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Computers for Senior Citizens
Amar’s mother-in-law, Shalinitai, is very scared of computers. Whenever Amar shows her a mail or asks her to chat with his son who is abroad, Shalinitai reads and talks briefly and then moves away from the room, as if she may catch a virus if she persists! This is normal, acceptable behaviour of all older persons which is, generally, shrugged off with a smile. What is seamless, smooth transition to technology for five-year old kids, works totally in the opposite way for senior citizens.
 
The main reasons for seniors being technology-averse are a lack of knowledge and understanding of the benefits of the medium and also the scare of that he/she may wipe out everything at the touch of a button! The interface itself is unfamiliar; the mouse is a new thing; and, on laptops and mobiles, the font size is really small, making the readability poor. Apart from the physical challenges, identifying the relevance and utility is a big challenge too.
 
Overcoming the physical challenges is simple. Just adjust the font size; almost all elders benefit from at least a slight increase in text size. Control panel options in Windows, and the universal access option in Apple products, allow the size of many system elements to be adjusted. Current versions of Windows and Mac systems have simple magnification capabilities. In addition, ‘zoom’ capabilities are built into many standard applications, such as Microsoft Office programs and most browsers. Providing good lighting also goes a long way in encouraging computer use. Using software tools available online like the ones available at www.eldy.eu or www.pointerware.com also helps in making the interface simple and easy to use.
 
As regards making the use of computers relevant, it is easier. Introducing them to other elders with common interests (food, gardening, painting or even sharing medical histories), getting them to chat online with them and sharing experiences will make the entire process interesting and engrossing. Besides, it will go a long way in ameliorating their own boredom and learning from and teaching to the worldwide community.
 
For Smartphone users, you have something called a Big Launcher. It is minimalist but utilitarian. Install Big Launcher on your phone and enjoy BIG icons and quick shortcuts: you will never need to search anything on your phone again and have the most often used tools at your fingertips! The biggest treat is a really BIG dialler which is so convenient to use.
 
And, finally, there are many games meant especially for senior citizens. One such game is Senior Citizen Escape that helps the granny find the key to allow her son to enter the house! The general trend is that the more elders use computers, the more they are going to get hooked on and the more they will love technology. So, if you start today, be prepared to buy a new, exclusive computer in the next few months!

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COMMENTS

R Varadarajan

3 months ago

Very interesting indeed !!

SRINIVAS SHENOY

3 months ago

What do you think?... Write your comments. Majority of my colleagues who are at the point of retirement often express, that they are not as computer literate, as their younger colleagues generally are. This they admit is
a major dampener in their individual performances.

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Anil Parikh

In Reply to SRINIVAS SHENOY 3 months ago

even if it takes time and small cost once u learn it will be
excellent way of using time by yourself

Anil Parikh

3 months ago

seniors have vast exposers to varied situation in life.they can be part of this effort bbbbby sharing with all seniors

Starting Rs60,000, Apple iphone7 in India from October 7
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available for iOS lovers in India beginning October 7 - the last in the list of countries.
 
Available in silver, gold, rose gold and the new black finish (jet black), iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models, starting at Rs60,000.
 
The new jet black finish will be offered exclusively on the 128GB and 256GB models from Apple authorised resellers and select carriers, the Cupertino-based tech giant announced on Wednesday.
 
Pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus begins from September 9 and the shipping will start from September 16 first in 25 countries and other countries a week later.
 
All iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models will include EarPods with "Lightning Connector" and a Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter, also sold separately for Rs2,500 and Rs900, respectively.
 
"Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colours will be available starting at Rs2,900 and iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case will be offered in black and white for Rs8,900," the company said.
 
Lightning Docks in several colour-matching metallic finishes will also be available for Rs3,700.
 
iPhone 7 has water and dust resistance, dual-lens camera (in iPhone 7 Plus), 4.6-inch retina HD display, a new home button, 7 MP HD front camera and 12 MP rear main camera, no traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack, iOS 10, A10 fusion chip and and longest battery life to date.
 
The new iPhone features new advanced camera systems that take pictures like never before, more power and performance with the best battery life ever on an iPhone, immersive stereo speakers and wide colour system from camera to display.
 
The newly-launched Apple Watch Series 2 will be available in gold, rose gold, silver or space grey aluminium, or silver or space black stainless steel cases paired with a wide variety of bands starting at Rs32,900.
 
The new ceramic Apple Watch Edition starts at Rs 110,900 from select Apple authorised resellers and carriers.
 
Apple Watch Nike+ starts at Rs32,900.
 
Apple Watch Series 1 will be available in gold, rose gold, silver or space grey aluminium cases paired with a Sport Band and starts at Rs23,900.
 
The new Apple-designed wireless AirPods including charging case will be available for Rs15,400, beginning in late October in India.
 
AirPods require Apple devices running iOS 10, watchOS 3 or macOS Sierra.
 
Earlier, ending round-the-clock rumours that had sent the world of technology into a tizzy for quite some time now, Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled stunning devices at the jam-packed Bill Graham Civic Auditorium here.
 
"iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus dramatically improve every aspect of the iPhone experience, reaching a new level of innovation and precision to make this the best iPhone we have ever made," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
 
"The completely redesigned cameras shoot incredible photos and videos day or night, the A10 Fusion chip is the most powerful chip on any smartphone while delivering the best battery life ever in an iPhone, and an entirely new stereo speaker system provides twice the sound, all within the first water and dust resistant iPhone," he told the gathering.
 
The 12MP camera includes optical image stabilisation on both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and a larger AE'/1.8 aperture and 6-element lens enable brighter, more detailed photos and videos.
 
"iPhone 7 Plus features the same 12-megapixel wide angle camera as iPhone 7 and adds a 12-megapixel telephoto camera that together offer optical zoom at two times and up to 10 times digital zoom for photos," the company announced.
 
Coming later this year, the dual 12-megapixel cameras also enable a new depth-of-field effect, using both cameras on iPhone 7 Plus to capture images.
 
Sophisticated technology including machine learning separates the background from the foreground to achieve amazing portraits, once possible only with DSLR cameras, the company said.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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