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  • 22 Apr 2022 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    This is a Guest Post from Erica Francis from ReadyJob.Org. This article is VERY informing and we are excited to post her work on our blog for all of our readers to enjoy. We hope that you will take advantage of any of the below opportunities.

    When 2018 ended, the veteran population in the U.S. numbered an estimated 18 million. Those leaving the military for civilian life may face challenges, including difficulty reentering the workforce.

    Starting a small business offers you flexibility with fewer constraints and educational requirements. As an aspiring entrepreneur, you should begin your journey with these few crucial steps.

    1. Identify the Area You Want to Enter

    Your startup should involve something you are interested in (research shows that passion is a key contributor to success), but that can't be the only criteria you assess. You need to have the skills and knowledge to perform the services or produce the products you wish to offer. If you already have an idea in mind, you also need to research its viability. Look at the competition and the existing market. Ask established businesspeople, friends, and relatives for opinions and advice. Ask, "Is my idea a good one?" and answer objectively. 

    If you are unsure of anything besides the fact that you want to start a business, there are many possibilities out there. Examples of simple startups that suit beginners include drop shipping, food trucks, pet sitting, virtual education (tutoring, teaching, and course creation), life coaching, and housekeeping.

    If you enjoy creative endeavors, you could start your own business selling crafts, such as jewelry, knit or crochet plushes, greeting cards, custom art, embroidered items, or other artistic products or offer art lessons. Designing T-shirts, mugs, stickers, stationery, and other specialized merchandise is another option. 

    Once you have identified what your business will do, write it down. Specify your goals and what your enterprise will stand for and incorporate them into a mission statement that will represent the values you want your eventual clients and customers to associate with your brand. 

    2. Develop a Plan

    One of the most vital preliminary steps when starting a business is the creation of a business plan. This should outline subjects like your objectives, a timeline with goalposts, products and services, marketing plan, financial plan, and key personnel. There are also free online resources you can use to help get set up. For example, you can create business cards with an online business card maker. Use this tool to add your logo, copy, images, and colors to a predesigned template.

    3. Choose a Business Structure

    There are four basic structures, sole proprietorship, limited liability company, corporation, and partnership. The first is easy to set up, but it does not separate your business from your personal affairs, meaning you can be held personally liable for your business's obligations, including debt. A partnership is what it sounds like, a structure for two or more people to go into business with each other. Corporations offer the best protection from personal liability, but they also come with a considerably higher cost ceiling and more stringent requirements. 

    An LLC shields you from most personal liability and offers the advantages of both a partnership and a corporation. It also comes with tax benefits, greater flexibility, and less paperwork. Different states have different regulations about forming LLCs and other business structures, so look into your area's laws first.  

    4. Research Available Resources

    As you search for funding, take advantage of resources offered by the government and other entities. Besides traditional loans, there are grants and loans specifically for veterans starting businesses. There are also programs to help you get started. Search online, visit your local Veterans Affairs office or ask local veterans groups like Ellis County Det. 1452to learn about resources.

    Starting your path as an entrepreneur with a clear idea of what to do and the resources out there for veterans can help you find success and satisfaction with your new business.
  • 23 Feb 2022 3:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Guest Post by: Beverly Nelson

    As our loved ones grow older it’s normal to feel concerned for their wellbeing, especially when they’re not located nearby. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can help seniors to navigate the daily challenges of life without always being there in person - here are a couple to consider.

    Senior Services

    The last decade has given rise to a variety of senior services that can help those in need to live more comfortably. Many of these come at no extra cost and can be arranged remotely.

         The Division of Aging and Adult Services can provide nutrition-congregate and home-delivered meals free of charge.

         There are a number of senior home repair assistance programs provided by the local and federal governments.

         Lower-income seniors may have access to free dental care on behalf of the Donated Dental Services (DDS).

         Or you could apply for an at-home senior care service, who can help with everything from company to financial advice.

