Best ASUS Tablets for Seniors

The fifteen tablet computers discussed in the sections below were all selected specifically for their appeal to seniors. Their light weight makes it easier for aging, weakening hands to hold them, and their screen size and other factors makes them more viewable for eyes that are beginning to fail. They are all of the ASUS line, which has done a great deal to make its tablets comfortable in the hands and easy on the eyes; some have resolutions of over a million pixels on a small screen! A link to an image of each has been included in its section. All items discussed here have ratings of four to five stars. The links provided are to a device of a specific color, but other options are also available with all of them.

ASUS MeMO Pad ME172V-A1-GR

Our first tablet, which uses the Jelly Bean platform, is a wonderful way of getting entertainment while “on the go” or simply in a compact, easy way that is ideal for senior lifestyles. It is light and can be held snugly in the hand and used for controlling YouTube videos on the TV, record videos via the HD camera, paint and write with MyPainter and SuperNote Lite, and even store files in the cloud, where they can be viewed edited.

  • screen size: 7
  • maximum screen resolution: 1024 × 600
  • internal memory: 16
  • average battery life: 7
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS Transformer TF300 T-B1-BL

This tablet from the Transformer sub-line uses a new technology called In-Plain Switching, which admits more light through the panel to allow better viewing at all angles. For seniors who are using it to view videos and to chat with family, this feature is great. Reports say there is sometimes “light bleed,” or a slight glow around the corners, occurs, but it is normal.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: 1280 × 800
  • internal memory: 32
  • average battery life: 15
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS MeMOPad HD

Here is an ASUS tablet with a brilliant high-definition display on which the colors look more vivid, the text sharper and the sound quality better than on other ASUS products, which is great for older adults who have slight troubles with vision and hearing. But even while the sound quality is great, when you don’t want to run any audio apps, this tablet can be quiet as a whisper. The camera and the video recorder are also designed to capture as much detail as possible.

  • screen size: 7
  • maximum screen resolution: 1200 × 800
  • internal memory: 16
  • average battery life: 10
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS MeMO Pad Smart ME301T-A1-BL

This line of the ASUS gives visual acuity unrivaled by any other device of its type. The True Vivid technology used in making the IPS screen allows for wide-angle viewing and apps open faster, which seniors will really appreciate in a tablet device. Games have also been made more responsive.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: 1280 x 800
  • internal memory: 16
  • average battery life: 8½
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 has a stunning display that brings videos, apps, games and other things to life and makes it especially enjoyable to use for senior tablet users who want something visually crisp and clear. Its hardware is among the most durable for an ASUS computer and it comes with all of the user’s favorite Google apps. Everything on the tablet can be synced to a smartphone and a desktop PC, which more tech-savvy seniors would appreciate.

  • screen size: 7
  • maximum screen resolution: 1280 × 800
  • internal memory: 32
  • average battery life: 9½
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS TF300T-B2-BL

This tablet, which uses the Ice Cream Sandwich platform, comes with a separate keyboard, which can be attached, making it into a laptop; or it can be detached and the device used as a tablet. This certainly gives a new meaning to the phrase “have the best of both worlds!”, which is a bonus for seniors who want more than just any old tablet. Like one of the other devices we have covered, the TF300T-B2-BL uses IPS technology.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: 1280 × 800
  • internal memory: 32
  • average battery life: 10
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS TF700T-B1-GR

This tablet is reported to have a noticeably faster response than some other similar tablets, so it is particular ideal for seniors who are interested in super easy to use, fast tablet functionality.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution:
  • internal memory: 1 GB RAM
  • average battery life:
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS ME301T-A1-WH 10.1-Inch

The “Smart” tablets of the ASUS line use the Jelly Bean platform. It is one of the most popular tablets to use because of its long battery life, low weight, game responsiveness and generally high productivity. These features are ideal for seniors because of it’s lights weight, ease of use, and overall durability. It comes in three colors, which is an extra bonus for seniors who are interested in choosing their own color.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: 1280 × 800
  • internal memory: 16
  • average battery life: 8½
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

Google Nexus 7 FHD Tablet by ASUS

The Google Nexus, also produced by ASUS, has “the sharpest 7″ tablet screen ever:” The text here is even sharper than it is on the printed page! This is definitely a great benefit for seniors, regardless of whether they have any vision complications. It is lighter than previous models and lasts longer. You also get access to Google, YouTube, Chrome, Google Now, Hangouts and various popular Google apps.

  • screen size: 7
  • maximum screen resolution: 1920 × 1200
  • internal memory: 32
  • average battery life: 9
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS TF700T-C1-GR

The ASUS TF700T-C1-GR is yet another tablet equipped with IPS technology. The screen resolution is so great that viewing both pictures and videos is a pleasant experience. Wifi and GPS reception both remain strong to a distance of up to 50 feet from the router.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: 1920 × 1200
  • internal memory: 64
  • average battery life: 9½
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS TF300T-A1-CG

The TF300T-A1-CG is another device that can be either a laptop or a tablet. Its audio quality is difficult to beat, making the tablet an “ ideal mobile web surfing and gaming platform.”

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution:
  • internal memory: 16
  • average battery life: 10 (extended to 15 when in laptop mode)
  • Amazon customer rating: 4.5

 

Asus TF600T-B1-BUNDLE Tablet

Only one Asus TF600T-B1-BUNDLE Tablet is currently in stock, though more will be coming soon. Your experience with multitasking, thanks to an 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, should be the best that you have ever had. It has Bluetooth connectivity, which makes it easy to share files remotely, and is very pleasant to carry around.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: n/a
  • internal memory: 32
  • average battery life: n/a
  • Amazon customer rating: 3.8

 

ASUS TF300 B1-WH

This tablet uses the Ice Cream Sandwich platform. It, too, can be made to serve as both a tablet and a laptop computer. WXGA IPS capacitive pressure-sensing multi touch display makes its HD entertainment highly brilliant and navigation through its various programs intuitive. Thanks also to its NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core processor, the browsing process is up to four times as fast as it is on previous models. Mobile surfing and gaming are made easier by ASUS SonicMaster technology and you can download over 500,000 Android apps.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: 1280 × 800
  • internal memory: 32
  • average battery life: 10
  • Amazon customer rating: 4.2

 

ASUS TF700T-B1-CG

The TF700T-B1-CG, an IPS-empowered tablet, is one whose display is “nothing short of beautiful.” Speed is extremely fast, so for those who wish to be able to save files to the removable SD card, this is the perfect device. Settings can easily be adjusted to suit the unique needs of the owner.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: n/a
  • internal memory: 32
  • average battery life: n/a
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS Transformer TF101-A1

A docking station, which shifts the tablet into PC mode and brings a QWERTY keyboard into oepration, is sold separately for this tablet device, whose glass is durable and resistant to scratching. It has a custom user interface with which the user can quickly access many features of the Honeycomb operating system. Mobile gaming and browsing are both excellent experiences and photographs taken on the front- and rear-facing cameras can be played back in video mode by using a mini HDMI output port. The Transformer TF101-A1 has received four awards from the leading computer magazines, including “…the best Android slate we’ve seen” from Computer Shopper and “…the Honeycomb tablet to get” from Anandtech.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution:
  • internal memory: 16
  • average battery life:
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

Online Dating for Seniors

Online dating is arguably the most popular way for seniors to meet someone new. Of the 54 million single people in the United States, 40 million of them have at least tried online dating (according to Statistic Brain.com)

Despite this, online dating still carries with it misconceptions about safety, cost, and effectiveness. Here’s a guide to help you sort out the myths from the facts.

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Dating for Seniors: Who Can You Find Online?

Online dating does not have the stigma it once did, in part because more people have used it successfully. Today, a senior’s children may even suggest he or she go online to find love. Check out these statistics from the dating site Perfect Match.

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  • In their quest for love and companionship, computer users aged 55+, accounted for 16.7% of all traffic to on-line personal sites (Internet research firm, Nielsen/NetRatings, 2006).
  • The 50+ segment is the fastest growing group of subscribers for on-line dating (Lehman Brothers Equity Research, February 2007).
  • Women and men 50+ are using on-line dating and relationship websites because the stigma of an on-line personal ad is fading, and their adult children are leading them to on-line dating (AARP, December 2005).
  • Seventy-four percent of the 10 million Internet users have pursued their romantic interests on-line (Pew Internet and American Life Project March 2006).

 

 

With online dating, you’re able to tap into a pool of people you might never have discovered otherwise. You’ll probably even meet people who frequent the same stories and restaurants you do. It’s a misconception that online daters are people who never get out. Most people who date online choose to do so because it introduces them to people that they would not have met through other sources, like set ups from friends or going to church, for example.

Senior Celebrities Dating Online

Carrie Ann Inaba, Jenny McCarthy, Martha Stewart, and Joan Rivers have all dated online. Stewart even talked about her search on the Today show, saying “I just want everybody to know that, because I want other women in a similar situation to mine to realize that it can be done.”

 

Inaba and Rivers both met guys online that they dated for a long time, and it’s arguably much more difficult to meet someone online if you’re a celebrity than if you’re not famous.

 

How to Get Started – Choosing a Site

Many senior daters choose sites that are targeted to them, but the reality is that any site can work. Match.com, for example, bills itself as one of the largest sites, and it certainly has been around longer than most. A site like Match.com can introduce you to someone just as easily as a niche site can.

