Monday, March 30, 2020

Tech Tips: Games with Smart Speakers

Tech Tips: Games with Smart Speakers


Smart Speakers

Contributed by Jerry Price, Assistive Technology Specialist


Games are a great source of fun, excitement and building brainpower.  They are also useful for filling the gaps that often occur in our day-to-day routine.  As an extra bonus, they can keep the kids busy for hours at a time.  Here is a list of games that you can play with your Google device:


Animal Trivia
Are You Feeling Lucky
Carz Adventure
Disney Princess
Dustin from Stranger Things
Dwarf Mind
Hogwarts’s Identity
Islamic Quiz
Mickey Mouse Adventure
Multiplication Test
Powerful Quiz
Question of the Day
Song Quiz
Space Trivia
Tantalizing Trait Test
Test My Brain
Which Actor Do I Look Like
Which Avenger Am I
World Foods Trivia

Friday, March 27, 2020

Tech Tips: Questions you can ask Siri

Tech Tips: iOS update


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Contributed by Jerry Price, Assistive Technology Specialist



Questions you can ask Siri


Siri has some helpful skills which can assist you in your day-to-day life.  It can give you the weather, play radio stations and podcasts, and tell you a joke.  Here are some other questions you can ask Siri:


  • What is the current Dow Jones?
  • Where is the closest pharmacy?
  • What audio described movies are playing on Netflix?
  • How do you spell asparagus?
  • What is the definition of demeanor?
  • How do you say the bathroom in Spanish?
  • What is the highest-rated restaurant in my area?
  • What are some facts about Neptune?
  • What is the third Tuesday in May?
  • How many tablespoons make 1/4 cup?

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Shared News: Senior Call Check Information

Senior Call Check Program Recommended During COVID-19 Outbreak

Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Department of Aging is issuing additional information on the Senior Call Check program as a free resource to MD residents over 65+ and recommending all seniors use the program as a resource during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Senior Call Check phone lines are open M-F 8 am-5 pm and Saturday 9 am-3 pm.  During these hours, seniors can call toll-free 1-866-50-CHECK (1-866-502-0560) and register.  Registration is also available online at aging.maryland.gov. 

 The verification and enrollment process can be completed within 24 hours Monday – Saturday.

•This service will provide free daily calls to Marylander’s 65 and over who register. We will provide messages and updates regarding the COVID-19 outbreak where to find support if you need it.

 Finally, regarding our emergency preparedness for handling possible disruption from COVID-19, we can provide you information at this time of need.

Additional information on the release of the Senior Call Check program

Maryland Secretary of Aging Rona E. Kramer and Senator Benjamin Kramer worked cooperatively to legislate and implement a new program called Maryland Senior Call Check.  This program is the first-in-the-nation, statewide, free program designed to help keep older adults safe while aging in their homes. All Maryland residents, 65 and older, are invited to sign up for a daily call at a time convenient to their lifestyle.

“Our department is committed to providing our seniors who wish to age in place with the necessary resources to stay safe,” said Secretary Kramer. “This is an essential service to prevent someone from languishing on the floor after a fall or other calamity. I encourage all Marylanders 65 and older to sign up for this free program.” 

The Senior Call Check participants receive an automated call every day. These calls will take place within a time frame chosen by the participant. If the participant does not answer their first call, they will be called two additional times in the same day. If those calls go unanswered, an alternate person, selected by the participant, will be notified. This alternate could be an adult child, a neighbor, or anyone designated as a reliable contact. The alternate will then be asked to check on the participant. For those who do not have an alternate or whose alternate is unresponsive, the state will call local law enforcement to conduct a wellness check.

There are future opportunities for the program to be used as a notification service.  As the program evolves, the call check program can notify participants of impending harsh weather conditions, CDC recall notices, and serve as a reminder for flu vaccines. The Senior Call Check program has lots of potential to help our aging population.

For more information on this program and to register, call 1-866-50-CHECK (1-866-502-4325) or visit aging.maryland.gov. Please help spread the word to seniors living alone at home. 

About Maryland Department of Aging

The Maryland Department of Aging helps establish Maryland as an attractive location for all older adults through vibrant communities and supportive services that offer the opportunity to live healthy and meaningful lives. For more information, visit aging.maryland.gov.