Personal Devices for Seniors
Below is a detailed reference list of 5 of the best devices to provide for your senior loved-one.
Smartphones have a wide variety of functionality from calling and texting, to internet access and app downloads. Seniors can often be overwhelmed by this newer technology and become frustrated by not being able to easily access some just the basic components of communication such as calling and perhaps messaging as well. Fortunately, some smart phones are designed for seniors and other individuals who need a more simplified user experience. The following smartphones fit into this useful category:
Samsung GreatCall Touch3
This Android includes a 4-inch touchscreen that display large icons on the home screen. The main icons present on the home page are the most commonly needed features such as calling, texting, camera/photos, email, and internet. They also supply an app called 5star which connects the user to a certified health professional 24-hours a day.
iPhone 6 Plus
This iPhone has an Accessibility Menu which allows the user to modify their screen to their choosing. Some changes are icon, text, and navigation enlargement. It also has built-in features that cater to those who are visually and hearing impaired.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 “Easy Mode”
Similar to the iPhone 6 Plus, activating “easy mode” on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 allows users to increase font, keypad, and icon size, among other things. Only apps that are deemed essential to the user will be displayed on the home screen. Also, swiping to the right reveals the user’s 12 most important contacts for quick reference.
The main allure of a wearable computer for seniors is the fact that it has a way to remain on the user versus the possibility of getting lost frequently. The following are options within this category:
This device is basically a mini computer that can be attached to your wrist like a traditional wrist watch. But in addition to displaying the time, Apple watches also can provide communication messaging, health applications, mobile payment, etc. Some of the most desirable features for seniors is its ability to be used in emergencies, it’s water resistance, heart rate sensoring, accelerometer, gyroscope, and more. It really boasts multiple useful capacities in one small, wearable package.
Tablet Computers can be a great device choice for seniors as they are a larger user interface than a smaller smartphone yet contain much of the same features besides phone capabilities like calling. Below are some reasonable options for seniors within this category:
This android tablet has a 7.85-inch touchscreen and features simple frequently used icons on the home page. One notable feature is the 24/7 phone support, tutorial videos, and the “ Real QuickFix” tool that helps users contact a technology specialist to help them with their device.
Some newer desktop computers are set up to be used immediately for users that need an easier, straightforward experience. The following is a brand of desktop computer that offers this service.
This is a touchscreen computer that is ready for use upon receiving. The most-used and basic functions are displayed on the home screen at all times. It is available in an 18.6” or 22” model. It is equipped with speakers, a camera, microphone, keyboard, and mouse. A neat feature is called “tech buddy” which allows the senior’s family member or caregiver access to their Telikin on their own personal device so they can have added outside assistance.
Personal Emergency Response System (PERS)
These systems were designed with seniors and disabled persons in mind by providing them with a means to immediately contact emergency services whenever needed. One such system is described below:
This wearable “SOS” device is worn on the individual as a necklace, pendant, or bracelet. When the button is pressed, the person in need is immediately connected to an operator via the system’s base station receiver, aka a powerful speaker phone. The operator has the ability to assess the situation, contact caregivers and/or family, and offer a potential solution. This device also has handy built-in fall sensors that will automatically contact operator assistance in case the individual in need is unable to press the button themselves.
Even though technology may be confusing and seemingly unneeded for older individuals, there are several devices on the market that offer simple, easy-to-use platforms that can be of great assistance to seniors in a variety of ways.