         Medicare Part B covers 80 percent of the cost of visiting mental health professionals.

    Online Communication

    For most seniors, loneliness ranks among their primary concerns. Thankfully, technology has helped alleviate this issue and it’s often possible to stay in touch without having to travel.

         Video calling software has become a popular and easy way to connect with loved ones from afar. Many of these can be operated on either computer or mobile.

         Traditional games such as Scrabble or chess can now be played via mobile online with multiple players.

         For many seniors, social media channels are a great way to reconnect with old friends or stay in touch with family.

    Day-To-Day Living

    When your mobility is affected and you don’t have the energy to carry out daily chores on your own, a little extra help can go a long way.

         If a senior can’t get out into the yard to keep their lawn tidy, it’s worth looking into local lawn care providers.

         Takeaway service apps like Uber Eats can be used to deliver weekly groceries.

         Accessibility features such as grab handles or stairlifts can improve a senior’s day-to-day independence.

         If a senior needs to find more accessible accommodations, you can help them sell their current home and use the proceeds to pay for a senior-friendly home or assisted living.

    Navigating the challenges of daily life as a senior can feel daunting, but when you have help (even from afar) every day feels a little more manageable.


    Ellis County Det. 1452 is committed to supporting veterans and helping them overcome challenges through volunteering, financial assistance, and grants. Join us and become part of the long-term solution.

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  • 3 Feb 2022 1:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Guest Post Article by Kelli Brewer. Kelli, from the Deploy Care website, returns with another article that benefits the veteran community. Here is her article, and we thank her for her continued contributions!

    Perhaps you settled down in another country after completing your military service. Or maybe your experiences in the military have inspired your children to pursue the same path, and now, you’re spending the holidays in different countries.

    For veterans and their families, spending the holiday season apart can be tough. Joining an organization like The Ellis County Detachment 1452 can help you meet people who understand what you’re going through! In the meantime, here are a few tips on connecting with your family during the holidays while enjoying time with your local community.

    Send Cash Gifts

    Sometimes, cash is the best holiday gift. Instead of trying to guess what your family wants, your relatives can use the money to purchase whatever they need! But when sending money to relatives abroad, you may not want to use a typical payment platform or rely on an international wire transfer, as these options can get quite expensive. A reputable, budget-friendly service like Remitly could be a better choice. For instance, if you’re sending money to the Philippines, an instant transfer will only run you $3.99, and you won’t have any fees for three- to five-day transfers.

    Create Care Packages

    The holidays are a time for gift-giving, so consider putting together a special care package for your loved ones. If you’re choosing gifts for a deployed family member, Hero Care Packages recommends including hand warmers, air fresheners, DVDs of their favorite TV shows, snacks, and photographs from home. Before sending your package, it’s important to choose an affordable courier service that ships to the country where your loved ones live. For example, you can use a service like NEX to ship packages from the US to Japan.

    If you send your loved ones a care package, you might want to schedule a video chat so that you can see their joy when they open it! Make sure that you and your loved one have access to WiFi with a strong signal, and choose a reliable video call service like Zoom. If you’ll be chatting with senior loved ones, be patient and offer helpful pointers as they set up the program.


    When you miss your family, focusing on giving back to the place you live now can help boost your mood. Consider volunteering with a charitable organization over the holidays. If you’re not sure where to start, Nation Swell recommends donating used coats to clothing drives, helping out an animal shelter, or simply asking your local friends if they know of any reputable organizations that they would recommend volunteering with.

    Attend Local Events

    Perhaps you wish that you could get together with your family for your traditional holiday gatherings. But if this isn’t possible, you could attend some fun local events instead! There might be a holiday festival or parade that you can check out - feel free to ask your local friends to join you.

    Plan Future Trips

    If you and your loved ones aren’t able to see each other in person this holiday season, you can ease the pain of separation by planning for a future trip. Maybe you could travel to visit your family, or they could come to see you. It never hurts to start researching flight prices - you could cover the cost as a gift to your relatives!

