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View Poll Results: Best Tool for Elderly?
Desktop (Windows) 11 40.74%
Desktop (Non-Windows, e.g. Linux, Mac) 8 29.63%
Laptop (Windows) 0 0%
Laptop (Non-Windows) 2 7.41%
Tablet (iPad) 4 14.81%
Tablet (Android, Windows, Blackberry) 1 3.70%
Netbook (Windows) 0 0%
Netbook (Non-Windows) 0 0%
Other 1 3.70%
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:11 AM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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What do you think the best technology is for an elderly person for a person who has little to no idea how a computer works, but wants to learn.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:20 AM
 
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A calculator! Just kidding. Probably a desktop computer or laptop. Those are the oldest type and so they're the ones they'd visualize when someone says the word "computer." Another interesting choice in the poll would have been the Nintendo Wii.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:23 PM
 
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Define "elderly" please.

I would think a keyboard with large letters, a mouse that fits comfortably into ones hand and a screen resolution of 640x480 would be more important than an OS.

The above right off the bat rules out netbooks and tablets.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:52 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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The best one is the one that you're able to fix after they mess it up, which is sorta' inevitable as part of the learning curve. Better yet, the one that *they* can easily learn to fix.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I think in general the following is a good choice for "seniors"

- "all in one" PC; preference over Mac only because more people use PCs and the senior could get help more easily from family and friends
- Windows 7, and set up as non-administrative user
- Web based email like Hotmail or Gmail
- Remote desktop application like Teamviewer so they can get help remotely from family and friends
- wired mouse and keyboard so no batteries are required for the computer to work
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:01 PM
 
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One that I don't have to fix.
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:56 PM
 
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Why is this in electronics instead of computers?

The fracturing of the Science forum seems to be failing so far...
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Jenks, Oklahoma
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Elderly people often have trouble sitting at a desk very long due to neck pain. I think a tablet might be a better solution.
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:35 PM
 
Location: The Ranch
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How about this:

WOW! Computer for Seniors: Simple, No-Hassle Computers for Seniors | firstSTREET
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Jenks, Oklahoma
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Elderly people often have trouble sitting at a desk very long due to neck pain. I think a tablet might be a better solution.
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