Home' Australian Ageing Agenda : AAA Jul-Aug 2017 Contents Using the latest technology to engage
with loved ones around the world and
explore hobbies brings great pleasure
and helps maintain good health and
wellbeing, octogenarian MAX PERLOV
tells NATASHA EGAN.
ax Perlov’s wish for his upcoming eighty-fifth
birthday was to buy himself a new smartphone – the
Samsung S8 to be precise.
No Luddite – he builds his own computers,
accesses online banking, downloads music and uses an app to
monitor his physical activity – Perlov’s decision to upgrade his
phone followed much research on its features.
At the end of April, Perlov received a surprise early birthday
gift and became one of the first in Australia to own the new
phone thanks to Telstra, which gifted him the phone after
hearing about his wish.
And the Melbournite couldn’t be happier.
“I adore the screen size and amazing resolution and colourful
icon presentation. Both cameras present gorgeous, sharp
pictures, the video shots are great too. The speakers sound loud
with a wide spectrum of frequencies,” Perlov tells AAA.
“It’s also water resistant,” he says.
Perlov is a retired mechanical engineer with a keen interest
in electronics, the automotive industr y, reading and music.
He started using a personal computer at work 25 years ago
–predominantly working with 3D design software – and has
been using a PC at home for 21 years.
Perlov, who lives alone, has several internet-connected
devices at home including a smart TV, tablet and computer.
His favourite apps and programs are Skype, Facebook,
Wondershare, AllMyTube and AVS Audio Recorder. He also
uses lots of other social media and messaging apps such as
Instagram, What’s App, IMO and Messenger.
“I use my tech devices ever y day at home and when I’m out
and about for banking, GPS and emergency ser vices, home
monitoring and physical activity. I particularly enjoy using
tech for entertainment, such as watching music videos on
Perlov has lived in Australia since relocating from Russia
37 years ago, but says his various devices help to keep him
connected to loved ones here and overseas including in the
US, Russia, Africa and Israel.
Perlov, who is “a big fan of emojis” because they “make
text messaging more fun,” regularly uses text and email to
communicate with his two granddaughters while making video
calls to his brother in Ukraine and friends in Russia.
“My devices give me the most pleasure in the
communications area, being able to easily stay in touch with
friends and family around the world, as well as the ability to
pursue my hobbies such as photography, music and video,”
He uses his computer to access content from around the
globe and streams most of his music through apps.
“I prefer light music, jazz and Russian music that reminds
me of when I was young. I like modern music as well, just not
the heavy stuff. There are also lots of great music videos on
Perlov says being able to use technology to engage with his
loved ones and hobbies in different ways helps him maintain
good mental health and wellbeing. While using the pedometer
app on his phone to monitor his steps when out walking or
playing badminton assists with his fitness.
Creating his own smart home, Perlov uses his phone as a
remote control for the TV, speakers and DVD player and uses
video technology to keep an eye on things when he’s out.
He says tech has the ability to help older people maintain
their independence and remain in their homes and the
technology in a smart phone provides flexibility, with no
computer access required.
“It means people don’t have to leave their home to get
help from outside such as medical, food delivery, home
maintenance and so on.”
In this area, Perlov says he uses his mobile phone to access
forums, which allows him to solve most home, electrical and
mechanical problems that arise.
“I am able to call professional people for advice or to help
me physically. Ordering Meals on Wheels, shopping and
deliveries of fruit and vegies are a breeze.”
What’s next on Perlov’s technology wish list?
“I am in the market for a smart watch to track my physical
activity and monitor my health conditions,” he says. n
Max Perlov enjoys uses his smart
phone to explore his interests.
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