    If you’re a veteran from a military family, you and your loved ones might be separated by borders this holiday season. But by connecting with your own community while making time to show your family your appreciation, you can make the best of it. With these tips, you’ll have a memorable holiday season!

    Want to get involved with a veterans organization? The Ellis County Detachment 1452 supports those who served! Get in touch through the contact form on our website to learn more.

  • 7 Sep 2021 5:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Guest Post by Brittany Fisher

    Brittany's Bio: Brittany Fisher has spent more than 20 years as a CPA. She runs her own site, Financiallywell.info where she shares her knowledge about taxes, personal finance and general financial literacy hoping to help anyone who may benefit from it. 

    At The Ellis County Det. 1452, we know that veterans and military families face several obstacles as they navigate this unpredictable world. Thankfully, community members provide invaluable support to their veteran neighbors. Looking to get involved? There are many different ways to use your skills to help a local veteran in your area. Whether you’re a tech-savvy entrepreneur or a financial guru, your support will be well received by people who need assistance. Here’s how you can lend a hand!

    Educational Guidance

    Many veterans struggle to find work when they leave the military. Going back to school can open the door to many job opportunities, but veterans often don’t know where to start, which programs to choose, or how to fund their education. You can help by providing information about VA education and training benefits. These benefits can help service members and qualifying family members pay for college, find the right school, and more.

    Enrolling in a master’s degree program might be a great idea for a veteran looking to advance their career. Through online advanced degree programs from schools like the University of Phoenix, veterans can continue working full-time while still earning an education. These online programs cover various industries, from business to psychology, so there’s something for everyone.

    Financial Advice

    Besides helping veterans determine their options for funding their education, you can offer other forms of financial assistance. For example, if you’re good with money management, you can help local seniors establish a budget and start an emergency savings plan. You can also help them access financial assistance programs provided by the government and private organizations.

    Home Buying Assistance

    Buying a home is a big step for veterans who may have spent the past few years traveling from place to place. Fortunately for veterans, there are some benefits involved in home buying that can make homeownership more attainable. Help a local veteran estimate their home buying power, evaluate the affordability of different neighborhoods, and navigate their mortgage options—including VA loans.

    Help Navigating Medical Care

    Medical care is one big area where many veterans could use a hand. Help veterans understand their eligibility for different health care programs, including treatment for things like blindness rehabilitation, post-traumatic stress disorder, radiation exposure, and traumatic brain injury. Many veterans can also benefit from mental health care but don’t know how to access it. There are many free mental health services and resources out there for veterans, service members, and their families if you know where to look!

    Business Mentoring

    Veterans make top-notch business owners. Thanks to their drive, dedication, and self-discipline, veterans have what it takes to bring a business idea to life and see it through to success. However, many veterans don’t know about the numerous business resources available to them. Government-provided business programs can help veterans learn the ropes of running a business and access the funding they need. NerdWallet suggests programs such as Boots to Business, Patriot Boot Camp, and V-WISE that offer valuable business training to veterans who want to become entrepreneurs.

    If you run a business in the local community, consider supporting service members by offering special discounts to veterans and military family members. Offering military discounts is a great way to boost your reputation, build customer loyalty, and help veterans who may be living on fixed income access the products and services they need. You could even go a step further and pass down your business skills by mentoring a prospective veteran entrepreneur!

    Despite everything veterans have done for our country, they still have to work hard to make it in our society. Accessing health care, mental care services, financial assistance, career training, and business mentoring can be tough when you don’t know where to look. Help a veteran or military family member navigate their options and find the path that’s right for them!