Here some information on the top sites, along with a tip on how to use sites that might not be listed here.

Match.com

Match.com welcomes people from all ages, but for midlifers, it’s a particularly good option, especially if you’re new to the online dating world. The site offers a visual directive on how online dating works and if you’re still not convinced, they show you several success stories of couples who have met on the site.

The bonus in using Match.com is their large and diversified membership base. You are bound to find someone special, and they are so sure you will, they are currently offering six months free if you don’t.

Senior People Meet

Senior People Meet is a sister company of Match.com and is under the “People Media” umbrella, which has several niche dating sites, including OurTime.com. Our Time has over one million single people over the age of 50. The site also works as an online community for those looking for friendship or pen pals.

eHarmony.com

eHarmony matches people based on a comprehensive questionnaire that dives into aspects of your personality and preferences like attitudes about how to spend free time to sense of humor. This is meant to match you with someone that will be a good fit for you on many different levels in order to create a lasting relationship.

Daters who enjoy this site say they like having the matches delivered to them without having to navigate around the site and contact people.

How About We

AARP has launched its own dating site with How About We. They differentiate themselves by encouraging you to post the type of dates you want to go on. Then, when someone responds they can say “How about we…” and fill in the blank with a readymade date idea. This means the focus changes from the back and forth emails that are sent to the date itself. It’s about finding something you enjoy doing and then getting matched with someone else who likes doing the same thing.

The site sends you matches and also allows you to contact others.

Perfect Match

Perfect Match operates almost as a combination of Match.com and eHarmony. The site allows you to search for dates while it matches you with compatible people. The site’s questionnaire and matching program, called the Duet® Total Compatibility System, matches you on “personality, lifestyle, values and preferences.” The site also offers a step-by-step guide to help you craft your online profile.

Video dating profiles are another unique feature to Perfect Match. Daters can attend a free event where they will get a professionally produced short (2-5 minute) video designed to showcase your personality. When the video is complete, it will go up on the Perfect Match site as well as the local Dating on Demand channel in your area.

Niche Sites

The sites listed here are generally considered some of the larger dating sites, but there are several niche sites that could be a good option for you as well, depending on what you’re looking for. Often these sites will be centered around a particular interest (such as bowling, golfing, environmental awareness, etc.), and can therefore help match you with someone who automatically shares at least one of your hobbies.

Creating Your Profile

Once you chose a site, the next step is setting up a profile. Don’t rush this step because it’s an important one. Your profile will act as your online billboard, and give potential matches a sense of your personality. In a sense, it’s what will first attract someone to you.

Choose a Realistic Photo That Is Current

The first thing someone will notice about you online is your picture. Don’t get upset by this, it’s the nature of online dating. Potential matches won’t know you yet and a photo is one of the first ways they gage an opinion about you.

Always use photos that are current and help “tell your story.” The photos should give a sense of your personality just as much as your essay and headline do.

The best photos are the ones taken by friends when you’re just hanging out. Have a pal snap several photos of you with a digital camera, and choose the one that best reflects your smile and personality.

Photos you should take include:

  • One great headshot that shows you from the shoulders up, with a clear view of your face and smiling naturally.
  • One full-length photo of you doing something you enjoy.
  • One or two shots that show you doing things you like, such as going on vacation, gardening, or even reading.

 

The Essay

You don’t need to be a professional writer in order to write a good essay. Use your natural voice to describe who you and are and what you’re looking for. Limit your essay to two or three paragraphs, so matches will want to contact you to find out more.

The number one thing to remember: Stay positive! Don’t use your essay to complain about your dating life or even your ex’s.

Another thing to avoid is making a laundry list of attributes about yourself. This doesn’t help describe your personality and ends up sounding more like a resume than a profile that will entice daters. Always use descriptive words, such as “I enjoy small restaurants where you sit table to table and enjoy the conversations and people watch” rather than, “I like to eat out,” for instance.

Don’t Forget a Cute Headline

Your profile headline should be more snappy than just “Looking for love” or “Trying This Out.” Use this space to say something about your personality. Use a movie line you like, a few words from a favorite poem, or even something that talks about your hobbies as your headline. It will help your profile stand out, and in the online world when you’ve got thousands of other profiles to compete against, that’s extremely important.

How to Get More Matches

The matching system on most online dating sites is counterintuitive, meaning that they encourage you to mark off criteria that you don’t want (such as smokers or certain body types). However, in order to get more matches to your inbox, you need to be more inclusive.

Online dating is a means for an introduction to a date, not a way to weed out people you don’t want to date. Open up your search criteria in every area (income, body type, hobbies, etc.) , and instead let your photos and essay help match you with the right person.

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The Coffee Date

To meet your matches, choose a local coffee shop that is central to where you both are located. Drive separately and meet your date there. Before your date, set up the expectation that you can only meet for one hour. Then, after the hour is up, thank your date for coming out and say you’ll follow up with an email.

This helps reduce the awkwardness of “having to end a date” because the expectation has already been set. When the hour is up, you simply look at your watch and remind your date that you need to go.

If you liked your date, you can follow up with an email suggesting you two get together again sometime. If you didn’t, you might want to give it another coffee date, or just tell them you didn’t think you were a good match. Always be polite and but genuine. Don’t lie to your dates but do all you can to be kind and not hurt their feelings.

The reason a coffee works is because:

  • You each pay for your own coffee
  • It’s inexpensive
  • Coffee shops are centrally located
  • It’s easy to wait for a date there
  • You can sit and have a nice conversation there but you also have the benefit of people watching to distract you.

 

Keeping Your Profile Updated

To stay at the top of the search results for new matches that sign on to the system, make one small change to your profile each week. This could be a book you read, movie you hope to see, or just a comment on the weather. Doing this will keep your profile “current” and as a result you’ll show up in more searches.

Pulling Your Profile

Eventually, you’ll meet someone you really like and want to date exclusively. This means you’ll have to pull your profile by letting the dating site know that you’re involved. Depending on the site you use, you can make your profile “inactive” for a short time, or just delete it altogether (if you feel that the relationship is headed in a positive direction.)

Before you take your profile down, however, be sure you discuss it with your partner. Never assume that they feel the same way until you talk with them. They could keep their profile up and continue to communicate with matches even while they are dating you unless you make it clear this isn’t what you want.

A good rule of thumb is to continue to send out emails to potential matches until you’ve met someone you want to date exclusively. Then, have a conversation with your partner about you each pulling your profiles for awhile.

 

Best Android Tablets For Seniors

Seniors appreciate having technology at their fingertips, too – which is why it’s important to know about all of the best Android tablets on the market. Android has been consistently one of the top-rated operating systems because it is easy to use. While there are various versions on the market, each offer the ability to play games, read books, and do a wide range of other things. Plus, when there is an Internet connection on the tablet, you will have access to the Google PlayStore, which means you can download an array of apps – many of them at no cost to you.

There are many different tablets to choose from. Whether you’re the senior or you are buying for a senior, the variety of tablets allow you to choose one that not only fits your price range but allows you to choose a tablet that will let you do everything you want to on the tablet. For example, you may want a tablet for:

– Video chatting

– Checking email

– Online shopping

– Photo and music sharing

– Watching TV shows and movies

– Playing games

– Reading books and magazines

It doesn’t matter what you want to use the tablet for. What matters is that you choose the right one. View the 15 best Android tablets for seniors, seen below.

The Top Android Tablets for Seniors

Noria Slim Model CI55000236

Operating system: Android

Screen Size: 8 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 8 hours

RAM: 1 GB

Why it should be considered: This is a slim tablet that makes it easy to take wherever you go. It has a great looking screen, a lot of high performance features and an integrated webcam.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

Operating system: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

Screen Size: 7 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 8 hours

RAM: 1 GB RAM

Why it should be considered: The Galaxy Tab 3 can be a tablet or it can be a computer – all you have to do is dock it with a part sold separately – and you have a keyboard to use as well. The touchscreen responds easily, allowing you to touch as you go to navigate through the tablet.

Alldaymall Tablet PC

Operating system: Android 4.0

Screen Size: 7 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 8 hours

RAM: 512 MB

Why it should be considered: This is an affordable tablet pre-loaded with a lot of features. Enjoy graphics like you’ve never seen before on a small screen.

SVP 9” Android 4.0 Capacitive Touchscreen Tablet

Operating system: Android 4.0

Screen Size: 9 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 8 hours

RAM: 512 MB

Why it should be considered: This is one of the larger tablets at a low price. You can use it for YouTube, Skype, and any other app that you want to download from the PlayStore.

KingPad Tablet R7X

Operating system: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Screen Size: 7 Inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 8 hours

RAM: 1 GB

Why it should be considered: This touchscreen allows you to pinch and zoom and do much more. The higher
version of the operating system makes it easy to use and gives you a few more controls than earlier versions.

Toshiba Thrive Model PAD101F7IN

Operating System: Android

Screen Size: 7 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 8 hours

RAM: 1 GB

Why it should be considered: This tablet has a 5 MP rear-facing camera and weighs less than a pound. It’s easy to carry around with you and it can be your tablet, your PC, and your digital camera – all in one!

ARCHOS 101 Internet Tablet

Operating System: Android

Screen Size: 10.1 inches

Wi-Fi: Wireless-N

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 10 hours

RAM: 8 GB

Why it should be considered: This tablet is lightweight at about 1 pound and has a serious amount of battery life. It’s also got a great screen that makes it easy to watch movies, play games and search the Internet.

