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Old story

I had a Television sometimes it will work and another time it would not. Then a friend told us to kick it when we did it work.

We had a vacuum cleaner the one that was like a broom. you never had any problem like these new eletric tools. which you have to pay insurance.

In days gone by when your tools gone wrong you would take them to the repair shop to get them mended.

Your old technology stories

An old-style hob kettleHello Hackney podcast,
Friday 20 July, 2 to 4 pm

Our VIP guest will be Belén Barros, who is interested in your stories about old and new technology.

She wants to hear about your radios, your washing machines, your vacuum cleaners, your cameras, your computers, your phones and any other gadgets you’ve ever had, bought or built.

So we could have a conversation about familiar technology that is considered obsolete even though it works, and replacement technology that requires adaptation to an unfamiliar and unsettling way of life (eg- smartphones instead of landline phones).

Or perhaps you could bring a gadget to make your point (I’m still using a kitchen blender that I bought more than 40 years ago; it looks odd, but it works perfectly).

Follow this Google search link for more ideas: old technology

Please bring your voice to Whitmore Community Centre on Friday afternoon.


Update

We are editing this episode now.

Aspirin could cure Alzheimers Disease, but it is not being prescribed.

It seems the Alzheimers society cannot comment on a situation which would help
suffers, I have found this forum which has a medical trial on Aspirin
(Salicylate) dated 2015!
https://raypeatforum.com/community/threads/salicylate-for-alzheimers-aspirin.7880/
Its title is Aspirin cures Alzheimers!

The Society still says there is NO treatment for Alzheimers and NO cure
for Alzheimers, despite these results showing exactly the opposite!

I have just contacted the Alzheimers helpdesk on 0300 222 1122, and they refused
to commit on a comment about the news in the Metro today about a drug  which might provide some benefit to Alzheimers patients. There is also nothing about the research on the Website.
As you both know my wife is in the last stages of Alzhemiers, so this is disappointing as she does not have the years to wait for even more clinical tests.

As far as I can see there is no restriction on prescribing one Aspirin Tablet a day,as  it has already passed its drug tests for safety and is recommended for  heart patients to be taken daily to improve their well being.
I have had to ask my doctor whether she will authorise the  prescription on the basis that it can do no harm and might benefit  Cornelia’s condition before she dies.
Report in 2018
See https://www.rush.edu/news/press-releases/can-aspirin-treat-alzheimers
It might aid people in my wife’s situation to get it tried out, before  people DIE of the disease with NO intervention.

I say again it requires NO CLINICAL TRIAL to give a known, tested drug
for another purpose (i.e.. saving life) as it would have no other
impact on the patient (already proven).

IT what does it mean?

IT is short for Information Technology.

That is the Digital technology that involves computers, electronics, Artificial Intelligence and Google.

Here at the Drop-in we specialise in Computers and Mobile phones, explaining what they are and how to use them.

Analogue technology is something we all already know about, including shaking hands, walking, reading newspapers etc. It is not digital.

You are welcome to walk in without an appointment from 10-1pm on Wednesdays.

I have found a new simpler way to make a phone call

I and a lot of others get frustrated by the smart mobile phone, which can soon get overwhelmed by the complexity of it, just to make a phone call.

So I downloaded a program called “Speed Dial Lite”.

It allows you to set up a picture board of buttons with large photographs on it.

Pressing your picture that you recognise, and it immediately dials the number from your contacts,

No more hunting up and down lists.

You can then see the same picture in the telephone app and drop the call by pressing the red telephone symbol if you want to stop the call.

Ask for a demo from Stephen on Wednesday if you want to try it out.

It is on Google for Free, so you can download it and get a son or daughter to set it up for you if you wish. You will need a photo of the person you want to call on the phone.

Meet Miss Alison Kakande, Voices Of …

Hello Hackney podcast,
Friday 29 June, 2 to 4 pm

Postponed from 8 June — our VIP guest will be Miss Alison Kakande — founder of Voices Of, and the organiser of the very impressive Trowbridge Silver Surfers (Trowbridge Estate). Miss Kakande has been active in Hackney for many years and is looking forward to meeting you.

This is how she describes Voices Of …

The majority of the people you encounter on a day to day basis, out and about, at work or on your commute, have a story. Some might wish to share it and some might decide to listen. Miss Kakande is tired of Hollywood endings, contrived storylines, and morality lessons, aren’t you?

The Voices of… is a series of events and one to one conversations with the local community starting in the heart of Hackney. This all began as a talk show project in 2015. It has since evolved into the Voices Of…

The Voices Of… was born from the listening and sharing of the untold stories in their rawest form.

And here’s a video of her saying it …

But we are just as interested in what you have to say. That’s what the podcast is for – older people talking about what they know.

Please bring your voice to Whitmore Community Centre on Friday afternoon.


Update

Published at https://blog.hellohackney.net/2018/meet-miss-kakande/

Can you help distribute flyers? Or a poster?

Two A5 flyers, much reducedWe have two new A5 flyers and an A3 poster

They are the right size for community centres, GP waiting rooms, libraries and other places where oldies gather.

A3 poster, much reduced
This is the A3 poster

If you would like to take some for your own favourite oldie hangout, Rick will make sure you get as many as you need.

By the way — you can’t download and print these documents yourself. They are very large files, unsuitable for a home printer. If you would like an electronic copy, please ask a helper for the online link.