More seniors using iPads and Tablets
Seniors are learning the benefits of modern technology with the use of iPads and comparable devices such as the Tablet. It’s easy to fall in love with the iPad being that it is extremely portable making it easy to carry from room to room, bring on trips, and even take with you while shopping. Having a display screen 9.5 inches with large identifiable icons makes it easy for seniors to navigate thus making the iPad a sought after device. Many seniors struggle with finger dexterity or stiff fingers, using a touch screen that allows you to interact, makes it much easier for those with these ailments.
The virtual keyboard is really a plus in the senior community. The keyboard is large and easy to read and touch, especially when using it in the landscape mode. For those with low-vision, you are able to enlarge the text for easy reading of your favorite newspaper or magazine, books and web articles. Games are available to download for free from the Android Market (if you use a Tablet) and large variety of apps for your iPad are also available for free download. Apps are really where it’s at. Apps allow baby boomers and seniors to really customize their device to meet their own personal needs. Click here for 10 “starter” apps that come recommended by online reviews and experts who focus on how older people use technology.
Communication with family and friends is important. More and more grandparents are using social media and technology to stay in contact with their children and grandchildren. An iPad or Tablet lets you “surf” the web and some even enable video chats. These devices make it easy for you to write, send, and receive emails, take notes, keep appointments (on their user-friendly calendar), and so much more.
Seniors today are technologically savvy and want to stay in touch with the world! In fact our nation’s fastest-growing demographic group—people over 65 and over 85— are now being refereed to as our “Silver Surfers.” They are joining classes and groups eager to learn how to take advantage of the technology available to us. They may struggle at first with terms such as “streaming” or “social media” and how to decipher what LOL or OMG means, but they aren’t giving up. They are adamant about learning and they are!