Most people would think gadgets and senior citizens just don’t go together. Even senior citizens themselves are sometimes afraid of gadgets thinking they are to complicated and difficult for them to use but some gadgets are actually great for older people and I will discuss them below.
1. The iPad
The latest new toy from Apple which has everyone going wild is the new iPad. It is a new take on tablet computing. The iPad is a thin touch screen computer with an amazing interface, that although not a super computer for tech geeks it does a few simple things well. The iPad is a great device for senior citizens if you want to get them connected to the Internet or have a music library on the go for them. The iPad unlike most computers does not have a complicated and confusing file system that senior citizens could get lost in, it has a dead simple touch screen interface that is easy for anyone to figure out, and it is much easier for a senior citizen to get used to the touchscreen then a mouse. The iPad can easily connect to the Internet and play music with its built in itunes. Also with the iPad being much bigger then an iPod senior citizens are able to take it with them and not have to worry about loosing as they would with a tiny nano iPod. Overall the dead simple user interface and controls make this a great device for senior citizens.
2. Amazon Kindle
The Amazon Kindle is an e-reader that is perfect for senior citizens. Most e-readers have a complicated set up which takes prior computing background to figure out where to get books and how to get them onto your device. The Amazon Kindle makes this dead simple by having a wireless bookstore built into the device that requires no set up or even a computer to connect to. So if your a senior citizen who is not comfortable with a computer you don’t need one to use the Amazon Kindle. Not only is the Amazon Kindle easy to use and get books onto but its a great device for the senior citizen who loves to read, giving them access to hundreds of thousands of books with the click of a button. Also for the senior citizen who does not have the best eye sight with the push of a button you can easily and instantly increase the size of text on the device. So all those great books in the library that someone can not read because the font is to small can be read on the Amazon Kindle since the text can instantly be increased to ones liking.
3. Casio Exilim Ex-G1
For the senior citizen who has lots of grand children or just likes to take pictures the Casio Exilim Ex-G1 is the perfect camera. As a camera it takes superb pictures with 12.1 mega pixels allowing you to capture every tiny detail of your grand children’s life and a 4 times optical zoom for you to zoom in on those little precious moments. What makes this camera perfect for senior citizens is its ruggedly built body. This camera was built to take a beating, so if its accidentally dropped it will not brake because it is shock resistant. Another feature that makes this camera great for a senior citizen with little grand children is that it is water proof up to ten feet, so not only can you capture little moments such as their first swim but if they spill there delicious juice on your brand new digital camera you will not have to worry!
4. Kodak EasyShare EX-1011 Digital Picture Frame
There is no doubt about it that senior citizens love there pictures, especially of their precious grandchildren. There are hundreds and hundreds of digital picture frames on the market today ranging with a wide variety of features. What makes the Kodak EasyShare Ex-1011 Digital Picture frame a keep for the senior citizen is the built in wireless connectivity. One of the most complicated things with a digital picture frame is getting new pictures onto the device and its a pain if you want to keep the frame filled with the latest pictures of your family. With the wireless connectivity your picture can easily be connected to where ever you hot your photos online, so the minute you upload pictures online they are automatically synced with this awesome digital picture frame. This features will make sure your photos in your frame will always be the latest most updated photos of your family.
5. Garmin Nuvi 1690
One of the latest Garmin Nuvi gps devices on the market is the Nuvi 1690 which is perfect for the senior citizen who is always on the go. Upgrading from paper maps to a gps unit is a great idea for senior citizens and is a safer way to travel. It is much safer to have the gps unit read you directions as you drive then you yourself looking down over a map while you drive. What makes the Garmin Nuvi 1690 great for senior citizens is it will actually read the street names out to you as you drive. On top of all the great features most Garmin Nuvi models have the 1690 has live real time traffic reports with no added monthly cost. This is a great feature which will allow you to navigate around all the traffic so you will never be late for another family reunion ever again!