Who doesn’t want really good sound in their headphones? Whether you love music or conduct business on the phone or listen to movies or love the sounds of your video games – or all of the above – headphones are a critical investment item for the modern audiophile. And if your dad’s one, too, what a great Father’s Day gift idea. And in case he’s never actually had good headphones, it might come as a nice surprise for him.
There’s a consumer electronics audio company out there called 1MORE – we wrote last year about some of their high-quality headphone models – that’s all about sound quality and innovative
design. They’re also dedicated to the idea that you ought to be able to get great sound no matter what your budget is, starting as low as $20 and all the way up to their newest innovation, the Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones for $200.
The company has just put this new model on the market as a followup to their success last year with the Triple Driver headphone. You can pre-order this new flagship headphone from USA.1MORE.com and, like all orders placed on their website, it comes with free shipping and the 1MORE 30-day money-back guarantee. Nothing to lose. Great sound to gain.
With the impending crippling of some provisions of the Affordable Care Act, do you ever wonder how access to healthcare might change for your grandkids, or your friends’ grandkids – the kids who are constantly telling you, “Just Google it, Grandma”? Below is an interesting article written from the perspective of a healthcare professional.
Gen Z: The ‘just Google-it’ generation
by Kim Bassett, President
Norwood Hospital in Massachusetts
Imagine growing up in a world where Google has always existed. Where Facebook is as much of a staple as Nickelodeon or the Johnny Carson Show. A world where terrorists are real, and 9/11 is taught as a history lesson, just as D-Day and Hiroshima were explained to earlier generations.
Generation Z-ers, born between the mid-1990s and the early 2000s, make up 25% of the U.S. population – larger than both the Baby Boomer and Millennial generations, respectively. Those born at the start of this generation are entering the workforce, bringing with them a combination of their Millennial parents’ ideals and their own, shaped by living in a technology driven world at a time of national insecurity with war on-going and terrorist attacks being sensationalized in the media.
This generation is uniquely positioned to change healthcare from both the provider and consumer sides.
1) Technology. Generation Z is the first generation born after the advent of Internet and social media. They are true digital natives, growing up with smart phones, tablets and other devices connected to the entire world. It’s akin to a child growing up in a home with two languages. They not only learn both languages much earlier, but also how to leverage the knowledge seamlessly into their everyday life.
○ Consumers – Because of this, we can safely assume that as consumers they will demand healthcare digitally, enhanced care options available online versus the traditional care model of in-person visits.
○ Providers – On the healthcare side, we will see new software programs created to meet their own demands.
2) Entrepreneurship. Millennials created this trend, making great strides toward changing workplace culture, creating a more flexible work environment, community service, work-life balance. Generation Z will take it to the next level, evolving it further, not letting their predecessors efforts go by the wayside.
○ Consumers – Gen Z, as a consumer, will demand access to healthcare, even though they don’t work in a traditional employer-providing healthcare environment. And because they are seamlessly connected through social media, you can be assured the entire world will hear their thoughts on this issue.
○ Providers – Not one to pass up a business idea, Generation Z will create new business opportunities to not only fulfill their own healthcare needs, but also form businesses and product lines that will help their older family members in the Millennial, Gen X and Baby Boomer generations. Generation Z carries over their Millennial predecessors trait in their need to make the world a better place.
3) Diversity. Generation Z is the first generation to be gender non-specific. They are growing up a world where it’s commonplace for people to change gender and marry people of the same-sex. This acceptance of all types of lifestyles will change – and already has – the healthcare landscape.
○ Consumers – Gen Z will expect healthcare providers to provide equal access for non-specific gender roles and relationships just as they are asked to do with traditional male-female roles. Gen Z will continue to push for acceptance in all aspects of healthcare for every consumer, regardless of gender identification.
○ Providers – In healthcare facilities and other workplaces, gender roles will continue to evolve as HR departments and employers struggle to wrap their arms around these new realities in our culture. Acceptance will become paramount to the happiness of Generation Z in the workplace, much like the issues of flexibility and work-life balance are to the Millennials.
As the largest generation to exist, Generation Z is becoming equipped to move our culture forward in all aspects – economically, socially, and technologically. So before dismissing or scoffing at their seemingly radical ideas, remember that they hold your future in their hands and perhaps – with a little guidance and encouragement from their predecessors – that future will be the best yet.
