 10, 2020

Video telemedicine took off earlier this year as the coronavirus paused in-person doctor visits. Earl Egner missed that trend. The 84-year-old diabetic and cancer survivor has no computer or cellphone. Instead, he relies on a form of communication older than himself — the telephone — to talk to doctors as he stays hunkered down in his home in Somerset, Virginia. “We don’t even... READ MORE

Students develop virtual reality hikes

By: Brendan Quealy
Posted on: July 09, 2020

Take a trek to Skeleton Point on the South Kaibab Trail along the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Head to California and make your way to the Bridge to Nowhere or Potato Chip Rock. Find yourself atop Mother Miguel Mountain in Ohio or in the caves of Natural Tunnel State Park in Virginia. All are possibilities from the comfort of your home due in large part to the work of two recent high school... READ MORE

Video call options for the tech-challenged

By: Jim Miller
Posted on: July 07, 2020

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some simple devices that can help tech-challenged seniors with video calls? My 80-year-old mother has been isolating herself for months now in fear of the coronavirus, and I haven’t been able to see her face-to-face in quite a while. —Concerned Daughter Dear Concerned, Video chatting is a great way to stay connected and keep tabs on a parent... READ MORE

Kindness spreads with volunteer links

By: Luis Andres Henao
Posted on: July 06, 2020

It started with a simple spreadsheet created by a group of college students who wanted to help during the pandemic. In just two months, that spreadsheet has grown into an online platform that has connected do-gooders with nearly 3,000 opportunities to volunteer across the United States. Corona Connects (coronaconnects.org) includes 170 volunteer categories — from food delivery and... READ MORE

How to have an effective telehealth visit

By: Jim Miller
Posted on: June 08, 2020

Dear Savvy Senior, I manage a large doctor’s clinic that treats hundreds of seniors each month. We are moving to more telehealth visits to help keep our patients safe at home during the coronavirus pandemic, but this new way of seeing a doctor is befuddling to many of our older patients. Can you write a column educating patients on how to prepare for a telehealth... READ MORE