Tech help on call
Technology doesn’t come easily to everyone. In a pinch, who can you call for help?
Thanks to a new company call Candoo Tech, a technology “concierge” trained to work with older adults can be on call to answer your questions.
The company was founded in 2019 by Liz Hamburg, who was inspired by her father’s frustration. (Her father once left her a voice mail message, complaining, “Alexia [what he calls Amazon’s Alexa voice] has gone out of town. She won’t answer. We tried her five times. What do we do?”)
“The struggle to learn and use technology is real — and even more difficult for older adults who may have hearing loss, impaired vision or mobility limitations,” Hamburg said in a statement.
Candoo Tech provides one-on-one tech support and training to older adults by phone.
Its annual membership, which costs $180, includes two 90-minute training or support sessions and unlimited quick help. Or you can buy a one-hour remote session for $50 or a new device set-up and training package for $180.
Candoo Tech also offers group lessons to older adults through its partners, which include offices on aging and retirement communities.
For more information, visit candootech.com.
Most waterproof bandages don’t stand up to water. In fact, a 2010 Consumer Reports study found that only two out of nine brands were waterproof.
Why is that important? When a wound gets wet, it can become infected.
A Houston-based company offers a solution: a bandage that turns blue if it happens to get wet. The “DrySee” bandage’s perimeter changes color, visually alerting the patient or caregiver before the moisture reaches the wound.
According to Houston resident Brenda Lovett, who cared for her son after his surgery, “His favorite part about the bandage was that once it was there, he never had to worry about it because it did its job.
“The last bandage he used was on for three days. In that three-day period, it never leaked. Of course, if it had gotten wet, I would’ve known to change it!”
The cost of a box of 25 bandages ranges from $40 to $80, depending on size of the dressing. For more information, call 1-866-221-2785 or visit drysee.com.