    The Ellis County Det. 1452 supports veterans through partnerships with community members and veteran organizations. Want to get involved? Consider making a donation or becoming a volunteer! Call to learn more. 360-808-0604

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  • 12 Aug 2021 9:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Guest Post by Brittany Fisher

    Brittany's Bio: Brittany Fisher has spent more than 20 years as a CPA. She runs her own site, Financiallywell.info where she shares her knowledge about taxes, personal finance and general financial literacy hoping to help anyone who may benefit from it.

    Need more insights and tips to better ease into civilian life, like the following article? See more on the Marine Corps League of Ellis County blog.

    Buying a home is a major decision, so it’s important to get the details right in the beginning to ensure a smooth process that you’re satisfied with. For veterans, the process is slightly different simply due to the types of home loans available, and there are some benefits involved that might make your decision easier. Look for resources that will help you find a supportive community; the Marine Corps League of Ellis County is a great place to start. This step-by-step guide will help you through the process of finding the perfect home and making it your own.

    Take a hard look at your finances

    Before you begin looking for the right home, it’s crucial to get your finances in order. Take a look at your expenses and income to determine a budget, and make a spreadsheet that lays out your monthly costs. If you have a lot of credit card expenses or other debt, pay it down now and get your credit score in good shape. Ideally, you’ll want a score of between 580 and 620 to ensure you get a great loan rate. VA loans typically either don’t require a down payment or they require a small amount down, but if you want to get ahead, you might consider putting down a lump sum up front.

    Find the perfect loan for your needs

    Buying a home comes with a lot to think about, and finding the right loan is one of the most important details. While most VA loans don’t require a down payment, some lenders may require one depending on your credit score and other factors, so make sure you understand the terms of the loan completely. Read up on the benefits that come with a VA loan, including fewer closing costs, low interest rates, and no required private mortgage insurance. To give yourself peace of mind, get pre-approved for the loan.

    Look for your dream home

    Once you have the loan paperwork started, you’ll know how much you can afford to spend. This is crucial when searching for the perfect home. Think about the best time of year to do your search; in many areas of the country, spring is ideal because there are so many options to choose from. However, this also means you’ll have more competition. Winter is a slow season for real estate, and prices trend higher in the summer.

    You’ll also need to consider your must-haves in a home and neighborhood, as well as the things you absolutely don’t want. Check out school districts, crime rates, and proximity to your favorite stores and restaurants as well.

    Make the closing process painless

    Closing on a home is often the most stressful part of the process because it requires a lot of details to come together. Take some of the stress out of closing by making sure you do a final walk-through inspection. On closing day, ensure that everyone whose name is on the mortgage has identification and any other necessary paperwork. Make sure you understand ahead of time whether you need to bring the remainder of the down payment or funds for closing costs, and whether you’ll be getting the keys at that time.

    You might also want to consider hiring a locksmith to rekey the locks of your new home for your peace of mind. Check out reviews online before you settle on a service, and make sure they’re bonded and insured. A reputable locksmith near you will typically offer a warranty, as well. Be prepared for an average cost of $50–$150.

    Buying a home is a huge milestone, so try to celebrate the moment rather than feeling stressed. Look at it as an investment rather than a debt, and seek out resources and support from veteran’s services that will help you understand the process.

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  • 24 Jun 2021 9:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Guest Post by: Mary Shannon (from SeniorsMeet.org)

    Putting yourself in a stable financial position won’t happen overnight. It takes planning, strategy, and most of all, consistency - doing the same things month after month so you eventually start seeing a difference in your finances. It’s hard work, but it’s well worth the effort to be rewarded with a bigger bank account and less money-related stress.

    Check out the following tips from Ellis County Det 1452, Marine Corps League to help you get ahead.

    Build a budget

    The first step is to build a budget by determining exactly how much your household earns in a month and how much you can afford for all of your different expenses. Be sure to include large expenditures, including your rent and grocery bills, as well as seemingly-small expenses that tend to eat up more of your funds than you realize, such as entertainment.

