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Technological advancements are moving at a rapid pace. A new device seems to appear nearly every day. For many seniors, this pace can be overwhelming to stay up-to-date, especially when most devices aren’t created with the senior user in mind.

Although advancements in technology can be frustrating at times, studies show that older adults are beginning to slowly adapt to the digital age. Pew Research reports that 77 percent of adults over 65 owned a cell phone in 2014, but only 18 percent of those are smart phone users. This slow incline to adjust to technology can be partially attributed to the learning curve and adaptation time required to learn new technology as a senior. Technology can be a stressful experience for the senior population, especially with devices that are not user-friendly.

Luckily, select technology companies are realizing this challenge for those who aren’t digital natives and are making moves to create more senior, user-friendly devices to remove the frustration factor.

A device like grandPad, a tablet for seniors developed by Chapman University computational science students, is an example of how technology can adapt to generational needs and relieve technology stress. grandPad is a touchscreen tablet with simplified user interface that allows senior users to easily stay connected with family.

Technological tools like grandPad are tailored for seniors and are on the rise. Here are additional tools that can help bridge the gap between senior tech stress and tech success:

1. Finances and identity

Seniors lose $36.48 billion each year to elder financial abuse. To prevent financial exploitation, seniors and family members can use True Link, an online tool that keeps track of financial accounts and monitors any suspicious activity.

2. Safety in any location

Emergency response necklaces can feel aging to some. The Lively smartwatch transcends the average response necklace by giving users a sleek tech device that can send medicine reminders, count steps, and can connect to a live operator who will call emergency contacts and, if needed, dispatch emergency services.

3. Volume control

No more arguing about television volume. TV Ears can enhance the quality and clarity of television sound. This device improves the frequencies of human speech and decreases background noise to allow TV viewers to not miss another word of their favorite show.

4. Connect to family and friends

The grandPad touchscreen tablet provides a highly intuitive way to communicate with family or friends with video chat, phone calls, and voice email capabilities. The device also comes with 24/7 support service.

Not being up-to-date with the latest technology can feel isolating. However, tech stress can be alleviated when devices are made with the senior user in mind. The shift in understanding senior needs with technology is important to ultimately produce more tools that can be useful to a maturing population. As technology continues to develop, older adults can feel more comfortable and confident about using devices that will enhance everyday life.

 KURIOS CDS AN CMYK POS

Performing under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top

 

OC FAIR & EVENT CENTER in Costa Mesa: October 15 through November 29, 2015

17037 1060kurios quebec 9546KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™ premiered to the world in Montréal in April 2014 and is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production. Since its debut, the critics have been raving: “KURIOS is Cirque du Soleil’s strongest act in years…one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen on a stage” (Toronto Star) and “KURIOS is the best Cirque du Soleil show in a long time.” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™ is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible.

In this realm set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed. The name of the show refers to the humble and strange characters that inhabit the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes. In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams lie waiting. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.

Tickets are now available by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/kurios or calling 1-877-9 CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783).

For the month of October, Orange Public Library has partnered with Fullerton Public Library to read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and brand new release, Go Set a Watchman. Join us in reading both books.

We will also offer several programs to celebrate reading these books as a community. Programming will include book discussions, movie showings, a Southern cooking demonstration, a trivia contest, nostalgic games, music performances and more. There will also be an engaging speaking presentation called Law and Order: Atticus Finch by Constitutional Law expert and fellow literature fan, Dr. John Eastman of Chapman University.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American Literature. The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The character Atticus Finch has service as a moral hero for many readers and as a model of integrity for lawyers.

Go Set a Watchman is a novel by Harper Lee which has just been released this summer! The novel was written before To Kill a Mockingbird, but only recently discovered and published. The story follows an adult Scout Finch who travels from New York back to Maycomb, Alabama, to visit her father, Atticus, 20 years after the events in the previous story. According to the publisher, Go Set a Watchman includes many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird.

In August, patrons can pick up a program brochure at any branch of the Orange Public Libraries or Fullerton Public Library.

For more information, check our websites at cityoforange.org/library/orangereads.asp or fullertonlibrary.org/fullertonreads

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IN AN EMERGENCY, SECONDS CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN SAVING A LIFE.

For almost two decades, our community has relied on Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center to provide emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As the area’s population has grown and matured, the hospital has experienced a steep rise in the demand for acute care.

Over the past nine years, visits to the emergency room at Orange Coast Memorial have increased by more than 44 percent. They now treat over 32,000 ill and injured people a year in the same square footage that served emergency patients when the hospital first opened its doors to the community in 1996. That’s an average of almost 90 patients per day.

As a result, paramedics must increasingly bypass the hospital’s emergency room because it is too full to accept any more patients.

Patient volumes are projected to increase another 29% over the next ten years, bringing the average number of emergency visits to over 100 per day.

With this expected upsurge in the number of patients who will require care, and the severity of the conditions for which they seek treatment, a new facility with improved access is essential.

To meet this growing need, Orange Coast Memorial has plans to build a new Emergency Pavilion that will be twice the size of the current facility and will double their treatment capacity. Occupying 11,400 square feet, it will contain a total of 27 treatment rooms, including 16 private treatment suites, one of which is designed exclusively for young children, and a “fast track” evaluation station which will facilitate rapid medical evaluations.

It will also offer separate entrances for both ambulances and walk-in patients, along with accommodations for bedside registration and increased infection control. The project includes a comfortable reception lobby with seating for 35 patients and visitors, enhanced space for physician consultations, and an adjacent chapel and healing garden.

This comprehensive expansion will allow Orange Coast Memorial physicians and staff to provide top-quality emergency care in an efficiently designed, modern setting. It will address the limitations of the existing facilities and provide the community with easy access and reduced wait times.

