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

Teach English online for extra money

Posted on: June 04, 2020

The timing is right today for turning native English skills into an online income, according to a new report from International Living.  Retirees (and others) looking for a flexible, fun, portable way to earn from home should consider teaching English online — no office, no cubicle, no experience necessary. Qualified people need not have a teaching degree or any specialized... READ MORE

Virus drives demand for online therapy

By: Matthew Perrone
Posted on: June 02, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is driving up stress levels for many Americans — and new business for online therapy companies. More than four in 10 U.S. adults say worries tied to the outbreak are impacting their mental health, according to a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Not surprisingly, companies that offer online therapy are seeing increased demand for video and text-based ... READ MORE

An app that answers ‘What’s that plant?’

By: Jeremy Cox, Bay Journal News Service
Posted on: May 05, 2020

The ability to identify plants and trees was once the sole province of experts such as naturalists, botanists and master gardeners.  To this day, scientists are still discovering an average of about 2,000 new plants per year. Sometimes it can take years, even decades, for biologists to confirm whether one of those plants is a unique species.  Luckily, identifying garden-variety... READ MORE

Links and apps

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: April 20, 2020

Caregiver help via chat Recently, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) introduced a new way for families affected by dementia to get free, immediate help. Now people can “chat” with licensed social workers on the foundation’s website.  Callers can ask about signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, how to develop a care team and support network, how... READ MORE

Some tech terms everyone should know

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: April 16, 2020

Technology changes very fast, and new terms are coined all the time to describe it. Here is a glossary of common terms that may prove useful to you: App: An app is short for the word “application.” It’s a program for your smartphone. There are hundreds of thousands of different apps for many purposes — hence the saying “There’s an app for that” — from helping you learn... READ MORE