Around the world populations are getting older. In the United States alone 70 million post-World War II baby boomers will be retired by 2029. There isn’t any way we will be able to build enough retirement homes or assisted living facilities to house everyone who needs a place to live, so “aging in place” with seniors staying in their own homes will be critical (see my post The Internet and a Graying World).
I’ve written before about the need for connected devices to keep seniors connected and not isolated (see: Elderly Need Super-Simple, Phone-like Skype). A commenter on a recent post brought awareness to me about a new startup with a tablet called Claris Companion, I checked it out and was initially very enthused!
The Claris Companion is a tablet device for seniors which can be managed by family members and is a simple device for seniors to use with a lot of great features. They say the average age of their users is 86 years old with “little or no computer experience” and I buy that premise. I can attest to the fact that, in my experience, it is extremely rare to find anyone tech-savvy over the age of 65.
But is this the right device to get for your senior parent or older loved one? [Read more...]