The Walpan Residence: Refined Retirement Living


What could be finer than retiring to a charming, turn-of-the-century colonial on a quiet, residential street? Not having to worry about the upkeep — or preparing your own meals! Since 1963, The Walpan Residence in Montclair, New Jersey, has offered seniors elegant independent living in a luxurious, family-like atmosphere designed to provide all the comforts of home.

The Walpan Residence offers the best of both worlds: independence, with the assurance that a helping hand is there when you need it. Similar to an Inn or Bed & Breakfast, The Walpan caters to a senior’s every need, treating each resident as a treasured guest. Residents enjoy stylish living accommodations, three delicious meals a day, and a relaxed, supportive environment that allows them the freedom to pursue personal interests.

For the independent senior who no longer wishes to maintain his or her own home, The Walpan is an outstanding, cost-effective alternative to a long-term care facility. Its mission is luxury with dignity and choice. Along with the benefits and convenience of a professional staff trained to serve a senior’s special needs, family members enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing their loved one is being cared for in a secure, nurturing environment.


Unlike assisted living and nursing home costs, which are published annually by Genworth Financial, there is very little published pricing information available on independent living facilities. According to a state-by-state chart compiled by, independent living prices in New Jersey as of 2015 range from a monthly minimum of $2000, to a monthly maximum of $5355, with an average cost of $3371. We suggest you use these figures as a guideline when considering The Walpan Residence.


“My sister is so busy now since she moved into The Walpan Residence. She is having such a great time. I think she has adjusted well with the move into the community. She thinks everyone is super-kind and helpful. They help her with transportation to and from her appointments. They really care about her and look after her very well. The community is wonderful and really nice looking and the location is around the block from her old neighborhood she grown up in, so she is still close to her friends. It has been a good experience for us, the owner of the community has been great to us and I would highly recommend this community.” 

“My Mom is really enjoying this place! The staff is incredible, the owner is really great, and the family that fills in for him when he takes time off is wonderful. They are all very warm, caring, and responsible, all of Mom’s needs are cared for. Mom says the food is excellent, the chef is great.

“Mom has complained that resident turnover can be high, it’s hard to meet new people that often. I also believe they should have more mentally stimulating activities for the residents to keep them active.”

“They are very clean. I feel like I am definitely getting my money’s worth. I have heard that they are really good about responding if he calls for help. I can’t really think of anything I would like them to do better or any concerns either. We chose them because they were the best fit for our loved one.” 


Walpan Residence Features:

  • 3 carefully prepared, superb meals daily
  • 24-hour access to staff and personal care assistance
  • Bilingual staff
  • Elevator
  • Medical assistance on call
  • Cable TV
  • WiFi
  • Complimentary transportation service
  • Convenient to nearby shopping and NYC transportation


  • Beauty salon
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Planned leisure activities and events, both onsite and offsite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Laundry and linen service


  • Respite Care is available

Assisted Living for Veterans: Benefits You Didn’t Know Existed


Veterans give their all in the service, yet may find it challenging to resume their civilian lives, especially if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Reintegrating into the community can be a long, hard road.

Vets face an additional hurdle if they need to move into an assisted living facility (ALF): the high cost of care.

The Affordable Care Act will not affect veterans per se if they are enrolled in Veterans’ Administration (VA) health care. For veterans who are not enrolled, it’s a mixed blessing: they can potentially see an increase in Medicaid coverage, though care is likely to be more fragmented once vets venture beyond the VA’s closed system.

Little-Known Benefit A Boon for Vets

Fortunately, U.S. veterans — and their surviving spouses — may be eligible for additional benefits to help cover the costs of assisted living. The Aid and Attendance benefit, offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs, is a monthly, needs-based payment above and beyond the VA pension that can help cover the costs of long-term care. It is important to note that a veteran or surviving spouse may only receive Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits; not both at once.

This website explains in clear language how the Aid and Attendance pension works. The A&A pension can provide up to $1,788 per month to a veteran, $1,149 per month to a surviving spouse, or $2,120 per month to a couple. A veteran with a sick spouse is eligible for up to $1,406 per month.

Eligibility May Be Easier Than You Think

Many veterans and their families are unaware of this benefit, but even those who know about the Aid and Attendance pension tend to overlook it as a resource if the veteran is still independent, but has a spouse who is ill. In this situation, if the spouse’s medical expenses completely deplete the couple’s combined monthly income, the veteran can still file as a veteran with an ailing spouse.

As this New York Times blog post on the New Old Age makes clear, “To qualify, a veteran need not have suffered a service-related injury. He or she only had to have clocked at least one day of his or her 90-day minimum military service during a time of war, and need caregiving for activities of daily living.”

And, adds Debbie Burak, founder of, “The VA classifies any veteran at the age of 65 to be permanently and totally disabled regardless of your physical state. The classification of ‘disabled’ entitles the veteran or widow to a Basic Pension if he/she meets the net worth and income criteria. The same is true for the surviving spouse. No Physician’s Statement is required for filing for Basic Pension.”

Burak became passionate about veterans’ benefits after her elderly parents missed out on more than $160,000 in VA benefits to which they would have been entitled. Burak discovered the Aid and Attendance pension after her father died and applied on her mother’s behalf, but did not receive a check prior to her mother’s death.

To be financially eligible for Basic Pension:

    • A single veteran must have countable income under $12,907 a year
    • A veteran with a dependent or spouse must have countable income under $16,902 a year

This worksheet will help you calculate “countable income.”

What Aid and Attendance Does and Does Not Cover

While the A&A benefit does not cover the entire cost of an assisted living facility, it can help pay for some of the services provided by an ALF. This is a boon for a veteran or veteran’s spouse who requires long-term care.

In order to qualify for A&A benefits, a veteran (or spouse) must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Need assistance with activities of daily living (ADL) such as bathing, dressing, eating, or adjusting prosthetic devices;
  • Be bedridden;
  • Reside in a long-term care facility due to mental or physical incapacity;
  • Have severe visual impairment, with a correction of 5/200 or less in both eyes, or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.

Eligibility varies by state, but the benefits can be significant. Contact your local Veteran Affairs office or an elder law expert to determine whether you or your loved one qualifies. Because health care benefits and later life housing are so critical for veterans, it’s helpful to review all the options currently available.

Aster Retirement Community of Marshfield: Five-Star Senior Living

If you’re looking to retire in style, Aster Retirement Community of Marshfield is an excellent choice. Housed in the historic Purdy Building, a renovated schoolhouse, Aster combines elegance and tradition with contemporary senior living. Fifty-three assisted living suites are situated in a comfortable neighborhood setting, with manicured flowerbeds, a cozy parlor, bright sunroom, and a dining room serving delicious meals. Residents enjoy all the comforts of senior living while receiving the level of care that best meets their needs.

Aster Retirement Community of Marshfield meal plans are prepared with fresh ingredients from specially designed menus that can accommodate nearly every type of diet. Private dining, family style, cookouts, and picnics are all available for every style of meal desired. Aster offers seniors the latest amenities in the comfort they would enjoy in their own homes. The staff is fully trained, friendly and accessible.

The assisted living lifestyle at Aster Retirement Community provides a balance of assistance and independence. Our professional team develops a personalized plan of care to suit each resident’s specific needs. Residents enjoy the privacy of their own apartment, with the support of caring staff for whatever they may require, from personal care to transportation to medication reminders — and sometimes just a friendly chat.

Residents enjoy of a full schedule of social, educational and entertaining activities. Aster’s structured program helps residents maintain a high quality of life. Many of the fun and entertaining activities encourage members to socialize and develop friendships with other residents.


Pricing for one-two bedroom apartments is in the $3300-3700 range for Marshfield assisted living facilities, which is very reasonable compared with Wisconsin assisted living rates overall, and assisted living costs nationwide.

Nearby Cities

City Distance Number of Facilities Average Cost for 1 Bedroom
Marshfield 0 miles 1 $3,330
Colby 18 miles 1 $4,500
Neillsville 21 miles 1 N/A
Wisconsin Rapids 27 miles 3 $4,280
Nekoosa 27 miles 1 $2,980
Wausau 30 miles 7 $3,200


General Pricing for Marshfield Assisted Living

Room Type Minimum Cost Average Cost Maximum Cost
1 Bedroom $3,325 $3,325 $3,325
2 Bedrooms $3,775 $3,775 $3,775


“I visited Aster Retirement Community of Marshfield. I didn’t taste any food, but the dining room looked nice. I was unable to visit a room because they were filled and the person whose room they were usually able to show was in the hospital and so there was no room available for my mother to look at. The staff seemed to be very friendly, not pushy, and informative. It was a little bit dark, I thought, but they had older typed furniture, which might be on purpose, thinking that they were dealing with older people. It was very clean and the people that I did see appeared to be quite satisfied. What I liked about it was that I have heard good things about it from people who lived there because I don’t live there at all. Everybody had a private room — it was not a studio — but rather they did have a separate room and a separate sitting area, and I feel that would be more suitable than having a studio apartment. I also liked that they checked on the residents and they will get their medications ready and dispense them if they were having trouble doing it themselves. They’ll help make their appointments for doctors or beauticians or anywhere. They had a van that would take them shopping or to appointments, and I think that also was very good.”

