4 Tips to Help Senior Family Members Beat Technophobia

  1. Keep it simple. Tablet computers are ideal for first-timers because of their simple design and intuitive, touch-screen interface.
  2. Increase accessibility. Software packages are available that transform a busy screen into an easy-to-navigate, large-text interface that makes email and photo sharing a breeze (Eldy or Emerge Desktop, for example).
  3. Write instructions down. After introducing a new skill, leave a simple list of steps the person can refer to while practicing.
  4. Offer generous tech support. Seniors will be more likely to invest time and effort in technology when they know someone is available to help with problems and answer questions.