Technology and Its Impact on More than Your Memory Part 1

With the increased use of technology have come some amazing advantages as well as some disadvantages. One of the challenges is that the constant rings, beeps, alerts or vibrations create distractions which divert your focus from what you are doing and ultimately has an impact on your ability to focus, notice and then remember. Safety can become a factor and there are also some information related to your health to consider as you continue to find yourself increasing the usage of your devices.

You cannot help but hear updates on states passing laws regarding no texting while driving. There is another safety concern around texting or talking on the phone while walking. The advice to look both ways before crossing the street seems to have escaped many cell phone users. At least once a week I see someone in a neighborhood I am driving through never look up and cross the street.  Then there are those who end up in emergency rooms because they fell down the stairs while texting, walking into something or falling off a platform. Many researchers state that with increased usage of smartphones, people may also be playing games and using social media. The age group with the highest number of injuries is in their early twenties.  As one friend told me, the first time he saw his teenage son walking across the street to get in a friend’s car while texting, he revoked his phone privileges for several days. What are your patterns? What type of a role model are you for the younger members of your family?  More information

Recently I watched a program by a chiropractor who shared some concerns regarding what happens when spending hours on smart phone. Typically your head is titled forward, and your shoulders are curved which creates pressure on your cervical spine.  The long term effects can impact more than your posture. Slouching can also reduce your lung capacity, contribute to pinched nerves or gastrointestinal problems. Some tips include take frequent breaks or send a text then look up.  More information

Awareness sets the stage for change so become an observer of your current patterns with digital media. Perhaps you need to incorporate some different  patterns  to maximize your safety, fitness and overall health. Enjoy the benefits of technology but consider making small changes as needed and share what you have learned with others, both older and younger.

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” Chinese Proverb

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About Kathryn Kilpatrick

Kathryn Kilpatrick received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1968 from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked in a variety of settings, primarily in Ohio, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and for decades in the area of home health care. Kathryn is president of Memory Fitness Matters ( and Communication Connection( She offers memory coaching for all ages and has a geriatric consulting practice. She is a national motivational speaker and author of more than 30 products to enhance communication and connection as well as a Memory Fitness Toolkit. Kathryn brings her decades of experience as a speech-language pathologist to all those wanting to enhance their quality of life, particularly when there are communication, memory and cognitive challenges. Her websites offer information on a wide variety of topics related to elder care concerns as well as memory fitness and successful aging.
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