“I think they do a very nice job at Aster Retirement Community. The staff is friendly and hardworking, and the facility itself seems like a nice place. They’ve got a good variety of activities and events, and my loved one has had very good things to say about the food! There have been a few minor maintenance issues, but in general they’ve been accommodating and on top of things. Our loved one really seems happy here.”


Aster Assisted Living features:

  • Three delicious meals a day
  • Special diet accommodation
  • Complimentary transportation
  • Resident and guest parking
  • Property convenient to bus line
  • ​Assistance scheduling medically-related appointments
  • In-house digital emergency response system for each resident
  • Respite care
  • Memory care
  • Hospice services


  • 24-hour, trained in-house caregivers
  • Personal laundry and housekeeping
  • Onsite beautician
  • Beautiful common areas for entertaining guests
  • Devotional services offsite
  • Social events and trips inside and outside the community


Respite Care

Aster Respite offers short-stay assisted living, perfect for family caregivers who need a break to rest and recharge, and for seniors who need time to recover after a rehab stay, hospitalization, or illness. Respite residents may choose to furnish their own apartment or rent one of our fully furnished rooms. Respite Care guests enjoy the same assisted living services and exceptional care as long-term assisted living residents.

Memory Care

Aster Memory Care Communities provide a safe, comfortable, caring environment for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other forms of memory loss. These secure communities combine all the comforts of home with design features specifically intended to enhance the quality of life for persons with memory loss. Aster Memory Care Communities feature unique programs designed to promote the highest level of independence possible, while supported by caring staff.

Hospice Care

Aster Assisted Living & Memory Care Communities maintain strong relationships with many hospice providers in our communities so that residents can receive hospice care in their apartment. If there comes a time when a loved one needs hospice care, we will work closely with the hospice provider of your choice to provide quality, comfort and dignity for your loved one’s final days.

Assisted Living with Pets: A Doggone Purrrfect Match!

Seniors who have pets may think of Fluffy or Fido as another grandchild, and treat their cat or dog accordingly. So while a move to assisted living may be warranted in terms of health or mobility, they may balk if it means saying farewell to their beloved canine or feline friend.

Unless they can make the move together.

How Moving with A Pet Helps Seniors Adjust

Relocating can be stressful, especially if someone is leaving their longtime home and friends. Bringing a pet along can help new residents feel at home, and adapt to the new environment more easily.

The trauma of separation can adversely affect both an elder and their animal companion. Fortunately, over the last decade the number of assisted living facilities that permit pets has mushroomed, along with the aging population. Approximately 54 percent of assisted living facilities (ALFs) allow residents to bring their own pet to their new home; 39 percent of ALFs provide a “common pet” for residents, according to the CDC National Survey of Residential Care Facilities.

At Sunrise Senior Living, for example, every community has a resident cat and dog, in addition to any personal pets residents choose to bring when they move in (or that they later adopt). Many of the community pets are carefully selected from local shelters, for their calm temperaments and friendly personalities that make them well suited to seniors.

Health Benefits of Pets

The health benefits of pets, whether a family dog or one loved by the assisted living community as a whole, are well documented. In addition to the physical activity walking a dog or playing with a cat provides, numerous studies show having a pet helps:

  • Improve disposition and mood
  • Decrease stress
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Ease pain
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Enhance social interaction
  • Improve immunity
  • Soothe sundowning (for people with cognitive impairment)
  • Increase motivation

Caveats to Keep in Mind

Of course, dogs, cats, and other pets require care in order to survive and thrive. And there’s the expense: pets must be fed, given appropriate shots, and may require visits to the vet if they become ill or injured.

Before a senior decides to bring their own pet to assisted living — or to adopt one, if the facility allows residents to keep personal pets — it’s important to consider the following:

  • How much experience do I have owning a dog/cat/bird, etc?
  • Am I able to care for a pet? If you are physically disabled, cats are the best animal to adopt, unless you have (or are considering) a service animal. Another option may be a small dog that is paper-trained, or an indoor bird.
  • Is my pet (or potential adopted pet) the right age? An older pet will require less energy. Kittens and puppies require a lot of attention and activity, and may not be allowed per the ALF’s regulations. Also, if you do decide to adopt a young animal, consider its potential life span. Be sure to make contingency plans in the event your pet outlives you.
  • Is your pet good-natured? An animal with a relaxed personality is best for a community living setting.
  • Is your pet healthy? Before deciding to move with your pet, and especially before deciding to adopt a new animal, have the pet thoroughly examined by a veterinarian.
  • Do you have the resources to support a pet? Annual pet care can run from a routine $1000/year to upwards of $5000 if your pet develops health issues.

Restrictions An ALF May Impose

Finally, even an assisted living facility that allows pets will likely have certain requirements regarding your animal friend’s admittance. These may include:

  • Screening to ensure your dog or cat will fit in with other residents and any community pets;
  • Weight, breed, size and age restrictions: you may be permitted to bring an older dog or cat under a certain weight and size, for instance, but puppies and kittens less than a year old may be excluded. Or, dogs and cats may be allowed, but not reptiles or birds;
  • A specified trial period to assess how well your pet is adjusting to the community, and vice versa;
  • A financial deposit to cover possible pet-related damages (e.g., an accident on the carpet);
  • Extra fees to cover services you may not be able to provide at some point during the time you live there, such as dog walking, cleaning kitty litter, bathing your pet, etc. As a general rule, most communities that allow pets expect residents to be able to care for their personal pets, with minimal assistance.

Pets can bring incredible joy and well being to a senior’s life in assisted living. By planning ahead for a move with your beloved pet, your new place can feel just like home.

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities In Louisiana

If you plan to retire in the Pelican state, aka Louisiana, you will be living a good life. With many festivals and a wonderfully rich cuisine, Louisiana is well-known for its high times, year-round warm weather and plenty of outdoorsy activities. Bird-watching, fishing trips on the bayou and some 20 state parks are what you can enjoy in this state.

For retirees, the state is not very cheap but still affordable with the median home in the state at about  $190,000. The cost of living is 11% lower than the national average as well. To be fair, the coast is hurricane-prone and has a high obesity rate but then there’s a lot to love about Louisiana. Think signature dishes like crawfish etouffee and spicy meat pie to indigenous music styles like zydeco and jazz. Here are the 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities you can choose from in Louisiana, arranged in random order…

Garden View, New Iberia

1000 Darby Lane
New Iberia, Louisiana 70560

Garden View Assisted Living is a family run facility with round-the-clock staffing. The staff is careful to implement and coordinate individual care needs. All meals are served restaurant-style in a beautiful, formal dining room. A large variety of mid-morning and afternoon snacks is also available. Garden View provides a unique environment where all the staff works together to ensure each resident feels special, safe, secure and well cared for. There are many recreational activities and exercise programs as well. Simple needs like weekly housekeeping, laundry, and flat linen services are taken care. Emergency call systems and surveillance cameras keep residents in touch with the caretakers and safe from harm. Guests and pets are welcome.

Brookdale Alexandria

351, Windermere Boulevard
Alexandria, LA 71303

Brookdale Alexandria is located in a beautiful, upscale residential area, and is close to the highway as well as various hospitals and clinics. Brookdale promises quality care in a compassionate and respectful manner and residents can choose between assisted living and memory care, each one tailored to fit an individual’s medical needs. With various floor plans and plenty of amenities to choose from, Brookdale is a pet-friendly place and believes in letting its residents live life to the fullest. Residents can enjoy an in-house arts and crafts studio as well as plenty of outdoor walking trails and gardening corners. Frequent outings to Super Wal-Mart, the Alexandria Mall, the local movie theater and Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center further keep the residents entertained.

Sunrise of Baton Rouge

8502 Jefferson Hwy
Baton Rouge LA 70809

Sunrise at Baton Rouge is a gorgeous property that offers assisted living, memory care as well as short-term stays. It’s conveniently located near the main medical centers of Baton Rouge and is also close to some of the finest cuisine and shops in town, including the Mall of Louisiana, Bocage Village Shopping Center and Perkins Rowe. Sunrise also offers plenty of resident activities like sporting events, theatrical plays, fine dining and spa trips. Residents can also be part of a quilting club, tai chi classes or a walking club. All to ensure that the residents have something fun to do and enjoy. The facility is completely secure but still allows family members and residents to come and go as they please.

La Plantation

26635 LA Highway 16
Denham Springs, LA 70726

La Plantation of Louisiana is a beautiful assisted living community that offers plenty of indoor and outdoor common spaces to let its residents interact with each other. The staff remains attentive and awake 24 X 7 to nip any emergencies in the bud. Many residents have often waxed eloquent about the beauty of the grounds with fountains, fish pools, and a beautiful, three-towered fountain in the front that residents can sit around. Residents can choose from studios, one bedroom or two-bedroom apartments though only the two-bedroom ones have ovens.

