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3 Ways to Make Technology More Accessible For Seniors

With technology advancing faster, it can take a lot of work to keep up with every new smartphone feature or navigate each new app. Sometimes, just figuring out how to use their phones can be difficult for seniors.

Because so many people use smart devices, there are a variety of accessibility tools that can help ensure senior adults can use their devices more easily. Working with caretakers and elderly patients alike, we’re particularly passionate about ensuring everyone can access necessary technology. With that in mind, here are some tips on making devices easier for seniors.

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1. Enable Voice Commands and Screen Readers

Voice commands can actually help less tech-savvy seniors get what they need. Instead of struggling to search their device, saying, “Assistant, Send a Message to Christie” can be much easier than texting. Because phones have these capabilities, seniors can take advantage of these helpful tools. 

In addition, because some older people may have vision problems, enabling accessibility tools in the phone, like a screen reader, can ensure they don’t miss anything while using their phone.

2. Make the Text Larger and Bolder

Smartphones also can make the text larger and bolder, so it’s easier to read if the senior adult has vision difficulties or just prefers larger text. In addition, many phones also have settings for contrast or specific colors that help seniors see what’s on the screen better. This can help, especially if the person using the phone has color blindness.

3. Make Sure Buttons and Controls Are Easy to Find

Many smart devices also enable the user to increase the size of buttons or other inputs in the device. This will make it easier to input the correct entry and avoid having to deal with the inconvenience of excessive typos. 

In addition, some devices are made with larger buttons, which might work better for some people. The larger buttons are easier to find and press, making navigating the technology easier, therefore, more accessible.

Considering Special Touch Home Care?

These are just a few ways to make technology more accessible for the senior adults in your life! Of course, it can vary for each person, and most of all, patience is the most important thing when teaching a loved one new technology. 

If you have someone in your life interested in in-home care or if you’re interested in receiving care at home yourself, we hope you will reach out! Special Touch Home Care helps loved ones get the care they need to live comfortably and independently in the comfort of their own home.

Contact us or schedule a call with a Care Representative to get started!

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