Tablets for the Elderly Not Perfected Yet

It has always been difficult to grow old; as long as people have lived, the young have believed that the old are out of touch. Today, they are probably right. Technology exploded in the 20th century and innovations came so quickly that they literally left some of the older generations behind. Most of us would have a hard time conceiving of a world without things such as the Internet, YouTube, email, Google, or any other of a number of technology based applications. What some people don’t realize though is that some of the elderly have rarely or never used it says Dr. Daniel Amen. Believe it or not, there are people in the United States that have never emailed anyone or even visited the Internet.

With this in mind, some technology companies have been working on technology that is more user friendly for the elderly. This means it must be easier to use and understand, as well as requiring less manual dexterity to use. One new tablet in this field is the AARP RealPad, created specifically for the elderly population. Unfortunately it hasn’t lived up to expectations; the power button is too small and hard to see, and some people complained that, while it was designed to be small and light, it was just too small. Still, it is a step in the right direction. Hopefully, the technology will continue to improve.

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