What is on the site? It is imperative that you are fully aware of what your online audience needs. Special considerations and accommodations are required when designing Web sites for maximum senior usability. The National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine collaborated on some basics for “Making Your Web Site Senior Friendly.”
Here are some of the tips on their checklist, as well as additional design best-practices:DO use an easy-to-read, sans serif font–such as Arial or Verdana–in medium or bold, and in upper- and lower-case letters.
Offer a printer-friendly version of the page.
DON’T use serif, novelty, condensed or all-cap fonts.
DO keep page copy brief.
DON’T make readers scroll. The ability to scroll a
Web page is not only a learned behavior, but one that also
requires a level of dexterity and coordination your visitor may not have. If you can’t avoid scrolling, consider creating your own, larger scroll buttons on those pages.
DO provide an obvious way for visitors to increase text size
with a simple click of their preference.
DON’T go smaller than 12-point text.