The BEST Device for Seniors to Access the Web & Social Media is…

There are many benefits for seniors in accessing social media and the web, but which device is the best one for that purpose out of the many options that are available (a number that is growing all the time)?  That question is one we hear frequently from both elder readers and their family members.  We have built our existing base of knowledge with some additional research and come up with the answer.

One thing that is important to keep in mind is that there is no one-size-fits-all. There is often an attempt to broadly call “seniors” a market segment but there are too many older adults with too broad a range of interests to be properly considered a single market whose needs can be met by any one device or group of devices.

In this episode we look at the criteria that are important in selecting the best device for seniors’ use, including:

  • How the device will be used;
  • Available access to the internet;
  • Capabilities of the individual(s) who will be using the device; and,
  • Local computing “support” available to the senior.

Using these criteria, including many factors in each category, we reached a conclusion and will share it with you.

One resource we’d like to share from this episode about photosensitivity and medications is an article by Dr. Oz from AARP The Magazine, “When the Sun Makes You Sick.”  With the extreme heat many are experiencing as this is recorded and posted, we think this is very timely.

We encourage and welcome any suggestions or other feedback you may have.  Please leave a comment on this post or via a note on our Contact page.  We would also love to have you leave a post on the wall of our Senior Care Corner Facebook page.  We are particularly interested in your suggestions for future podcast topics and guests, especially if you are interested in being interviewed for a future podcast episode!

Podcast transcript  (so you can follow along or read at your convenience)