The Best Laptops For Seniors

A Sensis survey in 2015 found that almost 60% of seniors aged 65 and over were using computers on a daily basis. These seniors use their computers to access medical information, network on social media sites, shop and do online banking. Digital technologies can help seniors stay connected even when mobility and health issues limit outside activities.

In most cases, seniors prefer laptops due to their portability. Whether you are sick in bed or sitting in the garden, your laptop can accompany you. Here are important considerations to keep in mind when purchasing computers for seniors.

  • Level of computer literacy
  • Purpose for which it will be used
  • Physical impairments such as poor eyesight or arthritis

Ask a tech-savvy family member to take you to a computer store so that you can test drive the latest models for yourself. Do not be overwhelmed by slick sales pitch. Stay within your budget and buy a model which suits your particular needs.

Computer Literacy

If you have just started to use computers, you will benefit from models with touch-screen technology and simple navigation tools. In most cases, it will be best to buy a new computer with the latest operating systems such as Windows 10. This is because developers are increasingly creating intuitive software which has a simple design and is easy to use. Touch screens allow you to use the computer menu by touching icons to access items such as emails, favourite websites or weather reports.

Computer Use

If you are merely planning to send emails, post on Facebook and read online newspapers, an inexpensive basic model will easily suit your purposes. However, if you are planning to download games, movies and music as well as engage in hobbies such as digital card making, you will need a faster operating system with more memory.

If you wish to spend considerable amounts of time on the computer, some features will help you to avoid health problems.

  • Backlit keyboard and larger screen with clear graphics to avoid eye strain
  • Soft keyboard to avoid hand strain.
  • Lightweight so that you can carry it easily.

Physical Impairments

If you have poor eyesight, arthritis or other impairments, ask your computer store to let you take a demonstration model home. A laptop which has clear images in a brightly-lit store may not be so sharp when you are sitting in the shade on your patio. In general, these are the features needed on computers for seniors so that they can be used comfortably.

Problem

Features Needed

Suitable Model to Try

Poor vision

Good screen resolution

Anti-glare qualities

Keyboard with large buttons

Backlit keyboard

 

MacBook Pro with high-resolution retina display and anti-glare feature

Arthritis or back pain

Touchscreen and/or easy touch mouse and keyboard

Acer Aspire with soft keyboard for light touch typing

Hearing Difficulties

High-quality sound

Toshiba Satellite Fusion 15 with good volume and quality speakers designed by Skullcandy

Stay Connected

Becoming older doesn’t mean being left behind. Follow the advice above to purchase a laptop which allows you to stay connected, conduct business and find new hobbies. Choosing the right laptop will add a whole new dimension to your life. Happy surfing!

Image credit: "Grandma uses her MacBook" (cropped) by KimSanDiego. (Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic)

 




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