User Experience – The Drone at the Instameet Dublin 2016.

User Experience – The Drone at the Instameet Dublin 2016.

Caroline's Blog

This is part of my weekly blog on User Experience for my college assignment.

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of partaking in the first INSTAMEET in Europe.  This was hosted by Irish Rail and the ‘JJ Community’ and was a free event.  We all met in Connolly Station  (about 80 of us in total) and having had complimentary  tea and  coffee with pastries to set us up for a couple of hours we set off on our mystery tour with nothing but INSTAGRAM on our minds.

We arrived at our destination within approximately 20 minutes – Skerries, Co. Dublin. This town has just won the overall award of ‘Best Tidy Town in Ireland’.  After initial introductions and allocation to our  individual group leaders   we set off to the windmills and mill house which were in close proximity to the train station.

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Over Half of Adults Have Never Heard of AMD  (Age-Related Macular Degeneration)

Over Half of Adults Have Never Heard of AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration)

New research reveals that over half of adults are unaware of Age-Related Macular Degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over 50 in Ireland
People over 50 at greater risk of AMD and urged to avail of free testing this week to Never Miss the Wonder in their lives
* New research reveals Machu Picchu as top wonder for the Irish, followed by The Great Wall of China with The Colosseum, Italy in 3rd place
* Nationwide Never Miss the Wonder photo competition winners revealed and photobook launched
* Greater awareness needed of Age-Related Macular Degeneration, the leading cause of blindness for people aged over 50 in Ireland

This week, from 19th to 25th September, adults across the country are being urged to consider their eye health and avail of free testing for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in those over 50 in Ireland. New research reveals that half (50%) of all adults are unaware of Age-Related Macular Degeneration, despite the fact that 7,000 people are diagnosed with it each year, and almost 100,000 people are living with the condition.

The aim of the Never Miss The Wonder campaign is to improve knowledge and understanding of Age-Related Macular Degeneration, so it can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible, to help preserve healthy eyesight. Now in its ninth year, AMD Awareness Week is a nationwide health initiative driven by the NCBI – the national sight loss organisation, Fighting Blindness, the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO), the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI), and Novartis Ireland.

Research conducted for the campaign reveals that Machu Picchu, Peru, is the ‘wonder’ that Irish people most want to see (20%), closely followed by The Great Wall of China (18%); and The Colosseum, Italy in third place at 14%.

The winners of the Never Miss the Wonder photo competition, which aimed to highlight the wonder in our everyday lives and increase discussion of the impact that Age-Related Macular Degeneration could have on the quality of our lives, were announced at a launch event in the Science Gallery, Dublin 2.

Launching the photobook, broadcaster Mary Kennedy congratulated the winners and finalists and said, “Protecting our eyesight and maintaining our vision health is an important priority and we must all take care of – and appreciate – our sight. The Never Miss the Wonder campaign encourages everyone to think about the wonders in their lives, and get their eyes tested regularly. Congratulations to the finalists and winning entries, this photobook is a beautiful showcase of what Irish people hold as wonderful. I hope that anyone experiencing vision problems seeks the help they need and speaks to their eye specialist as early as possible.”

The specially-designed Never Miss The Wonder photobook was created using entries from all over Ireland and the finalists’ entries were displayed at an exhibition to kick off the AMD awareness week. Cathal Curran from Tralee in Co. Kerry was the overall winner, with Clodagh Watkins from Co. Meath and Susan Fitzgerald from Dublin as the two runners-up. Long-term supporters of AMD Awareness Week also shared their wonders including RTE presenter Mary Kennedy, Met Eireann and RTE weather presenter, Evelyn Cusack, and award winning, best-selling authors Sheila O’Flanagan and Sinead Moriarty.

A dedicated mobile testing unit will travel to Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford during AMD Awareness Week offering free AMD eye tests and information to the public. Free AMD testing will also be available in over 280 participating optometrists nationwide. A full list of the free eye testing locations can be found at www.AMD.ie.

