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The Planned Giving Department provides information to individuals that will assist them in using gift planning documents such as Wills, Trusts, Gift Annuities, Power of Attorney and Health Care Directives; that will provide for and protect family members and support God's work in Northern California and beyond.

Our department has received the highest possible accreditation by the North American Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and certification for all of our planned giving professional staff. We are committed to assisting you with helpful information regarding the best way for you to benefit through a planned gift and to assist you with planning for the distribution of your estate. Please give us a call at 916-886-5699 and we will be happy to assist you.

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Thursday September 23, 2021

Savvy Living

Savvy Senior

Smartphone Tips for Tech-Shy Users

Can you recommend some good smartphone features for older seniors? I would like to get my 78-year-old mother to upgrade to a smartphone but want something that's easy for her to see and use.

There are several smartphone features I can recommend that will provide your mother a simpler, less intimidating smartphone experience.

To set-up your mom's smartphone and make it senior-friendly, start by decluttering and organizing the home screen. You can delete apps your mom will not need and hide apps she will rarely use in labeled folders. You may also want to set up a small number of contacts (with photos and information) of family and friends.

Some smart phones have a wide variety of built-in accessibility features you can turn on depending on your mom's needs. These features, which you access through the phone's settings, can help users that have diminished vision, hearing impairment, hand dexterity problems or cognitive loss. Before purchasing a certain brand of phone, it would be good to research the accessibility features.

Some popular accessibility features include larger text and icon display, zoom (screen magnification), magnifier (turns the phone into a magnifying glass), increased volume and alerts, voice control, find my phone, and emergency SOS and medical ID set up. There are dozens of other tweaks you can make to enhance your mom's experience.

Some phones include an "easy mode" feature in the settings that simplifies the process of customizing the phone. Easy mode boosts the text and icon size and simplifies the home-screen layout and contacts, which makes these phones a nice option for seniors or tech-newbies.

You can also purchase a smartphone that is specifically designed for seniors. Some phones designed for seniors include a larger screen, large text and a simple list-based menu that provides one-touch access to frequently used features like video chat, camera, email and more.

Some phones may include optional health and safety features. Some phones feature a mobile medical alert service that would connect your mom to an agent standing by in emergency situations, 24 hours a day. The agent is usually able to confirm an individual's location and call for help. Some feature optional medical care, which would let your mom speak to a registered nurse or board-certified doctor anytime. There are alert apps that can be added to smart phones that will alert family or friends if your mom uses the feature. You may also find that voice activated assistants or a personal operator service is a helpful add on feature to assist your mom with tasks like finding addresses, setting up appointments, booking rides with rideshare platforms and much more.

Savvy Living is written by Jim Miller, a regular contributor to the NBC Today Show and author of "The Savvy Living" book. Any links in this article are offered as a service and there is no endorsement of any product. These articles are offered as a helpful and informative service to our friends and may not always reflect this organization's official position on some topics. Jim invites you to send your senior questions to: Savvy Living, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070.

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Power of Attorney

If you want to be sure that a person you trust will be able to make decisions for you when you are unable to do so, you can create a power of attorney agreement for healthcare or finances. A power of attorney for healthcare allows a person (known as your agent) to make decisions about the medical care you will or will not receive. A power of attorney for finances allows your agent to manage your financial affairs. Your agent must make decisions consistent with what they know your wishes are, even if they personally disagree. If they do not know your wishes on a particular matter, they must act in your best interest. You can give your agent broad authority to make decisions related to your financial or health care needs, or you can limit their authority to certain types of decisions. Depending on your needs, we can help you create a power of attorney agreement that will be active immediately, will go into effect if you become incapacitated, or will only be in effect for a limited time or under specific circumstances.

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