    6 Reasons Why You Need a Budget

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    Prioritize your savings

    Most financial planning experts agree that saving is an important part of achieving financial wellness, but surprisingly few Americans save enough money to pay for unforeseen events or even expenses they know are coming. Even if you can’t afford to set much aside, be sure to work on building some sort of savings. You can increase or decrease this amount as circumstances allow, but you should always be funneling something into this account.

    35 Simple Ways to Save Money Every Month

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    Grow Your Wealth Through Home Buying

    Owning a home is the cornerstone of the American dream. And these days, it’s possible to buy your first home even with minimal credit history or a down payment. What’s important is to make the right type of purchase, and to ensure it’s something you can afford.

    Homeownership Is a Key to Building Wealth

    How Much House Can I Afford

    How to Get a Mortgage: 7 Steps to Success

    What Is a VA Home Loan

    Don’t put off saving for retirement

    Ideally, it’s best to start saving for their retirement in your mid-twenties, but it’s another financial matter that’s easier said than done. The good news is that even if you don’t have an employee-sponsored retirement plan, there are options for putting funds aside that you can use later in life.

    The Best Retirement Savings Plans for Freelancers

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    Budgeting, saving and thoughtful money management are the pillars of a solid financial future. If you’ve been putting off making sure you’re fiscally prepared for the present and future, there’s no time like the present to get started.

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  • 1 Jun 2021 4:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Guest Post Article by: Ed Carter (Ablefutures.org

    Ed Carter has worked with clients of all ages, backgrounds and incomes. About 10 years into his career, he saw a need for financial planners who specialize in helping individuals and families living with disabilities. Below is his guest post article:

    The U.S. needs more teachers — in 2018, CNN notes American classrooms were short a whopping 112,000 educators, and that number is only expected to grow as fewer college graduates pursue a career in education. While not traditionally a post-service career, military veterans are uniquely positioned to fill the teacher shortage and bring new perspectives and valuable experience to the classroom. If you’re in search of a fulfilling career after military separation, The Ellis County Det. 1452 presents the following guide to  what you need to know

    The realities of the U.S. teacher shortage

    The effects of the U.S. teacher shortage go beyond overcrowded classrooms. School districts are hiring employees unqualified for the jobs they hold, leading to declining educational quality for the nation’s youth, and some positions are even being left vacant. These effects are especially hard in high-poverty rural and urban areas, where it’s challenging for school districts to attract and retain qualified teachers.


    The effects of poor educational quality persist long after students have left the classroom. As high school students graduate out of disrupted and understaffed classrooms, they enter post-secondary education unprepared for the academic rigor of university lecture halls. As Rochester Business Journal explains, this can ultimately lead to poverty as students become adults who lack the tools for a prosperous career.

    Veterans: An answer to the educator shortage?

    As a military veteran, you have a strong sense of service. Why not channel your desire to serve in a teaching career? U.S. veterans have a number of valuable skills to bring to the classroom, such as:

         Advanced leadership and teamwork.

         Experience working with diverse populations.

         Global perspective.

         Experience with administration and policy.

         Patience and resilience.

    Pursuing a career in higher education

    Education is a worthwhile career path for veterans, but it’s not one you can jump into right out of the military. Teachers require a bachelor’s degree as well as completion of a teacher preparation program before they can become licensed to work in K-12 public schools. Fortunately, there are many online programs designed to help you prepare for your teaching certification, which has different requirements based on where you reside.

    Don’t let educational requirements hold you back from a career in education. If you separated from the military after January 2013, your GI Bill benefits never expire. If you attend university full-time, you’ll receive up to 36 months of tuition at a public university as well as a monthly housing allowance and up to $1,000 annually for books.


    With these benefits, it’s possible to graduate debt-free and give your full attention to higher education without worrying about holding a full-time job. The possibilities for your career in education don’t stop at a bachelor’s degree. Teachers with master’s degrees enjoy higher pay than teachers with only a bachelor’s degree in many states, even when teaching within the same school, and there’s no limitation on using GI Bill benefits for a post-baccalaureate degree. Your local VA can tell you more about the many benefits you have earned.


