Mouse alternatives for someone with Parkinson's
June 11, 2009 1:04 PM Subscribe
My 83-year-old grandfather, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's a couple of years ago, has just started using a computer. He finds it hard to control the mouse. What are his options?
posted by natalinha to Technology (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A couple of months ago, my grandfather bought a laptop and started using it a bit for internet banking, news and e-mails. However, he finds it very hard to control the mouse. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's very recently and at an old age, so his hand tremors are not very bad.
I am living in Paris and will soon be going back to Brazil. As those things are generally (much) less expensive here, I thought of shopping around for mouse alternatives. He does not seem to like the trackpad on the laptop, by the way. So, I thought maybe a trackball or a tablet with pen would be a better fit for him (he can still write quite well).
The catch: I wanted to be fairly certain as of what to buy, because he cannot test it before hand and we will not be able to return the product if it is not better than his mouse.
Any suggestions of what to buy? Pointing what type and brand exactly would be nice. My budget is around 50-80 euros, I hope it is reasonable.