“I’m a Baby Boomer and a Mom, And We Invented Technology.”

Posted on 05/13/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyNot long ago I was at an app developer meetup, talking about baby boomers and what they want out of their gadgets and apps. “It’s important that we have easy to read fonts and 12 point type in apps,” I was explaining to a developer.  “The light fancy font young people use is very hard on our eyes.” No sooner had I finished my sentence when a young 20-something guy in scruffy jeans and t-shirt resembling the comic strip character …

Brain trainer app can be a smart friend

Posted on 04/26/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyI have a new favorite friend; and if I’m smart I will make this friend my BFF. My new friend challenges my brain, and sometimes I’m a little embarrassed of the results.  But I know I need to keep engaging. My friend could help me stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s. My new friend is an app called Lumosity.  My friend also is a website that syncs with my app. Lumosity is a series of brain training games that you can …

State of the Baby Boomer: An Infographic

Posted on 03/7/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyVia, a great roundup of the statistics about baby boomers out right now. Check out that stat about boomers’ mobile usage! We’re less encouraged by the unemployment number. What do you think? Does this look about right? ++ Click to Enlarge Image ++

Apps Every Boomer Should Know: A Roundup

Posted on 02/17/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyThe following is a guest post from Suzie Mitchell.  Boomers are lovin their smartphones.  Take a look around a local coffee shop at mid-day and you’ll see throngs of Boomers reading and punching away on them. Check out all of the tables and sometimes you see two or three Boomers together, all on their individual smartphones—doing what we chastise our kids for doing—not talking to each other. “I love my smartphone, my 60 year-old sister-in-law says.  “I use it while …

Top Ten Travel Apps for Baby Boomers

Posted on 11/10/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelThe smartphone has become perhaps the single most ubiquitous tool in the baby boomer traveler’s arsenal. Because of this, there is a massive groundswell of travel applications (apps) all providing various forms of valuable travel information all vying for the attention of 79 million baby boomers. Remarkably, a great many of these travel apps are free. And, those who might charge a fee are only charging a very small fee ($.99 – $3.99) in order to allow end users to …

These Are The Droids We’re Looking For

Posted on 03/4/2011 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologySome co-workers and I gathered in a conference room at AARP Headquarters to watch Steve Jobs unveil the new version of Apple’s iPad 2. While the conversation naturally circled around all the new features, and how some of us were going to buy on the first day, our chatter came to the topic of competition pushing back.  As if on cue, Nielsen announced the next day that the market share of Google’s popular Android operating system for smart phones had …