Mr Mark Cahill, Consultant eye surgeon, and spokesperson for the Irish College of Ophthalmologists said, “If you are over 50, it is important to get your eyes checked regularly, particularly if there is a family history of eye disease or if you notice any change in your vision. Age-related Macular Degeneration is a manageable and treatable eye disease, with a greatly improved outcome for patients as a result of earlier diagnosis and new treatments. As well as regular eye-checks, there is a lot people can do to protect their eye health and help to slow the progression or onset of AMD, like giving up smoking, eating a healthy diet rich in leafy greens and exercising regularly.”

Chris White, CEO, NCBI said, “This week, NCBI shops are hosting coffee mornings and encouraging everyone to discuss this important health initiative so they can recognise the signs of AMD as early as possible.”

Lynda McGivney Nolan, Optometrist, Association of Optometrists Ireland commented, “Our members are offering free AMD testing at over 280 locations across Ireland and we encourage everyone who is worried about their eyesight, or experiencing vision problems, to talk to a participating optometrist and avail of the free test.”
Kevin Whelan, CEO, Fighting Blindness said, “Fighting Blindness provides information and support to people and families affected by vision loss. We know that Age-related Macular Degeneration can have a severe impact on people’s lives but we also know that awareness and early diagnosis allows people to protect their vision as much as possible. This awareness week aims to increase understanding of Age-Related Macular degeneration, highlight the symptoms, and encourage anyone affected to speak to their eye specialist.”

Loretto Callaghan, Managing Director, Novartis Ireland said, “We have been overwhelmed by the number of incredible entries to the Never Miss the Wonder competition. This campaign really captured the imagination of people across Ireland and we are thrilled that it led to increased discussion around the importance of taking care of our eyesight. We hope that anyone worried about their eyesight will visit the free Novartis mobile testing unit this week, or your local eye specialist.”
For more information on the free testing locations and to see the Never Miss the Wonder photo competition entries, please visit www.AMD.ie.

written by   Active Retirement Ireland.

http://www.activeirl.ie/news-events/over-half-of-adults-have-never-heard-of-amd

 

Lets go Live

Lets go Live

DigiNannaDublin is a move on from diginanna.weebly.com   I hope that you like our new site by WordPress.  It will be a more interactive site for users and of course for DigiNannaDublin.  I am halfway through my course with the National College of Ireland  and return this evening for an exciting few weeks of learning so that I can bring DigiNannaDublin to you on a regular basis.  DigiNannaDublin has been assisted by my colleague and good friend from Digital Rock and together we hope to bring you up to date information, topics, news etc.

I hope that you will in time share your stories with us and look forward to linking with the silver surfer community across Dublin and beyond.  Keep on surfing.

How to recover from Empty Nest syndrome

How to recover from Empty Nest syndrome

The nest of family love is like a nest of birds. When it is the right time to fly, the young will fly away, as is the way of life. Parents must deal with the absence of family, friends, and love when children have flown from the nest of their family to build their own. However, for some people, especially for the primary caregiver, this can be a time of great emptiness and sadness, that can easily tip into depression if unheeded. This article will discuss methods that will help your children to leave home secure in the knowledge that they have a solid home base behind them, and ways for parents to deal with grief from separation.

8 Steps

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    • Prepare for the departure. If you’re expecting your children to be leaving within the next year, take this time to check that they are aware of how to do the basic essentials for caring for themselves alone. Make sure they know how to wash their clothes, cook for themselves, deal with neighbor disputes, balance a checkbook, negotiate for good deals when buying things, and know how to appreciate the value of money. While some of these things will improve with practice, it’s important to talk through and show how to do some of the basics so that they’re not left completely adrift. Using a how-to site like wikiHow for explanations on household tasks and lifestyle issues can be helpful if needed.

