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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
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The Most Popular Aging-in-Place Projects

October 21, 2015 2:39 am

For those who plan to age in place in their current home, household improvements in key areas can boost their overall quality of living. According to a recent Aging-in-Place Report by HomeAdvisor, more than half of homeowners aged 65-plus desire home automation systems, such as thermostats and lighting; nearly 15 percent desire assistive technology, such as automated countertops and shelving; and 10 percent desire in-home health monitoring systems, such as heart rate trackers or fall monitors.

The report also uncovered the most common projects related to aging in place. These are:

• Adding Grab Bars

• Building a Disability Ramp

• Installing a Stair Lift

• Adding a Personal Alert System

When hiring a professional to complete an aging-in-place project, almost three-quarters of homeowners make contact with the professional themselves, followed by the homeowner’s daughter.

Source: HomeAdvisor

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12 "Digital Chores" for Your Household

October 20, 2015 2:36 am

From the moment we wake up until the time we go to bed, the Internet is the enabling thread that holds together our day. This increased connectivity, however, and our ever-growing number of connected devices have also made us more vulnerable to cybercrime. Against this backdrop, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) strongly recommend households complete the following “digital chores.”

• Create an inventory of all Internet-connected devices in your home.

• Use two-step authentication – also known as two-step verification or multi-factor authentication (where available) ‒ and long, strong and unique passwords for all accounts.

• Own your online presence.

• Review privacy settings available on social networking sites, cellphones, and other social tools the family uses. Decide together which settings provide the appropriate amount of protection.

• Secure your router. Make sure your router has a strong password and does not broadcast who you are through its name, such as "the Jones Family" or "123 Elm Street."

• Take action if your personal information is compromised. If you are a victim of cybercrime, report to law enforcement and other appropriate organizations, such as banks and credit card companies, etc.

• Connect smartly. Before connecting new devices, understand how to use any security and privacy settings and how to maintain the security of the device.

• Keep a clean machine. On a weekly basis, check every device to make sure everyone is keeping their devices secure by installing updates of apps, operating systems and security software to prevent against malware infections.

• It's also a good practice to protect homework, pictures, music and other vital family information by creating an electronic copy and storing it safely in the cloud, on a CD, USB or external hard drive once a week.

• Share with care. Always remember that before posting online about your kids, think about how it may be perceived now, how he or she might feel in the future, and who might see it. Engage in a conversation with your children about what they are comfortable with you posting and start by deleting posts that may make them feel uncomfortable.

• Include discussions about online safety and security as part of your regular conversations with your kids. Ask them what they do online, what new websites or apps they have used or want to use, and what their friends are doing online.

• Conduct a quarterly clean up. Go through files on your devices and delete things no longer needed, such as numerous draft documents, unflattering or no longer needed photos, old bookmarks, etc.

Source: StaySafeOnline.org

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