Top 3 Tech Tools for Lonely Seniors: Helping the Elderly Stay Connected

seniors and technologySeniors often become isolated and lonely when they can’t easily go out and see family or friends. With today’s fast-paced lifestyle, it can be difficult for family to stay in touch in traditional ways.

To help seniors stay connected and prevent loneliness, try these three easy-to-use tech tools.

 1. Help Seniors Get Email Without a Computer

Presto and Celery are two services that allow seniors to automatically get printed versions of emails and photos without ever needing to touch a computer.

How they work: Think of these as smart printers or modified fax machines. Just plug the machine into a regular telephone line and power outlet. Your senior will get automatic printouts of emails and photos from authorized senders (like you!).

These services make it easy and convenient for family to share their lives with seniors. With Presto, you can even schedule messages or send nudges to family to keep a steady stream of messages flowing to your older adult.

Who would enjoy this? Seniors who enjoy reading or writing messages and looking at photos as a way to keep up with family and friends. Who wouldn’t love pictures of their grandkids or a note saying that you’re thinking of them?

Cost:

  • The Presto machine costs $100 and the monthly service fee starts from $16.

2. A Tablet Computer Designed for Seniors

Claris Companion is an easy-to-use tablet computer that helps seniors use email, see photos, get video calls, browse the Internet, remember to take medication, and more.

How it works: The Claris Companion is a tablet computer with a large touch screen and oversized buttons and text.

The applications are simplified and most features work with the push of a single, large button. Extra-loud speakers and sides with a large area for better grip also make the tablet easier for seniors to use.

Claris Companion also has optional monitoring abilities that give added peace of mind for caregivers.

Who would enjoy this? Seniors who like video calling, want medication or calendar reminders, and enjoy browsing favorite websites (pre-set by you). Some may also like the monitoring features because they can let you know they’re doing OK.

Cost: Claris Companion tablets start at $349 + $19/month for the Claris One.

3. An Easy-to-Use Computer for the Elderly

Telikin is a simple, touch-screen computer designed to be very easy to use. It’s an all-in-one package that includes a large touch-screen monitor, speakers, webcam, large-print keyboard, and mouse.

How it works: Telikin comes installed with special set of applications. This makes it easy to do things like video chat, check email, browse the Internet, look at pictures or videos, check news or weather, play games, etc.

What’s different is that you can’t install any other applications and downloads are restricted. This keeps the computer simple and virus-free. Maintenance happens automatically behind-the-scenes.

For an extra $10/month, their VIP tech support, based in the USA, helps your senior with questions via the on-screen “Tech Buddy” service.

Who would enjoy this? Seniors who enjoy the versatility and features of a full-fledged computer, but find regular computers too difficult to use and maintain.

Reviews on Amazon for the Breeze and Elite II models are mostly positive. Many say their senior relatives are using and enjoying Telikin on a daily basis.

Cost: The 18 inch Telikin Breeze is $699 and the 22 inch Telikin Elite II is $1079.

Bottom line

Staying connected is important, no matter what your age. Studies have shown that seniors who are socially isolated tend to have greater risk of death and die earlier. They also have poorer quality of life while they’re alive.

These three tech tools make it easy for families to stay connected with older adults. Regularly sharing photos and messages makes them feel included in your lives and prevents social isolation and loneliness.

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One comment on “Top 3 Tech Tools for Lonely Seniors: Helping the Elderly Stay Connected
  1. Glen Goldsmith says:

    This was very interesting and helpful information. My wife and I did quite a bit of research and just got an great tablet for her parents. The tablet was designed just for seniors, primarily for them to be able to connect with their loved ones safely. The tablet, grandPad (www.grandpad.net) has changed their lives almost overnight. It is a remarkable service that comes with 24 hour support and is very simple to use. The day their tablet arrived, my father-in-law was able to do a video chat with his son in Europe and it was the 1st time he had seen him “live” in over 4 years!

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