Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a substantial loss, it hasn’t stopped scammers from capitalizing on the situation. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 71.8% of the 71,600 consumer complaints they’ve received in 2021 have been related to COVID-19—resulting in a loss of over $423 million for consumers.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, society has had to find creative and innovative ways to keep running. This has resulted in working from home, virtual learning, and ordering takeout instead of dining at restaurants. If the internet was a significant facet in daily life before the pandemic, it’s undoubtedly irreplaceable now.
Ever since the coronavirus pandemic swept the nation, our lives have changed drastically. Words and phrases like “social distancing” have gone from unknown to everyday vocabulary. This situation has changed the way we shop, travel, and interact with others.
We’ve all seen the inspiring headlines: “A WWII Veteran Finally Gets His Diploma at 95”, “82-Year-Old Woman to Graduate With Nursing Degree”, “Older Americans Are Learning to Code and They're Getting Good.”
Technology has enhanced our lives in countless ways; we can order groceries from the comfort of our homes, watch movies anywhere, anytime, and stay connected with friends and family during a time of unprecedented distancing. Technology makes our lives more convenient, but it also has the ability to enrich our lives and, in some cases, improve our health.
As a family caregiver, even with the help of family, friends, and respite care, trying to keep everything organized and prepared can get complicated. There’s a lot on your plate—managing medication, scheduling appointments, tracking health information, organizing documents, and more—all while caring for your parent or family member.
The digital era is upon us. With constant technological advancements, the world is more connected than ever. In the palm of your hands, you can have a powerful device that gives you access to friends and family around the world, information, and more. Not only can these digital tools connect us, but they can also help to improve our lives.
The internet is a great way to stay connected with family and friends, shop, read current news and events, and access pertinent information. However, as with any new tool or technology, it’s essential to be safe and informed.
If your parent or loved one lives in another city or state, whether at home or in a senior living community, the holidays can be a difficult time if you aren’t able to spend them together. While nothing can compete with their physical presence, there are items that can help bridge that gap.
As of 2019, it’s estimated that 5.8 million people in the United States alone live with Alzheimer’s disease with the overwhelming majority of those being adults over the age of 65. It’s an intimidating number; one that has endured and has touched most of our lives in one way or another. However, hope is never far away.