Computer advice for elderly
August 27, 2013 10:44 AM Subscribe
I need to purchase and configure a computer for my 95-year old grandmother so she can make Skype calls to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lives in another state, so hands on assistance is not possible. My 70-year old mother is going to set things up for me; I just need to get the hardware and configure the software.
posted by medarby to Computers & Internet (34 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My grandmother has zero computer experience and will be initially very resistant to this. (This is my mother's idea, so I'll let them "discuss" this.) My grandmother is physically and mentally very good for her age, but her eyesight is going. I have experience with Windows and a little Chrome OS, so no iOS or Linux solutions. I was thinking of at least a 14" screen with everything starting up automatically. I'm going to put Skype (obviously), probably Teamviewer so I can remotely access the computer, and a free anti-virus program (i.e. AVG). My mother is setting up the internet connection at my grandmother's home which will have a cable modem. To minimize complexity, I'm not getting a router; the laptop will plug directly into the cable modem. What else do I need to consider, such as accessibility programs, input devices? Should I disable the trackpad, at least initially? Any experience in setting up something for elderly?