I got introduced to Yellow Dot last week. I don't know where I was in October of 2012 when this program rolled into Maine's Cumberland County. I guess I was asleep at the wheel (scary thought), but, somehow I missed it. If I was asleep; perhaps others were, too. If you don't know about Yellow Dot, this column is for you. If you do; find a sleepy friend, and share it. The program works best when all of us participate!
My wake-up call came at the Maine Senior Guide
Spring Expo last week. Plastic yellow glove-compartment folders jumped
out at me inviting me to take notice of this initiative. It's free. It's
easy. It takes about five minutes. And it can mean the difference
between life and death at the scene of an accident.Friendly tool and
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Yellow Dot program is designed to assist first responders to an
automobile accident. A Yellow Dot in the driver's back left window means
that valuable personal and medical information is readily available in
the plastic yellow folder in the glove box. The first few hours
following a traumatic injury, known as the "Golden Hour" is where prompt
medical attention is critically important: the more information the
better. When a victim can't speak, Yellow Dot speaks for them.
program first started with a few communities in Connecticut. In 2011, a
staff of two in the Northeast Alabama Traffic Safety Office embraced
the concept, and launched it nationally. Alabama was inundated with
e-mails and phone calls from individuals from 49 states; each wanted to
bring the program to their state.
Today, it is a recognized
trend-setting program. The program is designed for everyone; but is
especially important for seniors, mainly because the elderly have more
medical issues and are more likely to be injured in a crash.
senior population is the fastest growing segment of our population. As
our nation ages, senior drivers are of greatest risk. According to the
US Census Bureau, in 2001 there were 19.1 million licensed drivers age
65 and up. By 2030, 23 percent of the U.S. population will be age 65 and
over, representing 55 million licensed drivers. The Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety estimates that car accidents among our senior
population will increase 178 percent; fatal crashes will increase 155
percent. Maine is the "oldest" state in the nation. Protecting our
seniors is paramount.
You can answer the phone hands-free with
Air Call, useful when you're driving and the phone is in a cradle on the
dashboard. Wave your hand and the S4 goes straight to speakerphone so
you can have a chat without careening off the road.
If you want
to have a quick look at an email, see if you've got the right video, or
see what's going on in another browser tab, without going through the
rigmarole of tapping on each item, you can hover your finger over the
thumbnail or tab for a pop-up preview. Also in the browser and in the
photo and video gallery,We have a wide selection of handsfreeaccess to choose from for your storage needs. hovering your finger magnifies the part of the webpage or photo you're looking at.
app already set up to make use of these hovery-wavey gestures is
Flipboard, which creates a digital magazine of interesting stories and
websites. Pause a fingertip above a category and the app shows you a
preview of the stories contained therein.
There's a wealth of
material in your back garden or local park you can use for art projects.
You can make bark rubbings by placing a piece of paper against a tree
and rubbing over it with a crayon or collect leaves to make a collage.
also make great stamps - paint over one side and then press firmly
against some paper to leave an imprint. Alternatively, you can make a
pressed flower picture by picking flowers and then placing them flat in
Wait a few days and then you have pretty dried
flowers to arrange on some paper. Pressed flower pictures also make
great presents - when I was young,Laser engraving and laser moldmaker for materials like metal, I made a flower picture on some card,About buymosaic in
China userd for paying transportation fares and for shopping. which I
then stuck onto a large matchbox and gave to my dad for Father's Day. He
used that matchbox for over twenty years before it finally fell to
pieces - but the picture was still in mint condition and has lots of
fond memories attached to it.
My children frequently put on
plays, dances and puppet shows for me. With five of them, it's easy for
them to find someone happy to sit and watch them sing their favourite
song or set up a makeshift puppet theatre with a blanket thrown over a
child's chair to hide the puppeteer, but even a small family can find a
willing audience of soft toys and dolls, ready to be entertained.
children love being noisy and you can create a drum kit for them by
turning some saucepans upside down. Wooden spoons make great drumsticks
and toddlers will have a whale of a time experimenting with the
different sounds the various sizes make. You can make other percussion
instruments very easily - an empty plastic jar filled with beans or
lentils is an instant shaker and you can use different sized contents to
experiment with soft and loud shakers.
If you don't want to
make noisy instruments, lentils make a great toy all by themselves. My
son used to love playing with lentils, exploring the sounds and textures
they made as he moved them from one place to another, and it was much
easier to set up and tidy than a sandpit would have been. Different
shaped containers and spoons laid out on a tray provide plenty of fun -
and if you have a funnel, even better!
Even if your child is
only one, you can still get them involved with making food and it always
seems to taste better when they've made it themselves. Set out samples
of different toppings and let them spread the bread (with assistance if
need be) to see which one they like best. Make a fruit salad by letting
them choose their favourite fruits,The world with high-performance solar
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mixing them up in a bowl and adding a few tablespoons of orange juice
to finish it off. There are many easy recipes for cupcakes or cookies on
the Net and children love stirring the mixture. Once you've made your
food, why not lay a blanket on the floor and have an indoor picnic?