Every year in May, Older Americans Month recognizes the contributions of older adults across the nation. This year’s theme of Older Americans Month is “Connect, Create and Contribute”, according to Administration for Community Living to encourage older adults to create and connect with their communities and continue to contribute their talents and life experiences to benefit…

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Future Call phone
The North Dakota Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Service (TEDS) is designed to provide free specialized telephones and accessories to ND residents with severe hearing, vision, speech, cognitive or physical disabilities who have difficulty using standard telephones and who qualify financially. Communication on the phone is an essential tool for routine daily activities.  For persons who may…

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picture of a hand bell
I can remember watching comedy shows as a kid where one of the characters would be sick in bed or laid up and having a bedside bell to ring for when they need assistance or help (getting a blanket, need water, turn off the light, etc.).  And then sometimes the other character would respond to…

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Picture of a gentleman using a wireless headphone system to listen to the tv
During these cold winter days it is nice to spend them indoors and watch a favorite TV episode, movie or series.  But what if you have a partial hearing loss or maybe your hearing aids just aren’t enough to hear the TV? Missing dialogue, muffled words, or straining to hear are the common complaints of…

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Apps to Support a Successful Transition
Using electronic applications “apps” on an iPad can be a great solution for a student who needs additional support in their educational journey.  Educational apps can provide an ideal transition from school to home, promoting greater learning.  However, searching and trying to find an app that will be the right one or beneficial to the…

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Name:  Gerri Sarsten Started at ND Assistive:  November 2018 Hometown:  Laurel, Montana (Home of the Locomotives!) Job Title:  Administrative Assistant – Mandan Office Family:  I am married to Kraig and we have 3 fantastic sons. Layn (22) is a student at Minot State, Zak (20) works for Standing Rock EMS and is a student at…

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Picture of presents under a Christmas tree
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is officially the start of the holiday shopping season.  Finding that right gift for everyone on your list can sometimes be a challenge.  But this year how about giving a gift that can provide individuals with a sense of safety and well-being. I’ve compiled 10 Christmas gift ideas that…

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Coming up with Christmas gift ideas for grandparents or your aging parents can be a challenge for many people.  Most seniors have almost everything they need, especially when it comes to the traditional things that are typically given as gifts (blankets, slippers, sweaters, mugs, etc.). What about gifting assistive technology (AT) that can improve the…

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Picture of the V.ALRT emergency button
Since my August blog post on the V.ALRT wearable personal emergency alerting device, our office has purchased the device for both the equipment demonstration and short-term equipment trial programs. We were very eager and excited to try out the V.ALRT once it arrived.  I, along with my other 2 co-workers, did several tests with the…

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Photo of Sylvia
ND Assistive raises dollars throughout the year to help ND Residents with disabilities obtain the assistive technology (AT) they need for independence at home.  All the dollars raised go directly toward the purchase of AT through ND Assistive Possibilities Grant program. Individuals who are impacted by a disability and/or aging often have expenses that are…

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