Living in the 21st century opens up all kinds of gift options for seniors. Technology products often make great gifts because they can help seniors in an array of areas — from staying in touch with friends and family to providing entertainment and exercising the mind.
Here are four innovative technology gifts for seniors from the firstSTREET catalog:
WOW! Computer for Seniors
One of the best places to start is to help seniors get online easily. Between the wealth of information on every topic and the connectivity of social media, computers make for a great gift, though sometimes a problematic one. Small keyboards and screens can be an obstacle, as can the perceived complexity of computers themselves. These issues evaporate with firstSTREET’s WOW! Computer for Seniors.
With its large touch screen, small keyboards are no longer an issue, and its simplified interface is a breeze to learn. It’s also incredibly simple to set up: Just get it out of the box, and plug in the Internet connection and the power. Voila! You’re done!
Novella Tablet Reader
For those who want something more portable than a computer, the Novella Tablet is a great option. It’s not only a simple-to-use eBook reader, but it also allows you to surf the Web, check email, and play games. With a larger than average keyboard and the ability to increase the text size (almost twice as much as you can on most other tablets), it is very friendly to those with vision loss.
Tablets are often referred to in recent news as the wave of the future. But for seniors, this tablet is not just for the future, it’s a realistic computing option right now!
EZ Read Electronic Reading Aid
Abraham Lincoln once said, “A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others,” but as eyesight becomes less acute, the joys of reading become less accessible. The EZ Read plugs into your television’s video input and projects the text on the screen, large enough to easily make out. On a 27″-TV set, it gives you a powerful 10.3x magnification. While your vision may not be what it once was, there is no reason to give up the joy of a good book!
For those who prefer the familiar technology of the pre-computer days, firstSTREET’s portable electric typewriter can make a great gift. From filling out envelopes to filling in documents to writing letters, this classic device is the perfect gift for the computer-shy.
No matter what the occasion, tech products like these are fantastic gifts for seniors because they’re functional, yet easy to use; and, most importantly, they can help seniors stay in touch with the people they care about.