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Top 10 Budgeting and Finance Apps for Seniors

Top 10 Budgeting and Finance Apps for Seniors

As seniors enter retirement or financial situations change, there are resources available to help manage budgets, track spending, and plan for expenses. According to the Survey of Consumer Finances, 60% of people aged 65 or older have some debt, including medical, credit card, and housing debt. With senior debt rising and technology growing, it is advantageous to use online budgeting tools and apps to avoid financial despair and enjoy retirement.

Get Your Finances on Track with These Apps and Online Tools

5 Ways Older Adults Can Improve Safety With Voice Devices

5 Ways Older Adults Can Improve Safety With Voice Devices

There are so many ways for seniors to enjoy the convenience and security of voice devices. It’s important to stay on top of the latest features and changes to the setup to make the best use of these devices. Whether you’re a senior living independently at home or enjoying the comforts of a retirement community, just about everyone will find some helpful tips here for making the most of the Amazon Alexa service. If you’re a caretaker or family member supporting a parent or grandparent, you’ll find some of these features very useful in helping your family member stay safe.

Use Voice Technology to Improve Safety with These Tips

10 Healthy Habits to Overcome Digital Fatigue

10 Healthy Habits to Overcome Digital Fatigue

What is Digital Fatigue?

Digital fatigue is a state of mental exhaustion that is a side effect of our modern, ever-connected life. We are rarely more than a few inches from our mobile devices. We use them for every conceivable purpose. We are always "on" and constantly connected through social media, email, text messages, calls, and more. For many people, work or other forms of digital entertainment follow them on digital devices all hours of the day. This constant deluge of information leads to a feeling of being overwhelmed and burnt out.

Signs of digital fatigue include:

  • Burning, itching, or sore eyes
  • Sore neck, shoulders, and back
  • Light sensitivity
  • Headaches
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability
  • A pervasive sense of despondency

10 Ways to Combat Digital Fatigue

10 Reasons To Get Rid Of Your Car

10 Reasons To Get Rid Of Your Car

Cars are a big part of American culture. For many, learning how to drive was a sort of rite of passage. You likely remember getting your first vehicle and some of the adventures you took with it. We love our cars, and we take them everywhere. Our homes, neighborhoods, and even cities are built around cars as a primary method of transportation. However, as we get older, we might begin to realize we need our car less and less. Alternative methods of transportation might even be safer and more convenient.

Ten great reasons to get rid of your car

TikTok: Start Exploring and Creating

TikTok: Start Exploring and Creating

In previous blogs, I reviewed how to create and set up an account on four of the most popular social media networks: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram

This blog will explain a similar process for TikTok, a video-sharing social media network created in 2016. TikTok quickly gained popularity and became the most downloaded app in 2019. Today there are 689 million users, surpassing the number of users on Twitter and Pinterest.

Although TikTok is widely used by younger generations, with 42% of users aged 18-24, there is a place on TikTok for older users. Even though users aged 55 and older only account for four percent of all TikTok users, many seniors have become viral users such as @omsteve, @lindaontherun, @erikarischko, @gilbert_and_jonie, @ocdocdonecutediva, @grandma_droniak, @orifbone, @happygirlil, @charlesmallet, and more. Among other senior TikTok users, these users have reached up to 4.4 million followers by sharing comedic and heartwarming content.

Steps to Get Started on TikTok

6 Reasons Older Adults Are Loving Amazon's Alexa

6 Reasons Older Adults Are Loving Amazon's Alexa

Smart speakers like Amazon's Alexa have become incredibly popular with older adults. For people living alone, it's a companion. For people struggling with physical limitations, it's a great helper. Alexa can even be used to improve safety for seniors. Thousands of skills on the Alexa App are targeted specifically for older adults. And plenty of general use skills can make life easier and more entertaining for seniors. Check out a few of these ideas for using Alexa to make your day a little easier. 

6 Ways American Seniors Can Get More from Amazon's alexa