Computers Designed Specifically for Seniors

With the great advances we have with technology, aging seniors could be missing out on some easy ways to communicate more with loved ones. Also, with many benefits such as Social Security and Medicare trying to become as paperless as possible, being able to have computer access can become vital. This article appeared recently that details many computers and tablets that are developed specifically for seniors to make using them not only easy, but fun. Read on to learn more, and thanks for visiting us at Advocare of South Florida. Learn more about the services we provide HERE to area residents of North Palm Beach, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Island, Wellington, Manalapan, Boca Raton, Delray Beach and more.

There are actually several companies who make and sell computers designed specifically for seniors who have little or no computer experience. Here are some top options to check out.

Desktops
If you’re primarily interested in a home desktop computer, the Telikin, which has been on the market for over two years now, is an excellent option.

Ready to go right out of the box, this all-in-one touch-screen computer provides a big button menu that displays all your favorite functions on the screen at all times. By simply touching the menu option of your choice with your finger, you can get instant access to the Web, email, games, video chat, photo sharing, news, weather and more.

Available in two sizes — the 18-inch LCD touch-screen with a 320-gigabyte hard drive that costs $699, and the 20-inch LCD touch-screen with 500-gigabytes for $999 — all Telikin computers come with built-in speakers, a Web camera, microphone, wired keyboard and mouse. They even offer “tech buddy” software that your loved ones can download on their computers, so they can access your Telikin remotely to help you when need be.

Running on Linux software instead of the standard Windows or Mac OS, the Telikin is also virus-resistant, comes with a 60-day trial period, a one-year warranty and free tech support.

It’s also worth noting that Telikin has a partnership with firstSTREET — a senior product direct marketing company — that is also selling the 20-inch Telikin for $999, but have rebranded it as the “WOW! Computer for Seniors.”

Another option to consider is the MyGait Elite Computer, which costs $899 plus a $20 monthly service fee. This mouse-operated PC has a 20-inch high-resolution monitor, a large-letter color-coded keyboard, one-click functionality for all pages, a simple zoom feature that lets you magnify your email or Web page up to 200 percent, and an ergonomic trackball mouse that’s easy on the hand and wrist.

It also comes with a built in Web camera, DVD/CD player, unlimited storage space, dozens of games and a unique customer service package that guarantees protection against viruses and spam, provides ongoing computer updates, and offers a help line if you ever get stuck or need assistance.

Tablets
If you’re interested in something mobile, there are several new senior-specific tablets on the market you should look into like the Claris Companion, which combines a computer, digital picture frame, mobile phone and passive monitoring device into one package.

It has a 10-inch touch-screen with huge text and buttons, amplified sound and comes in a thick bamboo frame that’s easy to hold on to, plus a stand that props it up.

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