Dragon Touch Model MID7134B

Operating system: Android 4.0

Screen Size: 7 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 8 hours

RAM: 512 MB

Why it should be considered: This is an affordable tablet that allows you to do a lot. You can Skype, surf the Internet, turn it into an e-reader and much more.

Chromo White Model CHR-2419

Operating system: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Screen Size: 7 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 2-3 hours

RAM: 512 MB

Why it should be considered: This is a sharp looking tablet with a capacitive screen that allows you to enjoy multimedia in an entertaining way. It has built-in speakers, a built-in microphone and everything you need to record video and take part in video chats.

7” Tab Nero x2 Multi-Touch Tablet PC

Operating system: Android 4.1

Screen Size: 7 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 2-4 hours

RAM: 512 MB

Why it should be considered: This multi-touch tablet is compact. One of the smaller tablets, it allows you to watch movies, play games, and download as many apps as you want. It’s not a lengthy battery, but it is an affordable tablet.

7” Matricom .TAB Nero Tablet PC

Operating system: Android 4.0

Screen Size: 7 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 3+ hours

RAM: 512 MB

Why it should be considered: This is an easy to carry tablet so you can take it anywhere you want to stay connected. As long as you have a Wi-Fi connection, you have access to the Internet and the app store.

Coby 7” Android Internet Tablet

Operating system: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Screen Size: 7 inches (also available in 8 inches and 10.1 inches)

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 6 hours

RAM: 1 GB

Why it should be considered: This Android tablet gives you the Internet in an easy to carry tablet. The 7 inch screen is ideal for reading books, watching movies, and sending emails to those you want to connect with.

Digital Reins 9” Tablet PC

Operating system: Android 3.0 Honeycomb

Screen Size: 9 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 6-8 hours

RAM: 512 MB

Why it should be considered: This is one of the most affordable tablets on the market. It gives you 8 GB of memory to store music and photos and it’s got an expansion slot, so you can add more storage when you need it.

Polaroid Internet Tablet Model #PMID 1000B

Operating System: Android

Screen Size: 10.1 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

RAM: 8 GB

Why it should be considered: Polaroid doesn’t produce many tablets, but among it’s limited offerings it has this tablet that features a state of the art camera for those who specifically like to take photos, videos, and take part in video chat. The 8 GB ram makes sure the tablet runs smoothly, even with multiple apps going.

Contixo Tablet PC MODEL # LR102

Product Specs:

Operating System: Android

Screen Size: 10.1 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 10 hours

RAM: 500 MB

Why it should be considered: This dual core tablet gives you a lot of options in terms of performance. There’s also a front and rear facing camera for taking pictures and chatting on the web.

Selecting Your Tablet

Everyone wants a tablet for a different reason. When you have decided it’s time for a tablet, there are many Android tablets for seniors for you to choose from. Many brands have a variety of models to choose from, so it comes down to reading the features that each has to offer as well as reading the reviews left by those who have already bought one of the tablets you are looking at.

The screen sizes range from 7 inches to 10 inches and more, so when you look at the tablets, figure out what size you want to stare at. Larger screens make it easier to watch movies, but they aren’t always the easiest to tote around. You will need to weigh the pros and cons that each tablet has to offer in order to find one that meets your needs.

Budget-Friendly

Many of the newer tablets on the market are budget-friendly. While you can find tablets that are several hundred dollars, you probably don’t need them because you aren’t playing high-definition games on them and you aren’t storing a significant amount of data. While you may want some storage for photos of the family and some of your favorite songs, you don’t have the storage needs that a high school student or a corporate executive has – which allows you to save money on your tablet.

Plenty of Android tablets are senior-friendly, so it’s a matter of comparing the different models and finding one that works for you.

 

“How Will I Manage?”

Most people anticipate retirement as a time of leisure, when they can take a trip, play golf, embrace a lifelong passion such as music or art, or spend more time in the garden and with the grandkids.

But if they’re hurting for money, none of these dreams will be easily realized. A recent study by Banker’s Life & Casualty found that 14 percent of Baby Boomers have no retirement savings, while 55 percent of middle-income Boomers’ retirement accounts have balances under $100,000. That’s not a lot of savings once someone has a significantly reduced retirement income.

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But there’s good news: many soon-to-be-retirees do have significant equity in their homes. And both Boomers and older seniors can tap this financial reserve with a reverse mortgage, or Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), a federally insured program that allows homeowners 62+ to convert some of their home equity into cash to fund their retirement years.

How does a reverse mortgage work? As the name implies, it’s like a traditional mortgage in reverse: instead of making a mortgage payment each month, the accrued equity in your home pays you. There are a variety of types of reverse mortgage loans to suit different needs (in fact, the entire reverse mortgage program is being overhauled in October 2013, so specific options will shift).

Here are three key elements in the reverse mortgage timeline:

  • 1961: The first reverse mortgage is created by a savings and loan executive as an act of kindness, to help a struggling widow make ends meet;
  • 1989: Reverse mortgages become a federally insured program through the Housing and Community Development Act, signed into law by President Reagan;
  • 2000: HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) begins requiring third-party reverse mortgage counseling as a consumer safeguard. Shortly thereafter, telephone counseling, in addition to in-person counseling, becomes available.

As longevity continues to rise, people also worry about “outliving” their money. There’s good news here, too:

  • A homeowner can’t “outlive” a reverse mortgage loan. As long as at least one borrower (that is, a person 62 years of age or older, whose name is on the title to the house) remains living on the property, and pays the property taxes and insurance on time, they can stay in the house for the rest of their life — even if the loan balance exceeds the value of the home!
  • The reverse mortgage never has to be repaid by the borrower, unless and until the last property owner decides to move or sell, or vacates the home for more than one year. In practical terms, this means that if your spouse needs to move into an assisted living facility, for example, the reverse mortgage remains in effect as long as the other spouse a) is named on the title and is 62+ b) lives in the house c) maintains it adequately and d) pays the property taxes on time.

So the real question then becomes: how can a reverse mortgage help seniors remain independent?

  • It allows them to remain in the home and community they may have lived in for decades, rather than have to move;
  • It provides a nest egg for future health care expenses, because every penny is no longer tied to mortgage payments. A reverse mortgage may mean a smaller inheritance for your offspring, but most adult children would agree that mom’s or dad’s needs come first. After all, it’s their house, and very likely the one in which they raised those same children;
  • It enables seniors to “age in place” with the use of community resources (such as in-home assistance ranging from companions to home health aides to skilled nursing visits) and home modification, which can include something as simple as installing grab bars in the shower or a wheelchair ramp, to a more accessible kitchen remodel and stair lifts for hauling groceries, laundry — or people.

Below are seven guidelines to help you decide whether aging in place makes sense for you, and if so, whether to explore a reverse mortgage. Aging in place can serve a senior well if:

  1. You have sufficient equity in your home to qualify for a reverse mortgage;
  2. Your health is generally good, and you are mobile (physically able to get around);
  3. You have a network of local family, friends, and neighbors;
  4. You drive, and alternate transportation is readily accessible;
  5. You live in a safe neighborhood;
  6. Your home can be modified to address changing needs;
  7. You’re well connected and able to reach out for social support.

Home holds deep meaning for most of us. Being able to remain “at home” in familiar surroundings thanks to a reverse mortgage can be a financial boon for seniors as they plan for the rest of their lives.

About the Author:

Amara Rose is a personal and business coach with a broad background in health and positive aging. She writes widely about senior housing, elder health and nutrition, lifelong learning and the spiritual dimension of aging. Contact Amara via email amara@liveyourlight.com

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Android Tablets vs. iOS Tablets for Seniors

Seniors looking for a good tablet computer have plenty of choices when it comes to both versatility and affordability. When it comes to operating systems, the basic choices are Android-supported tablets and tablets supported with Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS. Tablets in each category have different advantages and disadvantages based on personal needs and factors such as convenience, compatibility and price. Here’s a look at Android and iOS tablets that may be best for senior users:

Android Tablets

1. Alldaymall(TM) 7-inch Capacitive Touch Screen Android 4.0 Tablet PC with Allwinner A13 1.0GHz 512MB/4GB WiFi Front-camera (Black)

• Operating System/Processor: Android 4.0 Allwinner A13 7″ Tablet PC (Android 4.0)
• Storage: 1.0Ghz 512MB, 4GB Storage (2.5GB free)
• Screen: 5 point capacitive touchscreen
• Weight: 9.6 ounces
• Amazon Price: $58.99 (new)

Easy wireless connectivity and a front-facing camera are just a few of the perk seniors can expect from this affordable tablet computer. There are some reported issues with the graphics and overall durability that cause issues with playing games or downloading large video files. However, seniors just looking for a tablet for occasional use should find this affordable model useful.

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7-Inch, White)

• Operating System/Processor: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
• Storage: 8 GB flash memory, 1 GB RAM memory
• Screen: 7-inch display with a 1024×600 resolution
• Weight: 1.4 pounds
• Amazon Price: $199.99 (new)

Preloaded content makes it easy for seniors to explore everything from Hulu to the Google Play store where various apps and books can be purchased to enhance the tablet experience. A clear display screen is ideal for viewing books, movies, videos and other content. Additional memory can be added as needed with a microSD card which is sold separately. Sync features make it easy to share content via various social sites and other Android devices.