We all love to get away sometimes, even if it’s to a park or a beach or even just a visit out to the suburbs. And some boomers who saved up over the years can now count on a nice nest egg to travel anyplace on their bucket list. So here are a few ideas for making your travels more convenient, or fun and fashionable or exotic:
Handy beach/picnic/gym stuff. On vacation – or at home – you don’t want to lug along a clunky bag to put your wet suit or sweaty gym clothes in. You sure don’t want to worry your cell phone is gonna get wet on a beach or picnic. Matador offered a test sample of a couple of their practical little easy-carry items tohelp with travel/vacation situations. Their Matador Droplet Wet Bag ($14.99) comes in a 1.5-inch teardrop-shaped pouch and unfolds to a generous size (see photos). Although you probably can’t fit your gym shoes in here, you can certainly cram some shorts, a top and some socks in and know they won’t smell up your bag or dampen your other items. If you’ve got tiny grandkids and you’re out somewhere when they spill all over their clothes, this is a great place to stash the wet stuff. Or maybe you’re carrying around a bottle of red wine on your outing and don’t want it to stain anything in your bag…
The surface of the bag is waterproof, but overall the bag is not at the closure point. So don’t be thinking you can drop it in the white water rapids and be sure your phone will be dry. But for simpler challenges, it’s handy on your keychain and will keep water out or watery stuff in. And believe it or not, it’s not too tough to get in back into that little pouch.
Also, say you’re out walking or climbing or whatever-energy-level activities you prefer. At some point you decide you want to sit down, but there’s no bench or the nearby rocks are wet. Or there’s only dusty, damp or muddy ground. Never fear. Whip out your Matador Pocket Blanket ($24.99) and lay it out for you and a friend to relax comfortably on. At 63″ x 44″ it’s almost the size of a throw, and more than two could sit if needed. It’s water and puncture resistant and folds up into a neat little package that fits easily in a pocket or purse. You could even use it as a cover in a sudden rain.
High-tech in-ear sound with fashionista design. Big sound. Small package. Cool look. In a nutshell, that’s Crystal 1More Dual-Driver In-Ear headphones. We all want to look chic when we’re using our phones or tablets or whatever, and you can’t go wrong with these. Not only are these buds tuned by a Grammy-award-winning sound engineer, but they look good, too. 1More sent a pair of these to evaluate.
Sitting outside and integrated into the in-ear bud is a faceted Swarovski crystal – either sexy black or pretty pink; you get both colors in a single package for $79.99. Together with the matching-color, coated wires, these buds have a classy, fashionable look. They also come with a neat little storage case and several sizes of silicone eartips so you can get a better fit in your ear. If the plugs don’t stay in your ears, try the larger, triple-flanged tip. The earbuds themselves are fine-tuned by produce great sound – once you get them tightly seated in your ear. You may have to tug on your earlobe or pull on the back of your ear to open the canal wide enough to get them properly situated. Once they’re in you’ll hear the full and satisfying range of bass/treble tones in your music or movie or game.
The cord is covered with a special Kevlar coating that protects the internal wires and makes the cord tangle-resistant – a much-appreciated feature for those of us boomers who are cord-challenged. The inline-microphone is very handy with its 3-button switch for answering/canceling calls and turning the volume up or down. Nice note: the phones automatically turn the music down on your phone when a call comes in. And it’s so nice not to have to hold the phone up on a long call.
Use these while you’re on the plane or in the car/bus/train to listen to your music on Pandora, Spotify or whatever. Or if you want to rest or sleep – or just escape the guy-next-to-you-who-wants-to-talk – use them to listen to a white noise app like the simple Bed Time Fan or the adaptable Relax Melodies. The latter is an amazing app that lets you choose between nature sounds, guided meditations and multiple other relaxing sounds. You can even overlay sounds, like play ocean waves and rain at the same time. Cool. <Grin>
Cruise and safari in Africa 2017! Yep. If you’re looking for exotic, this is it – the land of elephants and lions and giraffes and wildebeests awaits. CroisiEurope hosts a bunch of different cruises through Africa, but next year they’re introducing a new trip sailing up the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers with their new luxurious 16-passenger river cruise ship. Select a 6-day, 5-night cruise through Southern Africa in one of eight exterior-facing deluxe suites with balconies, a panoramic restaurant, lounge bar and rooftop patio with pool and chaise lounges. After that, enjoy a 4-day, 3-night stay in CroisiEurope’s own 5-star lodges, complete with safaris and a day at Victoria Falls. For a complete list of their cruise itineraries, visit their cruise website.
Wherever you choose to go, relax, expand your horizons and open your mind. Travel well!
Travel, fun and curiosities for Chicago women over 50