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Maurice

From QLD, Australia


About Maurice: I work for Golden Carers and I do all sorts of things. From design and server maintenance, to marketing and support. If you've ever emailed Golden Carers you've probably spoken to me at some point :).

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Maurice 15th Aug 2019

Forum

A member who wishes to remain anonymous has asked a question:

Occasionally our facilities are put into a 'locked down' state where residents are mostly kept apart, so I'm looking for activities to be able to run with them. Right now I'm playing cards, reading, using magazines and word searches, small bingo groups, writing cards to each other, armchair travel, etc. Do you have any ideas or other 'outside the box' suggestions that I might not have thought of?
Maurice 26th Jul 2019

Forum

Hi Renee!

You should be able to view PowerPoints on your iPhone / iPad using the Microsoft PowerPoint app:
https://apps.apple.com/au/app/microsoft-powerpoint/id586449534

They also have an Android app:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.powerpoint&hl=en_AU

You can also convert it to a Google Slide on your computer first (this is what I personally do), as then use the Google Docs app to view it as well, however, there are sometimes conversion issues:
https://www.google.com/slides/about/

Hope that helps :)
Maurice 22nd Jul 2019

Free Activity Calendar for Seniors

Hi Rick,

That's an interesting use of the calendars!

I'm not sure I understand the issue though. Slideshow mode on a 16:9 screen should just add black bars left and right. I believe powerpoint has a 16:9 screen mode, so you could drag the JPG into that and re-export if you want an all-white display.

The issue with providing a 16:9 equivalent for each paper size is how vertically short that size is, it would almost always spill onto 2 pages or scale the font to be very small.

If you send a photo of the issue to [email protected] I can take a look!
Maurice 10th Jul 2019

Free Activity Calendar for Seniors

Hi Linda,

I would love to see a photo if you could take one! You can upload here, or send to [email protected] if that's easier. :)

Novel ways of using the calendars is great to see and can help us make improvements.
Maurice 9th Jul 2019

Free Activity Calendar for Seniors

Hey Jonathan!

Sorry about this, our fault. An update over the weekend broke the "Tabloid" paper size, but it's now working again :)
Maurice 9th Jul 2019

Free Activity Calendar for Seniors

Hi Raafa!

The easiest way is always to print on larger paper, more room gives you the ability to increase the font size and include more activities. Smaller paper means less room and smaller font sizes.

Our templates already use the minimum recommended page margins, they're quite narrow. The plain templates also give you slightly more room because the table dividers are very small.

Toolkit, our professional activity management platform, is worth looking at for a better approach to managing calendars:
https://toolkit.goldencarers.com/

Hope that helps!
Maurice 2nd Jul 2019

Forum

Hi Teresa!

1. Printing calendars from different groups
We are working on a feature to allow this, eventually, you'll be able to select one, specific, or all of your groups when printing calendars. This should be released soon along with some other new features :)

2. Activity Template List
We are noted this and are looking at making activities even easier to schedule and manage. It's an interesting system you've developed for yourself. One solution is to create repeating activities, however, if the activities you're wanting to schedule don't have a regularly recurring pattern, then I understand why you would benefit from activity templates. I'll let you know when we have an update here.

Let me know if you have any other questions or feedback!
Maurice 24th Jun 2019

Free Music Playlists for the Elderly

Hi Jeff,

You might want to try the Spotify links again, I tested them and they are working for me. If you login to your Spotify account you should be able to start listening to them right away.

Copyrights on music changes constantly and is different for each country, so keeping the YouTube and Spotify lists updated is only something we can do periodically. The playlists were between Spotify and YouTube were close to the same, so you can see what was removed in Spotify.

Hope that helps!
Maurice 24th Jun 2019

Free Activity Calendar for Seniors

Hi Adele,

We've just added the new backgrounds which were updated on Toolkit, so you can start using them with these downloadable templates too :)
Maurice 24th Jun 2019

Free Activity Calendar for Seniors

Hi Raquel!

The best place to start is the video on using these calendars :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jfLkztqZ-s

Once you've tested them out, let me know if you have any specific questions, happy to help.
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