      • If you don’t know that your children are leaving until the last minute, don’t panic. Accept that this is happening and be enthusiastic for them, offering your support at any time it is needed. It is better for your children to know that you support them, love them, and are willing to be of help to them than to see you fretting and worrying.
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    Shift aside the terrifying thoughts. Both you and your children will be better off if you treat this as a big adventure. Your children will be feeling a range of emotions from being terrified to being over the moon about their upcoming new experiences. For children who are frightened at the prospect of leaving, it’s important to reassure them by telling them that the unknown is worse than the reality. Help them to understand that once they’re into their new routine, it’ll be familiar, fun, and successful.

    • Let your kids know that your home is their permanent base, for whenever they need or want to return home. This provides both you and your children with a very secure sense of belonging and safety.
    • If your kids are miserable for the initial time they’re away, don’t be secretly pleased about this. They’re going to have to work through these emotions while they’re getting used to the new arrangements, and they’ll need your active support in this, not a secret wish for them to come running back home. This means not actively offering coming back home as an option, and not sorting out all the things for them – let them learn to do things on their own, including administrative and negotiation tasks. They will make mistakes but equally, they’ll learn best that way.
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    Explore the ways that you intend to keep in touch with your children. You’ll feel a sense of loneliness and emptiness when they’re gone because you can’t just turn around and tell them the things as you always used to do. Keeping up constant communications is vital for maintaining a sense of family togetherness and to keep up with the news. Some of the methods you can consider include:

    • Make sure they have a decent cell phone that can connect easily to networks and will last the year. If they’ve had a cell phone for a while now, you might need to upgrade or at least upgrade its battery. Buy prepaid phone minutes so that they don’t have to be concerned about the cost of calling you.
    • Schedule a weekly call-in time. While you may feel tempted to call more often than this, it will become a burden unless they choose to do so, so try not to expect too much from them. Be sensitive to their need to grow and become their own adult person.
    • Use email or texting for all the in-between things you’d like to share. These are great mediums because you can say things without being overly emotional.[1] Be aware as time goes on, though, that your son or daughter may not reply as frequently as they do initially. This is part of their settling in and developing a new group of relationships, etc., and it does not mean they’ve stopped caring.
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    Understand what empty nest syndrome is, so that you can recognize the symptoms in your own situation. Empty nest syndrome is a psychological condition that affects principally women, producing grief when one or more of the children leave home.[2] Most commonly it occurs when children leave for school, college, or university (usually late summer and autumn), or when children marry and leave home to live with their spouse. Empty nest syndrome often coincides with other major events in life, such as menopause, illness, or retirement.[3] It impacts women in particular because motherhood is viewed as a primary role for both working and stay-at-home moms, and a role to which women dedicate themselves as a principal responsibility for an average of 20 years. A child leaving can precipitate a feeling of redundancy, accompanied by feeling lost, unworthy, and unsure about the future.[4] Feeling sad and crying a little is a normal, healthy reaction to be expected of any parent; after all, it is a big change. It becomes a problem when you have feelings that stand in the way of your life, such as thinking that your life is no longer worthwhile, you’re unable to stop crying excessively, and you’re unable to resume a normal life of seeing friends, getting out and about, or resuming some activities that get you back into the swing of things.[5]

    • Psychologists consider that the transition from being an actively involved mom to being an independent woman again takes around 18 months to two years.[6] This means that it’s vital to allow yourself the time to grieve, work through the loss, and rebuild your life is important. Be gentle on yourself and the expectations that you have.
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    • Accept support. If you find that you’re really not coping and feel a deep sense of emptiness, sadness, or an inability to get your life back on track after the children leave, it’s important to get help. You might be suffering from depression or a similar psychological ailment that is preventing you from enjoying life to its fullest. Talk to a professional. Cognitive therapy or similar types of therapy that enable you to talk through your issues might work well. Or, you may simply need a listening ear and confirmation that what you’re going through is real, does matter, and in time, will pass.

