Monday, August 6, 2012

More FAQ's

What is the time bank?
---The time bank is simply this – You deposit one unit of service for every one hour of service that you do.
---If you spend two hours helping someone else, you can deposit two hours/units into the time bank. If you recently purchased a refurbished laptop computer at 24 units of service, you can spend the two hours/units on the laptop computer. You now owe 22 hours/units of service.
What is the $20.00 fee?
---There is a $20.00 fee that is collected when/if you qualify and want a refurbished laptop computer. If you have NO need for a computer then there will be NO fee.
---If you want a refurbished laptop then you sign up for a computer. IF YOU QUALIFY then you agree to do 24 hours/units of service and pay $20.00. We hang on to the $20.00 and you get a laptop.
---The $20.00 is returned to you after you complete the 24 hours/units of service. The laptop + $20.00 then belongs to you free and clear…but, with hope that you continue to help others when necessary and use the time bank.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


Laguna Honda Computer Club Blogsite
Bethany Schwarz - Computer Teacher:

---The residents at Laguna Honda Hospital have formed a Computer Club with many of the ‘’key elements needed for success in the LHH environment,’’ says resident pointman Paul H. It was his idea that has germinated into the present form of the Computer Club. The Club motto is – ‘’give us an opportunity to make you HAPPY by exploring things that you ENJOY…on the computer. Our OBJECTIVE is your happiness and to make you an EXPLORER according to your abilities.’’
---Things have fallen into place for the Computer Club virtually right away. ‘’I had an idea for residents to purchase laptops,’’ says Paul. With much help from Judith Klain, LHH Administrator, they had a grant written by Thomas McEvoy that was picked up by Marie Jobling of the San Francisco Community Living Campaign. The CLC provided a few refurbished computers for residents who meet the criteria of understanding their enrollment in the time bank and would benefit from having a PC (personal computer) of their own. Some already have one.
---We set the table very quickly…when Bethany Schwarz made her entrance. She was hired through the time bank by CLC,  but they never felt her talents were being optimized. She was sent our way and are we fortunate that she was. Bethany came to the LHCC armed with all the right stuff. ‘’Her philosophy and talents couldn’t fit any better,’’ says Paul H.
---Bethany’s first day showed how she immediately  ‘’got’’ what her assignment would be.  Bethany hooked up a resident with her daughter’s Facebook page. She saw pictures of her daughter and grandchildren her daughter had posted. It was a magical moment. She taught SKYPE to a member of the Laguna Honda’s Spanish community. He plans to use SKYPE for himself and others he knows to get in touch with family members in other countries.  She next had a resident with  memory challenges. It was not determined how much his lack of memory skills would interfere with his enjoyment of the computer that his family gave him. I left for a few moments only to return to Bethany and the resident singing  old DOORS songs from his computer…that he remembered from his past. Kiddingly…Bethany gave him an A+ for his work…making his day (if NOT his year.)  She thinks that it will not be too difficult to set his up his computer for him.
---Bethany has only been to LHH twice and after the holidays plans to come more regularly. Watching Bethany do her thing is a great joy for me as well as with watching every resident she has encountered. One success after another is easy to watch…even with double-vision like I have. She says that she cherishes coming to work with the folks here.
---The quote by Bill Gates would fit nicely here, ‘’the computer is the most empowering tool ever invented. Tools for communication, tools for creativity. And, as a tool, is shaped by the user.’’ Bethany says, ’’if you give people the impetus to continue…they will.’’ 
---My vision is to have a team of people who are savvy with computers.  I realize that much of what Bethany did was fundamental, but was made special by her knowledge, demeanor and comfort level on many subjects. Her ability to convey what she was doing was something to behold. Bethany is doing one-on-one visits to be able to see the struggles with computers that some residents may encounter in their own areas.
---If we can have the supply and demand grow together – amount of laptops needed with the amount of computer coaches needed… grow in a way that stays aligned with each other…I really feel that we can change many lives for the better. Google - Laguna Honda Computer Club and you will find it. There is nothing overly impressive about the blogsite except for the 150 views it is getting each day. Truthfully…I’m NOT used to this kind of traffic. BUT…I am aware that it is a winning combination, at this point…and has the potential of bringing many folks back to the ‘’land of the living.’’ Take Care.
---We are looking for computer coaches who know their way around the computer. If volunteering at Laguna Honda Hospital is something that is possible for you - call the volunteer office and speak to someone in charge. We'd be glad that you did. Telephone is (415 - 759 - 3333)


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Community Living Campaign of SF

---This video is another attempt to remove the stigma that computers seem to carry. Understanding what one needs to know about a computer is much more realistic than it was at onetime. We are trying to place it in the realm of - one can watch and enjoy television, without knowing a whole lot about the inner mechanism. You can watch a show and leave the production, direction, etc., and inner workings, to someone else.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Aging & Disability Technology Summit Recap

---Here is something that you may find interesting. Though the summit has already happened you can see that there is a movement going on that is trying to de-stigmatize the computer for older folks and for those who are not yet seeing the computer as a ''friendly'' piece of equipment.

---I, myself, demonstrated my blogs. We are trying to show folks that the most limiting factor that is encountered is one's self-limiter. The sky is your limit...if you can think so freely. I am 61 years old and am dealing with a stroke, have no fingers on my left-hand (birth defect) and double vision. The computer allows me to be connected in a way that is better than I ever thought possible. If you exert a little effort, the return will probably amaze you...and be benefical to you beyond belief.

Aging & Disability Technology Summit

---Here is a long-version of the summit. There is a Wii demonstration at the beginning. There is much info contained within. For anyone who may enjoy going thru a long-version of the recap...feel free. Don't feel obligated to watch the whole video, it is very long.

Saturday, July 7, 2012


---It is a computer club formed for the residents of Laguna Honda Hospital. It is a way for residents to learn about or obtain affordable, refurbished laptop computers and begin the life broadening fun that others have had with computers. This club is formed with the resident/patient in mind. We realize that some folks may have certain challenges, but we feel that learning a few easy things on the computer can do wonders for the outlook of those able to put out a minimum of effort. A computer allows folks to be able to enjoy a treasure trove of entertainment pleasure. It can be your window to the world.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Signing In To Yahoo! Mail - Already Have Account

How do I Make a New Yahoo Email Address

How to Sign Up to Yahoo Mail

.---Though the video may be in a different language, it seems very straightforward when she reaches the Yahoo info page. If you don't have alternative can answer two questions that will identify that it is you logging on to Yahoo. There are many folks in the world with the same name.