Suggestions For Helping Seniors Make Best Use of their High Tech Tools

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from: Longevity Explorers | Palo Alto

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The discussion focuses on the challenge of keeping up with ever changing operating systems on our IT devices and suggested some valuable solutions.

One member spoke anxiously of her reliance on an IT helper and wondered how people cope if they cannot afford to hire someone.

Someone who serves as a volunteer Tech Guy for his senior housing complex attested to the great value available from internet connectivity for seniors, but the enormous challenge seniors face. He is called on to help solve problems, from forgetting passwords to suddenly being confronted with a display that does not respond to commands. The basic problem is that Operating Systems are too complex and fail to provide a simple way out if the user presses the wrong button. He suggested there should be an adaptive interface that provides service appropriate to the skills of the user and adjusts as users gain skills.

Another member pleaded for a “Restore” button to bring everything back to the way you had it before your grandchildren came to visit and messed things up.

 

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