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How to Make Your Devices Work for You: Tech Tips for 55+

Are you interested in learning new tips and tricks for your smartphone and computer? While you might see the younger generation gaming on their tech, there are plenty of ways your devices can make your life easier and keep you healthy. Here are some ways technology can serve you!


Screenshots are an easy way to take a picture of what’s on your computer or phone screen! This helps you remember information, or look back at an image you found online.

  • For Computers: To take a screenshot on an apple computer, hold down the “shift”, “command”, and “3” keys at the same time. The screenshot is then taken and transferred to home screen of your computer.
  • For iPhones: To take a screenshot on the iPhone, press the power button and the home button at the same time. The power button is on the left hand side of the phone and the home button is the circular button below the screen. Once you have done this, your screenshot appears in the app titled “photos.”

Cut and Paste

Rather than having to retype something you saw online, why not just copy and paste the text?! This tip saves a lot of time and effort, making it easier for you to transfer text.

  • For Computers: Hold the computer arrow over a piece of text you want to copy, then click down and drag the mouse, highlighting all the necessary words. Next press “command” and “c” at the same time. To paste, click your arrow on a document or search bar, as if you were about to type. Next press “command” and “v” at the same time. The text is then pasted in the desired location.
  • For iPhones: Hold down your finger over the text you want to copy, highlighting an area of words. Move the two lines on either side of the highlighted area in order to adjust the selected text. When you have highlighted the text you want, click the “copy” button that appears above the highlighted area. To paste the text, double tap area you want to insert text and push the “paste” button that appears.


If you have relatives or friends that live far away from you, Skype is a perfect tool to communicate with the ones you love! Skype is a free video conference app that downloads on either a smartphone or computer. It enables both callers to not only talk with each other, but also see a video of the other person’s face!


Lumosity is an app that uses games invented by neuroscientists in order to enhance attention and memory skills. This app is free from the “app store” on your phone. It’s a great way to keep your mind sharp and play a few games while you’re at it!

Instant Heart Rate

Instant Heart Rate is an app that allows you to take your pulse directly from your phone. The app is completely free, and uses the iPhone camera to detect the pulse from your fingertip. It functions similar to a pulse oximeter, allowing users to stay healthy and check their pulse no matter where they are!

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