Some 65+ folks run to new technology and gadgets; others fear it, deplore it, loathe it - mainly out of fear of failure trying to use it. The frustraton, the cost, the worry about private information are all factors. You know it's out there - everywhere - they are looking for your private information to use it against you. These wise people read the paper - in their hands at the breakfast table after fetching it from the driveway or paper box. This is what they have derived from what they read.
You live for technology, or should I say, you require technology in your hour-to-hour day. It's difficult to imagine why anyone would not want to use it to improve their knowledge, ability to communicate and stay current on all events around the world. Here we have the two sides.
If you are a caregiver, or care for your parent from afar, you want to do your best for them and make it as painless as possible for yourself. Many of us just cram it down their throats, "Here Mom, I bought this for you. It's a phone and camera in one!" She pales and steps back. She didn't ask for this. Why are you making her have this... this... thing?
One way to help them overcome the fear is to get them the simplest device that YOU know how to set up for them. Do not even consider this type of gift for an older person without first taking the time to load it up with what is most helpful and removing what they won't need.