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- Stay connected
Lyons says, “They help people stay connected and part of their communities and social networks.”
He means, linked to other people through digital and other devices. Connected can also mean know a lot of people especially important or influential people.
Like ‘Ben is very well connected in the field of Education.’
- Become isolated and withdrawn
Ueda says, “Many retirees become isolated and withdrawn as friends and family scatter.”
If we’re withdrawn, we’re quiet and are shy. We don’t interact much with other people, like we’ve withdrawn, like we’ve pulled back from society.
We also use withdraw to mean remove from participation. Like ‘Jenny withdrew from the project yesterday. She is just too busy.’
Spread out in many directions. This can be a transitive or intransitive verb.
Imagine a bunch of people are standing together chatting at the office. The boss appears and everyone scatters. Or ‘She scatters pens and paperclips all over her desk.’
- Good medicine
Ueda says, “Interacting with colleagues, friends and family is good medicine for the mind and body.”
It restores us. It keeps us healthy. We also say something is the best medicine, meaning this has the most beneficial effect. It’s very common to say, ‘Laughter is the best medicine. Making us feel better, helping us deal with the world.’ Or ‘Music is the best medicine when you’re stressed.’
Grace says, “There are emerging technologies that can help seniors lead active lives outside the home too.”
Here, emerging means new and growing in strength or popularity. Emerging markets, for example. An emerging writer, an emerging manufacturer.
- Blind Spot Detection
Grace says, “Technologies like blind spot detection will let seniors drive safely for longer.”
Grace is talking about the area you literally can’t see when you’re driving a car. However, blind spot can also be an area where someone is ignorant or prejudiced. They don’t judge correctly about this area.
For example, ‘He has a real blind spot when it comes to his daughter. She can do no wrong in daddy’s eyes.’
- Self-driving vehicle
Lyons says, “And then there’s the prospect of self-driving vehicles.”
A vehicle that drives itself. We also have self-cleaning appliances that don’t need the user to clean them. You’ll also hear terms like self-defeating, which means a person’s own actions defeat them, work against them.
‘Pessimism is a self-defeating attitude.’ It prevents the pessimist from succeeding.
Ueda says, “All these gadgets can make a big difference in the quality of life that seniors enjoy.”
A gadget is a tool, a device of some kind. And we use it about interesting, clever items that perform some useful task.
I saw a gadget once for opening jars. It greatly magnified the strength of your grip.
9, Make a big difference
Have a significant impact, make a significant change.
For example, ‘Our flexible work hours have made a big difference in employee morale.’
On the other side we say, not make a difference, make no difference.
Such as, ‘Our ad campaign made no difference in sales, unfortunately.’ Or ‘Offering him a raise made no difference. He still decided to quit.’