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Best computers for seniors of 2022 – Forbes Health

Best computers for seniors of 2022 – Forbes Health

When buying a laptop for an elderly person, it is important to consider individual needs. What are their limits ? How will they typically use the computer? Answering these questions can help you find the best option for your loved one.

Physical disabilities

For users with arthritis or hand pain, a laptop with a touchscreen and full-size keyboard may be ideal. Touchscreens require less dexterity and can support the use of an on-screen keyboard, says Macaulee Cassaday, founder of Cyber-Seniors, a nonprofit that provides free technical training for seniors. Voice typing assistance can reduce or completely eliminate the need for hand typing and is available in the accessibility settings of most devices.

For seniors who are hard of hearing, look for sound quality in the built-in speakers, as well as the availability of Bluetooth. Some modern hearing aids can sync with laptops via Bluetooth.

Visually impaired users should opt for a larger screen and can use the accessibility settings for additional assistance. These options include screen readers that read text aloud, color settings to help with visual impairments that involve color and on-screen keyboard options (if the device has a screen tactile), adds Macaulee.

How the computer will be used

If Internet-based activities like video chatting and streaming are the priority, then ease of use and affordability should take priority when buying a computer for seniors. More advanced processing and storage capabilities are available with more expensive options.

Storage room

Storage needs vary greatly from user to user. For example, if the user intends to store a large amount of photos and videos, he will need more storage. If a user is just looking to video chat with others or stream shows and movies, data storage isn’t necessary and an option with very little storage should suffice.

If additional storage is needed, cloud storage may be available for purchase on your device.

Ease of use

When buying a new computer, look for options that use the same platform users are already familiar with, Cassaday says. For example, old Windows users will likely find transitioning to another Windows laptop easier than learning a new operating system.

“Personally, I’m a fan of Apple devices,” Cassaday says. “I think, especially for older people, their accessibility settings and ease of use are really exceptional.”

When it comes to supporting the use of technology, local senior and community centers, universities and libraries often offer basic computer classes for seniors, while non-profit organizations companies like Cyber-Seniors offer free support and training over the phone or via Zoom.

Height and weight

Lightweight devices make it easier to avoid the tension or restlessness of conditions such as arthritis. Laptops weigh between 2 and 8 pounds, so purchasing lighter devices is a good idea for users with arthritis. The weight of any device must be clearly indicated on the packaging or in the online product description.

Budget

Laptops usually cost around $200 to $3,000. According to Cassady, opting for a less expensive device means you’re more likely to experience issues like vulnerability to viruses, slower processing speeds, and issues with the keyboard or touchpad.

While keeping costs low in your purchase is important, she suggests looking at older or refurbished laptop models that are usually mid-cost or more expensive.