I decided it would be a good idea to find a service,
preferably free, that had people check in daily via email,
phone, whatever so as to be sure they are ok, otherwise call
and if no response send out police or sheriff for a welfare
There used to be at least one such service here many years
ago, but I can't remember anything about them. Can anyone
think of a Google search phrase for this or anyone to call for
this info? I tried a few Google searches but nothing remotely
like this turned up. Evidently the word 'welfare' in the
phrase doesn't work - too many other meanings. At 80, living
alone, this seems like a good precaution to take. One of those
help pendants where you press the button is ok, but if I can
do that I can use my cell or landline to call 911. Besides,
they cost $10 - $15 a month.I suspect an answering service
would do this, but would likely charge even more.
You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
Maybe I dont fully understand, and I do know about those "Life Alert"
buttons (and other brands), since I know someone who had one.
But it sounds to me, like you want this elderly person to contact you
via the internet daily. Many elders are not real competent with
computers and if they start getting alzheimers or similar, they may not
remember what to do.
Seems it would be easier to just have them call you. Program their
phone for them, so all they have to do is push one button. Tell them
they *must* call you daily, and make sure you have voicemail or an
answering machine available.
On Tue, 06 Jan 2015 09:44:22 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
"This elderly person" is the poster.
Probably the best solution, if siblings (who would be 60ish)
also do not have memory problems.
The only way to use Google search is to flush history, hide
bookmarks (back them up and delete them), delete any "saferbrowsing"
files and folder (they just datamine you), and disable geolocation and
anything "social". Can all be done through about:config and a couple
of scripts, but is probably too complicated for the OP.
That was the only way I could get Google to show me real
election previews here in Brazil. Without the cleaning of datamining
engines, it gave me a completely false "personalized" version,
whatever that means.
Don't be evil - Google 2004
We have a new policy - Google 2012
They don't have to live nearby. You mean OP'er is an orphan?
My daughter lives away from us but she always check in with us
via email or phone. BTW, she is a MD. Even she goes overseas she
is regularly in touch. If she couldn't for a reason. Son and
DIL take over. We're not that old tho with good health, in the mid-70s.
This one sounds good but without reading it a 2nd or 3rd time, I have a
couple questions that anyone enrolling might want answers for.
Don't get me wrong. They might have very good answers.
Is it necessary to belong to one of those organizations it mentions?
There might be dozens or thousands of member organizations but there
will still be 100 million americans who don't belong to one. OTOH, I
would think most organizations wouldn't really require you to be a
member if they already had the screen up and displaying, and they don't
have to pay extra, because the new client pays the expense. .
Does anyone actually do anything if you don't call in on time? AFAICT
Daily Lifeline won't. It only changes the display on the screen of the
"local hospital, senior center, public safety, church or other
organization. " that the client belongs to. A screen they say should
always be on top, but how can it always be on top unless they have a
monitor just for this**. And what about big organizations where the
list of people late to check in runs to more than will fit on one
Or maybe there is a screen available for everyone listed as a friend of
**I run every program I can in full screen mode, so I can't see other
windows. If this is a browser tab, afaik there is no way to see two
browser tabs at the same time if they are in the same window, and many
people only run one window.
So now you're a member of a sponsoring organization, and they have the
list of late checkins on the top screen of the computer. tWhat are they
going to do about it ? Call the client first, I would think. Call the
client's next door neighbor who doesn't want to be called every day but
will go over when there's a sign of a problem. Call the police? Will
they do all three things? Are they obliged to.
Try "senior phone tree"
I tried a few Google searches but nothing remotely
Another possibilitty - an old Freeware program - Dead Man's Switch (Author: Daisyman)
This application was sparked by an Ars OpenForum thread about what would happen if one of us were to shuffle off to that Great Motherboard in the Sky. Software which would act as a proverbial "Dead Man's Switch" came up, which is basically a system that, if not reset by a given time, will automatically carry out a series of tasks, such as posting messages to websites like Ars, sending e-mails to loved ones (or hated ones), and encrypting or destroying sensitive files (*cough* pr0n *cough*). Interest was expressed for the creation of such software, and well, here it is.
The software is designed to run without installation. Just stick it in a convenient directory, and it will create all the necessary registry entries the first time it is run. Any additional files that it creates will be in the same directory, and will have the extensions .dwp and .dem, for easy portability.
The software can carry out three functions: posting to web pages, sending e-mails, and encrypting files (props to WanderingWastrel for the idea)....in case the you encrypt files accidentally (forget to reset the switch, etc.), or if you are testing the system out by manually triggering the timer, you can decrypt the files using this decryption program. Just make very sure you remember your password!!!"
download via the Wayback Machine:
Size: 439558 bytes
NOTE: there other reminder programs that could be used to trigger an email (if not reset to a later date).
Check into her email program. Mine gives me a voice alert and visual
icon when I get an email.
You can get her a free email address that's just for you and alerts
Instant messaging that pops up an alert?
You have the hard part done...someone who cares about you.
The rest is just making the alert work reliably. The weak link
is your sister. Make it difficult to ignore. You have to fix that
on her end. SHE needs a program the alerts if she didn't get the email.
Around here we have senior centers. They'll feed you for free
if you need it or for a nominal fee if you don't.
Lunch is a great place to meet neighborhood seniors to network with.
Ditto for churches.
There's no substitute for having someone who cares about you
You're welcome. I've had the program file for a long time - downloaded it again to make sure the Wayback Machine wasn't adding an extra bit to the file (it's been known to do that). No problem there.
BUT. . .
I unzipped the file and started the app (just to take a look at the interface.as I've never used it). Shut it down (I thought) and later attempted to delete the newer file - no go - apparently it was still running. I made sure the app's setting was to NOT start when the computer was booted - then tried but couldn't do a normal computer shut-down. I'm running Windows XP. I turned the computer off, restarted it and was able to delete the newer file. I may play around with the app some more to see if I missed something but thought a quick heads-up was in order.
I can see a lot of liability for a service like that. If you have an
alarm system just get a medical pendant. Free might be churches and
other charities, but I wouldn't rely on a free Internet-based service.
Anyway, if you have a Gmail account... you should know about this:
If you don't log in (can set from 3-18 months) they call you to see if
you're still kicking. If no answer - your account credentials can be
given to a trusted one.
Inactive Account Manager
What should happen to your photos, emails and documents when you stop
using your account? Google puts you in control.
You might want your data to be shared with a trusted friend or family
member, or, you might want your account to be deleted entirely. There are
many situations that might prevent you from accessing or using your
Google account. Whatever the reason, we give you the option of deciding
what happens to your data.
Using Inactive Account Manager, you can decide if and when your account
is treated as inactive, what happens with your data and who is notified.
You set a timeout period, after which your account can be treated as
inactive. The timeout period starts with your last sign-in to your Google
Inactive Account Manager will alert you via text message and optionally
email before the timeout period ends.
Notify contacts and share data
Add trusted contacts who should be made aware that you are no longer
using your account. You can also share data with them if you like.
Optionally delete account
If you wish, instruct Google to delete your account on your behalf.
Trouble is, I think she only logs on the net a few times a week, or even
turns on the computer. Unlike me and many others she has a life beyond
the net and computers. Lots of volunteering, visiting and playing with
grandkids, walking, etc. Smart!
I live in the country so that likely wouldn't help much. Worth thinking
about though. I'll have to try to remember to look into it.
You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
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