Brookdale, Lafayette

215 West Farrel Road
Lafayette, LA 70508

Brookdale Lafayette is located in the exclusive River Ranch neighborhood, close to many shopping centers, like Target, and the area’s major hospitals. The ever-smiling staff offers the best of care be it for assisted living or memory care. Each apartment features amenities such as a private, handicapped-accessible bathroom; an individual temperature control and a kitchenette. There are 80 apartments, all on the ground level. Many apartments also have a patio or large windows overlooking a beautifully landscaped property. Common areas include a lobby, a fireplace, a game area, chapel area, on-site beauty salon, activities room, library and more. Trips for ice cream, performances by the Acadiana Symphony, the local history museum and house-warming parties and holiday celebrations make this a wonderful place indeed.

Park Provence

1925 Possum Hollow Rd
Slidell, LA 70458

A warm, caring staff with quality assisted living services is what residents get, with the USP of getting only as much help as they actually need so as to be as autonomous as possible. Located alongside a scenic lake surrounded by a walking path and 20 acres of rolling landscape, residents at Park Provence can choose from 82 beautifully appointed live-in suites. There is an entire floor that caters exclusively to memory care. Amenities include an onsite barbershop, nail salon, as well as many enriching and diverse activities to make sure that Park Provence residents are social, active and have fun every day.

Sunrise of Metairie

3732 West Esplanade Ave S
Metairie, LA 70002

Sunrise at Metairie offers assisted living, memory care, short-term stays as well as coordination of hospice care. The facility is located close to the popular hospitals of the city. Nearby attractions include the National WWII Museum, New Orleans Fairgrounds, French Quarter, casinos and parks. Residents can enjoy the best of New Orleans’ unique culture with the dining featuring local specialties such as fish, shrimp, oysters, crabs, jambalaya, and gumbo. Each resident is encouraged to join in the activities. Common activities include Cajun dancing and steamboat rides on the Mississippi River. Residents are served three nutritious meals daily, and snacks are available 24 X 7. The residents also get monthly visits from a designated wellness nurse. The USP  is individualized care in a comfortable, nurturing environment.

The Arbor & Terrace Communities

4518 Hwy. 80 East
Ruston, LA 71270

The Arbor & Terrace Communities was remodeled in 2015 and provides as safe an environment as beautiful for its residences. Conveniently located on the highway, residents get easy access to shopping centers, grocery stores, hospitals, banks, and fine restaurants. A friendly and professionally trained staff called the “personal care team” takes care of all the needs of the residents.  Residents are also encouraged to participate in the many diverse activities that the facility plans like bingo, outings to restaurants, shopping malls, museums, community events; exercise classes as well as wine and cheese socials. All residents get monthly birthday parties, movie days, religious services and parties for just about every holiday!

The Terrace of Shreveport

8950 E Kings Hwy
Shreveport, LA 71115

If you are looking for a full range of assisted living services and a warm, friendly staff at Shreveport, then stop your search. Round-the-clock supervision and security, access to professional nurses and emergency call systems make it a haven for those in need of assisted living. Residents get help with daily living and their delicious and nutritious meals are prepared by professional chefs. Residents at The Terrace of Shreveport enjoy an exciting new chapter of life and enjoy many diverse activities that give them a chance to interact with their peers and neighbors. In-room facilities include air conditioning, cable TV, private courtyard or patio, wheel-in or walk-in shower as well as wheelchair access.

Brookdale Bossier City

2540 Beene Blvd
Bossier City, LA 71111

Brookdale Bossier City in Louisiana offers 84 apartments that include studios and one- and two-bedrooms units, where pets are always welcome. Large walk-in closets and handicapped-accessible showers provide comfort to residents. An in-house beauty shop keeps the residents at their comfortable and fashionable best. Brookdale offers a unique “Optimum Life” approach to its resident activities to tackle all aspects of a resident’s wellness. Be it purpose, emotional, physical, social, spiritual or intellectual. Residents may choose to receive as much or as little help they need. Food wise, they are served a variety of healthy menu options with fresh, regional cuisine. Each resident received a tailor-made solution for their medical and health needs, to make sure they are as comfortable and happy as they could be at home.


Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Kansas

Why retire in Kansas? Well, it’s what Dorothy called home for starters and went about clicking her red heels to get back to! Seriously though, with a cost of living 12% below national average, the cost of assisted living goes down too; so Kansas becomes a haven for those looking for active but affordable silver years, with wide open spaces, lower than average taxes and a really low unemployment rate as well – a boon for those looking for a second chance at employment in their later years.

The hilly grasslands, bubbling brooks, and plenty hunting trails offer a truly diverse life after retirement and despite a pricey neighborhood or two, Kansas offers so much to anyone looking to move to a great place to spend their silver years in, with its easy pace of living. We bring you the top ten assisted living facilities in Kansas, in random order…

Watercrest at Cherry Creek

8200 E. Pawnee
Wichita, KS  67207

Fancy Wichita? Famous for being known as the Air Capital of the World, Wichita’s history is tied to aviation manufacturing and is a great place to live in. One great place for assisted living in Wichita is Watercrest at Cherry Creek (earlier known as Carrington) that offers individual climate control, an emergency call system, a secured entrance and plenty of security cameras, warm and lovely patios, balconies and independent kitchens in all apartments, 24-hour nursing staff and a great option to pay month-to-month rent, which is rather affordable too. Situated in a quiet neighborhood but fairly accessible because of its location, Watercrest offers four different floor plans and sizes of apartments to best suit your preferences.

Sedgwick Plaza

2455 North Woodlawn Avenue
Wichita, KS 67220

Fancy living in a 60s style hotel – the grand ballroom, the fireplace and the ornate chandelier and all? One of the first places in Kansas to be certified as a personal care one, the luxurious apartments at Sedgwick Plaza are spacious, have plenty storage space for your memories and have large windows for you to let in the world. At Sedgwick Plaza, you are free to furnish your apartments at will, and there are plenty of activities organized by the staff for you to socialize with new faces, or hang around with the old ones… Planned exercise sessions, creative arts and crafts and diverse social opportunities such as mocktails hour, movies, bingo, and billiards make this one grand place to live indeed.

Legend at Capital Ridge

1931 SW Arvonia Pl
Topeka, KS 66615

In native American, Topeka means a good place to dig for potatoes. Green, fertile and gorgeous, Topeka is a wonderful place to retire to, especially if you plan to live at Legend at Capital Ridge – known to be one of warmest assisted living facilities in Topeka. With five distinctive apartment styles that support a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, sink and cabinetry, a large bathroom with endless shower, an emergency call system with speaker response, phone and TV connections as well as individually controlled heating and air conditioning, topped with dog and cat acceptance – this place will provide you all that you dream of when it comes to retirement.

The Homestead Apartments

11800 S. Shannan Street,
Olathe, KS 66062

Olathe was founded by John T. Barton, who when taken with verbena flowers asked the Shawnee tribe for their name and so the reply came ‘O-lay-thee’ ergo Olathe. The natural beauty of Olathe is stunning, more so if you decide to live at The Homestead Apartment Homes – and they rightly call themselves more of a happy community than just another assisted living facility. Rather affordable to live at, Homestead offers you all the facilities you need and more – all first floor suites with no need for stairs or elevators, three nutritionally balanced meals served daily in the dining room, 24-hour health care and emergency communication, housekeeping and personal laundry and many varied events to suit every taste and background. Topped with a lovely courtyard and lovelier environs.

Brookdale of Emporia

1200 W 12th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801

Home to Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College, Emporia was named after ancient Carthage, known for economic prosperity. And if you too want to spend your silver years in the best that Emporia has to offer, think of Brookdale of Emporia (formerly known as Sterling House of Emporia) that not only offers intimate setting to provide access for individuals with limited mobility but plenty outdoor amenities such as patios, raised gardening beds, and walking paths – everything that makes a life lived so much better. Be it the furnishings or the wall treatments, everything is carefully selected to make it one of the best assisted living facilities in the state, with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keeps its residents happily occupied.

Victory Hills Retirement Community

1900 N 70th Street
Kansas City, KS 66102

After a massive renovation, Victory Hills Retirement Community offers plenty amenities like covered parking and storage units and is one place where you can stay in the assisted living (floors two to five) or the independent living apartments (floors six to ten). With 14 apartments on each floor, this is a great place for anyone looking for assisted living with 24-hour nursing care, or independent living with the added comfort of medical aid just a quick call away. For assisted living, the place offers medication management, assistance with ADL’s, doctor’s appointments, weekly housekeeping and days filled with fun activities. They accept small pets as well and are placed near the lovely Painted Hills Golf Course, if you fancy a game…

River Bend by Americare

3820 Broadway Ave
Great Bend, KS 67530

So Great Bend is another great city in Kansas to think about after retirement with its wetlands, a water park and a really great zoo and a really lovable hometown, old school charm. River Bend by Americare is one of the best assisted living facilities in Great Bend, offering a really active lifestyle for its residents with a morning exercise club, a bridge club for the cards oriented and tons of social entertainment as well – in-house musicians, food galore and incredible entertainment. With eggs, the way you like them for breakfast, plenty of comfort foods and all at affordable prices – think of River Bend as simply the place to be, once you want to live a life of leisure, with medical care a back and call away.

