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Disclosure:  I am participating in the Verizon Boomer Voices program and have been provided with a device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

This is my final post as a Verizon Voice for Boomers.   When I started writing for this program, I was hoping to be able to add value to people with dementia and/or those that care for them by highlighting products that ease our day.  During the past several months I’ve reviewed both products and services offered by Verizon and I have to say I was surprised at the variety of technology tools they have to support us.

Here are some of the past posts I wrote:

The Launch of the Mall of America Destination Store

2nd Party of Give-A-Ways

What is a Verizon Party

Features to Ease a Caregiver

Boomers Meet in Chicago

Technology That Can Help a Caregiver

Today I went to one of the local Verizon stores here in Maplewood, Minnesota and I was amazed at the layout, design and product display.  Verizon’s, Paul Xiong helped me remove the data off the phone without a hitch.  He was so kind and pleasant he made the process easy and explained the philosophy about the new store layout.  It is all about customer service and keeping things simple for the those they serve. The rest of the Verizon staff   was welcoming and helpful as well.  In fact all, even some customers allowed me to take pictures of them in the new store.

I highly recommend you check out the new look and services Verizon has to offer.  Check out the photos below.

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VWZ_BAdgeDisclosure:  I am participating in the Verizon Boomer Voices program and have been provided with a device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

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“Lifestyle Zones”

At the Mall Of America

Thanks To Verizon

You might wonder what does Verizon have to do with dementia and caregiving? 

Well check out what they are up to!  Anita Jader, (photographer extraordinaire) and I went out to the mall to check it out! We all know Verizon for phones.  Phones help us stay in touch, feel connected and organized.  If you like to talk on the phone, text, talk with face time, keep an organized calendar or a photo gallery Verizon can help.  I think you will see the amazing technology that can not only help us care for others, but to engage and appreciate our relationships and take care of ourselves!

Check The Verizon Destination Center

at The Mall Of America!

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We may have missed the Grand Opening of the Verizon store at the Mall Of America, but that didn’t matter. The store is beautiful, inviting and HUGE and it is so full of high tech gadgets and accessories that we can’t even begin to name all of them. It far outdoes its high tech rivals. The fact that they have such a massive inventory makes it a one-stop shopping experience for this mobile society.

vzn interior good 2Walking into the store we were drawn to follow a winding pathway that led us through all of the various areas referred to as “lifestyle zones,” focusing on music, health and home automation. There were plenty of staff members willing to demo and provide us a hands-on experience to many of their products. They were very engaging and knowledgeable. We didn’t feel any high pressure, just a good time. It seemed like a really fun job to have.

vrz store 1Since we were already given a FitBit, we didn’t spend a lot of time in that area, only to find out later that we missed a virtual hike, using a treadmill and a screen showing a national park trail. Now, that would have been fun to try.

Have Fun!

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Get Fit!

Get fitWe played with a gigantic, panoramic display that we controlled with hand and body motions based on Kinect motion-sensing technology. There’s something similar at the Mpls-St. Paul International Airport.

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Home & On The Go

home and goWe were interested in the home automation products such as the remote electrical switches that can be controlled with your smart phone from anywhere. AND depending on what you plug into them, the options are limitless. Another tempting product was the scanner for scanning receipts and pictures at a high resolution. That way we could eliminate all those pieces of paper clutter and have it in a digital form for taxes. As for scanning pictures, the resolution was wonderful and it would be a great way to preserve old pictures. You could also make quality prints from the digital file as well. We spent the most time in this zone.

Anywhere Business

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Customize!

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store cabinetsConsidering Verizon is mostly known for smartphones, that display section was sort of hidden at the back of the store. It drew us in, though, with a gigantic, curving touch display that allowed us to virtually examine a gazillion (well, not quite) handsets with just taps of our fingers.

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Engage With Tech Staff

round counter topBy the end we just had to try the cushy red-leather chairs. Had we tried the treadmill, we may have stayed resting a bit longer.

One thing for sure, the Verizon store at the MOA should be on your destination schedule. Give yourself plenty of time to experience it!

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What would help you care for someone… a tablet?  a phone? a Fit bit?  Video cameras? APPs? There is so much to chose from I can’t do it justice on the blog. 

For more information on Dementia and caregiving check out our website at:

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Disclosure:  I am participating in the Verizon Boomer Voices program and have been provided with a device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product

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I just have to tell you I am loving using my Verizon Droid Razr HD for driving directions! As a caregiver with a busy schedule I really appreciate the nice big screen for my aging and tired eyes.  It also speaks clearly and gives me plenty of notice for turns. Plus it hasn’t taken me down a wrong path yet. Getting me to my destinations on a timely basis, really helps reduce my stress.  SWEET!

In addition, I’m learning to use the “Fitbit” APP.  It’s kind of spooky to find out how little I move! Although I am constantly busy, so much of what I do is by phone or using the internet.   I am finding I sit way too much and really have to become so inactive compared to what I used to be. I guess I knew this was happening, but when you have a reminder counting off your steps or lack of it kind of slaps you in the face and says, get up a move girl!  although I love my work, I have found I have become a slave to my computer… Now it’s time to find some balance. Thank you Fitbit and Verizon!  This little gadget can help the caregiver, take care of them self.

Last, I have to tell you a short story about my mom today.  I brought her to an activity where a “professional Whistler” performed.  I didn’t even know there was such a  person!  She seemed to enjoy it and yelled out a few comments to the performers questions he was posing to the audience.  In addition, she was wiggling and dancing to the music.  She even hummed a few bars to two different songs.    These types of reactions are pretty rare for mom these days so this was a great treat!

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