The power of modern technology is undeniable when it comes to simplifying the lives of seniors. In addition to medical wearables that can help alert authorities in the event of an emergency, portable tablets can provide added entertainment and greater convenience compared to bulky computers.
For seniors who have difficulty with technology, some easy-to-use tablets include the Apple iPad Mini, GrandPad, and Kindle Fire.
Best Overall: Apple iPad Mini
Although it is one of the most expensive tablets in the market for seniors, the Apple iPad Mini is arguably one of the best tablets when it comes to performance and style. It is small but mighty and can be used for reading eBooks, playing games, watching movies, and more. However, some seniors may find its smaller size difficult to type on.
Best User Interface: GrandPad
Specifically designed for the elderly, the GrandPad comes with helpful customer support, 4G internet, and phone calls. The large icons and clear font size will appeal to many seniors. However, web surfing is limited unless you go into the settings. Still, it is a good tablet for seniors looking for simplicity and safety for web browsing.
Best for Readers: Kindle Fire HD
Finally, seniors on a budget may want to consider the Kindle Fire, especially if they like to read. The Fire HD 10 comes in a larger screen size of 10 inches, while the Fire HD 8 is more compact at 8 inches. It also comes with Amazon’s Alexa, which can understand simple voice commands, such as opening apps and checking weather forecasts.
In addition to investing in helpful gadgets, like tablets, seniors may also wish to consider purchasing an easy-to-use smartphone such as the Jitterbug. Learn more about senior tools and technology on Senior Strong today!
William Rivers is an editor with a master’s degree in Human Services Counseling at Maine State University. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the senior healthcare industry.