Computing for a 90-year-old?
August 7, 2012 11:07 AM Subscribe
Computing for a 90-year-old? Gramps might finally be interested in the wonderful world of the Internet.
posted by notsnot to technology (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My grandpa (who just turned 90 (!)) might be interested in getting some sort of computer. Gramma and gramps have a computer, which Gramma uses about once every two months, and she's "not there" enough to notice that it's not working (the computer is a hunk of scrap at this point). Up to this point Grandpa has shown no interest whatsoever in computers, even refusing to look at a Wikipedia article on something he'd asked me about. He has never learned to type, and the extent of his gadgetry is one of those Franklin spellcheckers from 20 years ago that he used to fill out crosswords.
At this point in his life, the former amateur gymnast can barely make it up the stairs any more, and he's got enough tremor that he can't do his crosswords. With Gramma not being "there" all the time, he's pretty isolated. This past weekend, my mom (who recently got a smartphone) showed him some of my pictures on Flickr, and a few texts back we'd exchanged--and she said it was like a light bulb went off; he was really interested.
I have a spare computer - desktop - that I could hook up to their TV, but I'm not sure he'd cotton to using a mouse and keyboard from the couch. On the other hand, some sort of tablet might not be big enough for him to read (?). So I turn to the hive for ideas, suggestions, both as to the hardware and the software best for a 90-year-old with no prior computer use, less-than-great vision, and a tremor. His mind is still completely there, FWIW. I envision his apps would be: texting all the relatives (or voice to text); crosswords; browsing photo galleries; wikipedia.
(my thoughts tended toward using a tablet to control the TV, using an OS that worked kinda like android.)