[Athen] technology for seniors
ShelleyHaven at techpotential.net
Tue Mar 6 14:06:46 PST 2018
For seniors who need a simplified computer interface, simplified interface for commonly-used software (email, contacts, audio/video chat, photos, news, games, etc.), and alternative access (touchscreen, mouse alternative, etc.), consider these options:
I've tried all but the last one with senior clients — they have their various pros and cons. Most have a “monitor” mode where another adult can remotely keep track of the senior’s activities and even provide assistance.
I’ve also used a MacBook in Simple Finder mode with a senior client, and added a remote assistance app (Join.Me, Zoom, etc.) so that I could assist and train their caregivers as needed.
Some companies have specifically adapted computers for easier use by seniors — for example:
I’m sure there are others out there, too, as well as companies who have adapted Android tablets, etc.
Hope this helps,
Shelley Haven ATP, RET
Assistive Technology Consultant
> On Mar 6, 2018, at 1:22 PM, Tess McMillan <tess.mcmillan at bellevuecollege.edu> wrote:
> I realize this may be off-topic and possibly a duplicate query for all of
> you as I cross-posted to ITAccess/Educause.
> Can you recommend technologies that seniors can use to stay in contact?
> For example, if there might be vision issues (such as reduced visual field
> due to macular degeneration) combined with some memory issues ‹ making
> navigating a complex email client difficult?
> Or, best practices for cell phones or text messaging for clumsy fingers?
> Thank you!
> Tess McMillan
> Web site Manager, Student Programs, Bellevue College
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> bellevuecollege.edu/PALS <http://bellevuecollege.edu/PALS>
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