Sunrise at Lenexa

15055 West 87th St Pkwy
Lenexa KS 66215

If you are looking for a place with pets, how about Sunrise at Lenexa, that has its own dog and cat? With a very homey feel to its exterior and plenty flower beds that also brighten up the interiors, along with the fresh and smiling faces of the staff – Sunrise at Lenexa would feel just like home. Adjacent to a park with a lake and walking paths; and close to Hen House, Walgreens, Legler Barn Museum and multiple other restaurants, shops and houses of worship – Sunrise at Lenexa is wonderfully located to give you the most active life at a price that won’t pinch your pocket! They also boast of a special neighborhood for the memory impaired and basically do everyting they can to improve the life of every resident that decides to live with them.

Brookdale at Liberal Springs

1500 Terrace Ave
Liberal, KS 67901

Peaceful settings, a restaurant style dining experience that serves home-style meals, plenty of activities to keep you busy, and a staff that tries its best to see a smile on your face, goes towards making Brookdale at Liberal Springs a wonderful living environment. Special events, activities, clubs and many an ongoing cultural enrichment program ensure that all the residents lead a happy social life. Four acres of beautifully landscaped land with gorgeous walking paths, Brookdale is near to the Southwest Medical Center, a rehabilitation facility, as well as shopping centers, restaurants, and hotels, making it a lovely and convenient option for residents and family members as well.  residents.

Waldron Place

1700 E 23rd Ave
Hutchinson, KS 67502

Waldron Place Assisted Living by Americare is a very peaceful assisted living residence, right next to a hospital and a clinic. It also has the added advantage of being ideally situated near many other medical facilities as well the mall, Wal-Mart, and grocery store. Any and all assistance is provided, letting the residents or “neighbors” live as gracefully as possible, leading as independent or as assisted life as needed. Social events are often organized to encourage people to meet-up with each other, to live full lives and to be as happily active as they can be, in comfortable and beautiful surroundings.


The Safest, Easiest to Use Tablets for Seniors in 2017

With their convenience, portability, and easy-to-use features, many people are skipping purchasing a computer altogether and going straight for a tablet. That’s just as true for senior citizens as it is for all age groups. Tablets offer plenty of computing power in a sleek, impressive package.

But which tablet should you buy? Apple’s iPad was the standard tablet for a long time, but newer models made by Amazon, Samsung and many other companies offer great features at attractive prices.

Taking into account various features, budgets, and potential special needs for hearing and vision accommodations, we’ve rounded up a list of the top 10 best tablet suggestions for seniors. Following the 10 best tablets is a list of potential tablet accessories, as well as websites to help you in your search for the perfect tablet.

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Tablet Features

As you browse through this list, keep in mind a few important facts to know about tablets:

  •  Tablets offer different features than laptops. Laptop computers offer the same computing power as a desktop unit but in a lightweight, portable model. Tablets, on the other hand, can perform only a fraction of the functions of a laptop. If you plan to casually surf the web, play online games, check your social media accounts and favorite websites, a tablet may be fine. If you need to run photo editing software, large spreadsheets or other documents, you may need a laptop computer instead.
  •  Tablets use a touchscreen to receive inputs. Most do not come with a keyboard or a mouse. If you’re used to a traditional setup, you can add these features as accessories later. You may wish to purchase a stylus, which is a device shaped like a pen that you use to tap, type or write with on screen.
  • Tablets connect to the internet through WiFi or a 3G network. If your tablet connects via a 3G network, you’ll have to pay an additional monthly fee to access the internet via a cellphone carrier.
  • Tablets work differently than laptops. Laptops and desktop computers use an operating system, while tablets run on the same technology that powers smartphones. You may find that a table performs more like a souped-up smartphone than like a computer.
  • Tablets offer a wide range of screen resolutions and sizes. You may need to test a few to see which one works best for you, but in general, choose the largest screen you can afford to make viewing, surfing and reading easier.

The Top 10 Tablets for Seniors

Asus Tablet

 1. ASUS VivoTab RT TF600T-B1-GR

The ASUS VivoTab scored great marks from among the many reviews of tables for seniors. The main reason seniors love it is the ease of use as well as the bright display. The VivoTab features new technology called IPS, or “in plane switching”, that uses wider viewing angles and bolder colors. Both make for a crystal clear display, good for people with low vision or vision problems. The big buttons and touch screen also make it simple to use.


  • Solid construction.
  • Excellent screen and screen resolution.
  • Windows 8 operating system provides good performances.


  • Cannot run Google Apps, which similar devices can run.
  • Track pad is actually very sensitive, so that the slightest touch can throw it off.

Samsung note pro

2. Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro gets rave reviews from all users, including those who use their tablets for business as well as pleasure. Newer tablets have an additional two inches of viewable screen available, making it easier to write on screen using a stylus. The battery life of this particular model is excellent. Generous memory capacity makes it possible to have multiple tabs open at once for increased productivity.



  • Very easy to use and easy to learn.
  • WiFi enabled, which means you can use it almost anywhere you can find a WiFi signal.
  • Great long-lasting battery.


  • No SIM slot, so you can’t add additional memory cards later.
  • Some operating system bugs reported.

Apple ipad mini

 3. Apple iPad mini MD531LL/A

Apple’s iPad mini is one of the original best selling tablets, and seniors interested in purchasing a tablet may find that Apple’s intuitive operating system and proven ease of use is best for them. The mini sports a backlit touch display, which makes it very easy to see and use in different light conditions. Its sleek design makes it easy to hold in your hand while you check the latest game scores or stock market reports. It’s a winning combination of excellent design, portability and functionality in one package.



  • Lightweight, portable and sleek design.
  • Great for web browsing.
  • Great for e-reading magazines, newspapers and other documents.


  • Can be hard to type on because it is so small.
  • Printing off the iPad can be hit or miss.

Microsoft Surface Pro

4. Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is billed as the tablet that can replace your laptop, and it lives up to its promise. If you’re trying to decide between buying a new laptop and a tablet or choosing one or the other, the Surface Pro may be adequate to handle the tasks of both. By adding an optional click-in keyboard, you can transform the large screen tablet into a sleek, portable laptop with a traditional keyboard for typing. It’s a good value if you can buy just one device.



  • Blends the convenience and web surfing abilities of a tablet with the easy productivity applications and typing features of a laptop.
  • Run Windows, Microsoft Office and other desktop programs, which a typical tablet cannot do.
  • Good writing and drawing capabilities.


  • All accessories are sold separately, so the costs can add up as you add features to your tablet.
  • Some people complain that this version is slower than the older models.
  • Others complained about the tablet screen for drawing or graphic design projects. You may want to choose a more robust laptop if you plan to do any graphic design projects.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

This model is slightly different from the NotePro 12.2, so it merits its own recommendation and review. It runs on Android technology, so most apps work just fine on it. The huge memory capacity of 16 GB or 32 GB puts it ahead of the competition in that category. Includes a camera that shoots still pictures as well as video, and it comes loaded with software for reading magazines, watching movies and more.



  1. Loaded with software and features to make this tablet a great device for business or personal needs.
  2. Account and tablet set up reported to be quick and easy.
  3. Excellent battery life.



  1. Some of the buttons, such as the menu/return button, can stick.
  2. Touch screen reportedly can be overly sensitive (use a light touch).

Asus Memo Pad 10

 6. ASUS MeMO Pad FHD 10 ME302C-A1-BL 10.1-Inch 16GB Tablet

Among all of the recommended tablets for seniors, the ASUS MeMO Pad offers one of the lowest price models in its category. An Intel processor, 16 GB of memory and a 10” screen make it a good value for the money. It is very lightweight, and a keyboard can easily be added for typing longer documents. Android-based apps can be used with it as well.



  • Smooth and fast navigation.
  • Good battery life and easy to charge.
  • USB port to connect it to other devices.


  • Too much free software loaded onto it from the start.
  • Design looks and feels cheap.

Matricom Tablet

7. MatricomⓇ G-Tab Quantum 10 Android 4.2 HD Quad Core Tablet

Matricom may not be a household name, but this tablet is a winner among those evaluated as the best tablets for seniors. New technology installed in this device makes it boot up in seconds, and the display is crisp, clear and clean. You can download music, apps, and many other options to make this a device that’s perfect for business, pleasure or general use. Like some of the other low cost tablets, the design may feel a little cheap, but the inside is what counts to many people, and the G-Tab doesn’t disappoint.


  • Excellent display; cited by many reviewers as one of the best they’ve ever seen.
  • Slot for additional memory card makes the memory capabilities of this device almost unlimited.
  • Fast and responsive when opening various apps.


  • Camera quality wasn’t the best.
  • Screen can be jumpy and overly sensitive to touch, so if you make a mistake when touching it you can lose your work.

Kindle Fire 7

8. Kindle Fire 7″ Tablet

Kindle isn’t just for reading ebooks! The Kindle Fire 7” tablet is one of the hottest tablets on the market. It features HD display, fast processing, and long-lasting batteries. It also enables various profiles to be set on one device so that two or more people can share it without sharing settings. Lightning fast web browsing and of course, Kindle’s ebook reader are included.