3. 9-inch Android, Google Play Store, Dual Camera, 8GB Internal Memory, Capacitive Touchscreen Tablet

• Operating System/Processor: A13, 1.3GHz (Android 4.0)
• Storage: 8GB Nand flash; external memory supports up to 1 x 32GB MicroSD card
• Screen: 9-inch capacitive multi touch screen 16:9 TFT 800×480 with G-Sensor
• Weight: Approx. 2 pounds
• Amazon Price: $77.99 (new)

A decent display area makes viewing easy for seniors. Content can be streamed from sites such as Netflix and Amazon and Android apps can be added to further personalize this tablet. A dual camera and a decent amount of storage space make storing and sharing content fairly simple. While there are some reported issues with the device holding its charge, it appears to work well for the average tablet user.

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7-Inch, WiFi)

• Operating System/Processor: Android 4.1 OS; 1GHz Dual-Core Processor, 1GB RAM
• Storage: 8GB internal memory, microSD expansion up to 32GB
• Screen: 7-inch touchscreen
• Weight: 2.0 ounces
• Amazon Price: $169 (new)

With about 8 hours of battery life, this tablet is good for seniors on the go. A vibrant, responsive touchscreen makes browsing simple. Any standard Bluetooth keyboard can be connected to this tablet. A Smart Remote app feature and a built-in IR Blaster allow TV content to be viewed and easily controlled. Designed to fit into one hand, seniors are free to type with greater dexterity and control. Aside from limited app support, there are no major issues reported with this device.

5. Chromo Inc. White 4gb 7″ Android 4.2 Jellybean Touch Capacitive Screen 1.2ghz 512 RAM Mid Tablet Pc Wifi 3g Camera Tr-a13

• Operating System/Processor: Android 4.2
• Storage: 512 MB RAM /NandFlash 4GB
• Screen: 7-inch LED panel touch
• Weight: 9.8 ounces
• Amazon Price: $60.99 (new)

This tablet supports all Android apps and has a responsive touchscreen for easier browsing and navigation. Seniors can use it to check email, simultaneously add a new post to various social sites or view a wide selection of reading materials. There are some reported issues with the battery charger, otherwise this is a good tablet for the average user.

6. Digital Reins 9″ Inch Tablet PC Google Android 4.0 Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen 8GB 512DDR3 Dual Camera A13 1.5GHz Supports Skype Video Chatting, YouTube, Google Play, Netflix

• Operating System/Processor: Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
• Storage: 8GB expandable up to 32GB
• Screen: 9-inch touchscreen with 800 x 480 resolution
• Weight: 1.9 pounds
• Amazon Price: $95.39 (new)

A special feature of this tablet allows senior users to simply move an icon with their finger to a convenient location or create shortcuts to get back to the home screen. A built-in microphone and on-device cameras provide great audio while allowing users to take quick pics and either save them to the tablet or send them to friends and family. While there are some reported issues with playing Facebook games, it’s good for basic tablet usage.

iOS (Apple) Tablets

1. Apple iPad 2 MC769LL/A Tablet (16GB, WiFi, Black) 2nd Generation

• Operating System/Processor: Apple iOS 4, Apple A5 1 GHz
• Storage: 16 GB integrated
• Screen: 9.7″ IPS TFT , LED backlight and multi-touch screen
• Weight: 1.3 pounds
• Amazon Price: $412.94 (new)

With approximately 10 hours of battery life, seniors will have plenty of time to browse, check email, view content, watch videos, capture and send photos and accomplish many other tasks on the go. A thin design makes this tablet easier to grasp with feeling like it could slip out of your hands. Smart Covers protect the device while adding a stylish touch seniors are sure to love. Aside from there being no dedicated SD card slot, there are no major issues with this device.

2. Apple iPad (first generation) MB292LL/A Tablet (16GB, WiFi)

• Operating System/Processor: Apple iOS 4
• Storage: 16GB flash drive with 1Ghz Apple A4 custom-designed system on a chip
• Screen: 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen touchscreen
• Weight: 1.5 pounds
• Amazon Price: $342.99 (new)

A lithium polymer battery provides about 10 hours of battery life for seniors on the go. A fast, responsive screen makes opening apps and jumping from one function to the next a breeze. By opting for the first generation, you don’t get cameras. Other than that, this is a good tablet for seniors new to the iPad experience.

3. Apple iPad with Retina Display MD510LL/A (16GB, WiFi, Black)

• Operating System/Processor: Apple iOS 6; Dual-Core A6X Chip with Quad-Core graphics
• Storage: 1 GB SIMM; 16 GB ssd
• Screen: 9.7 retina display with 2048 x 1536 resolution
• Weight: 1.44 pounds
• Amazon Price: $489.99 (new)

The retina display provides sharp, bright viewing of all content. This is especially appealing when viewing videos, movies or reading various publications. Convenient navigation features allow seniors to easily check email, browse various websites, send and receive photos, play back content and add a wide selection of Apple apps.

4. Apple iPad 2 MC979LL/A Tablet (16GB, WiFi, White) 2nd Generation (MC989LL/A)

• Operating System/Processor: Apple iOS 4; 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom processor
• Storage: 0.512 GB DDR2; 1066 MHz memory speed
• Screen: 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen with multi-touch display
• Weight: 1.3 pounds
• Amazon Price: $409.99 (new)

This durable tablet is thin and easy to handle. The screen is bright and the touchscreen is responsive. The glass is lighter than the glass in the original iPad, which means the device isn’t as heavy. However, caution should be taken when using the device. Increased storage means that multitasking, from running multiple programs to managing multiple downloads, can be accomplished without unnecessary delays.

5. Apple iPad with Retina Display MD513LL/A (16GB, WiFi, White)

• Operating System/Processor: Apple iOS 6; Dual-Core A6X Chip with Quad-Core graphics
• Storage: 1 GB DDR2 RAM; 16 GB hard drive
• Screen: 9.7 retina display; 2048 x 1536 resolution
• Weight: 1.44 pounds
• Amazon Price: $483.50 (new)

The vibrant retina display makes it easy for seniors to view weather, news, sports, real-time traffic and other information, even when viewing the device with the glare of the sun. Seniors not wanting to be tied down to a traditional PC will appreciate the versatility of this device. Apple tech support is excellent for addressing any performance or usage issues. There are no major issues reported with this tablet.

6. Apple iPad Mini MD531LL/A (16GB, WiFi, White)

• Operating System/Processor: Apple iOS 6; Dual-Core A5 chip
• Storage: 1 GB RAM; 16 GB ssd hard drive
• Screen: 7.9-inch LED-backlit multi-touch display; 1024-by-768 resolution
• Weight: 0.68 pounds
• Amazon Price: $338.99 (new)

This sleek, glossy lightweight mini version of Apple’s iPad can be carried in a pocket or purse with ease. The screen is bright with a good resolution for easy viewing. Two built-in cameras capture clear photos. Seniors can surf the Web with Safari, check emails and do all the tasks normally performed on a traditional PC without being bound to a physical location. Seniors who don’t feel comfortable carrying around a full-size tablet should appreciate this version. Approximately 10 hours of battery life further enhance the experience of using this device. Aside from minor issues buffering larger video files, there are no major issues with this mini iPad.

 

Conclusion 

The choice between an Android Tablet and an iOS Tablet can be a tough one for anyone, and especially for some seniors who might have very specific needs in a mobile device and who might have a different style of technology use than other Tablet users. Both brands of tablets are of truly great quality, but with a quick look through the main differences and specifications among the tablets, the choice is hopefully much easier to make.

Choosing a Kindle Fire for the Senior in your Life

Reading is a favorite pastime for many people, especially adults and seniors who might happen to have extra time to travel and relax after retirement. But regardless of age, most people appreciate technology that makes doing something you enjoy doing a little more convenient to do. One such innovation is the e-reader. These devices allow easy access to various books without the inconvenience of lugging around heavy books or worrying about leaving your favorite book behind. Kindle Fire is one of the leading e-readers on the market today. Seniors have the option of enlarging the text for easier reading and uploading multiple books for plenty of casual reading choices. Here are some of the best Kindle Fire models the senior in your life is sure to appreciate:

1. Kindle Fire (7-inch LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers by Kindle)

• Display: 7-inch LCD display
• On-device Storage: 8 GB plus free cloud storage for all Amazon content
• Battery Life: Up to 9 hours with continuous use
• Amazon Price: $159 (new)

This e-reader and tablet is 40% faster than the original Kindle. It also boasts twice the memory and battery life, which makes it convenient to take out for the day without worrying about being cut off in the middle of your favorite read. Seniors will appreciate the selection of books, which include a selection of more than 23 million books, magazines, newspapers and other reading materials. For seniors looking to keep their grand kids entertained while out for the day with their Kindle Fire in tow, the Kindle FreeTime Unlimited option features content just for kids.

Pros: User friendly, easy to add content and download apps, excellent sound
Cons: Some reports of storage issues, does not support flash like the first gen. reader

2. Kindle Fire, Full Color (7-inch Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi by Amazon)

• Display: Full color 7-inch display
• On-device Storage: 8GB internal; approximately 6GB available for user content
• Battery Life: Up to 8 hours of continuous reading; 7.5 hours when using other functions
• Amazon Price: $73.30 (new)

This is the original first generation Kindle. While there is a newer model available, the first generation Kindle is an affordable option for the senior in your life new to e-readers and interested more in reading a good book rather than the full function of a tablet computer. Seniors will appreciate the vibrate full-color display and the extra-wide viewing angle. Amazon also allows Kindle owners to “borrow books” for free with no due dates with an Amazon Prime membership.

