According the US Census Bureau, the number of people aged 65 and older will reach 82.3 million by 2040.
Often families are spread out across the world and advances in technology means that senior citizens can be left behind in their understanding of collaborative and social technology.
This growing, often overlooked population can experience loneliness from time to time and would often like to easily communicate with family members, care workers, or friends within senior living communities
San Diego based service provider Sentab, has launched a new service designed to eliminate the technological barriers posed to senior citizens and help them enjoy the social aspects of the Internet.
SentabTV is a set-top box and camera that connects directly to Sentab's iOS and Android apps, via televisions. Its aim is to easily enable video communication between seniors and their families.
The product was designed to cater to the needs of elderly users. The large TV display and remote control navigation are perfect for those with aging eyes and dexterity problems.
Users of all ages, however, can use the set top box for video chatting, engaging over social media, and displaying photos and videos.
The SentabTV digital media player launch is just in time for the holidays. The company has also launched its iOS and Android apps, and web program.
The TV technology is being trialled by Brookdale Senior Living within its communities.
The set top box plugs into the TV with a single cable. Users can access all the normal Sentab social features, such as free video calling, photo, and video sharing directly on their TV.
The device also uses the app store to extend its capabilities such as OnDemand TV and film, or access to games.
The devce costs $149.00 and is available for purchase through Amazon. It has a $9.99 per month subscription fee which enables users to make audio and video calls from the TV to mobile or web.
Users can play games designed to improve their memory, receive newsfeed information, and participate in an online community and marketplace, as well as share photos and videos.
Tarmo Pihl, Founder and CEO of Sentab said: "The desire to help people all over the world connect, capture and share their precious moments with loved ones is what led us to develop SentabTV.
By blending the simplicity of the TV platform with the immediacy of live-recorded video via mobile devices and computers, SentabTV will help make the user experience more authentic."