Tech Tips for Retirees

For retirees interested in learning more, making life easier and staying connected with distant friends and family.

Never Forget an Appointment / The Benefit of a Calendar App

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image courtesy of Stuart Miles/

image courtesy of Stuart Miles/

I never truly appreciated the value of a calendar app until after I retired. I loved my planner and kept a calendar at home to organize the household’s comings and goings. Once I retired, however, and with the nest long empty, I had a new problem. Days could go by when I never had a thought of looking at any calendar. This, as you might have already guessed, led to missing both important appointments and fun events. An appointment can usually be rescheduled, but a fun event is an experience gone forever, so something had to be done.

I found that by simply installing a free calendar app on my smartphone or tablet, I never forgot another event of any kind. They are very intuitive and allow you to set reminders of the appointment at your chosen intervals. They also pop the event up on your screen when you first turn your tablet or phone on, which takes care of the problem for me. I would recommend just putting the calendar on the device you use most consistently, as maintaining two is cumbersome. You might also want to check reviews of the app you are considering, before installing. In this way you can find the features that appeal to you most, and avoid apps that have demonstrated problems.


Author: Marci

Having first retired from social work in 2008, I've now had time to work through seasons of all play, and seasons of part-time work, while I figured out how best to make use of my "golden" years. The internet provides so much assistance in finding unlimited ideas related to finances, hobbies, travel and staying healthy, but I soon found my passion in quilting. The vast array of techniques have resulted in seeing inspiration everywhere, and practice is always rewarded with improved skills. Of course, grandchildren and family still get priority, but I see this as a pursuit that will remain interesting into my old age.

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