PCs for seniors - Fit for the future
Unfortunately, the computer industry has only partially realized that seniors have special technological requirements. Their first PC may be an old model from a son's or daughter's home office - but over 80 percent of seniors now buy their PC equipment themselves.
Seniors prefer to use their media competence to write texts, surf the Internet or stay in contact with friends and relatives via email. Complex graphics, such as those seen in games or 3D worlds, hold no interest for them. This saves memory capacity and money.
These kind of special PCs usually aren't sold as cheap specials in electronics markets or discount food stores but must instead be purchased from specialist dealers. The devices are expensive, but the consulting is included - and necessary in order to determine which system best suits one's needs.
You can assemble the computer technology you require in a system of building blocks: The monitor, for example, should be somewhat larger to permit greater legibility. One practical feature: Many modern mice already have a built-in button for the screen magnifying glass function. The keyboard should offer additional comfort as well - for example through simplified buttons for standard functions like checking e-mail or the Internet starting page. Good information on the Internet and PCs can be found on the website www.50plus-ans-netz.de, an initiative founded by BAGSO and the Kompetenzzentrum Technik - Diversity - Chancengleichheit, a competence center for technology, diversity and equal opportunities.