Tablets for Senior Citizens

If you thought seniors weren’t into technology, think again. From cell phones to computers to tablets, seniors are keeping up with the times. Statistics show more than 30 percent of those 65 and older own a tablet. A tablet is a portable touch screen device that allows for internet usage, email, and photography. If you or a loved one want to get connected but are looking for a device simpler and smaller than a laptop or a computer, then a tablet may be the way to go.

Reasons to Buy a Tablet

If you’re wondering whether a tablet or computer is best for you, think about what you’re going to use it for. These are just some of the reasons why you may want to get a tablet over a computer or laptop.

  • Tablets are extremely portable. If you’re on the go or just want the convenience of a portable device then a tablet may be the better option.
  • Tablets use a touch screen. For many, the idea of using a mouse and keyboard is a turn off when using a computer. With a tablet, all you have to do is touch the screen. Many seniors like this option because it makes the tablet easy to use. Tablets also offer the option of using a stylus (a pencil-like device to touch the screen rather than your finger).
  • Tablets offer a variety of screen resolutions. If you’re looking for a larger screen or other options, a tablet can get the job done.
  • Stay connected. For those seniors looking to stay connected with family and friends through email and social media accounts, a tablet provides easy internet access. Staying connected can help seniors ward off feelings of loneliness and depression.
  • Less expensive. Tablets are typically hundreds of dollars cheaper than a laptop or computer.
  • Photo storage. Tablets have camera options allowing you to take pictures and store them on the tablet. Many seniors like this option because they can go back and look at pictures of their family and friends, especially if they are not nearby.

Tablets for Seniors

Seniors can certainly buy any tablet they wish, but there are some whose features are more user-friendly than others. Here’s a look at several tablets that are rated high for use by seniors.

  • ASUS VivoTab- This tablet ranks high because it’s easy to use and has a bright display screen. The big buttons and touch screen are also good for those with vision problems.
  • Apple iPad Mini- This tablet scores big with seniors because it’s lightweight and easy to carry. The backlit touch display also makes it easy to see the screen.
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 3- If you can’t decide between a tablet and a laptop this model may be for you. You can add a keyboard for easy use or keep it as a tablet using the touch screen. This model can also run Microsoft and Windows if that’s something you’re looking to do.

Tablet Tips for Seniors

If you’ve decided to invest in a tablet, here are some tips to get you going:

  • Keep it Simple. You don’t need every app known to man on your tablet. Keep it simple with only the ones you know you will use. Many enjoy email apps, Facebook, and easy to play games. Ask someone to show you what’s available so you can choose what you like.
  • Keep Passwords in a Safe Place. We all forget our passwords from time to time. Keep track of whatever passwords you’re using for your tablet by writing them down and keeping them in a safe place.
  • Not Everything is Free. While there are many free apps out there, there are also plenty that are not. Be sure you or your loved one understands this so that you’re not spending money foolishly.
  • Consider a Tracking Device. If you’re afraid you or your loved one may misplace the tablet, add a tracking device app to it so it will be able to easier to find.
  • Consider Some Accessories. While you don’t want to go crazy with accessories, there are a couple that are helpful and inexpensive. A screen protector and case will help to keep your tablet from getting damaged. Getting the basic models of both will keep costs down.

If you’re still hesitant about investing in a tablet, ask a family member or friend if you can first borrow one to see if it’s right for you.

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Since graduating from Harvard with an honors degree in Statistics, Jeff has been creating content in print, online, and on television. Much of his work has been dedicated to informing seniors on how to live better lives. As Editor-in-Chief of the personal… Learn More About Jeff Hoyt