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Details of Monthly Meetings

PATACS - Arlington

Wednesday, November 7th, 7 PM

Meeting Location: Carlin Hall Community Center,
5711 S. 4th Street, Arlington, VA 22204
Zoom Session: https://zoom.us/j/2080042114
Meeting ID: 208 004 2114

Echo Devices - all shapes and sizes!
Amazon Echo
and Related Gizmos
Presented by Roger Fujii

Hmmm ... is my neighbor talking to himself, the cat, or - why are the lights going on and off, and the window shades going up and down?

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The program planners for our First Wednesday PATACS meetings in Arlington are looking for topics that members would like to have explored or questions answered - this is your opportunity to have a say in subjects addressed at this meeting. This is a smaller meeting than the Fairfax meeting, and it allows for much more interaction between members than is possible in Fairfax. And – there's the post-meeting Pizza and Salad SIG, the post-meeting social at a nearby restaurant - another value-added feature of your membership! Please send your suggestions to our meeting program planners at arlmtgpgm@patacs.org.

OPCUG / PATACS Joint Meeting,
Saturday, November 17th, 1 PM  3rd Saturday

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Tallwood, TA1
4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax, VA 22032-1028

Fairfax Meeting Info, Maps

Nov 17th, 12:45 PM https://zoom.us/j/2080042114 or
Zoom Meeting ID: 208 004 2114


The Role of Technology in Understanding
Perspectives on Aging and Health

Presented by
Dr. Amanda Lazar

"Technology for aging is often presented as a solution for managing or treating cognitive or physical impairment. This framing can position health conditions as problems to address through design and can neglect the complexity and positive aspects of older adulthood. In this talk, I draw on critical perspectives from Human-Computer Interaction and Gerontology. I describe ways in which technology can help us understand and challenge stereotypes around aging as well as cognitive impairment, and my ongoing and future work in this area. I will argue for a view of aging that takes into account the ways that technologies position older individuals and, in turn, the way that this view can inform the design of new technologies to enrich the experience of growing older."

Amanda Lazar is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research is in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction and Health Informatics. She designs and studies technologies that support quality of life and social connectedness for older adults and people with dementia, and is particularly interested in how technology contributes to or reduces marginalization of these populations. Her work in this area is funded by the NSF and NIDILRR. She received her PhD from the University of Washington in the Biomedical and Health Informatics program and her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.

What Channel is That On?
Presented by Paul Howard

What channel do you watch for your favorite TV shows? Chances are, it isn't what you think, and there's a very good chance it's moving. This will make space for wireless carriers to send more data, video and other information to your cell phone, tablet, and for innovative technologies to emerge. Learn about the FCC Spectrum Auction, and its impact on your local TV stations. But that's not all. Religious institutions, theater groups, and organizations like OLLI are estimated to be hit in the pocketbook to the tune of $300 million.

Future Learn in 30 Sessions:
This Is Your Chance!
10 - 15 Minute Talks Welcome
Presented by YOU!!

Contact director2 (at) patacs.org
to arrange a presentation !!

Future Meeting Topics:

December 15th - Jim Anderson - Technological Advances Stimulated By The Civil War

March 16th - Apple Device & Ecosystem Update

PC Troubleshooting

PATACS - Arlington,
Wednesday November 28th, 7 PM
Meeting Location: Carlin Hall Community Center,
5711 S. 4th Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Technology & PC Help Desk: Extended Q&A

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Computer Mechanic

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