Siri For Seniors

I am sure by now that you have seen Martin Scorcese in the Apple ad on TV using Siri in the back seat of a taxi checking his schedule, rejigging it and asking how’s the traffic, then telling the driver to change course. I don’t know if that is literally accurate or there is some poetic license there as it appears to be a light-hearted take.

I have been impressed with Siri since its introduction, but haven’t been able to experience it till this past week when my iPhone 5 was delivered. As soon as I got it set up I said to Siri, “What is the betting line on the Ravens game this Thursday?”

After a momentary wait, she answered, “The odds are in favor of the Ravens by 12 points.” It was love at first byte.

What a magnificent tool to have at your fingertips. All manner of information is just a Siri-query away. Apple says on its website, “Siri makes everyday tasks less tasking. It figures out which apps to use for which requests, and it finds answers to queries through sources like Yelp and WolframAlpha. It plays the songs you want to hear, gives you directions, wakes you up, even tells you the score of last night’s game. All you have to do is ask.”

Later that afternoon, I was out walking my dog. Recently a friend has moved to San Francisco with her two dogs. She sent me a nice email and said to say Hi to all our friends. I forwarded her email to a couple of folks, but couldn’t remember everyone to send it too. While walking the dog, I remembered two other people that would like to see the email I got. I pulled out my iPhone, pushed the home button and said, “Siri, remind me in 30 minutes to forward Aya’s email to Linda and Nicole.”

After the walk, the alarm on my iPhone went off and a message came up to “Forward Aya’s email to Linda and Nicole.”

This is a godsend for me. I am a senior citizen. I often forget things. Not forever, but just long enough to make me feel unreliable at times. With Siri I have a memory jogger in my pocket. A very comforting thought.

Back in May of last year I wrote Memory Loss is Not Inevitable for Seniors.

That’s true and as you can see from the blog post, there are many ways to augment your mental faculties, too. But the fact remains that after age 65 there is some slippage in memory. So, the addition of Siri to your repertoire can help immeasurably.


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