One of the scariest and most troubling parts of aging is the isolation that seniors often feel from their family and communities. However, while many seniors want to embrace computers and technology to stay in touch, the rapid pace and foreign concept can be daunting. The following companies and products are making a difference in the lives of seniors by simplifying the user experience—and helping families stay in touch with their aging loved ones.
- Pointer Ware, www.pointerware.com, has an approach that softens technology. It simplifies email, photo viewing, video chatting and web browsing.
- There is an entire computer created just for seniors dubbed the Telikin computer for seniors, www.telikin.com. Telikin touts itself as the ‘world’s easiest computer’ to use and includes a screen, hard drive, and software all in one.
- Connecting with family and having interaction is highly appealing. What is also great is for family to be able to see how the senior in their life is doing.
- For long distance caregiving situations, video chatting is a wonderful assessment tool. Consider getting them a web camera for free applications like Skype, http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/home, or Apple’s FaceTime, http://www.apple.com/iphone/built-in-apps/facetime.html.
Visiting Angels is here to offer further guidance and suggestions that can give you or your loved one the option to age in place. For more information about home care technology devices, contact us today; reach us in Alameda County at (510) 284-0000 or in Santa Clara County at (408) 735-0977.