  • Superb web browsing capacity.
  • Instant access to thousands of games and apps in Amazon’s web store.
  • A good entry-level tablet for people new to tablets.


  • Some people reported that the batteries don’t charge well over time.
  • Ports can become loose and are difficult to fix.

Google Nexus 10

9. Google Nexus 10

The Google Nexus 10 offers a higher-priced tablets with stunning displays and smooth operations. Opening apps is a snap, and the web surfing capabilities are also seamless, as one would expect from Google. Very lightweight tablet with excellent features.


  • Gorgeous display with crystal clear colors.
  • Great sound quality for playing music, videos.
  • Smooth operating features and web surfing.


  • Some apps that are compatible with this device use a lot of memory.
  • Battery charging is slower than other tablets.

Acer Iconia

10. Acer Iconia A500-10S16u 10.1-Inch Tablet

If you plan to use your tablet mostly for entertainment purposes, such as watching streaming videos or your favorite television shows via the internet, this tablet is for you. It features great sound, a crisp display, and a USB port to connect it to other devices. The battery life is about 10 hours long, and it includes a microphone so that you can use it to connect via Skype.


  • WiFi enabled
  • Fast, clean.
  • Not bogged down with free apps or previews of programs.


  • Plastic screen can be scratched easily. You may need to purchase a separate screen protector.
  • Some people reported screen problems.


Best Accessories for Your New Tablet

Tablet accessories aren’t just nice to have; sometimes they’re “must haves!” Because tablets are so small and portable, they tend to get bounced around a little more than your average laptop. The resulting dings and scrapes can permanently mar or even ruin a tablet. When you purchase your new tablet, make sure you purchase accessories to protect, maintain, and enjoy your tablet.

Tablet covers or cases come in different sizes and shapes, each made for a specific device, so be sure to check to make sure that your choice is compatible with your new tablet.


tablet covers

Best Tablet Covers

  1. KHOMO iPad Mini / Mini Retina / Mini 3 Case (Released 2014): If you’re purchasing an iPad Mini or Retina, the KHOMO tablet cover is a great case to protect your new tablet. It comes in a rainbow of colors to suit every taste, and it’s reasonably priced, too.
  2. OtterBox Defender Series Case for iPad mini: The OtterBox Defender Series of cases for the iPad mini is one tough little case. It features a polycarbonate case with covers over the major ports to keep dust and debris out of them without compromising functionality.
  3. OtterBox also makes sizes compatible with the Galaxy tablet – the OtterBox Defender Series for Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro (8.4).
  4. Poetic StrapBack Protective Case for Google Nexus 10: The Poetic StrapBack case fits the Google Nexus tablet and offers a sleek design, soft lining with antislip padding, and openings to reach all the ports without taking it out of its cover.
  5. Pandamimi ULAK(TM) 360 Rotating PU Leather Case Cover for Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7.0 Inch:  The Pandamimi isn’t your average case. It’s colorful, fun and includes leather trim. It’s perfectly sized for the Amazon Kindle Fire and offers an attractive yet functional case cover for your new tablet.
  6. Toshiba Thrive Portfolio Case for 10 – Inch Tablet: If you purchase a Toshiba 10 inch tablet, the Thrive Portfolio case gets great reviews for durability and beauty. You can adjust it to get the best angle to view the screen of your tablet.
  7. ProCase SlimSnug Case for LG G Pad 7.0, Ultra Slim and light, Hard Shell Cover, with Stand, Exclusive for LG G Pad 7 inch Tablet LGV400: This slim, snug hard shell cover both protects your tablet and transforms it into a viewing stand. For LG G Pad 7 inch tablets.
  8. AmazonBasics iPad Air and Netbook Bag with Handle Fits 7 to 10-Inch Tablets (Black): If you think you’ll just need to transport your iPad or other 7 to 10 inch tablet occasionally, this little bag offers an easy way to bring your tablet along for the ride.
  9. DW Thinnest 2mm Hot Red Color Bluetooth Keyboard (Aluminium Keys + Magnetic Charging Port) Case Cover Stand for iPad Mini: This little tablet case with keyboard is sleek as wewll as beautiful. It converts into a stand for the iPad mini to hold it in place while you work, and comes in three gorgeous colors.
  10. Snugg Universal 7 Inch Tablet Sleeve in Black Leather – Universal Tablet Wallet / Tablet Case With Magnetic Closure for 7 inch Tablets. e.g. Acer Iconia One 7″, Asus Fonepad, Lenovo IdeaTab, Dell Venue:  This universal tablet sleeve fits most 7 inch tablets and offers a nice wallet type case with magnetic cover to keep your tablet clean and secure.

Tech Armor

Best Screen Protectors

Because tablets are touch-screen, screens tend to take a lot of wear and tear. Even with the most careful use, you can accidently scratch or scrape them. Screen protectors are clear covers that fit over the viewing surface of your tablet to protect the display. Like cases and covers, they must be properly sized to fit your device, so be sure to check your new tablet’s specifications and select the best screen protector for your device size.

  1. iPad Air Screen Protector, JETech® 2-Pack Screen Protector Film for Apple iPad Air iPad: For Apple iPad fans, the JETech screen protector is a clear, cling film protector that won’t leave grit or residue on your tablet when it’s removed.
  2. Tech Armor Apple iPad mini 3 / iPad mini 2 / iPad mini Premium Ballistic Glass Screen Protector: Tech Armor’s screen protector promises to protect against scratches and dings. It’s also sized to fit Apple products.
  3. Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Screen Protector, Film Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-inch Premium HD Clear: This package of screen protectors fits the Galaxy Tablet.
  4. ArmorSuit MilitaryShield – Ultra Clear Screen Protector For Kindle Fire HDX 7″ + Lifetime Replacements: For those purchasing the Kindle Fire 7, the Armor Suit Military Shield offers excellent display protection without sacrificing picture quality.
  5. BoxWave ClearTouch Ultra 100% Bubble Free Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Premium Anti-Glare Screen Protector: The BoxWave Clear Touch offers crisp, clear viewing while protecting the screen of your new Kindle Fire Tablet. It has a black display frame that makes it easy to add and remove.

Samsung battery

Battery Packs

  1. Samsung Universal USB Extended Battery Up Pack for Smartphones and Tablets includes cables:  The Samsung battery extends your tablet’s battery life by providing supplemental power. Connects through a standard USB cable.
  2. External Battery Charger – Portable Dual-Port USB 10000mAH Backup Power Bank BEST Pack for any iPhone, Galaxy S3 S4 S5 S6, Samsung Note3, iPad: A universal backup power bank for your device that keeps you mobile in case you forget to charge your primary battery.
  3. PermaCharger™ Portable Charger 11,000mAh Dual External USB Battery Charger: The PermaCharger comes with free wall adapter and free replacement guarantee.
  4. AUX2GO Battery Backup Rechargeable Juice Pack: This auxiliary battery backup and rechargeable battery pack includes a free travel pouch.
  5. External Battery, New Trent iCarrier 12000mAh Portable Dual USB Port External Battery Charger/Power Pack for Smartphones, iPhone 6, Iphone 6 Plus, S5, Nexus 6, Note 4, Tablets, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and more:  This heavy duty charger gets great reviews. It does not include cables, but if they came with your device, you should be all set.

stylus set

Other Accessories

  1. 5 Pcs Stylus Set Aqua Blue/Black/Red/Pink/Purple Stylus/styli Touch Screen Cellphone Tablet Pen for iPhone 4G 3G 3GS iPod Touch iPad 2 3 SONY PLAYSTATION PSP PS VITA Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy, BlackBerry Playbook AMM0101US, Barnes and Noble Nook Color, Droid Bionic:  This five piece stylus set offers colorful choices, snap clips to keep them handy, and an easy to use, comfortable pen-like grip.
  2. Bundle Monster 12in1 Case, Wall + Car Charger, USB/AUX Cables, Stereo Handsfree Earbuds, 2in1 Stylus Pen, Screen Protector Accessory Set for Google Nexus 7 Tablet: Get all the accessories you need in one convenient package for the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Includes cables, wall and car charger, stylus pen, protector and more.
  3. TabSuit 10.1” Tablet Folio Keyboard with Stand Universal PU Leather Case for Dragon Touch A1X/A1/R10X Tablet and more 10.1” or 10” Tablets:  This case combines a keyboard and protective leather cover for larger sized tablets.
  4. AmazonBasics Adjustable Tablet Stand: If you plan on using your tablet for reading and want to keep it at a comfortable angle, the adjustable tablet stand may be perfect for you.
  5. CTA Digital 2-In-1 Kitchen Mount Stand for iPad Air/iPad mini and All Tablets: This kitchen wall mount for your tablet makes it a snap to pop your tablet in to the stand to follow recipes online, cooking demonstrations and more. Check your email while you tend to other tasks and keep your hands free.
  6. Kamor® 7″ PU Leather Stand Case + Micro USB Keyboard with Touch Screen Stylus Pen for 7 inch Android Tablet PC + Micro Female to Mini Male adapter:  The Kamor leather stand case, keyboard and stylus pen offer a nice combination of accessories. Also available in 9” and for other size tablets.
  7. ARION Universal Tablet Headrest Pro Mount: Going on a long trip and want to watch a movie while someone else drives? This tablet headrest lets you mount your tablet on the seat in front of you and watch your favorite entertainment in comfort.
  8. Galaxy Tab 3 Case,Tab 3 10.1 Case,ULAK Leather 360 Rotating Case Cover for Samsung Galaxy Tab3 10.1″ Tablet P5200 P5210 Auto Sleep/Wake function with Screen Protector and Stylus (Aqua Blue): This beautiful case for the Galaxy Tab 3 comes in a wide range of colors and includes a handy stand, microfiber interior to protect your tablet, and even a little holder for the stylus. (Note: it won’t fit the Galaxy 2.)
  9. Cell Phone Charger & Tablet PC Charger Cable Clip – Black Twin Pack – Save 35% On These Hot New Cell Phone Accessories: These clips keep your cables off the floor where you’re likely to trip on them and mounted securely to a solid surface while your device charges.
  10. Targus CleanVu Cleaning Pads for iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, Motorola, Samsung, BlackBerry and Other Touch Screen Devices, 2 Black/1 Red (TXA00212US): Touch screens are great, but the oils from your fingertips can quickly smudge the screen. This cleaning pad makes it a snap to keep the screen clean.

