I urge all Alzheimer's caregivers, as well as their friends and family to fully embrace technology and take advantage of the many benefits and improvements it can bring into your lives. But a word of caution: don't let it take over your life and become a substitute for the things that really matter.
If we weren't narcissists by clinical standards, I wondered, what were we? People with too many gadgets to think clearly? To feel clearly? People with good intentions, short attention spans and a propensity to do what's best for ourselves? People trying to figure out this mess of a universe one bus ride at a time? Whatever we were, we needed to become something else, more compassionate.
Every other sector of our day-to-day lives--financial, telecommunication, retail, travel, and entertainment--have been irrevocably changed. But to date essentially none of these technological triumphs have been leveraged to reduce the cost of health care, no less to achieve better outcomes for patients.
In almost every modern industry, technology is changing the way that users access information. GPS-based applications like Waze provide commuters with real time, crowd-sourced traffic updates, while websites like E-Trade and Yelp give consumers unprecedented transparency into the financial and restaurant worlds, respectively.
Cyberbullying, harassment, bullying, shaming, digital cruelty, just downright being mean to each other. The modern human race (at all ages) has become a culture of cruelty. The real issue is that it isn't done privately anymore, it's now magnified across the world on computer and smartphone screens.
The art of conference calling. Wait. You didn't know it was an art? It's definitely a skill worth building if you're running a modern business, and it is as much an art as any other form of presenting. Whether you want to blame it on technology and the internet, or the costs associated to flying, or even the huge slowdown in flying America took after 9/11 that forced us into doing more calls, the conference call has become a huge part of doing business and you can't escape it.
Debbie and I had a normal childhood, except that, Debbie was the family's ears and voice. Since the age of four, Debbie interpreted for our parents, translating between spoken English and sign language. Due to the lack of telephone access for the deaf, Debbie often relayed conversations between hearing people and our parents on the telephone before she was old enough to understand what they were saying.