      • Acknowledge your grief. It doesn’t matter what other people think or say about getting on with it. Unacknowledged grief will gnaw away at you if you don’t face it and let yourself be upset for a time. Allow the grief to work through your system.
      • Treat yourself. While going through the hardship of grief, don’t neglect yourself. Have a regular massage, go to a movie now and then, buy your favorite expensive chocolate box, etc. All sadness and no happy moments is a recipe for continued blues.
      • Consider having a “letting go” ritual. Having a ritual in which you “let go” of your children as they turn into adults, and let go of the active parenting role, can be an important and cathartic way to help you to move on. Some suggestions include: Sail a lantern with a candle in it down a stream, plant a tree, bronze something special of your child’s, hold a ceremony that reflects your faith, etc.
      • Talk to your spouse about your feelings. He or she may be feeling similar emotions and will relish the chance to talk it through. Or, they may simply listen and acknowledge what you’re going through, which is an important source of acceptance for you.
      • Consider keeping a journal to document your journey. Prayer or meditation may also help.
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    Start looking to your own needs. Once you’re satisfied that you’ve set your child on the right path, the busyness will wear off and you’ll start noticing the big change in your life. The way in which you choose to perceive this change will color your feelings and approach to it – if you see it as a gaping hole, you’ll feel much more miserable than if you choose to see it as an opportunity to revive some of your own interests and pursuits.

    • Avoid creating a shrine out of your child’s bedroom. If they didn’t clean it up before they left, throw some of your emotions into removing all that trash! Eliminate some of the clutter, but carefully place your child’s keepsakes in safe storage.
    • Write down all the things you’d promised yourself you’d get around to doing one day. Now is the time to start doing them. Pin this list somewhere obvious and start working through it.
    • Build new friendships or revive lapsed ones. Friends are an important part of your transition from parent full-time to person-at-home-without-kids. Get out there and meet new people. There will be other empty-nesters like you looking for friendship too. And friends can prove a useful source of information about hobbies, activities, and job openings too.
    • Take up a new hobby or interest. Or revive an old one that you allowed to lapse while raising children. Anything from painting, photography, woodworking, to skydiving and travel!
    • Go back to school or university. Select a course that you feel resonates with you at this point in life. Work out whether this is a completely new path you’re setting out on, or whether it’s to upgrade your existing qualifications. Either way is good.
    • Restart a career – either pick up where you left off or start a new one. Realize that even though you’re “rusty”, you have the advantage of experience, so after some initial relearning, you’ll be off to a much faster start than when you were fresh out of school or college.
    • Consider volunteering. If you’re not quite ready to go back to work just yet, volunteering in potential workplaces can be a good way to transition back into the workforce at a pace that suits you. It also gives you the chance to try things to see if you like them or not.
    • Try participating in charities. Doing something positive with your free time can be very fulfilling.
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    Rediscover the love of your life. Unless you’re a lone/single parent, you’ll be left with your spouse or partner. And this can be a difficult time if you discover that there’s a problem with your relationship you hadn’t faced because having the children around helped to cement together your spousal relationship. Or, it can simply be a case that after being parents for so long, you’ve forgotten how to be lovers. This is a time to talk honestly and openly about the direction of your relationship together and to decide what happens next.

