Computer Club Focusing on a ‘Tech-Assisted’ Lifestyle

Bill Jackson

Leigh Beaty

Think about all the technological changes that have happened in our lifetime!

If you are among the many individuals who have not yet become fully comfortable in the digital world, consider stepping out of your comfort zone and taking advantage of some of the many ways that technology can improve your life.

In addition to offering classes that allow our residents to feel more confident about using their laptops, smartphones, and tablets as they intended, the SaddleBrooke Computer Club strives to reduce the barrier of frustration with new technology so many feel. One way is through educating our residents as to how the various advances can have a beneficial impact on their lives.

For spring 2023, our club is focusing our monthly group meetings so they feature some of the latest lifestyle technologies to make life simpler, richer, and more interesting for our residents.

At our February meeting, we had two speakers who gave an overview of TV viewing going from cable or satellite to streaming over the Internet. Richard Beaty talked about his “Experiences of a Recent TV Cord Cutter,” while Bill Jackson presented “Cutting the TV Cord—2023 Update: Trends & Implications to SaddleBrookers.”

Cutting the cord—replacing TV services delivered by cable or satellite with TV Internet streaming services and apps—was briefly overviewed and explained. This session provided a high-level summary of how today’s many and confusing streaming options might be tailored to meet your viewing and budget priorities. Bill is an instructor with the SaddleBrooke Computer Club and presents classes on the pros and cons of cord-cutting options in easily understood terms, with a specific focus on TV streaming services most popular and best suited to our SaddleBrooke location.

Continuing our theme of a “Tech-Assisted Lifestyle,” on March 20 at 1 p.m. in the DesertView Theater, Amanda Kester, Doctor of Audiology at Sonoran Ear, Nose, Throat, and Audiology, will be speaking on “Hearing Assistive Technology—Current and Future.”

Hearing loss is common in SaddleBrooke due to past life experiences and age. The current technology has come a long way since the days of making sound louder. Hearing aids work in conjunction with smartphones, TVs, and computers. There are other assistive listening devices that are becoming more common. This presentation will discuss the reasons why hearing loss should not be ignored, what the current technology includes, and some tips on making those aids work better.

Hearing aids are about to be sold over the counter without the need for a professional to prescribe them, after audiology tests. Dr. Kester will also discuss the pros and cons of the new hearing aid availability.

SaddleBrooke Computer Club monthly meetings are open to all SaddleBrooke residents at no charge.