iPad Adventures for Our Sandwich Generation Family! Fun and Easy Home Key and Photo Album Tips!

by Kaye Swain

Now my elderly mom can enjoy photos from my blog - along with pictures of our Sandwich Generation family - all in one iPad albumProgress! A lovely word, don't you think? And my senior mom is definitely making good progress with her new iPad. She's still slightly scared of it but not as much. And TWICE this week she picked it up and explored it on her own. For many of our elderly parents, that's HUGE! 

She's really enjoying seeing the many photos of her grandkids, great-grandkids, dear friends, and even some fun photos from online that I've found for her to look at. 

We have learned some things we needed to change starting with fixing it so that all her photos are in ONE album. Several albums are just too confusing for her. So I combined all the photos I had for her into one album on my computer. Then I re-synced the iPad and voila – instead of 5 albums, she now has just tow. The camera roll which she has learned to to ignore and the "Grandma's Pix folder with all her photos to enjoy.

My senior mom was thrilled to see the five photo albums on her iPad reduced to only one album and the camera roll

This is not without it's issues, I have to warn you. Since she has no computer of her own, I have her iPad synced to my primary computer. This means that all of my neatly-sorted photos in the original five albums are now in one album. I'm fine with that but if you're not comfortable with that, you can either set up your elderly parent's iPad on another computer or netbook OR you might be able to find an app that can solve this issue.

I almost went with an app like Photo Manager Pro but a couple of comments I read when researching these hinted that some of those apps might squirrel the photos away into its own folder. If that were the case, it would drive me crazy, so I went with doing it on my computer. (And YES – if you have a quick and easy solution for this, I'd LOVE to hear about it.)

Before the iPad finished resyncing, I had to leave to pick up one grandchild from sports practice and swap that sweetie for another grandchild to head for Awana. I was SO proud of my senior mom! I was able to talk her through unplugging her iPad AND opening her new photo album – ANOTHER HUGE TECH STEP!

One other frustration she has been dealing with is getting back to the main menu. It's hard for her to spot the "home button", especially with a camera "hole" at the opposite end. Both are small and fairly similar. So, in order to remove the "techie" concern and make her chuckle – thus making her more comfortable with it, I told her to think of it as a cute belly button. :) Then I tried to draw a person with the button in the middle of the tummy to be a belly button. Sadly, my tech skills are WAY better than my art skills and my first try was awful AND uneraseable (so do NOT draw on your iPad unless you are SURE it's where and what you want!) 

Ooops - the first Happy Face attempt by this Sandwich Generation granny nanny did NOT go so well

I was, however, able to fix it with a cute happy face that can remind her of which button to press – making it highly worthwhile! 

For this Sandwich Generation granny nanny and elderly mom - a happy face works great to help her with her iPad and apps and accessories

It's definitely a challenging, yet fun, adventure for my elderly mom AND me as we continue our iPad adventures and explore various apps, accessories and options. The nice thing is that I have plenty of other iPad users in my Sandwich Generation family (including grandkids!) to ask for help! And oh, the great smiles she gets while working on the iPad! How about you? Got any tips to share with us as well? We'd love to hear them! 

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

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1 Pamela

My father has a laptop and he loves “connecting” with family. He doesn’t have a facebook account of his own, but haunts my sister’s list. The joy it brings makes me happy. I never thought about the IPad, but what a wonderful idea. So much lighter than a laptop.
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2 Kaye Swain

Hi Pamela, I love that way of putting it for his Facebook surfing. And I bet he finds a lot of familiar faces :) How fun! And yes, it’s definitely lighter. One caveat – if he types a lot, it is quite different typing on the iPad. BUT they do have keyboards you can attach – definitely one of the accessories I would need if I switch from my Netbook.

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