    • If your children were the only bonding force in your marriage, you and your spouse may need to work on your own relationship to restore what has been neglected between the two of you, especially if you feel that your relationship is now redundant. Seek couples counseling if you feel this would assist the transition back to being alone together again.
    • Acceptance that this is a difficult time of transition can allow both of you to forgive the uncertainties and messiness of growing together as a couple without kids again.
    • It can help if you develop the mindset that you expect your spouse or partner to have changed at least a little. After all, both of you have aged a lot since meeting and you’ve been through many different experiences during the times of raising your children, experiences that probably neither of you envisaged when you first fell in love. As time moves on, many people become clearer about what they do and don’t like, what they believe and don’t believe, and these discoveries may now be more evident than when you first married or paired up. Trying to see this as an opportunity to discover each others “new” selves can be a fruitful way to revive a flagging relationship.
    • Spend more time with your spouse or partner and get to know them again. Take a vacation together to help revive the feelings of closeness and reliance on one another for emotional support.
    • Allow time for your relationship to blossom anew. This can be an exciting time of rejuvenation for both of you.
    • Sometimes, none of this will patch up the reality that you’ve grown apart. If you realize that your relationship is beyond repair, talk it through or seek support, to enable you to reach a decision that will enable both of you to move on happily into the future.
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    Focus on some of the positive points of your kids moving out. Focusing on some of the positive changes resulting from your children moving out can ease the sense of loss considerably when you weigh up what you’ve gained. While this doesn’t belittle the importance of your sadness and the big transition you and your children are going through, it does help you to try to see the brighter side of your future. Some of the positive points include:

    • You may notice that the refrigerator does not need refilling quite as often. This means less trips to the grocery store and less cooking required!
    • Romance with your spouse may increase. The two of you have time and space now to return to being just a couple; make the most of it.
    • If you used to do all of your children’s laundry, there will be a lot less washing and ironing for you to do now. Try not to give in to doing it again when they return home for breaks. Expecting them to have grown up enough to do this for themselves is an important step to letting them grow up.
    • You’ve got your bathroom back.
    • Smaller water, phone and electricity bills will help you save money. And that saved money can be put toward a vacation with your spouse or friends!
    • Feel extremely proud of yourself for having raised children who are capable of going out into the world and surviving and thriving on their own. Give yourself a pat on the back.

    http://www.wikihow.com/Recover-From-Empty-Nest-Syndrome

10 Foods to help slow memory loss

10 Foods to help slow memory loss

 

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Your memory-boosting shopping basket

Whether it’s boosting your vitamin E levels or topping up your omega-3 fatty acid intake, the nutrients in these foods can help to keep you brain healthy

Oily fish

Tucking into a few portions of oily fish – think salmon, mackerel, fresh tuna or sardines – has been found to help boost levels of omega-3 fatty acids, in particular, ones called DHA and EPA. These are essential for maintaining nerve cells in the hippocampus – the brain’s key memory centre.

Did you know? When researchers measured the brain size in more than 1000 women, as part of the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study in the US, they found that those who ate plenty of omega-3 fatty acids had larger brains than those who didn’t. A shrinking brain is linked to increased risk of dementia.

Blueberries & strawberries

They make a delicious snack, especially during summer, but blueberries and strawberries could also be a useful brain boosters. A 2012 study of 16,000 women found women who ate lots of berries such as strawberries and blueberries had better memory abilities.

Blueberries and strawberries are rich in antioxidant compounds called anthocyanidins. Anthocyanidins have the ability to move from the blood into the brain, and studies have shown that these compounds concentrate in brain centres responsible for memory and learning.

Dark green leafy vegetables

Kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage and collard greens are all green leafy vegetables that are good for boosting brain health and so helping to slow memory loss.

Dark green leafy vegetables are rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant vitamin which may help protect neurons or nerve cells in the brain. Plus, many green leafy vegetables are also high in folate which food scientists believe helps to lower levels of homocysteine, an amino-acid which high levels have been linked to the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Seems Popeye knew what he was talking about after all…

Acai berries

Pronounced ‘ah-sah-ee’, these berries, which originate from South America, are usually eaten as a juice or in a supplement. They’re rich in antioxidants (much like strawberries and blueberries) which can help to protect brain cells against damage and slow down age-related cognitive decline.

Wholegrains

A diet that’s rich in wholegrain carbohydrates is good for boosting brain power because they release the sugar in them slowly which ensures you maintain a gradual source of energy, which has been found to help the brain retain information for tasks that require memory skills. Go for brown rice, wholemeal bread and pasta, and oats.

