How to help older people to use computers …..
- Over 6.5 million people aged over 55 have never used the internet, possibly because they are scared of it, think they’re too old to learn something new, it’s too expensive or they just don’t see the point
- You can help them to get online by keeping the process simple and taking away their concerns.
Here are some suggestions:
- Computer or tablet? Sometimes a tablet is a better alternative, as it is touchscreen and intuitive to use
- To really enthuse the older person to learn about computers and the internet, find out more about them and what hobbies and interests they have. This can also give you a foundation to base any teaching around, such as:
- If they want to use Skype, they’ll need web cam, which is built into tablets most tablets, but not most PCs, where you would need to buy an additional camera
- It helps older users if their computer or tablet if they see the same set-up every time they open their browser. Rearranging their desktop can help or you can install a simplified system. Organisations such as SimplyUnite can help
- If older people have problems using a mouse, a trackball can help as it avoids the need to hold a mouse still and click at the same time
- There are different types of keyboard available too for those who struggle with the standard one, but you can also improve the existing keyboard with systems such as Filter Keys, which slows down the keyboard to help people who have a tremor and hold the keys down too long
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