Computers designed for the Elderly
Most newer computers feature operating systems that are designed for people under 50. The average computer is difficult to operate, and navigate for the older user. The fonts are smaller, and more difficult to see.
Some computers are designed specifically with seniors, and the elderly in mind. There are also software programs that you can purchase for just about any computer, and operating system that make your current computer more senior friendly.
The first step is to determine your purpose for a computer. What will you be using it for? Do your research before making a final decision. If you already have a computer, it may be more affordable for you to purchase senior friendly software.
Are you the only person in the household using the computer? If not, the needs of the other family members in the household should be taken into consideration. Some computers, such as Hewlett-Packard, offer products with more features, and available options for seniors and other members of the family.
1) PointerWare is computer software that was designed specifically for the elderly. This program offers senior friendly email, games, internet, and other features. When the computer is turned on, the Windows operating system is hidden, and the desktop is replaced with a simplified easy to use interface.
PointerWare features brain fitness games, video calling, voice calling, photo viewing, and web browsing. The email is set up to add profile pictures to email contacts for easy selecting. PointerWare offers a free trial, a one time purchase price, or a monthly fee for the software.
2) Hewlett-Packard is one of the leading manufacturers that consider seniors in the production of their technology. The all in one computers allow users to interact using the touch screen, voice, keyboard, or mouse. These designs have simple applications, and are adjustable for people with vision problems.
3) Telikin is a touch-screen easy to use computer made for families. The Telikin features web browsing, online games, built-in games, email, DVD player, video chat, and more. It costs approximately $700 - $800, and comes with a 60 day satisfaction guarantee.
4) The Wow is a computer designed for seniors that runs on a Linux operating system. The Wow is a touch screen computer that features video chat, email, calendar, anti-virus protection, built-in games, and more. This computer costs approximately $1,000, and comes with a 30 day satisfaction guarantee.
5) A Plus Senior Computer is a desktop, or laptop computer made for seniors. It features a simple, easy to use desktop that makes it easy to connect to the internet, and with family, and friends. The large print keyboards, and font make it easy to read. These computers are available in 20 inch, and 23 inch screens. Costs anywhere from $1,000 - $1,200.
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