Looking for Brain-Exercising Gifts for the Elderly Parents?

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Words With Friends – such a fun game for all ages and yes, that includes boomers like us AND many of our senior parents in our Sandwich Generation families.

My senior mom is NOT a "tech-happy" or "tech-interested" person, preferring books, long walks, and gardening any old time. But I have a few other tech-loving seniors in our family and, while not all have iPhones, there are a couple of other fun options for them like:

Many seniors have been very happy with the friendly and easy to use iPad2

  1. Apple iPad2. Yup! The Words With Friends game apps work on this handy-dandy and senior-friendly gizmo that also lets our senior parents enjoy fun and easy "Face-time" with grandkids, read books in type font that works well with their aging eyes, and even do fun and easy research projects online – like look up the recipe from today's Rachael Ray cooking show. πŸ™‚ I do not have one of these myself and have only occasionally test driven a friend's, but various reports keep indicating that these are much easier for seniors to use! So, if they have them, they can also enjoy exercising their brains with fun word game apps like Word With Friends.
  2. Facebook. Another option that I have NOT tried, and probably won't as I'm quite happy playing on my iPhone. But for a couple of my sweet seniors who don't have iPhones but do have Facebook – this would be an great thing for them to test out, as I'm planning on telling them as soon as I finish typing this. πŸ™‚ They'll be able to enjoy a fun brain exercise with delightful social notes back and forth.; Definitely a double blessing for them both and others besides.

So how about you and your Sandwich Generation family? Have you tried Words With Friends on Facebook or an iPad? If so, we'd love to hear about it. πŸ™‚

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