Change is good, today there is no shortage of tech designed for older adults –from hearing aids that use GPS & automatically adjust volume to Toyota robots that can literally carry the elderly around. There are even floor mats with sensors that can alert relatives if someone stops moving around the house.
But do senior citizens want any of this techie stuff when many of them haven’t yet come-to-grips with basic technology that most of the younger generation takes for granted?
Ian Hosking believes we need to get the basics right first, he’s an expert in design for the elderly at the University of Cambridge’s design center. He says “There are some very tech-savvy older people around, but there is clearly a large cohort of people who feel excluded by technology. They find it a bit impenetrable.”
His mother, in her 80’s, is valiantly learning to use technology. Having used a hand-me-down computer and a Kindle, she now wants a tablet but worries about learning to use it. It’s easy to assume that older people will find a gadget that will work for them because so many are available. As an iPad user, Ian saw no reason his mother couldn’t come to grips with it –but alas, it is not as simple as that.
For years Ian’s suggestions for his mother to get a tablet had fallen on deaf ears and then her trusty old PC broke. She finally went out and purchased a tablet and now facetimes Ian constantly.
Read Article (Jane Wakefield | bbc.com | 05/25/2015)
Don’t assume an older adult can easily find that perfect tablet. They need a situation where they can test-drive a device in their search for the right one. Then there are the other two-thirds of older adults that need assistance learning new technology, so they too can test-drive one.
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