People seem to think that older adults and technology are completely at odds, but that just isn’t the case. It’s 2018--not only are older generations using technology, there are new devices and platforms that designed their products specifically with older adults in mind. Here are some of the best:
Teliken is a computer made to be simple that uses touch screen technology to ensure that older adults can get the most of the features they want--like video chat, emails, and games--without all the clunky features they don’t.
Because OneClick.chat is a video chat platform designed for ease of use, it’s the perfect way for older adults to stay connected with friends and family. In fact, its recently been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the impact video chat can have on social isolation among older adults.
With a platform design informed by this research, OneClick.chat has worked to ensure chatting is as simple as possible--for older adults, and everyone else, too. With just one click, participants can join a video chat meeting from anywhere in the world, on any device.
Click here to create a free meeting room.
Jitterbug is a cell-phone designed exclusively for older adults, with features like larger keys, louder speakers, and simple buttons. Plus, cellular plans are contract free, so there’s no pressure.
CareZone is a digital pill dispenser that keeps track of medication, sets automatic reminders, and can be controlled by relatives.
5. Wireless chimes
These aren’t specifically for older adults, but function well for anyone with a hearing impairment and are quite frankly pretty darn cool. Instead of a doorbell, home owners are alerted of guests by a flashing light.
6. Roomba by iRobot
So, Roombas are pretty sweet in general. A vacuum that does all the work for you, and even empties itself? Sign me up. But as convenient as these things are, they can be a godsend for older adults who struggle to clean on their own.
Think of Grandpad like the tablet version of Teliken. A tablet designed specifically to help older adults keep in touch with family and friends, features include email, picture sharing, video chat, and games--without all the extra stuff that makes ordinary tablets more confusing.