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Guides to Technology
for Elderly and Seniors

Guides and Reviews of Technology That Can Improve
the Quality of Life for Elderly and Seniors

It's not really a secret that many elderly people and seniors are intimidated by technology. Many are even scared of using it - afraid they could mess something up or do something wrong. But, there is technology for elderly and seniors that can benefit them greatly.

Basic technology like cell phones and alert systems helps communication during emergencies​. Items like DVD players and entertainment devices can help fill some of the loneliness or boredom. Computers and tablets provide medical information, games to improve memory function, and tools to manage daily living.

Elderly and seniors just need someone to take the time and show them how to safely use these devices. The benefits and improvement to their life is tremendous. To help, here is a list of my guides to Technology for Elderly and Seniors.​

Latest Guides to Elderly and Senior Tech

iPhone vs Android vs Jitterbug: Which Make the Best Smartphones for Seniors?
Many elderly people will tell you that they expect much less from a smartphone than the typical teenager or even[...]
Best Fitness Trackers for Seniors and the Elderly: More Than Just Step Counters!
A few weeks ago, I was discussing my blog with a physical therapist friend of mine. He works with geriatric patients at a rehab facility. Anyway, we got around to talking about how important it is for seniors to stay aware of what's going on with their bodies. If they recognized small changes in their health, some diseases could be caught earlier. At one point, he jokingly mentioned that he wished there was a magic pill. One that once ingested, could monitor the health of the seniors on a 24/7 basis. That got me thinking. And gave me an idea for research and another article. In my research I learned more about fitness trackers. In some ways, these are the digital equivalent of that magic pill. But the best fitness trackers for seniors and the elderly can not be too complicated. If they are easy to use, they could be ideal for seniors to keep track of their health.
Helpful, Easy to Use Phones For Seniors with Dementia or Alzheimer’s
It's not at all uncommon for elders in the beginning stages of Dementia or Alzheimer’s to struggle with usin the phone. Some days are better than others, of course. Often, the problems show up as forgetting common phone numbers. Sometimes, they may not even remember who is it they are calling. Phones are meant to be one of the most important means of communication. But, they all too often end up becoming a challenging piece of tech for seniors. There are easy to use phones for seniors with dementia though. Read on to see what options are available. And, how you can find the best one for you or your loved one.
Laptop or Tablet: Which is Best for a Senior’s Computer Needs?
Seniors often find themselves being teased because many avoid technology. Many people assume this is because seniors are scared of using technology. Some even think the elderly lack the ability to grasp using technology! However, these assumptions are just plain ole wrong! The fact is that many seniors don’t feel like they have a reason to use technology. I mean, they have lived without it this long, right? So, why should they access the Internet or use a laptop or tablet computer lnow? However, once seniors understand how using a computer improves their life, many are quick to like using these new gizmos. But which device is best for seniors: a laptop or a tablet? In this article, I'll break it down for you.
Finding a Simple TV Remote Control for the Elderly
Watching a favorite TV program can be challenging task for many seniors. They sometimes get puzzled by the complicated TV remote controls available today. This often leads to calls to family members when they can't get the TV show on that they want. Or, maybe they just give up and don't even try. Most remotes have hundreds of small, hard-to-press buttons and are confusing for seniors to use. Finding a simple TV remote control for elderly people will put them back in control.
Easy to Use Cameras for Seniors and the Elderly
One of the simplest joys in life is capturing out most favorite memories and special occasions in a photograph. And, then preserving them forever. Trust me, I know many elderly people who spend hours going through photo albums. They love reliving all those happy memories all over again. Pictures of their wedding day. Graduation day of their child. The birthday of their favorite grandchild. Browsing through a photo album is one of the easiest ways for these folks to time travel into the past. So, it is important to find easy to use cameras for seniors. That way, they can continue recording these memories.
Simple Radios for the Elderly and Seniors with Dementia, Alzheimer’s or Arthritis
Listening to music, especially the familiar oldies station, is one of life’s simple pleasures for many seniors. This is especially true for people who live by themselves or are unable to leave their home to socialize due to issues like limited mobility or vision. In such cases, the good ol’ radio becomes not only a source of entertainment, but also an important way of staying connected with the outside world. Radios provide news updates and needed information as well.
The 15 Best Apps for Seniors and the Elderly
Elderly people are rapidly turning to new technology to help them with many activities in their daily lives. And, software developers have realized this. They are now creating more smartphone and tablet apps that are targeted at engaging the elderly in a fun and convenient manner. Several apps do the job of keeping the seniors busy. Others keep loved ones updated about their safety and well-being of their parents. Here are my recommendations for the best apps for seniors and the elderly
Finding the Simplest Laptop for Seniors
Computers have sure come a long way since I sold them in college at our local Sears store. And they sure are a lot easier to use than they were too. Desktop and laptop computers are used in nearly all parts of life now: at work and at home. Many seniors have embraced computers but some still have a fear of the technology. Here is a guide to finding the simplest laptop for seniors who are afraid they can't learn or that they may mess something up.
The Best Landline Home Phones for the Elderly and Seniors
It is important for elderly and seniors to be able to communicate with their family and friends. This is especially true when there is an emergency and they need to call for help. Sometimes, though, dementia and Alzheimer's keeps them from being able to use a phone properly. Other problems such as poor vision and hearing keeps a senior from using the phone too. But there are options for elderly people in these situations. Here is how to find the best home phones for elderly and seniors.
What is the Best Computer Mouse for Arthritic Hands?
t is no secret that using a computer mouse a lot causes hands and wrists to ache. This is especially true in our high tech society. It seems like a computer is required for even the most basic tasks. Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) like these are common problem. But, add the pain of arthritic fingers and wrists and using a mouse can become unbearable. Don't give up though - there are solutions. I am going to help you find the best computer mouse for arthritic hands!