Further Reading

For more information on how to shop for a tablet or use your new tablet, visit one or more of the following sites for helpful tips and hints.

  1. Tech Savvy Seniors is a free downloadable guide. Part II features a guide to tablet use.
  2. Why Tablets Are Good for Seniors: Trying to decide between a laptop and a tablet? This article shares the advantages of using tablets for seniors.
  3. Have You Considered a Tablet? If you’re still unsure about buying a tablet, this article from The Gazette may convince you.
  4. The For Dummies books offer guidance for all newcomers to the world of tablets. This article specifically addresses seniors learning how to use tablets and similar devices.
  5. How to Use an Android Tablet: This pictorial guide shows you step-by-step directions how to use your new Android-based tablet.
  6. How to Set Up Your New Android or Tablet:  Another guide written for beginners to help you set up your new device.
  7. Android, Apple or Windows: How to Choose the Best Tablet: An article published by P.C. Magazine that delves more deeply into the differences among tablets.
  8. The Snugg’s Beginner’s Guide to Tablets will get you up to speed in no time.
  9. 10 Tablet Apps for Seniors reviews downloadable apps especially of interest to seniors.
  10. Forbes reviews the Apple iPad with an eye towards use by seniors – and points out the pros as well as the cons.



The Best Senior Laptops 2017 Compared & Reviewed

Gone are the days when computers were for “the kids” and grandma and grandpa had to make do with a telephone call. Today’s senior citizens are just as likely to be emailing, shopping, banking and tweeting online as they are to mail a letter, drive to the mall, make a bank deposit in person or phone a friend. The best laptops and accessories for senior citizens range from easy to use computers that arrive with software installed to super-charged yet easy to use laptops with intuitive design. The trick to finding the best laptops for senior citizens is to take into account the user’s comfort and familiarity with computers and to buy the best model that’s within the available budget.

This guide to the best laptops and accessories for senior citizens includes plenty of helpful information to use when shopping for computers. Use the links below to find the information you need, or start at the top and work your way to the end. Links sprinkled throughout the article will take you to more information on the topic.

Considerations When Purchasing Laptops for Senior Citizens
Before shopping for a new laptop, keep in mind the following considerations.

  • How comfortable are you with computers? Some seniors are brand new to the world of computers, while others have used them for work or hobbies for many years. Those who are new to computers may benefit from modern touch-screen technology or brands with more intuitive navigation and apps.
  • Accessibility: Some senior citizens can use any laptop without a problem, but others may need adaptive devices to use their laptops. Accessories can be added to a laptop such as a mouse, large-key keyboard, utility managers and more to make them easier to use.
  • How will the laptop be used? Knowing in advance how you wish to use your laptop can help you navigate the seemingly endless choices when it comes to laptops. If you need your laptop for email, internet connections and pictures, a budget model may be fine. Those running more extensive software or business software may need a heartier laptop with additional memory or processing power. Make a list in advance of shopping for your laptop of all the things you know you will do on your laptop and the things you are dreaming about doing. Then organize the list into “must haves” and “nice to haves”. This will help you narrow your choices as you shop for a laptop.
  • What software will you need? Your list will also help you determine which software programs you may need to run on your new laptop. Some laptops for senior citizens come preloaded with basic software, while others leave it up to the user to purchase and install additional software. Software purchases add up, so keep some budget set aside for additional software if you think you will need it. Some software packages you might wish to consider include robust email management systems like Microsoft Outlook, graphic design and image software such as Illustrator or Photoshop, or Microsoft Office for Word, Excel and other programs. Most laptops do, however, come with basic word processing software and internet browser already installed. You can also start off with the software that comes with your laptop and add on from there as needed.
  • What is your budget? Computer and laptop prices have dropped significantly over the last few years to the point where a laptop with great computing power costs significantly less now than it did years ago. Budget, however, is still a factor. Just as when shopping for a car you can spend $50,000 or $10,000, when shopping for a laptop you can buy a supercharged model for thousands of dollars or a simple, functional model for a few hundred.

While most laptops are ready to use right out of the box, if you think you need help getting your new laptop set up and maintaining it, be sure to look into service packages, too.

The 10 Best Laptops for Senior Citizens
The following laptops received high ratings from individuals who’ve purchased them for themselves or for elderly parents and grandparents. Each laptop was evaluated for ease of use, any accessibility issues, functionality and price.


1. Toshiba Qosmio X875-Q7390 17.3-Inch 3D Laptop
The Toshiba Qosmio has two wonderful features that make it perfect for senior citizens. First, it runs on Windows 8. If you haven’t used the latest Windows platforms, you may be in for a shock at first, but the shock soon wears off and you’ll wonder how you lived without it. Large, customizable desktop icons put email, weather, news and frequently used programs right at your fingertips without complicated menus to navigate. The click pad is also slightly larger than other laptops, which makes it easier for those new to using a click pad to accurately select items on screen. The bright 17.3 inch screen is also a plus for seniors, making it easy to watch movies, view photos, and read text online. It’s a little hefty at 7.3 pounds, but overall, a great laptop value for the money, with many features to recommend it to senior citizens.


  • Packs a lot of computing power into one laptop.
  • Large, bright screen.
  • Excellent memory and fast processing capacity.
  • Windows 8 (or 8.1) offers intuitive navigation for those new to computers or just learning.
  • Compatible with Toshiba accessories such as a separate mouse or keyboard for greater adaptability.


  • Some users reported that the system freezes with continued use. Shutting it down properly and running routine maintenance may prevent this problem.
  • Some users reported overheating issues.
  • Battery life can shorten with use (but new batteries can be purchased and installed).

HP Pavilion 17

2. HP Pavilion 17.3″ Laptop i3 2.40GHz 6GB 750GB Windows 8 (17-e040us)
Like the previous recommendation, the HP Pavilion laptop offers plenty of computing power for the money. It has a big, bright screen and intuitive Windows 8 operating system. The difference between the two models is in the weight and the battery life. The HP Pavilion weighs almost a full pound less, but offers a far shorter battery life (4 hours) than the competing Toshiba. The tradeoff may be worth it for some users who need a lightweight machine but can reach an outlet for current rather than rely on a battery. The HP Pavilion also includes “HP CoolSense” which keeps the exterior laptop shell cool to the touch, so it doesn’t get hot and hurt your lap or the computer itself.


  • Has plenty of build in features include webcam, DVD and CD burner and more.
  • Includes HP apps.
  • Includes free Windows 8.1 upgrade if you purchase one with 8.0


  • Numerous hardware issues reported by users that made shut down impossible or difficult.
  • Keyboard doesn’t light up the way some laptop keyboards do, so it may be difficult to see for people with low vision.

Apple Macbook Pro

3. Apple MacBook Pro MF839LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display
Apple Macbooks are a consistent, high quality laptop, and the Macbook Pro with Retina Display doesn’t disappoint. Even though the screen is among the smallest recommended, with a 13.3 inch display, it won’t feel small. Crisp, clear images and a backlit keyboard make this a great little computer.


  • Fast processor and great computing power.
  • Apple operating system is easy and intuitive.
  • Retina display is terrific for people with poor eyesight.
  • Lightweight aluminum shell.


  • On the expensive side among the recommended laptops.
  • Some users reported it crashes when using photo programs.
  • Users reported power problems, including overheating and power cords breaking after use.

