best ipad accessories and apps for elderly seniors

magnivision reading glasses 275One of our sweet senior friends has macular degeneration. It's a difficult situation that she is handling with her usual calm grace and that's a blessing to her and to all of us. And my senior mom is always looking for ways to help and encourage her from a distance whether by sending her musical greeting cards that she can hear, finding articles to mail her that her kids can read to her, and faithfully reminding me to make the letters we send her via email in large print so she can read them with the little bit of eyesight she has left.

Last week, when we were talking about the lovely fall photos we took, my mom asked if there was some way she could share them easily with our friend. That got me thinking about telling her about mom's iPad. She learned to use a computer by herself, through a seniors' class, over a decade ago. I should think she could probably handle the iPad fairly easily, with the help of her kids who live nearby. I went on a hunt for information about this specific topic and discovered:

  • The Macular Degeneration Association had some encouraging links for us including Smartphones and Other Gadgets Help Low Vision and Evelyn O'Brien of Wilbraham can now SEE her family. Talk about sweet words of encouragement – "When Evelyn looks at a person she can't see their face, but by using the iPad she can zoom in and see details she hasn't seen in over 30 years!"
  • WebRN-MacularDegeneration states, "Apple iPad can be a great low vision technology for those with macular degeneration or low vision."
  • iPad Forums has some older conversations about macular degeneration (two years – in computer time, that's like a lifetime 🙂 ). If you have the time to research there, I think it could prove to be a very useful resource.
  • The Apple forum has an intriguing conversation about adding monitors to the iPad for even better visibility!
  • also has some articles on the iPad and Macular Degeneration.
  • Eye-Related Downloads and Apps for You from All About Vision
  • And here's a podcast all about Macular Degeneration!

Overall, I was very encouraged by what I found and I'll be sharing this information along with the recommendation that our senior friend give serious thought to giving the iPad a try. Have you discovered any useful articles or information about the iPad and macular degeneration or other vision loss? We'd love to hear it. 

My senior mom thrilled to see all the lovely fall and autumn foliage on her iPad thanks to one of the best apps for seniors - the photo album f

My senior mom and I had such a delightful time this past Saturday. We went shopping for clothes and food and took the long way to the stores in order to drive through miles and miles of gorgeous fall foliage! Such a sweet delight. My mom hunted for postcards to show off these lovely colors to friends living far away, since none have computers for us to email them. Would you believe, out of five stores, we only found one postcard! Guess it's time for me to learn how to print photos from my computer. 🙂 Because we DID stop several times to take a multitude of lovely photos, in addition to this one! And guess where all those photos now reside? 

A treasure for the senses for my senior mom on her iPad  f

You got it! Her new iPad. And oh my! You should have heard her when she saw those lovely trees – up close and personal – and in such vivid color. Yet another reason I'm glad she is learning this new-fangled iPad, even if it is a bit of a challenge for her and a wee bit of extra work for me. It's definitely worth it! 

Fall with RED in this cute country clipart for REDNESDAY for the Sandwich GenerationOne of my grandkids favorite knock knock jokes is:

Knock Knock

Who's There?


Red Who?




Orange WHO?

ORANGE you glad I didn't say red 🙂

How's that for a grand intro to a couple of fun and feisty and cute pumpkins my grandkids enjoyed carving!

Cute and small little grandchild pumpkin man - Sandwich Generation granny nanny loves them ALL  f

BIG grandchild pumpkin monster complete with tonsils

Aren't these cute! Won't my senior mom LOVE these pictures on her iPad? 🙂 One lesson I learned this year, though – it would probably pay to invest in a better pumpkin carving set. We tried steak knives with serrated edges, but they were hard to use. The $1 sets I picked up worked better but broke too easily. Next year, we'll try the $5 sets. 🙂 How about you?

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