It also comes with a built-in Web camera, DVD/CD player, unlimited storage space, dozens of games and a customer service package that guarantees protection against viruses and spam, provides ongoing computer updates and offers a help line if you ever get stuck or need assistance.
Tablets: If you’re interested in something mobile, there are several new senior-specific tablets on the market you should look into like the Claris Companion (clariscompanion.com, 866-284-4939), which combines a computer, digital picture frame, mobile phone and passive monitoring device into one package.
It has a 10-inch touch-screen with huge text and buttons, amplified sound and comes in a thick bamboo frame that’s easy to hold on to, plus a stand that props it up.
It also provides simplified access to email, text messaging, the Web, video chat and photos — along with exercise videos, medication and other reminders — and gives family members the ability to easily monitor you if you need an extra hand. It even let’s you or our loved ones personalize the tablet to handle your specific needs and abilities.
The Claris Companion offers a variety of pricing packages that starts at $100 with a two-year contract, plus a $59 monthly subscription fee.
Another option to consider is the In-Touch Senior Tablet (seniortouchpad.com), which is also a 10-inch tablet that provides simple one-touch, big-button access to the Web, email, text messaging, your calendar, video chat, medication reminders and more. The Senior Tablet costs $400.
Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.