ASUS laptop

4. ASUS N550JK-DS71T 15.6″ Full-HD Touchscreen Quad Core i7 Laptop w/ Aluminum-Body, 8GB RAM & 1TB HD

ASUS may not be a brand as well known as Toshiba, HP or Apple, but ASUS computers offer a lot of value for the money. This ASUS offers a large 15.6 HD screen with touch screen capabilities. Touch screens may be much easier for newcomers to laptops to use. Simply touch the Windows 8 icons and you’re accessing your email, your favorite browser, weather, stock market reports and more. The lightweight aluminum body houses 8 GB of RAM with a fast processer and sleek design.


  • High praise for the beautiful display, touch screen and touch pad, and the many built-in features.
  • Solid and responsive keys on the keyboard may feel more like a ‘real’ computer keyboard than on other laptop models.
  • Back-lit keyboard for easier typing.


  • Processor can be slow and prone to bottlenecks if running multiple programs at once.
  • More expensive than many other models.
  • Several users reported issues with the screen turning black and unable to display a picture. Could not be fixed, had to return it for a refund or exchange.

Dell Inspirion

5. Dell Inspiron i3542-5000BK 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop
Dell is a trusted name in computers, and for good reason. Many of their products offer great value for the money, and this Dell Inspiron laptop doesn’t disappoint. The touch screen is easy to use and navigate, especially for people just starting with laptops, and this model comes with Windows 8.1 for the latest operating system. It’s also quite reasonably priced and offers a reliable computer for the money.


  • Great computer for the average user.
  • Includes a numeric keypad.
  • Case is easy to clean and keep free of fingerprints.
  • Bold, bright graphics.


  • Users complained about hard drive problems right out of the box.
  • Difficult to get hold of Dell customer service.

Acer Inspire

6. Acer Aspire 17.3-Inch Laptop Intel Core, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bits
The Acer Aspire offers a large, clear screen with great picture quality that makes it easy to see what you’re doing as you surf the net, answer emails, or work with your photos. Optional touch screen or mouse offers great options for seniors familiar with computers or just starting out. This is an inexpensive option with a lot of computer power packed into a sleek package.


  • Windows 7 operating system for people who prefer the older style Windows.
  • Gets high marks for web browsing, record keeping and basic tasks.
  • Build in Wi-Fi is fast.
  • Soft keyboard for light touch typing.


  • Space bar tends to be quirky; some people say you have to tap it right in the center in order for it to work.
  • Other issues related to “sticky” keys and malfunctioning keys.


7. HP 14-q070nr 14-Inch Chromebook
If you don’t mind using a Chromebook, this HP Chromebook offers a great value in a little package. Chromebooks differ from traditional laptops by running software off of the web instead of from the hard drive. You’ll need to be connected to the internet in order to run basic applications such as spreadsheets, typing in Word, etc. However, for those on a limited budget, this lightweight, highly portable and fast model does the job adequately and connects to you all the important websites you need and want to see.


  • Very inexpensive – typically under $300.
  • Fast internet connection.
  • You don’t have to worry about malware and viruses because it runs on Google OS.



  • May be an ‘acquired taste’ for those already proficient with computers.
  • Battery life can be shorter than desired.

Apple Air

8. Apple MacBook Air MD712LL/B 11.6-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)
Like the Chromebook, the Apple Macbook Air is a smaller machine than others featured, but offers a lot for the money. Apple’s intuitive design, and fast, reliable machines are a favorite among users, and many people swear by the brand. If you’re new to computers, Apple may be easier to get used to than other machines. The Apple Macbook Air features 9 hours of battery life to run your favorite applications, plenty of ports to connect to other devices, and preloaded productivity software so you can start using your new computer immediately. A good value and good introductory model to the Apple line.


  • Great travel laptop – lightweight and easily carried wherever you go.
  • Very reliable.
  • Fast start up and shut down.


  • A little pricier than Windows-based models.
  • Small screen may be difficult for those with poor vision to use easily.


9.  MSI GE70 Apache Pro-012 17.3-Inch Laptop
The MSI GE70 Apache offers the ultimate package for the serious computer user. A colorful backlit keyboard, a huge 17.3 inch screen, Windows 8.1…the list of features just keeps coming with the Apache. The screen offers large, clear graphics with a matte finish so it doesn’t show fingerprints, and the fast speed and heavy memory make this a favorite for entertainment such as watching videos, movies or playing games.


  • Amazing memory and computer power in a lightweight laptop.
  • One of the top-ranked keyboards among laptops.
  • Very powerful computer for the price.


  • Reports of the device shutting down without warning.
  • Some users report that an upgrade to a new driver helped their computer run faster.

Toshiba Chromebook

10. Toshiba CB35-A3120 13.3-Inch Chromebook
This last choice for best laptops for seniors features another Chromebook, this one an extremely lightweight, portable model by Toshiba. Like other Chromebooks, it runs most software directly from the internet, which necessitates an internet connection in order to use many common applications. It has a long battery life, and at under 4 pounds, makes it very easy to carry with you wherever you go.


  • Battery charges quickly and holds a charge for up to 9 hours.
  • Fast internet connection and surfing.
  • Brighter screen than many other Chromebooks.


  • Longer documents can be cumbersome to edit in the online word processing software.
  • Problems reported with the finish flaking, chipping and scratching after only a few months of use.


Must-Have Accessories for Your Laptop

If you’re a first time laptop buyer, you may be surprised to learn that your new purchase doesn’t come with many accessories. Some laptops may not even come with productivity (word processing, accounting /spreadsheets, etc) software installed. Be sure to read the description of the laptop thoroughly, and note which software packages you might need when you buy your laptop. Most can be purchased and downloaded directly from the internet, giving you access to a wealth of programs and the convenience of shopping for them from your home.

Once you’ve got your laptop up and running, there are several categories of accessories you might want to investigate, depending on how you plan to use your new computer. These include:

  • Cases and bags to carry to laptop and protect it from scratches and dings;
  • Large screen keyboard letters, which a great for people with low vision;
  • A separate mouse to use instead of the touch screen, which may be easier for those used to traditional desktop units;
  • Cooling pads, especially useful for the more powerful laptops, gaming laptops, and people who plan to use their laptops for long periods of time;
  • External storage, to store important documents, photos and more.
  • Books to help you get the most from your computer.

Graceship Bag

Cases and Bags

As you’re shopping for laptop cases and bags, be sure to note the size of your laptop. Bags come in different sizes to accommodate different screen sizes of laptops.

  1. Snugg Laptop Messenger Bag in Black Leather for Laptop Computer, Notebook & Tablets: This gorgeous leather messenger bag lets you transport your laptop in style. Six pockets inside the bag and four on the outside provide plenty of space for documents, memory sticks, cords and more. Available in black or brown leather.
  2. GRACESHIP Women’s Laptop Bag – “London” Computer Bag / Briefcase / Messenger Bag: Have you ever noticed that most laptop bags look like men’s briefcases? Not the London Computer bag! It looks like your favorite Hermes bag, reminiscent of Grace Kelly and the glamour of old Hollywood. It’s a sleek bag that protects your laptop and matches your best professional or leisure outfit.
  3. Kayond®Bohemian Style Canvas Fabric Ultraportable Neoprene 13-13.3 Inch Laptop / Notebook Computer / MacBook / MacBook Pro / MacBook Air Carrying Case (sunlight 13-13.3inch): Another fashionable choice, the Kayond laptop bag features flexible neoprene with a sporty, casual look. This bag fits smaller laptops and tablets adequately, especially MacBook Air and similar models.
  4. Everki Advance Laptop Bag – Briefcase, Fits up to 18.4-Inch (EKB407NCH18): If you’re splurging for a 17 inch or greater screen laptop, you need a bag that can accommodate it. The Everki offers a stylish, classic laptop computer bag with padding to protect sensitive equipment and a sturdy handle that should live up to years of use.
  5. Altego Coated Canvas Cyan 17″ Laptop Backpack for Apple MacBook Pro + iPad Pocket- Black (36300): If you prefer a backpack style, the Altego offers a coated canvas backpack that fits many medium to large sized computers. Recommended for Apple Macbook.

Laptop Buddy

Keyboard Letters and Adaptability Accessories

  1. English US Large Letters Upper case:  (Manufactured 4Keyboard): These large, brightly colored letters peel and stick directly to your keyboard to make the keys easier to see. They’re also good to use when you’ve worn away the letters but aren’t ready to buy a new laptop.
  2. Glowing fluorescent Large Lettering English US keyboard sticker: Another set of stickers, this one with glowing, fluorescent letters to use in low lit areas.
  3. Plantronics SAVI W440 Convertible, Wireless DECT Headset System for Laptop, Softphone & Multimedia Use – Black & Silver: While a headset may not be necessary, having a wireless headset enables you to make and receive telephone calls via Skype and other online systems with ease through your laptop.
  4. Plantronics MCD100-M USB Speakerphone: The Plantronics USB speakerphone enables you to listen and speak over the telephone without lifting a receiver or putting on a headset. Simply connect this device through the USB port, and you’re on your way to sending, receiving and listening to conference calls or telephone calls over your computer.
  5. Laptop Buddy Laptop Desk and Cup Holder – Blue (72-698006): This soft, pliable laptop holder offers a secure grip on your computer and helps you balance it on your lap. Fleece lining makes it extra comfortable.

