Tech the Halls!

Published: Wednesday, November 26, 2014

This Christmas, consider giving the gift of technology to the seniors on your list! The following senior-friendly, assistive technology items are on display at the SilverSmartTM Technology Center at Passavant Community for you to see and interact with before you decide to buy. Contact Technology Associate Sharon Whalen at (724) 452-3619 to arrange a visit.

Telikin Computer

The Telikin is a simple, easy to use touchscreen computer made for seniors. It comes with its own software fully installed, so it’s ready to use right out of the box. Just a few of the features of available at a touch include email, video chatting, news and weather updates, photo sharing and games. For additional information visit their website at

TV Ears

TV Ears is a voice clarifying headset system that actively clarifies and amplifies speech and dialog while lowering background noise. The system allows you to listen to your television at your desired volume without turning up the volume on the television itself. The system is available from several retailers including Radio Shack, Walmart and Best Buy. For more information visit

Personal Amplifier

The Maxi Personal Amplifier is an innovative communication aid that uses state-of-the-art technology to bring out speech and music in difficult listening situations. This device was designed with simplicity and usability in mind, with no complicated menus. All functions can be accessed using a single push of a button. It is a great device to use in small group conversations, meetings and presentations, listening to music or watching TV. You can learn more at

Aukey Portable Electronic Magnifier

Aukey is a pociet size solution for visually impaired people. It is ultra slim and light weight with a 3.5” LCD screen and 1.7X-14X magnification. It can be used for reading and writing and taken anywhere you go. Other features include anti-blur technology, three color modes, freeze frame, detachable reading stand and a rechargeable battery with 2.5 hours of working time. The Aukey is perfect for reading menus, price tags, phone numbers, medication instructions and much more. For more information visit

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