Pros: Easy to use with convenient help features; good battery life
Cons: Some issues reported with the battery with long-term use; some charging issues

3. Kindle Fire (HD 7-inch, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB with Special Offers by Kindle)

• Display: Full color 7-inch display
• On-device Storage: 16 GB internal storage
• Battery Life: Approx. 11 hours for reading, browsing and other uses
• Amazon Price: $199 (new)

Anti-glare technology and excellent clarity mean easy viewing for senior users. Tech-savvy seniors will enjoy the integrated support for social networks such as Facebook and Twitter and the free, unlimited cloud storage of Amazon content. A front-facing HD camera allows the senior in your life to take photos when not engrossed in a good book. USB ports allow the device to be attached to a PC to upload additional content. This works well for seniors who prefer to use a PC to search for content rather than doing everything from a single device. Seniors can easily add either Amazon content or content from other sources already downloaded on their PC.

Pros: Downloads are 35% faster, good audio, lightweight, excellent picture quality, good sound quality, convenient ports
Cons: Some reported battery issues, some issues with the device crashing when downloading apps

4. Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Tablet

• Display: 8.9-inch high resolution full color display
• On-device Storage: 16 GB overall storage (12.7GB available to user); free cloud storage
• Battery Life: Approximately 10 hours (depending on usage)
• Amazon Price: $269 (new)

The senior in your life will enjoy viewing their favorite books, newspapers and magazines in stunning high-resolution color. Seniors who want a larger viewing screen will appreciate a nearly 9-inch display screen with wide angle viewing. Amazon Prime members can borrow selections from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. The unique Amazon X-ray feature allows you to simply tap on the screen while reading a book to discover more books you may wish to read. The feature also works for movies you watch on the device by allowing you to jump to other movies with your favorite stars. Seniors can also check email or let their grand kids play fun, family-friendly games. The integrated magnetic clasp keeps the device closed when it’s stored in a purse or other carrying bag.

Pros: Larger screen with excellent resolution, quick charge time (under 5 hours), convenient ports
Cons: Some users report issues with pre-loaded apps, some issues with storage space

 

The Kindle line of products has really set itself apart from other brands of tablets for being the best e-reader, and with the Kindle Fire models it has really spread its wings to offer even more options and features that Kindle lovers will appreciate. For seniors who are in the market to find a great e-reader that has the functions of other tablets on the market, these devices are sure to impress.

The Best Laptops for Seniors in 2015 – 2016 – The Top Laptops for the Elderly

The best part of being retired is that you get to travel more. You can visit family, see places you always dreamed of visiting, or just travel and meet new people. But you still want to be able to keep in touch with family and friends. You also want to be able to share all the photos and videos you take while on the road.

Laptops offer the ability to stay in touch through email, video chat and social media. They offer more power and speed than tablets but offer the portability that desktops lack. Many of them also have 3D or HD capability that allows you to watch home movies, television shows and cinematic events in style.

Top 10 Laptops for Seniors

1. Toshiba Qosmio X875-Q7390 17.3-Inch 3D Laptop (Black Widow Styling in Diamond-Textured Aluminum)

This laptop is ideal for seniors who like to create videos of their grandkids or maybe watch 3D movies while traveling. This laptop has a hybrid drive, which offers the best of both the solid and conventional hard drive. It is also durable and protects the hard drive when it senses sudden movement—so accidental drops won’t be catastrophic. This model isn’t yet scored at GDGT, but one critic awards it a rating of 7.0. Pricing starts at $1,789.

Pros

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • 17.3 in screen

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi  helps to connect to existing networks

  • Blu-ray

  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 670 graphics coprocessor for the ultimate visual experience

Cons

  • It is heavier, 7.5 pounds

  • The price tag may be steep for some

  • With all that it can do, the battery life is short

2. ASUS G750JW-DB71 17.3-Inch Laptop (Black)

Seniors who are looking for good sound, excellent graphics and speed will find it with the Asus G750JW. With the large screen, this is another laptop that people can use to watch television and movies while they are traveling, view videos of their grandchildren and more. And with the Ethernet connection, this unit offers the fastest Internet speed currently available for keeping in touch through video chat and social networking. It’s not yet rated at GDGT, but one critic awards it a perfect 10 and one user a 9.0. Pricing starts at $1,399.

Pros

  • 17.3 inch screen

  • Nvidia GTX755M Graphics card for great viewing

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • Dual fans keeps unit cool

  • Enhanced Audio

  • 802.11ac wireless, Gigabit Ethernet controller and Bluetooth 4.0

Cons

  • 9.9 pounds

  • 3.5 hours battery life

  • A lot of machine for those who like to keep technology simple

3. Apple MacBook Air MD761LL/A 

 

Some seniors prefer Apples to PCs. Among laptops, the MacBook Air is an elite machine. It powers up almost instantaneously for inpatient seniors, has 12 hours of battery life for extended use and weighs just one pound.  According to GDGT, the MacBook Air is highly rated by both critics and users. GDGT awards it a near-perfect score of 95. Pricing for the Air starts at $1,234.99.

Pros

  • 13.3″ screen

  • 256 GB hard drive

  • Intel HD Graphics

  • MAC OS X Mountain Lion operating system

  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi for fast wireless

  • Thunderbolt technology for fast transfer with peripherals

Cons

  • Many find the Apple price tag too high for a computing system

  • If a user is used to Windows operating systems, the learning curve can be steep

  • All other devices such as desktops, smart phones and tablets have to be able to interact with the Mac

4. Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 

 

The difference between the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air is that the Air goes for speed and less weight, while the Pro goes for computing power. The Pro offers better graphics, faster data transfers, and improved processing and memory speeds than its predecessors. For seniors who want to send and receive rich images and have better functionality with apps like Skype, the MacBook Pro won’t disappoint. GDGT reviews also rate this MacBook product highly and gave it a score of 90. Pricing starts at $1,049.

 

Pros

  • OS X Mountian Lion operating system

  • 13.3″ screen

  • 4.5 pounds

  • 7 hours battery life

  • Built-in HD Camera

  • HD Graphics

  • Thunderbolt Port

Cons

  • The Apple vs PC debate leaves many confused on benefits of Apples

  • Cost is prohibitive to many

  • Powerful computer but may be intimidating to some

5. Acer Aspire V3-571G-9686 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)

Seniors who have trouble carrying heavier gadgets may want to take a look at the Acer Aspire. The 15.6″ screen still makes it a good choice for video viewing, but it is only one inch thin and weighs just 5.7 pounds. This is extremely light for a laptop of this size, but it doesn’t sacrifice performances. GDGT offers a favorable rating for this one, giving it a score of 81. Pricing starts at $988.

Pros

  • 15.6 inch screen and NVDIA GeForce GT 640m Graphics

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • 3rd Generation Intel Core Processor

  • Gigabit Ethernet

  • 802.11/b/g/n Wireless

Cons

  • 4.5 hours battery life

  • Windows 8 can be difficult to learn for seniors used to older OSs

  • 5.7 pounds is light for the size but some seniors may find it difficult

6. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 13.3-Inch Convertible Touchscreen Ultrabook 

 

For seniors who can’t decide whether they want a laptop or a tablet, the Lenovo Yoga series offers the best of both worlds. It has the smaller screen, longer battery life of a tablet, and the keyboard can be tucked away when not needed for video chatting with kids and grandkids. Yet the Yoga also has the faster computing power and additional software typically available in a laptop. At GDGT, the IdeaPad Yoga received a score of 83. Pricing starts at $899.

 

Pros

  • 128 GB Solid-State Drive

  • 13.3″ Screen

  • 8.8 battery life

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • 3.3 pounds

  • 802.11bgn wireless

  • 360 degree convertible hings

Cons

  • The laptop-tablet combo may be too sophisticated for seniors who like simplicity

  • Heavier than a tablet

  • While more computing power than a tablet, less than other laptops

7. Dell Inspiron i15z-5592sLV 15.6-Inch Ultrabook

 

The Ultrabooks are the PC’s answer to the Macbook Pro. They are meant to be light, fast and powerful. Dell’s Inspiron Ultrabook definitely fits this description. It has a 32 GB Solid-State Drive, 2GHZ processor and weighs only four pounds, so it’s easy for seniors to transport it from room to room to stay in touch. This specific model isn’t listed at GDGT, but Dell laptops seem to get good scores overall. Pricing starts at $899.

Pros

  • 15.6″ screen

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • 802.11bgn wireless

Cons

  • New product; little consumer feedback available on bugs and issues

8. HP Envy DV7T-7300 Intel Core i7-3630QM 

 

If you’re worried about your aging loved one’s security, the HP envy has a fingerprint reader. This reader will only allow predetermined users access to the system, leaving less likelihood for intruders and those with ulterior motives to gain unauthorized access. It also has a Blu-Ray drive and 3 GB graphics, so you can send and view all the photos of grandchildren you want. This Envy model isn’t rated at GDGT, but a number of HP Envy laptops are. Most average scores in the 70’s, with one newer model earning an 85.  Pricing starts at $879.