Turmeric

The yellow spice, commonly found in curries, contains an ingredient called curcumin, which can help to boost memory and cognition. A study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found working memory, energy levels, calmness and contentedness were increased in people who increased their turmeric intake. Given that you’d probably got bored if you ate curry everyday (as well as it being just a little on the uncomfortable side!), you can also take turmeric supplements.

Olive oil

People have been extolling the virtues of a Mediterranean diet, especially in terms of boosting brain health, for a long time, and this is often because of the large amounts of olive oil that’s used during cooking and eating.

Did you know? Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats (MUFAs), which have been found to help improve circulation in the brain and prevent unwanted inflammation in nerve cells. A study by Montpellier University in France found it boosted the brain health of nearly 7000 people aged 65 and over.

Avocado

Like leafy green vegetables and olive oil, avocado is rich in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. This means that it’s another great brain boosting food.

Some people are put off the avocado fruit (and yes, it is a fruit, not a vegetable!) because it is high in fat. But it’s important to remember that the fats in it are of the healthy, monounsaturated variety. In fact, these MUFAs are also instrumental in boosting heart health and lowering blood pressure, both issues that have been linked to the development of dementia, particularly vascular dementia.

Sunflower seeds

Include half a cup of dry-roasted sunflower seeds and you’ll get approximately 30 per cent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin E, the vitamin which has been linked to brain health. Sprinkle them on top of your salad or add ground up seeds to muesli or porridge. And here’s an added bonus – vitamin E is also great for boosting skin health and keeping it looking plump and young.

Peanut butter

Like sunflower seeds, peanut butter (and of course peanuts) are rich in vitamin E, so it’s a good food to include. Watch out for the varieties that have lots of added sugar in them as that will reduce the health benefits.

DISCLAIMER: These food suggestions have come from detailed research of different studies. However, it’s important to remember that some of these studies may have had limited participants or only been carried out on animals, rather than humans.

 

 https://www.unforgettable.org/blog/10-foods-to-help-slow-memory-loss/
What does Wickipedia say about ‘Silver Surfer’

What does Wickipedia say about ‘Silver Surfer’

Silver Surfer refers to the population of individuals over the age of 50 who utilize the internet on a consistent basis.  The number of older users has increased dramatically over the past several years due to their being more accustomed to the technology. It has been determined that this segment of now uses the internet on average four hours more per month than the age group 18-24.

Research shows that the silver surfers are spending a majority of their time using search engines and online shopping sites. Other sources indicate that this growing trend among the older population is due to the increase in use of social networking sites to stay in touch with family members or close friends that live far away. Studies point to Skype, Facebook, email, and instant messaging are all highlighted as commonly used, mainly because the means for communicating have become more available and even free. While the rise in internet use among the younger population has led to fears of isolation, it is argued that the increase in use for the older population has done the exact opposite.

A study was conducted that surveyed over 8,000 individuals over the age of 50 on the extent of their social-networking use. The results showed that individuals who used the internet more consistently were 1/3 less likely to be depressed. Depression for this age group is argued to arise from lack of mobility and feeling out of touch, but the ability to keep close contact has reversed this phenomenon – internet use is thought to increase avenues of communication and feelings of independence. A separate study analysed the brain function of individuals after using the internet for a week, and found that it improved nerve function in the older group.
Diginanna is alive and kicking

Diginanna is alive and kicking

  • It is now mid August and the summer is coming to an end. DigiNanna has been very busy with her family this summer and neglected her blogging. Apologies for this. It is nearly time to go back to school and college and time for DigiNanna to go back to blogging.  I have promised you of new things to come and I am working with my business partner on making DigiNanna a more interactive place to visit.  We are working on updating the website and improving the look.  DigiNanna will be a much better resource providing informative ‘SILVER LINKS‘ to keep all of you surfers updated.  Do you have a story to share with our readers ?  What did you do with your summer ? How do you get on with social media ?  I am sure at least one of you silver surfers has a story to tell.  If you do, link up with me through my contact page.  Enjoy the rest of your summer and get surfing with DigiNanna in the future.