When disabilities or memory impairment make going out more difficult, seniors can feel like they’re not able to do the things they love anymore. Going online can help them stay social, learn new things, and have fun without the hassle of going out.
That is, of course, if they can navigate the internet!
Here are some tools to help seniors get online, stay safe, and have a good time — giving us time to get some things done or maybe even have a few moments of peace and quiet!
Skills to get started
If your senior is able to attend classes in person, check with SeniorNet or your local library to see if they offer services to help people get online. If not, there are online classes and videos you can help them access.
This great website helps seniors learn the computer skills that feel like second nature to us — like using a mouse — that can be difficult to get a hang of.
The BBC created Webwise as a beginner’s guide to the internet. It starts with computer basics, walks you through email, introduces users to the internet, and helps guide seniors through the basics of social media. It even explains how to stay safe online. This is a great resource.
Senior Planet’s tech tips section is an always-up-to-date source for information on the latest tech trends, apps, and tools.
A friendlier experience
If you’re helping set up a computer for someone with visual or hearing impairments or trouble typing, this site will walk you through adjustments you can make so they can have an easier time navigating the web.
Clear out the clutter of typical search engines and direct your senior to Good50 instead. They’ll get the same results with an easier navigation experience.
Clear away the clutter of a typical PC interface and replace it with something designed to be intuitive for seniors.
I live off of food from Trader Joe’s. I spend my life in a cubicle, a la Office Space. I’m kind of obsessed with the internet.
Confession: I take care of people but don’t identify as a caregiver.