May is Older Americans Month – Let’s Connect and Create with Shortcuts

by | May 13, 2019

In celebration of Older American Month, we will share and explore shortcuts.  A shortcut is defined as an accelerated way of doing or achieving something.  And your iPhone and iPad offers dozens of shortcuts that are not just nice to know but are fun to use and share.  This ranges from keyboard shortcuts, widgets, actions and even a new Shortcuts app.

Every week this month, we will share a shortcut that you can use to save time and effort.

May is Older Americans Month – Let’s Connect, Create & Contribute

In May, the Senior Tech Club will focus on Shortcuts that you can use on your devices.  These shortcuts will help you use your device to connect, create and contribute.  

Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month.

 

This week, we will share the idea of Keyboard Shortcuts.  A Keyboard Shortcut will save time and taps as you type text messages and emails.   

 

Read more below…

Featured Nugget

Do you have a common phrase that you find yourself texting frequently?

Or is there a common closing that you add to your emails?

If you do, you can create a keyboard shortcut that saves time and typing. By creating a shortcut you can turn turning a couple of characters, e.g. “gm” into a commonly-used phrase like, “Good Morning.”

This Nugget will show you how to create and use Keyboard Shortcuts.

 

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News & Events

Below are the news and headlines from the Senior Tech Club.  This includes events and items of note from the Club.

Here are the highlights:

Hands Free Driving Bill Soon to Become Law in Minnesota

As we move into summer, we here in Minnesota are approaching the August 1 effective date of Minnesota’s Hands-free Law.  At that time, it will be illegal to hold your phone while making calls, changing music or issues GPS commands.  Currently 19 states have hands-free laws but please know that distracted driving is unsafe in all 50 states and everywhere.

Recently I wrote Nugget #44 Hands-Free Phone Use While Driving that includes recommendations based on a list provided by the Minnesota Department of Safety.  It’s a good list for you to consider as you develop your hands-free approach wherever you live.

 

Shift Workshops – July 22, 2019  3 PM and 6 PM

Exploring Essential iPhone Apps to Stay Connected and Engaged

Nearly all iPhone users start with making calls and sending text messages and emails. However there is a collection of apps on your devices that are essential for staying connected and effectively engaged with friends, family and the world around you. These essential apps include:
  • Contacts – store your address book and more.
  • Calendar – stay on top of appointments and events.
  • Notes – keep lists, notes and more.
  • Reminders – Add reminders to keep you on top of your commitments. 
  • And more… 

These Shift Workshops will help you explore the features of these iPhone & iPad apps.  They will be held at the  Danish American Center in Minneapolis at 3 and 6:30 PM.

Get more information or Register.

Android & Video Lessons – People Are Requesting, We are Doing It!

Android – Over the past two years, we have received multiple requests to also help older adults who need help understanding and getting the most out of their Android devices.

Video – We are also getting requests to expand our lessons on other apps that are important to Seniors.  FaceTime is awesome for Apple devices but many in our community are looking to use other video call/meeting options like Zoom or Skype to stay connected with friends and family.

We are working hard to answer your requests for more lessons and assistance.  Sign up for our announcement emails to be the first to know when these new lessons are available.

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