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My elderly senior mom continues to persevere at learning her new iPad - fun for our whole Sandwich Generation familyWell, our Sandwich Generation iPad Adventures are continuing, though a bit slower due to my busy schedule. Now that school, including homeschooling, is back in session, I'm busier than ever with babysitting grandchildren. And my senior mom continues to deal with not feeling well due to a medication she is on (only two more weeks – YAY!). 

But I did get to practice some FaceTime with one of my sweet granddogs and the photos help illustrate some important pros and cons to the iPad for our elderly seniors. AND I've got a great tip for you thanks  to Ben Lloyd via Total iPad at Google Plus.

Here's a photo of granddog and me. I was talking to him while his mama was doing her best to keep him in the camera – but he kept moving around, trying to figure out why he could hear my voice but not see me in the room, trying to figure out why I was in a "box," etc. Kind of like a 2 year old might react, I think. Out of ten screenshots, these are the best I could come up with, before his patience gave out.  The first two are the best of the bunch, but you'll notice this one is a wee bit dark, and – in order to sharpen it a bit, my wrinkles REALLY come out swell, don't they? 🙂 


This Sandwich Generation granny nanny does enjoy facetime - with grandkids granddogs kids and other family and friends

Here he's looking perfect! 🙂 But notice the tiny pix of me does get in the way.

The pictures are not always great - and elderly seniors can be bothered at that but the sweet family memories are wonderful

And here's that's cool tip – you can easily use your finger to move the box with your pix in it anywhere you want. Making it easier for a senior parent to see their grandchild, though you may have to be the one to move the box. (I can't tell you how many times I was bugged by that but never thought to try it. 🙂 )

This photo of one of the granddogs in my Sandwich Generation family demonstrates some pros AND cons for the iPad Facetime

All of this leads up to:

Pros of the iPad for boomers and our beloved elderly seniors:

  • It's fun
  • It's a learning experience for both you and your senior parent – always great to exercise your brain, as I keep reminding my senior mom
  • It's a true joy for them to get to see a beloved face they haven't seen in a while
  • It's a true joy for us to see them see that beloved face – it can definitely lead to a tear or 5


  • Your wrinkles often show up MUCH more than you'd like
  • THEY may REALLY notice those wrinkles and hate them – leading them to be less inclined to use FaceTime, meaning you have to keep encouraging them to keep trying
  • Grandkids may move around more than a senior's eyes can handle
  • If they don't feel well, they really do not want to try to use the iPad – both for cosmetic reasons and feeling too weak

The nice thing is that the Pros have some really great items while the Cons, so far, are not really that bad. So we shall definitely keep working on learning and using the iPad and FaceTime with the grandkids and, yes, the granddog. It really is fun to see him react to me positively and it's an enjoyable activity for his mama and me as well. Definitely a worthwhile adventure for all of us in the Sandwich Generation! More coming next week…photos and more…so…

Baby Boomer and Senior Citizen News is an important part of SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation sI've got more excellent resources and links of interest to all of us in the Sandwich Generation, juggling the multigenerational caregiving issues in our families:

The Sandwich Generation Issues

Have you noticed that we're finding more and more articles online and in the newspaper that are covering the various Sandwich Generation issues, like these two:

Caring for the Caregiver

One of the best gifts you can give your senior parents or whoever else you may be caring for? Taking care of yourself so you can keep caring for them!


I really appreciate what a great resource the NIH is! – Quick, handy tips for Alzheimer's caregivers now available at NIH (National Institutes of Health)

All through my childhood, my parents had dogs and cats. When my husband and I started our own family, we stuck with just the cats, along with an occasional hamster or hermit crab. Now I have granddogs at each house I visit and a senior mom who would kind of like a dog but isn't sure about it. I've been toying with the idea of getting her a fully trained smaller dog who can be a good companion for her and after reading this article, I'm even more inclined to do so. What do you think? 8 Surprising Ways Pets Save Lives.

With our iPad adventures going on, I really enjoyed "Get old, tune out: Is technology leaving the elderly in the dust?"