Pros

  • 1 TB hard drive

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • 802.11bgn wireless

  • Blu-Ray Combo drive

  • 17.3″ screen

  • Beats Audio

Cons

  • 5.4 pounds

  • Battery life not listed, often this means it is not long

  • HP have a tendency to run hot, which can shorten the life of the laptop

9. Dell Inspiron i14R5-5743sLV 14-Inch Laptop

 

Dell computers have a long standing reputation for quality, and their laptops are no exception. Seniors making an investment in technology often want something that’s proven to last; the Dell Inspiron fits the bill. They offer good value for the features offered, and customers often rate them highly. The Dell Inspiron is a good machine at a price many can afford. GDGT has ratings for a few similar Dell Inspiron models, but not the 14R. Pricing starts at $699.

Pros

  • 14″ screen

  • 2.5 Ghz processor

  • Intel HD graphics

  • Windows 8 operating system

Cons

  • 5.4 pounds, which may be heavy to some seniors

  • Battery life not listed , means short battery life

  • While processor fast, some say could be faster

10. HP Compaq Presario cq58-bf9wm 15.6-Inch Laptop

  

Seniors who don’t want to spend much on a laptop to stay in touch with distant friends and relatives should take a look at the Compaq. This laptop offers most of the features people are looking for in a laptop at a low price compared to other systems. The CQ58 isn’t listed at GDGT, but you can get an idea of the overall opinion of the Compaq Presario line by checking out reviews of similar laptops. Pricing starts at $599.

Pros

  • 15.6″ HD screen

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • DVD burner

  • 320 GB hard drive

  • HD Webcam

  • 802.11bgn Wireless

  • Good for seniors who need basic functionality

Cons

  • 8 pounds; more difficult for some seniors to carry

  • While good for the beginner, computer savvy seniors may find it too basic

  • Some customers complain about speed, depends on how it is used

 

Buying a new laptop is a large investment and should be considered carefully. Take a look at the features and reviews to determine how each brand fits your aging loved one’s needs and budget. A little research in the beginng will help you to be happy with your investment.

Best Tablets For Seniors 2015 – 2016 – The Top Tablets for the Elderly

Today’s seniors are more tech savvy than their predecessors. With many people being introduced to computers, laptops and smartphones before they retired, seniors want to keep up with technology in their golden years. This is why tablets are such a popular personal computing device for many seniors.

Last year we put together a list of the top tablets for the elderly that wound up being one of the more popular posts on the blog, so we decided to update the list for this year.

Best of Both Worlds

Tablets offer a great middle ground between laptops and smart phones. Many seniors like the benefit of the larger screen and optional keyboard, without all of the complexity and unnecessary features that laptops offer. And for those who still like their devices low tech, tablets allow seniors the ability to take and share photos and participate on social media sites without having to plow through a 100 page user manual.

Top 10 Best Tablets

These tables vary in features and price. For those who are looking for a device that can replace the need for a laptop to those who just want to use Facebook and video chat, there is a tablet here for you.

1. Apple iPad Mini MD535LL/A (32GB, Wi-Fi + AT&T 4G, Black)

 

The best feature of this iPad Mini is that it comes with AT&T 4G Wireless. Sprint and Verizon 4G plans are also available for this model. This way users don’t have to search for hotspots or available Wi-Fi networks. It is still light, fast and has 10 hours of battery life and iOS6. The Apple iPad Mini, overall, earns a GDGT rating of 93. Critics award it a rating of 8.6; users a rating of 8.9. Prices start at $600.

 

Pros

  • Comes with its own Wi-Fi network availability

  • 7.9-inch screen

  • 11 ounces

  • 10 hours of battery life

  • 32 GB flash memory

  • Apple iOS 6 operating system

  • Siri virtual assistant

Cons

  • Great for reading and watching television, but is limited in other features

  • Limited to a contract option with 4G plans

  • Can’t video chat and surf the web simultaneously

2. Toshiba Excite AT305T64 10.1-Inch 64 GB Tablet Computer – Wi-Fi – NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.20 GHz

This laptop has a larger screen and faster processing speed than the Kindle Fire. It runs on the Android 4.0 operating system but it is still easy to operate, making it ideal for seniors who aren’t as tech-savvy.  It also has front and rear cameras for those who love to take pictures to share with friends and family. This particular model isn’t listed at GDGT, but in general Toshiba Excite models earn GDGT scores between 60 and 73. Price is approximately $600.

Pros

  • 10.1 inch screen that adjusts to ambient lighting to reduce glare

  • 64 GB Hard Drive

  • HD

  • Android 4.0 operating system

  • 1.2 GHZ Processor

  • 2 Lithium Batteries

  • 10 hours battery life

  • Keyboard and stylus available

  • More ports than standard laptops

 

Cons

  • With the larger screen comes more weight, 1.32 pounds

  • While allows users to do more, still not capable of basic office programs

  • For those looking for simplicity, the Excite may be a little out of their league

3. Apple iPad with Retina Display MD510LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, Black)

 

For those who prefer the original iPad to the mini, the MD510LL/A offers all of the standard iPad features, along with some great new benefits. The retina display feature helps to ease eye strain and offers fantastic resolution. It is Wi-Fi capable and offers a 16GB flash memory. The Apple iPad earns a GDGT score of 88, with critics contributing to a rating of 7.8 and user ratings averaging 8.8. Prices start at $500.

Pros

  • 9.7 inch screen

  • Apple iOS 6 operating system

  • 1.4 pounds

  • 10 hours battery life

  • Dual Processor

Cons

  • With the iPad the screen is larger but it is much heavier than the mini

  • It is expensive compared to Android and Windows tablets

  • For the price it doesn’t have as many features as other tablets

  • Many users find it clunky

 

4. Apple iPad Mini MD532LL/A (32GB, Wi-Fi, White)

Many people love Apple products and the mini version of the iPad is good for those who don’t like big products. The 7″ screen has 32G capacity and Wi-Fi and iOS 6. The Apple iPad Mini is grouped into a single category at GDGT, with a rating of 93. Critics award it a rating of 8.6; users a rating of 8.9. Pricing starts at about $430.

Pros

  • Apple A5 Processor

  • 10 hours battery life

  • 10.9 ounces

  • 32 GB Flash Memory

 

Cons

  • Apps are more limited than Windows operating systems

  • Can’t multi-task as well

  • Expensive compared to other tablets in its class

 

5. Dell XPS 10 XPS10-2727BLK 10.1-Inch 32GB Tablet

This highly rated tablet has a 10″ screen but is still light and slender. It has Windows 8 and Office 2013 for those who are looking for a laptop alternative. Also can multi-task for those seniors who are always on the go. The Dell XPS 10 earns a GDGT score of 75. Critics contribute to a rating of 7.1, while a single user gives this tablet a perfect 10. Price starts at $400 and with the keyboard it can start around $460.

Pros

  • 1.4 pounds, not bad for a 10″ screen with these features

  • Battery life is extended when docked with the keyboard

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • Keyboard for those who don’t like using the one on the screen

  • Can use a mouse, printer or other monitors if desired

 

Cons

  • While it does have Wi-Fi capacity, come customers have had connection issues

  • Windows 8 can be difficult to navigate

  • Windows 8 is focused on social media, can be an issue for those who don’t live on Facebook

  • The Lithium Ion battery isn’t included

 

6. Lenovo IdeaTab K3 Lynx 11.6-Inch 64 GB Tablet

The Lenovo company has had some success with their tablets, laptops and convertibles, which are laptops that can convert into tablets. They pack a lot of power and features into their devices without making them cumbersome. This tablet is good for those who like to work and play for those who are “semi-retired”. On GDGT, the Lynx series earned a score of 69. One enthusiastic user rates it a 9.0, while a few critics contribute to a lower 6.7. Pricing starts around $400, and with a keyboard and a cover the price is only slightly higher.

Pros

  • Five-point capacity multitouch

  • Windows 8 Operating System

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity

  • 8 hours battery life on its own, 16 hours with the keyboard

  • Keyboard and tablet together are only 0.74″

  • 1.5 pounds

  • Multiple slots and ports

 

Cons

  • 1.5 pounds may seem heavy to some

  • Lenovo makes their tablets to be replacements for laptops, which may be too complicated for some seniors

  • Some issues may occur with attaching and releasing the keyboard

7. Sony Xperia 64 GB 9.4-Inch Tablet S SGPT123US/S

 

Because this laptop was a Sony, it is a great tablet for people who love entertainment. There is even an app that allows the tablet to become a universal remote to add functionality and usability to a senior’s lifestyle. The 9′ screen size is a little larger than many tablets, but not as large as many laptops. On GDGT, the Xperia received an overall score of 70. It received better reviews from the users than the critics. Users give it a 9.0 while critics only give the Xperia a 6.7. Pricing starts at $400, and there are many great accessories available.

 

Pros

  • 9.4 inch screen

  • 1280×800 screen resolution

  • 1 GB RAM

  • 12 Hour battery life

  • 1.3 pounds

  • Android 4.0 operating system

  • Wi-Fi capable

  • Can allow for separate user configuration

  • Splash proof

Cons

  • If not an entertainment geek, not different than other tablets

  • Weight may be cumbersome to some people

 

8. Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet (128 GB Memory, 4 GB RAM, Windows 8 Pro)

The Microsoft Windows Surface Pro combines what some consider the best blend between the functionality of a PC and the portability of a tablet. With the Windows 8 operating system built-in, compatibility is unsurpassed and seniors benefit from easy file and image-sharing through SkyDrive. GDGT gives the Microsoft Windows Surface Pro a score of 75. Users contribute to a rating of 8.7, while critics award it a 7.2. Prices start at $899.

