March 27th, 2014 12:20 PM by Sabrina Simpson
If you are like me, we are the sandwich generation and have elderly parents to take care of now or in the near future. My mother, in her early 80's loves using the computer, but I needed to find something that was easier for her to use. Operating systems keep changing and it isn't as simple for someone aging to keep up with the new technology. I found Teliken and my mother loves it! I had to this with you! If you are looking for an easy solution for your parents or grandparents, I highly recommend Telikin. Their customer service is awesome too! Their website is: www.Telikin.com.Technology today has become so pervasive that most of us take it for granted. Not only do we take for granted that we can instantly connect and get information, but we also take for granted how this technology works...
And that's one of the driving reasons behind the idea for a senior computer.
Many seniors and computer novices have never had the opportunity to learn the computer skills which are second nature to tech-savvy users. The concepts of windows, desktops, drop down menus, right-click options, minimizing, maximizing, tasks bars, etc., are so familiar to us because we’ve been using computers with these features for so long. We never stop to think how confusing it may be for someone who’s never used a traditional computer before.
“Where am I?”
“Where did the screen go?”
“Where did I save it?”
“How did I get here and how do I go back?”
Some of the biggest interface design barriers that complicate navigation for senior computer users are:
1) Disappearing desktops
2) Drop down menus
3) Overlapping windows
4) Missing or disappearing buttons
To simply assume that everyone can, and should, just learn to deal with these navigational intricacies in order to use the computer is limiting and also self-centered. Just because I want to be able to have eight different programs running, twelve internet tabs opened, and music playing on my computer, doesn’t mean that everyone else wants or needs to do all these things at once.