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Basic internet-able computer for newbie seniors?

 
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Mike Harrison
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:39 am    Post subject: Basic internet-able computer for newbie seniors? Reply with quote

Because it's not VO-related, I'm asking here.

I know a senior couple (in their 80s) who I'd really like to be able to take advantage of grocery home delivery. But grocery stores don't offer order-by-phone in this area, this couple doesn't own a computer to do online ordering and, so, I imagine they are not computer-savvy at all.

Do you have any suggestions as to what I might recommend to them? The simpler, the better, obviously.

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

chromebook?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2021 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd ask them once a month to send me a complete list of their needs and order it online
for them.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2021 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

todd beat me to it. i was also going to recommend a chromebook. lightweight in terms of resource needs, can get through basic browsing pretty easily, relatively easy to use.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many counties offer a wide variety of services for seniors which could include personal helpers for several hours every month, meals, transportation, help with the digital world, and much more. Your neighbors have put a lot into the system over the years and hopefully the system can pay them back.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan-O wrote:
I'd ask them once a month to send me a complete list of their needs and order it online
for them.


See above. Help people opt into Humanity not IT. Good call, Dan.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depending on their tactile coordination an external keyboard would be useful.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I set my Mom up with a Chrome book. She was able to keep up with her emails and stuff very easily.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2021 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

over the pre-apocalypse pandemic i got my 80 year old mother in law trained up with a chromebook & roku. she's pretty much a streaming zen master now.
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Mike Harrison
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great suggestions, thanks!

I just learned this couple has a son, so I will suggest to them that they ask him to set them up with a Chromebook.

Thanks again!
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