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About Facebook Messenger Facebook Messenger is perhaps the most ubiquitous of the video calling apps currently available.  Messenger allows you to send and receive Messenger messages, audio calls, and video calls to/from other Facebook users. Messenger has the following features: Chat (text messaging) Voice messaging (like leaving a message on an answering machine) Voice calls,…

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About FaceTime FaceTime is Apple’s free video and audio calling app. It is built directly into Apple iOS and macOS devices.  FaceTime users may only contact other FaceTime users.  To use FaceTime, you must have a compatible device and connection to WiFi or cellular data (only certain devices). Compatible Devices Mobile Devices Apple iOS –…

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Since 2003, ND Assistive has administered the Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Services (TEDS), also known as the Specialized Telephone Program for the State of North Dakota. ND Assistive contracts with the ND Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division, to implement TEDS. The funds for equipment, client services, and administration for TEDS are provided through a…

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Last winter, we had a wonderful opportunity to create a video with Eventide Senior and Assistive Living, 702 Communications, and H2M regarding the benefits of smart home products.  This video discusses the aspects of several smart home products (i.e Amazon Echo Show, smart locks, etc.) and their benefits to help people live independently and live…

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Voting Basics for the Primary Election By now you should have received an application to vote in the primary election in North Dakota. County commissions in all 53 counties around the state have authorized Vote by Mail for the election as a measure to reduce the public risk of exposure during this pandemic. This means…

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A press release from the North Dakota Department of Human Services announced Wednesday, May 6th, that North Dakota has received funds from the federal Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help older adults stay connected and to address other COVID-19-related needs.  Read the full press release here. “Grant funding will be focused on addressing and…

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My grandparents are in their late 80s. They live on the family farm in rural North Dakota.  They have a vast network of family, friends, and neighbors that stop by for coffee, cookies, cards, conversation, and supper (not dinner mind you).  They go to services every Sunday and visit family and friends at the long-term…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a major effect on individuals and businesses everywhere.    Now that social distancing has been implemented, we have had to change the way we go about our day-to-day procedures and activities.  Many businesses have had to close their doors and suspend their operations without guarantee to re-open. Even though ND Assistive has…

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Are you sitting at home bored and feeling lethargic? I am attempting in the blog this week to give you a few ideas of activities you can do in your own home to alleviate boredom and add a little spice to this new normal. While I was looking for activities that are adapted in some…

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With COVID-19, you may have heard stories lately of seniors, people with disabilities, and those with health issues only being able to have “face-to-face” conversations with their loved ones through a window. But what if no one can get to their window,  and they are not technically savvy enough to do a video call like…

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