Pros

  • Windows 8 operating system for superior PC/laptop compatibility

  • 3rd generation Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000

  • 10-point multi-touch

  • Two 720p HD cameras, front and rear-facing

  • 128 GB (approximately 89 GB available for user content)

  • Ambient light sensor for enhanced readability

  • Keyboard/cover available

 

Cons

  • Some popular mobile apps aren’t compatible with the Windows OS

  • Some complaints about short battery life

  • No Ethernet/3G/4G adaptor

 

9. ASUS Vivotab Smart Black Office 2013 H&S ME400C-C2-BK 10.1-Inch 64GB Tablet (Black)

Like the Lenovo system, the ASUS Vivotab is made for those who want a working keyboard and an alternative to a laptop. But the 64 GB tablet has a lot of great features for seniors who want to socialize, download apps and have a portable location for all of their family photos. GDGT gives the VivoTab Smart series a score of 75. Users contribute to a rating of 8.8, while critics offer a slightly lower 7.4. Prices start at $350.

Pros

  • The 10.1″ Screen is great for watching movies and is easy to see compared to smaller screens

  • 64 GB Flash Memory makes the tablet fast and turns on instantly

  • 8.5 hours of battery life

  • 1.3 pounds, which makes it lighter than many of its counterparts

  • Windows 8 Operating system

  • Lithium battery included

  • Wireless and Bluetooth

Cons

  • Microsoft office needs to be downloaded, which may be difficult for some users

  • Doesn’t always recognized when docked with magnetic keyboard

  • Some people report issues with the touch screen

 

10. Kindle Fire HD 7″, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers

 

This is a basic tablet and has many of the features that interest seniors who aren’t necessarily tech savvy. Kindle Fire allows users to read books and magazines, listen to music, and watch television shows or movies. This tablet also helps seniors connect with friends and family by integrating basic social media sites and email programs. GDGT gives the Kindle fire a score of 79, with users and critics concurring on ratings: critics offer a 7.6, users a 7.5. Pricing for the Kindle Fire starts at $159.

 

Pros

  • 7″ screen, 8.9″ available

  • 13.9 ounces for 7 “, 20 ounces for 8”

  • Anti-glare HD

  • Dual band Wi-Fi, 33 MBPS, faster downloads and Internet search

  • Supports Facebook, Twitter, and Skype

  • Email: Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, Exchange

  • Sound is rich, not tiny or distorted

  • 11 hours of battery life

Cons

  • No keyboard, although you can buy one that is compatible

  • Power adapter sold separately

  • No office software so you can’t create or edit documents, just read them

  • Kindle operating system only, no Windows or Apple operating systems

  • Small screen may be harder for some seniors to see properly

What’s Next?

When buying a tablet, seniors need to consider their budget and their desired features. Create a short list of several good devices and look at a side by side comparison to determine the best tablet for the money. The least expensive device isn’t always the best, so look for consumer reviews before making a final selection.

4 Ways To Help Seniors Stay Active During The Winter

One of the biggest challenges that seniors all over face is not so much health, but loneliness and inactivity. I should know, my mom just barely became one a few years ago and one of her biggest complaints is just that. She basically wants more of my time. A lot more. But how do we as caregivers find a balance between what our senior parents need or want and what we can properly provide.

This article covers a few good ideas on ways that seniors whether living independently at home or in an assisted facility, can stay active and fight off the dreaded lonesome blues.

1. Fun Local Clubs/Groups/Organizations –

 

It’s truly amazing to me that plethora of groups, clubs and organizations right in our backyards that we all have access to. All we need to do is look, seek and ask around about them. Everything from fitness centers for seniors to local clubs that provide activities for those aged 50 and over to simply the local mental health center that usually have loads of programming and workshops or groups for inactive seniors. Just keep in mind that one thing you will want make sure of is that whatever activity, club or group you look into is one that involves interaction of some kind, as this is what is most sought after by seniors. And while you’re at it, why not seek out an activity that is not only healthy and functional, but also fun. Maybe an art class, photography, computer instruction, jewelry making, scrapbooking, collage making, etc.

2. Outdoor Time –

 

They say that a leisurely paced walk can work wonders for anyone regarding most issues. Why not apply this same ideal to your senior relative or friend and make sure they get plenty of outdoor time. This could be in the form of a neighborhood walk, a picnic in the park, a minor bike stroll, kite flying or even a mild outdoor game of some sort such as Bocce. Again the key is to provide plenty of company to go along with the activity.

3. Family Play –

 

This idea is quite simple really and it involves regular family time. Be it a weekly dinner or lunch, play time with grandchildren, a monthly or weekly visit, etc. The bigger your family, the more members can take turns doing the socializing. From a cousin to uncle to nieces and nephews anyone with a bit of time on their hands and the kind disposition to simply “be there” will work wonders for granny or grandpappy.

4. Online Friendships and Stimulation –

 

Did you know that the Senior population is one of the fastest growing segments of online interaction. Those aged 65 and older have embraced the web like no other group and in droves according to this article by the Pew Internet Research firm. And according to Mashable, they’re also embracing social media to connect and share with others. Everything from email to hopping on Facebook and sharing photos, news and or jokes with friends and family members. But another great use of the web by Seniors is simply for online friendships and stimulation. Sites like (ThirdAge.com) post huge traffic and member numbers for a reason, because there is big demand. However your friend or relative might need some help jumping on this online social bandwagon. Help them along by introducing them to one or two sites, maybe Facebook to start with and then showing him or her how best to use it along with sharing a few safety tips.

 

There you have it. Four good ways to help the senior or seniors in your life stay active this and any Winter. They’ll be healthier for it, you’ll be happier for helping them and basically you’ll have a win win situation for everyone involved. Keep in mind there are many other things you can do, but the ideas above are a good start.

 

Missy Diaz a senior lifestyle blogger for Lakewood Manor contributed this piece. Feel free to follow her on Twitter for additional tips, to ask her a question or simply to connect with her.

Top Assisted Living Facilities in North Carolina

best north carolina assisted living homesLiving in North Carolina offers a little of everything, from the coastal towns to the countryside, small hamlets to big cities. Delicious cuisine and southern hospitality, wrapped in a warm, comfortable climate, make North Carolina an optimal place to seek assisted living facilities for yourself or your loved one.

Finding quality assisted living in North Carolina is made easier with this list of facilities that offer everything from private apartments for highly independent seniors to specialized memory care programs for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other cognitive struggles. The following list of Top Assisted Living Facilities in North Carolina includes assisted living facilities and senior housing that offer services and amenities such as help with tasks of daily living, delicious dining, healthcare and medication management, hospitality, transportation, social activities and more, from affordable to luxury.

In alphabetical order, here are the Top Assisted Living facilities in North Carolina.
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Cambridge Hills Assisted Living

PO Box 1209

Pittsboro, NC27312

(919) 545-9573

http://www.cambridgehillsal.com/trustworthy-assisted-living-options-for-families

Support during times of dependence is what’s most important at Cambridge Hills Assisted Living in Pittsboro. Personal connections and a caring, professional staff make residents feel at home. They enjoy the gardens and social rooms as well as their private spaces. All residents have private phones and access to internet, opportunities for social events and outings. When medical attention or support is necessary, it’s available 24/7.

Learn more at Cambridge Hills Assisted Living.

 

Carolina House of Asheboro

514 Vision Drive

Asheboro, NC27203

(877) 938-6798

http://www.brookdaleliving.com/carolina-house-of-asheboro.aspx?gclid=CMu32P7wyrgCFUuk4AodRl8A8A

In an intimate and accessible facility, designed with a number of private apartment floor plans, residents at Carolina House of Asheboro receive dedicated and careful Alzheimer’s and Dementia care. From assisting with personal needs to developing meaningful social activities and programs, the staff at this Brookdale Living facility engages and cares for each resident, developing a specific, individualized plan of care.

Learn more at Carolina House of Asheboro.

 

Carolina House of Morehead City

107 Bryan Street

Morehead City, NC28557

(877) 938-7107

http://www.brookdaleliving.com/carolina-house-of-morehead-city.aspx

Unique to all Brookdale facilities, including Carolina House of Morehead City, is the personalization that goes into planning for a resident. Care plans that assess each residents’ needs are in place for day-to-day assistance, meals, transportation and more. Private apartments in a variety of styles are all on one level to accommodate all residents, and community areas invite friendships, conversation and stimulation.

Learn more about Carolina House of Morehead City.

 

Cedar Mountain House

11 Sherwood Ridge Road

Brevard, NC28712

(828) 884-9510

http://www.meridiansenior.com/contact-us/

Offering both assisted living and short-term stays, Meridian’s Cedar Mountain House in Brevard provides independence with the comfort of safety. All the grounds are maintained, housekeeping services are included, a full calendar of social activities await, transportation is available and choices in living arrangements, from companion to private rooms, private baths, furnished or unfurnished spaces are yours to personalize. Twenty-four hour care ensures peace of mind while residents live full, engaging lives.

Learn more at Cedar Mountain House.

