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Making Your Website Senior-Friendly

Including Other Media

Because there are individual differences in the way people age, delivering information in a single format may not meet the needs of all older adults. For example, people with declining vision may find an audio format easier to understand, and those who have trouble reading may prefer video. In addition, research suggests that older adults who receive the same information in more than one mode retain more of it.

Key: Incorporating still images, video, audio, and other media into your website can support the learning needs of a wider range of users.

Illustrations and photographs

  • Make sure that pictures relate to the text. Visuals should support the text rather than being decoration, which can be distracting.
  • Make sure that pictures of people reflect the diversity of your audience.
  • Include pictures of older people when talking about, or to, older adults.

Animation, video and audio

  • Use short segments to reduce download time on older computers
  • Provide transcripts of video and audio for accessibility

Text alternatives

  • Provide text alternatives such as open captioning or access to a static version of the text for all animation, video and audio.
  • Put Alt-Text tags with meaningful descriptions on images so that a screen-reader can tell a visually impaired erson what the image shows.
  • Provide a speech function that lets users hear text read allowed.