    You might be wondering what type of degree is required to work in an educational setting. Veterans interested in taking their education careers beyond the public school classroom can pursue a doctoral degree. For those drawn to educational administration or governmental and non-governmental agency work, a Doctorate in Education is the best choice. However, if you’d prefer to teach at the collegiate level, a Doctorate of Philosophy in your field of choice will get you started in an academic career.


    Are you convinced that a career in education is the right choice for your post-military career? There are ways you can do this and you wouldn’t be starting from scratch. Enjoy the educational benefits you’re entitled to and find a fresh way to serve our country. Becoming a teacher is a terrific opportunity for military veterans.
  • 11 Mar 2021 2:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Guest Post Article By: Kelli Brewer

    Kelli, from the Deploy Care website, reached out to us in an effort to spread the word to Veterans on some of the best ways that they can move their career forward during this ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. 

    Here is her awesome article that can be used by anyone:

    Along with serious health concerns, the COVID-19 pandemic has done a number on the economy as well as the everyday routines of millions of Americans, including our nation’s heroes. And if you’re like many others, you’ve either chosen or been forced to reevaluate your career. Whether you’re thinking about starting your own business or looking for another type of job where you can work from home, consider the following tips and resources to help along the way.

    The Ellis County Detachment 1452 provides services and programs to our veterans and families to ensure they thrive. Donate today. 

    Figuring Out a Way Forward

    The first step is to think about what you want so you have a definitive direction to pursue. Then, you’ll be ready to make moves.

         Veterans have unique leadership and organization skills thanks to their service days, so if the idea of launching your own company excites you, know that you have what it takes to do it.

         Come up with business ideas that reflect your values and that can make a profit.

         Research the benefits and rules of Texas LLC registration.

         Hire people who share your values and will provide top-notch work.

         If you're looking to be an employee, research companies that are hiring for remote positions.

         Explore online job boards that provide freelance opportunities.

    Succeeding at Your Work

    Once you've established what work you are doing, it’s essential to position yourself for consistent, long-term success.

         Establish a home workspace that provides a physical boundary between your work and home life. If you have disabilities as a result of injuries you suffered during your time in the service, there are modifications you can make to your home office that will help you stay comfortable and productive while you work.

         Acquire a desk, office chair, computer, and/or any other equipment you need for your daily tasks.

         Invest in productivity and communication tools.

         Set a schedule and make sure your family understands when you can and can't be interrupted.

         Make the time to care for your physical, mental, and spiritual health each day.

    Using Veteran Resources

    If you're a veteran, there are a bevy of resources worth researching and using.

         Become a member at Ellis County Det. 1452 for continued support.

         Check government agencies that provide job opportunities, financial assistance, training, and other resources to veterans, such as the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Employment Center (VEC), and the Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) from the Small Business Administration (SBA). 

         Explore the various private sector programs that offer resources to veterans, such as CareerOneStop, Hero 2 Hired (H2H), and Veterati.

         Showcase your military experience and skills on your resume.

         Apply the disciplines you learned in the military to your work each day.


    If the COVID-19 pandemic has caused you to reassess your career outside the military, it’s essential to be informed of all your options, and thankfully, there are many routes to success for veterans. Consider the tips and resources listed here to start exploring your business and/or remote work opportunities, and take proactive steps to set you and your family up for long-term success.

  • 22 Sep 2020 8:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Guest Post Article by: Mary Shannon

    Mary reached out to our Detachment to try to spread this message to as many people as possible. This pandemic forced her and her husband, both seniors, who are not particularly tech savvy, to embrace technology. She said that "the process wasn’t exactly easy, but the reward of being able to see our kids and grand kids while quarantined was so worth it. In fact, we plan to continue our weekly calls with faraway friends and family indefinitely!" Here is her article:

    Seniors sometimes lack ways to stay in touch with loved ones, especially as most younger generations turn to technology that isn’t as accessible to older adults. In order to improve your relationship with older loved ones, consider how you might help them get senior-friendly technology that makes it easy for them to reach out anytime.

