Neurological complications are becoming increasingly more common as the adult population continues to age. With aging, it is not uncommon to experience complications involving the inability to manage fine motor skills. For many senior adults, the loss of fine motor skills is often related to a disorder involving Parkinson’s disease or other neurological condition for which there is no cure.
To compound matters, these same adults are also involved with advancing technology, often using the Internet for entertainment, to conduct business during retirement and even to engage in communication. For many seniors, as the loss of fine motor skills becomes more significant, the inability to use computer and associated technology is more challenging. Of particular concern to seniors with fine motor skill complications is the use of a computer mouse and the ability to maneuver through screens with the proper clicking of buttons on the mouse.
If you are a senior adult experiencing complications with fine motor function, or if you are caring for an aging parent with complications involving neurological disorders, it is important to look to alternative options for improving function especially in terms of technology. When tremors are significant, often the use of a computer mouse is difficult but there may be options to offset this complication.
A computer accessory known as a Techfilter is a device that can be attached to your computer. Placing the Techfilter device connection between the computer mouse and the hard drive, the tremors associated with a neurological disorder can be filtered, allowing for easier manipulation with the computer mouse. In other words, this computer accessory will filter the tremor movements from the mouse cursor before it reaches the hard drive interface. In doing so, tasks are more easily completed and abnormal clicking of the mouse can be managed more effectively.
If you are considering ways in which to promote computer and technology use in the senior adult with a neurological complication, ask your neurologist about recommendations for adapters for equipment. With proper programming and settings to your fine motor tremors, the Techfilter can accommodate the tremors in anyone who wishes to utilize a computer while suffering from a neurological disorder. In fact, the technology has become so successful that many senior centers, community organizations and even public libraries have installed Techfilter-type devices to aide in the management and filter of fine motor tremors. In doing so, the elderly population can continue on the path to Internet use and continue to use advancing technology to conduct both business and personal affairs into retirement.