Grandparents and Grandkids

Here's a great article by Susan Adcox, from – The Importance of Grandparents to Young Adult Grandchildren – Distance May Complicate Relationships, But Closeness Can Be Maintained

For those of us grandparents caring for one or more grandchildren with any kind of special needs, there are definitely added challenges, aren't there? Here's a sweet article about one grandma and grandson! Forming a connection with an autistic grandchild


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My senior moms iPad including the accessories important in a Sandwich Generation family with aging parents and grandkids - a cover and an accident warrantyiPads! They are the hot topic these days – on the news as well as in our homes and definitely here at SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation! I don't have one, but all my grandkids have at least one in their family and now my senior mom has her very own iPad! Of course, being a mega NON-techie, I am in charge of buying it, setting it up, teaching her the basics, and often getting it going for her. 🙂 "How to have an ipad without really having an iPad! 🙂 

When we went to purchase her an iPad, again, (she returned the first one), we did our homework, compared prices (they were the same everywhere) and compared extended warranties. We checked Walmart, Target, Amazon, Best Buy, and Sam's Club. Of those, Target, Amazon, and Best Buy offered warranties that included accidental breakage. With an elderly mom, an occasionally klutzy baby boomer, and several grandkids in the house, that was a definite selling point for us and to me, one of the "accessories" we couldn't do without. 

My senior moms iPad peeking out of my purse as we head out for errands

We decided on the iPad 2 because of price and her limited needs. Since Target was out of stock on them and I did want to buy locally for this in case she again decided to return it, that left us with Best Buy. (Though I will say, if you are OK with buying it online, Amazon had a great price on the extended accident warranty!)

Turns out Best Buy was a double-great choice as they also offered a service to install the screen for the monitor which we always get – to protect from scratches, fingerprints, etc. Those things can be REALLY hard to put on and I was glad to take them up on their service, in spite of the service charge ($15).  As I watched him spend 15 minutes applying it very carefully, getting all the wrinkles and bubbles out, I was really glad I had done so. My mom's eyesight is good but not great and I knew it would make it much easier for her to read things with that on properly. 

The last item to pick was the iPad cover or case. While I loved the pink one with the handle, I followed a wise friend's advice to get one that holds the iPad with a cover – it closes and covers the screen. It's a bit tricky to open the first couple of time but since I usually hand it to her, that hasn't been an issue. And I love the extra protection it gives when the iPad is in my purse. 

My senior moms iPad and one of her accessories - the blue cover case protects the screen and the body of the iPad

In fact, it's there right now as we head out for a morning of errands and lunch. I can work on adding a couple of useful iPad apps to it while she is at therapy and we can enjoy photos of her great-grandkids while we wait for our lunch.

And how does she feel about this new iPad? More to come next week as we continue to share our iPad Adventures for our Sandwich Generation family…

Baby Boomer and Senior Citizen News is an important part of SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation sI've got plenty more items and resources to help those of us in the Sandwich Generation, as we are juggling the multigenerational caregiving issues in our families:

The Sandwich Generation Issues

  • The Sandwich Generation… squeezed between being a parent, taking care of one
  • Want to find out about an old friend or relative. Here's a website that could be a help. 
  • I did enjoy this cute description of SOME of the varieties of the Sandwich Generation. 
  • If you enjoy Gooseberry Patch like I do, click here quickly for a free downloadable cookbook.


Grandparents and Grandkids

  • Back to school time! Here's a great resource for all of us grandparents helping our grandchildren – Fact Monster. As they explained at their site, "Fact Monster is an ideal reference site for kids ages 8-14 that provides entertainment and educational resources. It combines the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas, and several almanacs loaded with statistics, facts, and historical records. A single search engine allows you to search all these sources at once." WOW! Doesn't that sound grand! 
  • Here's a great sounding kids' video series, along with some worksheets to go with it, via Click Schooling – another terrific resource.
  • Some legal tips and resources for grandparents raising grandchildren.
  • Frugal Fun 4 Boys has a wonderful help for all of us grandparents who would like to expose our grandkids to classical music. Check it out. 🙂 


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