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My senior mom and I are continuing to work on her iPad and she is loving the pictures. And we are quite excited as another of her great-grandchildren has joined the "FaceTime Family" with birthday gift of an iTouch. She was THRILLED and my senior mom will be too, once she figures out how to do it and finds the time in the midst of her classes, choir, piano, etc. 🙂
In the meantime, my mom is MUCH happier with all her photos in one spot. if you have specific photos you definitely want on an elderly parents iPad, be very careful to note what those photos are – and maybe even make a duplicate file of them for temporary purposes. When I combined the photos into one album, and backed it up – I did find that some I had added from text messages, etc. don't seem to be there. It's not a problem for me as I have copies of them elsewhere. And my senior mom didn't care – she just loves to see any and all photos. But it could have been a disaster if I needed certain ones there!
As it is, I'm just planning on swapping photos on and off her iPad every few weeks, as time permits, so she can enjoy different ones at different times, without being too overwhelmed. (Kind of like keeping grandkids toys in different boxes – and swapping them out every few months – then they don't get tired of them. 🙂 )
Next on my list I plan on working on putting some fun videos of the grandkids and granddogs on it and teaching her how to use it. That will be a little trickier for her, but well worth it, if we succeed. And if we don't, that's OK too. I can just play them for her periodically.
Do you or your elderly parents have an iPad? It's such a blessing for seniors if they can learn how to use it, isn't it? What accessories or apps would you suggest for my senior mom? We'd love to hear!
you know, your post has me thinking about my sister and I perhaps doing something like this for / with MY mom…
Currently we show her pictures on our phones or cameras as she is not connected to the Internet , though….
Hi Debra, Yes, she would need an internet connect for Facetime BUT not for looking at photos. You’d just have to take it to your home and add the photos or if you have a laptop you could take it with you each visit, update her iPad and voila – family photos whenever she wants. Not to mention the Kindle app for books, the iTunes app for music – all of which you could do at your house periodically to update. (Or for that matter, if you don’t live close, at a restaurant like Panera or McDonald’s with free wifi 🙂 ). Of course, it will depend on how well she does with it on her own. I have one senior relative who could totally do this alone. My senior mom is still learning but it did take a lot of “together” time to get her to the alone time for the pix. We haven’t tried the books and music yet 🙂 Keep me posted on how it goes if you do it! 😉