At SeniorTV we are a full service technology company that works on various technologies to help seniors enjoy their stays while they are at nursing homes and long term care facilities.  One of the main problems that we have seen from working around seniors is navigating around computers.   While technology can seem easy to those of us who grew up with it, seniors often get frustrated and give up when they are trying to figure out how to use computers.

senior-photo-backupPhotos are one of the most important aspects of a senior’s life, especially for those who are staying away from their family.  Photos are a way to ease a senior’s day and also a reminder of the family and friends that they have or had in their life.  Many widows can use the power of technology to backup and download photos of their loved one to their computers.  The problem is that many don’t know how to backup photos are often get frustrated in the whole process.   With that beings said, we have provided a guide of four easy way for seniors to backup photos.

The first step: The Transfer process

The first step and often the most difficult for seniors are actually transferring their photos from a device to their pc.   While there are several ways that one can transfer photos we recommend using a USB cord to transfer them from a phone or digital camera to a designated folder on their desktop that is easy to find.   Many times seniors will “lose” these photos somewhere in the computer and become frustrated when trying to find them.   Now that we have established the transfer, let’s look into how to backup photos.

Backing Up Photos for Seniors:  3 Simple Methods

  1. USB flash drive– A USB flash drive is a small portable device that can be plugged into a USB port in almost any computer. What makes these great is that they are relatively cheap (usually $10-20) and have the ability to store data from any computer that they are plugged into.   If you are looking to store a lot of photos it is wise to get a larger USB flash drive, such as one that is 64 GB or larger.  USB flash drives go up in price with the more that they can store.

To utilize a USB flash drive, just copy or drag the folder that you initially created into the folder that pops up when you insert your USB flash drive.   All flash drives will have different device names, but they usually correspond with the brand of the flash drive.   It will usually be titled “removable disk”.

  1. Email Them – One of the “old school” methods of saving pictures and documents was to e-mail them to yourself. Many seniors will often lose or misplace flash drives as they are small and easy to lose.  One of the original methods that became popular among college students in the 1990s and is still effective today is to attach your photos or documents to an e-mail to yourself.

To do this just log into your e-mail and send a message to yourself with the photos attached.  If you are using a popular e-mail system like Gmail, you can easily drag all of your photos into the message rather than attaching them.

  1. Invest in Dropbox– Dropbox is a great way for anyone to save pictures or documents and have the ability to open them wherever they may go. Installing Dropbox on your phone or computer is easy to do and it automatically updates everything that you put on your PC.   Dropbox is equivalent to a massive USB drive, but without the hassles of hauling around a piece of plastic wherever you go.    Dropbox is pretty cheap, running around $10 a month for a lot of space.  Checkout com to see what they can offer.