As a nonprofit hospital, Orange Coast relies on philanthropy to help fund facility enhancements such as this. Gifts received by the Orange Coast Memorial Foundation from individuals and businesses throughout the community play a vital role in strengthening the hospital’s ability to fund advanced technology purchases and provide crucial patient programs and services.

In support of the new Emergency Pavilion, the Orange Coast Memorial Foundation is hosting its thirteenth annual Fall Gala on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Ritz- Carlton in Laguna Niguel. “Light up the Night” is the theme of this year’s event which will feature an evening of fine dining, musical entertainment, dancing and a live and silent auction.

For more information regarding the Orange Coast Memorial Foundation and their upcoming event, please call (714) 378-7397 or visit them online at memorialcare.org/ocmf

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 730,000 Americans experience a heart attack annually.

If you have diabetes, a poor diet, are overweight or don’t regularly exercise, you could be at risk for a heart attack or heart disease. Additionally, high LDL (bad) cholesterol, a waxy, fat-like substance that clogs your arteries may slow down the flow of blood to your heart and brain, and can lead to chest pain, heart attack, stroke or other health problems.

So, what can you do to protect your heart and keep it healthy? CalOptima, the health insurance provider for thousands of adults and children throughout Orange County, offers these tips:

  • It’s all about your diet: following a diet that is low in salt, total fat, saturated fat (such as fatty beef or cheese made with whole milk) and cholesterol helps to keep your heart healthy. It’s also important to incorporate plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily meals.
  • Exercise: lack of physical activity can negatively impact your heart – like any muscle, it needs to be exercised. The CDC recommends taking a brisk 10-minute walk three times a day, five days a week to help stay healthy. Check with your doctor to make sure it is safe for you to be active and get moving!
  • Visit your doctor: if you have a family history of heart disease, it’s important that you see your primary physician or cardiologist on a regular basis. Make sure to bring a copy of the results of any recent heart tests, a list of your medications, questions about any other di- agnostic tests you may need and if you’ve noticed any new health problems to your appointment.
  • Take your medications: there’s a reason why your doctor has prescribed specific medications for you to take. Follow each medicine’s directions – let you doctor know if you have any strange side effects. Also, avoid suddenly stopping your medications unless directed by a medical professional.

Additionally, make a point to avoid smoking – if you do smoke, quit as soon as possible. Remember regular visits to your doctor can help to keep you out of the hospital.

Sometimes, women can have a heart attack without the “typical” symptoms. Instead, they may have pain in their stomach, feel dizzy, light headed, and pressure in their back or feel very tired.

When you have a heart problem, it is very important you take good care of your heart.

If you have any of the heart attack symptoms below, call 9-1-1 immediately or go to the emergency room right away:

  • Chest pressure or pain, most likely on the left side of your body
  • Neck or jaw pain
  • Shoulder or arm pain
  • Sweaty
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea and vomiting

CalOptima is a county organized health system, and provides publicly funded health care coverage for low-income children, adults, seniors and people with disabilities in Orange County. In total, CalOptima serves more than 736,000 members with a network of more than 7,000 primary care doctors and specialists, as well as 30 hospitals.

As the official hotel partner of Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is showcasing original works from 25 Festival of Arts artists. The exhibit will be on display in the Art Exhibit Space through September 30, 2015.

the girlThe Festival of Arts is California’s premiere fine art show. The Festival’s prestigious juried art show includes a wide variety of media such as paintings,photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more – all by 140 of Orange County’s finest artists. Established in 1932, Festival of Arts promotes, produces and sponsors events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts.

For a more comprehensive art experience, guests can book one of the two Pageant of the Masters overnight experiences that feature incredible seats and exclusive offerings. The Behind the Velvet Rope Experience features ocean view overnight accommodations on The Ritz-Carlton Club Level, two premium seat tickets to the Pageant, a guided docent tour of the Festival, a backstage tour of the Pageant for $1,699 per night. The Pursuit of Happiness Experience includes overnight accommodations and two premium seat tickets to the Pageant with rates starting at 775 per night. Both packages can be booked on-line at www.ritzcarlton.com/LaguanPageant.

If your business serves 55+ seniors in Orange County, California, then Sorbet Magazine is your outlet of choice.

Each issue of this monthly glossy format publication is direct-mailed into EVERY 55+ senior community in Orange County, direct- mailed to 55+ homeowners and is available on high-foot traffic stand locations and distribution locations across OC, including EVERY senior center and public library branch, as well as medical offices, hospitals, retail and restaurants.

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Let us create an added-value advertising/editorial package that works for you.

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The mission of each monthly edition is to serve as a resource for our readership - features penned by experts in their respective industries designed to provide education, information and entertainment focused on the interests of mature adults in Orange County.

Each issue of this monthly glossy format publication is direct-mailed into EVERY 55+ senior community in Orange County, direct- mailed to 55+ homeowners and is available on high-foot traffic stand locations and distribution locations across OC, including EVERY senior center and public library branch, as well as medical offices, hospitals, retail and restaurants.

Why “Sorbet” you ask? Our editorial team considered a number of options with the goal of finding a moniker that would communicate “light, active, fun” to an ever-growing younger population of 55+ adults. Sorbet is a fruit-flavored ice served between courses as a palate cleanser. We thought the name was particularly apropos for our audience – individuals poised to embark on the main “course” of their lives and all of the wonderful activities, accomplishment, entertainment and endeavors to come.

We will strive to continually improve the depth and breadth of our editorial content. If you have a topic you’d like to see addressed or would like to share feedback or thoughts on any aspect of Sorbet, I encourage you to call or email me directly.

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