Logitech Trackball Wireless Mouse

Mouse Recommendations

Laptops typically come with track pads; you use the tips of your fingers to move the cursor and click on items on screen. Some users love track pads, others who are used to a traditional computer mouse prefer the feel and ease of a separate product. If you’d prefer a traditional computer mouse, the following are highly recommended by online reviews.

  1. Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse: Logitech’s wireless mouse is one of the world’s best selling products. Features wireless connection and good accuracy as well as comfortable fit for your hand.
  2. Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 – Graphite: The Microsoft Wireless mouse also gets rave reviews from users. It uses an optical sensor for precision tracking.
  3. Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball: People who experience wrist, hand and arm pain when using a traditional computer mouse find this particular model a lot more comfortable.
  4. Logitech V150 Laser Notebook Mouse: This Logitech model notebook mouse features USB connecting cable and precision laser control.
  5. Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T630 for Windows 8 Touch Gestures: For those purchasing a laptop with Windows 8, the Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse is especially designed to work easily with the touch screen buttons of Windows 8.

Chill Mate Cooling Pad

Cooling Pads

Cooling pads keep both the bottom of your laptop and your lap from overheating. Once the purview of gamers who spent long hours on their laptops, cooling pads are now common and used by people who want extend the life of their laptops and prevent overheating.

  1. Chill Mate Laptop Cooling Pad – Fits 15″ and smaller laptops and notebooks: The Chill Mate works great for smaller laptops, notebooks and other devices. It’s slim, lightweight and portable, and comes apart for easy cleaning of the fan blades.
  2. Cooler Master NotePal X3 – Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad with 200mm Blue LED Fan: The Cooler Master works more like a desktop stand with fans for your laptop. It keeps it cool, and blows air back and away from you so that both you and your computer are comfortable. Heavy duty fans work well for gaming computers and some of the more robust models.
  3. CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad with Two 140mm Turbine Fans (SGA-4000-KKNF1): This is the ultimate cooling pad for those who spend the most time on their computers. Multiple settings allow for customization of the device.
  4. Superbpag(TM) USB Powered and Efficient Metal Cooler Pad Laptop Cooling Pad with Laptop Stand (6-fans-BL): Six fans are built right into this combination of cooling pad and desk laptop stand. It connects to the laptop by USB port so it doesn’t need a special port to operate.
  5. Thermaltake Massive23 LX Laptop Notebook Cooler Oversized 230mm Blue LED Fan USB CLN0015: The Thermaltake cooling pad isn’t just oversized, it’s also beautiful and quiet, a winning combination for people who want to spend more time on their computer without the drone and annoyance of a fan.

Seagate Expansion Drive

External Storage Devices

Whether or not you need a separate external storage device really depends on the laptop you buy and how you’re using it. Users who take and share a lot of pictures or videos, or who rely upon their laptops to store important documents and papers may find that an external storage device offers additional space as well as peace of mind. External storage devices have memory capacity that adds to whatever computer memory is on your laptop already. They can store documents or back up the originals so that if anything happens to your computer, the documents are safe and can be moved to a new computer. Most external storage devices connect via a USB cable that plugs into your laptop whenever you want to use it. You can unplug it and store it elsewhere whenever it’s not in use.

  1. WD My Passport for Mac 1TB Portable External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 (WDBLUZ0010BSL-NES: If you’re purchasing a Mac product, this external hard drive storage is compatible with your Macbook. It features a tremendous amount of storage space and a slim, portable design.
  2. WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Auto Backup – Black: Similar to the first product, this storage device is compatible with PC-based laptops. Storage capacity is similar to the WD MyPassport for Mac.
  3. Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STBX1000101): The Seagate Expansion drive also offers plenty of storage space for important documents and projects. The slim profile of this hard drive also makes it appealing for use with laptops.
  4. Silicon Power Rugged Armor A80 1 TB 2.5-Inch USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Military Grade Portable External Hard Drive SP010TBPHDA80S3B (Blue): Are you tough on your computer equipment? Tend to drop things? Then check out the Silicon Power Rugged Armor hard drive. It connects easily through a USB port but appears to be more durable, another plus for those who purchased their laptops for their portability.
  5. Transcend 1 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive – Military Drop Standards (TS1TSJ25M3): Like the Silicon Power Rugged Armor external hard drive, the Transcend hard drive is manufactured up to military standards, with a rugged, durable, shock-resistant shell that withstands drops and jolts. Connects through a simple USB port and holds a tremendous amount of data.


Are you new to computers? Not sure how to use Windows 8 or its new friend, Windows 8.1? The following books for seniors just starting out with computers or updating their computer skills offer good basic, introductory level information on various operating systems and technologies.

  1. Windows 8.1 for Seniors: For Senior Citizens Who Want to Start Using Computers (Computer Books for Seniors series): Learn how to use Windows 8.1, the revolutionary touch-screen operating system that offers intuitive navigation and more.
  2. Windows 8.1 For Seniors For Dummies: The “For Dummies” book series offers step by step guidance, an easy icon system to identify important information, and a large print format to make it easy to read and use while you get up to speed on your new laptop.
  3. Internet and E-mail for Seniors with Windows 8: For Senior Citizens Who Want to Start Using the Internet: Learn how to use internet and email with your new Windows 8 enabled laptop in this handy guide especially written for seniors.
  4. Digital Photo Editing with Picasa for Seniors: Get Acquainted with Picasa: Free, Easy-to-Use Photo Editing Software: Picasa is a free software that you can use to download and edit all your photos. This book will show you how to use Picasa and create original works using your images.
  5. Mac OS X Mavericks for Seniors: Learn Step by Step How to Work with Mac OS X Mavericks: Mac users will love this simple guide to the Mac operating system. Large print edition and easy to navigate contents make it a great companion for anyone new to using a Mac-based laptop.

Website Resources

For more information about shopping for laptops and accessories, as well as getting the most from your new laptop, the following websites provide additional information.

  • Skillful Senior: This intriguing website offers tutorials and more to help seniors make the most of their computers.
  • Microsoft Accessibility: Tips from Microsoft on how to adapt your computer to common situations faced by seniors.
  • The Senior’s Guide to Computers: This website offers a glossary of basic computing terminology and helpful articles for seniors new to computers.
  • GCF Learn Often cited as a good resource for beginners, GCF Learn Free offers basic computing courses online.
  • 25 Free Social Networking Classes: While not specifically for seniors, this list of classes will help anyone learn how to use social media like a pro. Whether you’re a casual user just interested in keeping up with friends and family or harnessing the power of social media for your business, you can find a class here.


3 Reasons to Love Retirement

Many people can not wait to reach the age of retirement and enjoy their golden years without the stress of holding down a career. Most people who choose to retire at the age of 65 have worked for the majority of their life and are ready to enjoy all of the carefree benefits that come along with retiring. Here are three great reasons to look forward to retirement.

Time to Travel

Working forty hours or more each week does not leave a lot of spare time to travel the world. Many people are not even able to take a one or two week vacation each year while they are busy focusing on building their careers. During retirement, there is no set schedule to live by and people are free to travel to all of the amazing destinations they have always dreamed of visiting. Many retirees pack up their things and take off on a cross-country trip in a trusty RV. Others may choose to visit their children or grandchildren for several months out of the year especially if they live in a different state or country. Those who have managed to invest their money wisely over the years have the opportunity to go on lavish trips or cruises any time they choose. Traveling is a great way to learn about different cultures, meet new people and feel young once again.

Time to Take Care of Yourself

Raising a family and building up a successful career takes up a lot of time. Many people dedicate their lives to taking care of others and end up neglecting their own health issues. While it is not wise to wait until your retirement years to start making better health care decisions, this period supplies you with plenty of time to concentrate on your health and come up with a good diet and exercise plan. When you no longer have to report to an office every morning or show up at a warehouse at 5AM, you have more time to take a morning walk around the neighborhood, plan a healthy breakfast, and make regular appointments with your physician. Some individuals wait until they retire to have certain procedures done that are not life-threatening but can help to make their quality of life much better such as hip or knee replacement surgery. Retirement is an excellent time to start having regular health screenings done such as having your blood pressure checked, checking cholesterol levels and setting up annual tests to screen for cancer. Taking these precautions can help to keep you healthy and safe throughout your retirement years.

Time to Learn Something New

Retirement is an excellent time to take on a brand new hobby or sport. Many retired couples relocate to country club communities that have access to private golf courses and tennis courts. Trying out a new sport is a great way to stay healthy and active while enjoying the company of others. Taking on a new hobby is another fun way to enjoy your retirement years. Woodworking, knitting, fishing, planting a garden or learning to cook exciting new recipes are all fun activities that can help keep active seniors on their toes. Some retired seniors may want to use their free time to enhance their education by going back to school. It is not uncommon for retired individuals to return to the classroom in order to earn a degree or to simply just learn more information on an interesting subject.

Author Bio

Kate Johnson writes and edits “Retire Away.” She is currently living the high life, retired in Northern Belize. She recently published a piece on the best retirement communities in Pennsylvania.

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