 

Charlotte Square

5820 Carmel Road

Charlotte, NC28226

(704) 544-4979

http://www.capitalsenior.com/charlottesquare/

Every detail about Charlotte Square in Charlotte makes this assisted living and memory care facility feel like community. From the well planned social programs and activities, the range of options for floor plans and the thoughtful menu of services and amenities, Charlotte Square makes everyone–even guests–feel at home. Safety, comfort and stimulation within a quick 30 minutes to the bustle of downtown Charlotte make Charlotte Square both homey and convenient.

Learn more about Charlotte Square.

 

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Countryside Village Retirement Community

7700 US Hwy. 158

Stokesdale, NC27357

(336) 643-6301

http://www.retireatcountryside.com/

Residents at Countryside Village Retirement Community in Stokesdale enjoy a continuum of care through a range of services. Independent living at Countryside Village is available with spacious apartments and varied floor plans. Assisted living rooms are designed for comfort and safety, in a facility where pets roam, families are encouraged to visit and the staff interacts like family. Delicious meals, soothing spas, on-site beauty facility and more make Countryside Village an all-around retirement environment.

Learn more at Countryside Village Retirement Community.

 

Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living

287 Bamboo Road

Boone, NC28607

(828) 264-0336

http://www.ridgecare.com/communities/deerfield-ridge-assisted-living/

Sock hops, proms and community carnivals are part of the fun at Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living in Boone, while high quality care for those seeking retirement living, assisted living, home care or memory care in a comfortable setting boasting the best of Southern hospitality. Active, worry-free lifestyles along with social, recreational and personal care support make Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living a top choice.

Learn more at Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living.

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Emeritus at Churchill

140 Carriage Club Drive

Mooresville, NC28117

(704) 625-9796

https://www.emeritus.com/north-carolina/mooresville-retirement-community/churchill

Location is prime for residents of Emeritus at Churchill, a senior living facility just 25 miles north of Charlotte, near the beautiful LakeNorman. Walking trails, gardens and courtyards make the 10-acre campus inviting to stay, but shopping, top-quality medical facilities and destinations nearby make excursions exciting. With a professional and caring staff onsite 24-hours a day, safety, comfort and life full of stimulation and enrichment are not only possible, but lived every day.

Learn more at Emeritus at Churchill.

 

Emeritus at Eastover

3610 Randolph Road

Charlotte, NC28211

(888) 298-1159

http://www.emeritus.com/north-carolina/charlotte-retirement-community/emeritus-eastover

Offering retirement living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s and memory care and respite care, Emeritus at Eastover in Charlotte provides a beautiful facility nearby both recreational and medical facilities. Situated in the woods with carefully landscaped grounds, those seeking an active lifestyle will find activities and recreation in a safe, relaxing and comfortable environment. Emeritus is an established senior care organization, and at Eastover they specifically boast high staff retention, making people truly feel like family.

Learn more about Emeritus at Eastover.

 

Heather Glenn at Ardenwood

2400 Appalachian Boulevard

Arden, NC28704

(877) 758-7344

http://www.ardenwoodslcs.com/health-and-wellness/rehabilitation-services/

With a small staff-to-member ratio, Heather Glenn at Ardenwood Assisted Living allows their residents to achieve their greatest level of independence and wellness in a comfortable home environment. Services to help in that effort include an array of wellness opportunities, including fitness, nutrition and social activities as well as housekeeping, quality medical care, spacious floor plans and fresh, nutritious foods.

Learn more about Heather Glenn at Ardenwood.

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Heartfields Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s Care at Cary

1050 Crescent Green Drive

Cary, NC27518

(919) 852-5757

http://www.heartfieldsatcary.com/

Located in near the hospital, medical offices and shopping, Five Star Living’s Heartfields Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s Care at Cary is both convenient and a retreat. The grand staircase greets you upon arrival, and the high level of care, compassion and respect the staff has for their residents is apparent in each detail. Apartments are private and comfortable for all residents, and through their Bridge to Rediscovery™ program for individuals with memory care needs, all aspects of life become engaging and meaningful.

Learn more at Heartfields Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s Care at Cary.

 

Homeplace of New Bern

1309 McCarthy Boulevard

New Bern, NC28562

(252) 637-7133

http://www.homeplaceofnewbern.com/

Gentle breezes and mossy oak call to mind North Carolina’s southern charm, as does the expert care from the staff of Homeplace of New Bern, a FiveStar Senior Living facility offering assisted living, memory care and respite stays. A range of planned activities, an inviting courtyard and cozy sitting places make Homeplace of New Bern feel homey, while a host of services to help residents with day-to-day life, including delicious meals and snacks, housekeeping, medication management, transportation, and a personalized care plan make it a safe environment.

Learn more about Homeplace of New Bern.

 

LaurelHurst and LaurelWoods

1964 W. Mills Street

Columbus, NC28722

(828) 894-3900

http://www.capitalsenior.com/laurelhurstlaurelwoods/community

The Blue Ridge Mountains loom against LaurelHurst and LaurelWoods, offering scenic lodge-like living with Capital Senior Living in Columbus. The combined campuses of LaurelHurst and Laurel Woods provide a wide range of services for those looking for independent living, assisted living and memory care. Full apartments offer lovely kitchens, spacious floor plans, smoke alarms, emergency response systems, while meals, housekeeping and maintenance worries disappear. Nearby St. Luke’s Hospital and an array of dining, shopping and recreation.

Learn more about LaurelHurst and LaurelWoods.

 

Mallard Ridge Assisted Living

9420 N. Hwy. 150

Clemmons, NC27012

(336) 775-2205

http://www.ridgecare.com/communities/mallard-ridge-assisted-living/

Located in northern Davidson County convenient to Winston-Salem and Lexington, Mallard Ridge Assisted Living is the best of both worlds: serene living in a scenic setting nearby all the conveniences of a big city. Services and amenities include 24-hour access to professional medical staff, customized care plans, medicine management, housekeeping and laundry services, nutritious meals and snacks, professionally developed activities and much more.

Learn more about Mallard Ridge Assisted Living.

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North Pointe of Asheboro

1195 Pineview Road

PO Box 640

Asheboro, NC27204

(336) 625-1900

http://www.mynorthpointe.com/asheboro/default.htm

Family owned since 1958, North Pointe has held true to the tradition of providing caring, top-quality residential services for the elderly and disabled. In the tradition of family, they encourage grandchildren, children and other family to visit and be a part of the community. Their services include personalized care, coordinated medical care, maintenance, housekeeping and laundry services, group outings and other social events, devotional services, transportation, meals and snacks and more.

Learn more about North Point of Asheboro.

 

Shallotte Assisted Living

520 Mulberry Street

Shallotte, NC28470

(910) 754-6621

http://www.shallotteassisted.com/

Person-centered living is the foundation for the community and care provided through Shallotte Assisted Living. Promoting independence and freedom, the services and amenities at the facility nearby Myrtle Beach and other coastal cities are geared to support senior residents and help them live active, fulfilling lifestyles. Suites are fully furnished and residents enjoy fine dining, restaurant-style.

Learn more about Shallotte Assisted Living.

 

Sunrise of Raleigh

4801 Edwards Mill Road

Raleigh, NC27612

(919) 787-0777

http://www.sunriseseniorliving.com/communities/sunrise-of-raleigh/overview.aspx

Sunrise of Raleigh is a senior living community offering assisted living, memory care and hospice care in a cheerful and enriching environment. Close to shopping, restaurants, medical facilities, the Raleigh-DurhamInternationalAirport and universities, Sunrise of Raleigh is in the heart of community. Their activities program is so extensive that university students are often engaged with the facility for internship opportunities, bringing a fresh perspective each day. With the safety of professional care at any turn, residents enjoy the atmosphere and day-to-day amenities.

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The Fountains at The Albemarle

200 Trade Street

Tarboro, NC27886

(252) 377-4396

http://www.watermarkcommunities.com/Albemarle/

Tarboro, NC, has one of the state’s largest historic districts, recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for its walkable downtown that offers shopping, dining, museums and more. Independent and assisted living residents at The Fountains at The Albemarle enjoy the town’s atmosphere as much as the facility’s, where outstanding services and amenities accompany access to high quality health care and peace-of-mind safety. Services are also personalized for Alzheimer’s patients and those requiring skilled nursing care.

Learn more about The Fountains at The Albemarle.

 

The Landing at Parkwood Village

1720 Parkwood Boulevard

Wilson, NC27893

(252) 237-9050

http://www.thelandingatparkwoodvillage.com/

Providing outstanding service that gained recognition in their regional news, The Landing at ParkwoodVillage in Wilson offers independent living, assisted living and memory care services in a modern facility. Nearby shops and dining, residents enjoy active lifestyles in their community without the hassle of caring for a home. Personalized assisted living care is available around the clock. Safety, comfort and convenience surround every resident amid a host of services and amenities.

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Wilora Lake Lodge

6053 Wilora Lake Road

Charlotte, NC28212

(877) 713-2789

http://www.brookdaleliving.com/wilora-lake-lodge.aspx

Simplicity at Wilora Lake Lodge, a Brookdale Senior Living facility in Charlotte, comes in the all-inclusive monthly fee. In return, seniors access independent living, assisted living and a range of supportive services that make living fun, worry free and comfortable. Conveniences like housekeeping, maintenance, meals, transportation and security in the scenic and engaging environment of Wilora Lake Lodge add to the support of 24-hour-a-day staff support and a range of activities.

Learn more about Wilora Lake Lodge.

 


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