This blog is for those readers who have earned their well-deserved college degree and have landed their first dream career job. They now wish to celebrate their new success with a useful gift to their parents.
In this age, where we rely heavily on technology to stay connected and for all other purposes. So why leave our senior citizen parents behind? While most of them are accustomed to using smartphones, it becomes a tad bit tedious for a prolonged use. The tiny screen, the constant zooming in and much more. So what's better than gifting them with a tablet PC?
Why tablet PC? : Tablet PCs can be apt companions for senior citizens for a variety of reasons.
Tablet PCs can be apt companions for senior citizens for a variety of reasons.
With Changing Times, Think of Tablet PC As A Gift To Your Senior Citizen Parents
The most compelling aspect of tablet PCs that scores over smartphones and desktop PCs is they have much larger screen size compared to smart phones and of course much lighter as compared to desktops. A 7” tablet has as much as 3 times larger screen area of a 4 ” mobile phone and 2.7 times larger than a 4.5” mobile phone. Needless to say, their readability and even keying in data is much better with Tablet PCs. However, an 8 inch tablet has arguably best combination of larger screen size and portability.
A tablet can be easily placed on a table like a desktop PC and enable your parents to read an e-book without tilting their neck downwards for an extended period of time.
A tablet can be utilized with ease almost anywhere. Your mother has a dentist’s appointment? She can carry her tablet PC and read her favourite e-book till her appointment takes place.
Configure the Tablet Before Gifting It
First Things First: Internet and Device Security: The most important step is initiate your parents into certain internet security aspects- safe means of password creation and maintenance, safe browsing tips, social media guidelines and good practices. Install some good anti-virus software in the tablet in case your parents will browse internet also.
Also configure and load the tablet with a few useful apps and data to enjoy a still wider smile on your parents’ face.
Set up Wi Fi at your home: Needless to mention, you will need to have Wi Fi set up in the house where your parents stay.
There are thousands of apps. that are useful for senior citizens. While the sky is limit for choosing apps. , the below suggestions can trigger your thought process in making the Tablet PC useful companion for your parents.
Initiate Your Parents into Nuances of Internet Security and Safety.
Read: E-books: Install e-book readers and a few of their favourite e-books. Even if you load say 4 to 5 e-books at a time, that should be enough. By far Amazon Kindle and Google Play are good options.
Music: Install Saavn and Gaana for listening to their favourite music. Both have regional Indian language collections also. Sports: Is your father a cricket fan?- install apps. Crickbuzz or Star Sports that give latest updates from the world of cricket. Social Media: Let your parents be in touch with the world. Install Facebook or Google + Photographic memories: Make a collation of photographs, especially from their childhood and younger days, when you and your siblings were growing up and load in neatly titled and arranged folders for them. They will enjoy recalling those sweet memories.
Video Calls: One of your brother sisters is abroad- either studying or on the job? Install Skype.
Health Apps: There are multitude of health apps including those for reminding to take daily medicines, keeping blood pressure and diabetes records etc. Needless to say, consult your physician on suitability of using a tablet for your parents and also on concerned health apps.
We have deliberately stopped short of mentioning financial apps. Take a judicious call on internet security aspects and your parents’ readiness before initiating your parents into online financial transactions.
The possibilities are enormous. Let us know if you have any ideas and apps to suggest that enrich senior citizens living.
In next blog we will explore what specification of tablet PC you should choose for your senior citizen parents based on their specific needs.
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