One of the first things to go on a person as they age is their sight. It is rare for a person over the age of 65 to not need some type of vision aid as they get older. Whether it is simple reading glasses or full blown bifocals, a huge percentage of seniors suffer from vision loss.
As apps have taken over as one of the most popular pieces of technology for seniors, a new app for seniors with vision problems has been launched. Launched originally by the American Foundation for the Blind, the AccessNote is a way for seniors with vision issues to take notes.
This new app has been tailor made to use on iPhones and iPads. It is not only useful as a stand along application, but it is serves as a compliment to anything else one may have on their cellular phone or tablet.
Many seniors with vision problems have used a standalone note taker device of some kind and this app is very similar. One thing that is a huge difference is the price tag on the item. While stand alone note taking devices can run up to $2,500 or more, the AccessNote App for seniors runs at a very cheap $19.99. With this device, seniors with vision problems get all of the same features as a much more expensive handheld device.
The American Foundation for the Blind worked with several high tech computer programmers and a team of experts to design this visual impairment app to fit the needs of its customers. The app uses this technology to let its users look at a tablet or iPhone like a person with traditional visions would, minus the big price tag.
Let’s look into some more great things about the AccessNote app for seniors with vision problems.
Dropbox- Because it is connected to your iPhone or iPad, AccessNote can easily store documents to your Dropbox account. For those who have never used Dropbox, it is a cloud based application that lets you store documents and files from whatever electronic device you are at.
Simple to Use- AccessNote is very user friendly and can easily be learned in a short period of time. One thing that we have seen with seniors trying new technology out is that they often become frustrated as they don’t want to follow a bunch of directions. AccessNote is simple and easy to use, even for the most non-technical senior.
Compatible with Bluetooth Keyboards – For those seniors that have troubles dealing with the smaller buttons on the iPhones and iPads, this app is fully compatible with Bluetooth keyboards. This is great for those who have trouble with clicking properly on their phone.
At SeniorTV we recommend a number of assistive technologies for seniors. After trying out the AccessNote on our own, we feel that this is a very valuable app and something that we recommend to any senior with a vision problem.