Don’t rule out the internet for him.
My Mom is 83. Last year we got her an Amazon Kindle w Alexa. She’s been a stay at home housewife and has zero tech background. Now she reads Drudge headlines etc. to my Dad, checks email and I’m selling her on Free Republic.
If you can spend some time w your friend and show him the ropes, see if he’s interested and wants to learn. Many places have free Wi-Fi so he wouldn’t need to get connected until/unless he wanted.
It could open his world up.
BTW this was a GOOD vanity. Cheers!