Web design should be geared toward all age groups, including seniors. After all, seniors make up a significant percentage of the population and it is important that their online experience is enjoyable and accessible. This is especially true for senior-centered websites for places like assisted living facilities, senior catering services, pharmacies, etc. 

Here are some tips for designing a senior-friendly website.

Make Text Readable

Seniors tend to have decreased vision, so you want to make sure that all text on the website is readable and easy to read. 

How to do it: 

  • Increase font size so that it is easy to read.
  • Make sure font size is consistent throughout the website. 
  • Use sans serif fonts (like Arial, Calibri, or Open Sans) for better readability and legibility. 
  • Choose a color palette with high contrast between the text and the background. 
  • Avoid text on top of busy images and backgrounds.

Simplify Navigation 

Seniors, like most people, don’t want to spend too much time trying to figure out how to navigate a website. It’s best for them to be able to find what they are looking for without having to search intensely for it. 

How to do it: 

  • Use a simple and straightforward navigation bar that can be easily seen and understood. 
  • Add larger clickable buttons or links so seniors don’t have to worry about accuracy when clicking. 
  • Place important information, such as contact details and directions, at the top of the page to make it easily accessible. 
  • Make navigation consistent throughout the entire website. 

Optimize for Mobile Devices 

Many seniors now own and use mobile devices, such as tablets or smartphones. You want your website to be optimized for these devices so seniors can have a good experience no matter what device they are using. 

How to do it: 

  • Make sure your website is responsive and displays correctly on all devices, but especially phones. 
  • Keep the design simple and clean so that it is easy to read and navigate on a mobile device. 
  • Reduce loading times by using optimized images, caching assets, compressing CSS and JavaScript, etc. 
  • Incorporate finger-friendly elements such as larger buttons and links that are easy to click on a mobile device. 

Incorporate Accessibility Features 

Accessibility features, such as keyboard navigation, are essential for seniors with disabilities. They need to be able to access and use a website as easily as anyone else. 

How to do it: 

  • Add alternative text descriptions to all images, videos, and audio. 
  • Use descriptive links and buttons so seniors know where they will be taken when clicked or tapped. 
  • Include skip navigation links and tab indexing for keyboard users. 
  • Allow seniors to adjust the font size and other visual settings of a website using their device settings. 

By following these tips, you can create a website that is accessible and enjoyable for seniors. Making your website senior-friendly will mean that such visitors have a great online experience which will translate into increased customer satisfaction and loyalty. Better design also has the added benefit of improving search engine rankings, so seniors are more likely to find your website in their searches.