    Smartphones for seniors

    When smartphones hit the market about a decade ago, our modes of communication transformed. Texting became easier, video chatting became the norm, and our phones morphed into tiny super-computers small enough to fit in our pockets. While younger adults adapt quickly to most new technology, older adults can be left behind, which is why it’s important to look into devices that have been designed to be more senior-friendly.

    Smartphones today may seem intuitive to many, but for seniors, there are some disadvantages. The lack of buttons can make navigation tough for shaky hands, and many have icons that are hard to see for aging eyes. If your senior has a smartphone, you can help them tweak some settings that will make it easier.

    One of the first things you can do is make the icons larger and easier to see. This is typically found in the settings section on most phones and is easy to adjust. You can also put their most-used apps on their home screen to make them easier to find. In their messaging and calling apps, make a “favorites” list so they can call friends and family easily.

    If you’re considering getting your senior a smartphone, Retirement Living recommends checking out some of the phones designed for seniors. These phones often have features that allow for easy calling and quick navigation and are typically lower cost than most smartphones on the market.

    Tablets and virtual assistants

    While having a phone is important for basic calling and messaging, many seniors enjoy having tablets that allow them to communicate in more ways. Tablets are easier for video chats, playing games, and surfing the web.

    Similarly to phones, you can personalize tablets by making icons larger and putting important apps on the home screen. Be sure to install a video chat app that you use and help your senior loved one learn how to use it. Tablets can be better than phones for sending and reading emails, playing games, and searching for information online. You can even add a few apps that are especially useful for seniors.

    Along with tablets and phones, HealthTech notes virtual assistants and smart home devices can make it much easier for your senior loved one to communicate with friends and family. Help them set it up so they can call with simple voice commands—they’ll likely appreciate not having to navigate a device each time they want to call family.

    Boost their digital security

    Unfortunately, it’s common that older adults are more vulnerable to identity theft. It’s important to boost their digital security and help them learn ways to protect their network and devices from hackers.

    When you set up their devices, be sure to use unique and hard-to-guess passwords. Along with protecting their online accounts with tricky logins, you should also set up strong passwords on their WiFi router. Routers are often the most important device to protect: if someone gains access to a home’s internet network, all devices and private information could be at stake.

    If your senior loved one is a veteran and needs assistance with setting up devices or other needs, consider connecting them with the Marine Corps League.

     Helping your senior stay in touch doesn’t have to be difficult: getting them an easy-to-use device will make a big difference. They’ll be able to reach out with a simple voice command if needed, and apps that allow for video chatting will make it feel like they’re not so far away. Just be sure to enhance their digital security so they don’t end up compromising personal information.

  • 24 Jul 2020 4:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Ellis County Toys for Tots Campaign is announcing its new partnership with the City of Waxahachie as we have come to an agreement on the use of the old Waxahachie Police Department building at 216 N. College Street!!  This building will serve as our operational headquarters/warehouse space where we will receive, sort, store, and distribute toys to families from throughout Ellis County.

    We will be in need of PLENTY of volunteers to make our toy collection and distribution efforts happen.  We need individual and team warehouse volunteers that will be willing to do whatever is needed to keep operations going.  More specifically we will need volunteers to sort and bag and tag toys for the many requests that we will have coming in.

    Please visit our website at https://ennis-tx.toysfortots.org for more information.  Please pass this information to your family, friends, and colleagues and if anyone has any questions please contact the Ellis County Toys for Tots Coordinator, Robert Bell, at ellis.county@toysfortots.org or (972)597-7111.

    Semper Fidelis

    (Always Faithful)

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