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Computer advice for elderly

I need to purchase and configure a computer for my 95-year old grandmother so she can make Skype calls to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lives in another state, so hands on assistance is not possible. My 70-year old mother is going to set things up for me; I just need to get the hardware and configure the software. [more inside]
posted by medarby on Aug 27, 2013 - 34 answers

Where can I buy a couch & chair for my elderly dad with bad knees?

Hi hivemind. I'm in Northern California and stumped. I decked out my lovely, elderly parents' place, but foolishly bought stylish soft couches/chairs with no arm rests. I now need firm couches and sturdy chairs before either of them has a fall because of balance/knee issues. But when I google, I often find articles about how important the right furniture is, but one one site that offers a selection of furniture options for seniors. Or I find sites that seem to sell such furniture in bulk, to senior living facilities (and often don't list prices without starting a business account). I'm wondering if I'm just looking in the wrong place, and if so, where should I look? Or, have you bought great furniture for someone with limited mobility? Where did you look? What do you like? Thanks!
posted by anitanita on Aug 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Recovery expectations from angiogram for 70-year-old?

My mom is in great health and decent shape for a 70-year-old and just completed 3 weeks of travel where she showed great endurance. Then she came back and "flunked" a stress-test :( [more inside]
posted by Anwan on Aug 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Stair walker?

My 90 year old grandmother lives by herself in a house in which she needs to use stairs, but it's getting harder and harder these days. I know about electric lifts, but I recall a news story about a year or two ago in which a British teenage girl made a simple but brilliant invention: a track is posted on the wall above the stairs, and a large handle swings out perpendicular, and you grab onto the post/handle and pull yourself up or down the stairs. What is this invention and where can I get one online? Googling is hard because I can't think of what you'd call this...stair walker?
posted by zardoz on Jul 16, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I get my aging father to stop eating like a picky child?

My dad is around 70 years old and has subsisted on a steady diet of shortbread cookies (those ones in the yellow box from the convenience store) and vanilla Ensure drinks for the past 2-3 years. How can we help him to help himself and eat real, nourishing food? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2013 - 33 answers

Advice re: my father's swift decrease in mobility - arthritis & Synvisc

My father (age 79) has gone from keeping a cane in the car for occasional use to steady himself (through 2012) to being in terrible pain and needing a walker around the house (the latter after a Synvisc injection to the knee 2 weeks ago, knee swelling, and falling - again - at home alone). So far he hasn't broken anything in his falls, but I live 90 minutes away from him and he lives alone. He's accustomed to being quite active and has often been mistaken for a man 10-15 years his junior. [more inside]
posted by pammeke on Mar 4, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me find a non-sucky but affordable nursing home in NYC for my dad.

My dad is 78 and his body is breaking down due to a long bout with Parkinson's. He's been in a rehab facility for the last month and his time to stay there (that is covered by Medicare) is running out. He wants to go home, but he will need 24 hour care and I'm not sure that's a feasible option for many reasons I'd rather not go into (not the least of which is that "home" is a 4000 square foot loft with plenty of places to fall, which is a real danger with Parkinsons patients) He and I are not (nor have we ever been) particularly close, and I do not live in the area anymore, nor am I particularly inclined to go care for him myself (not that I would have the expertise anyway). I do want him to be somewhere that he can be cared for and comfortable, though. [more inside]
posted by softlord on Feb 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Help, I've fallen, and I can't share my geocoordinates!

I'm in search of a personal medical alert product for my middle-aged mother and somewhat overwhelmed by the volume of incomplete solutions, vague descriptions, sketchy resellers, and keyword hoarding. Help me be the best geriatric technologist this side of sixty! [more inside]
posted by nominal on Jan 22, 2013 - 11 answers


Ubuntu for the elderly? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia 2 on Jan 4, 2013 - 10 answers

My mom has pneumonia - desperately seeking advice

My 90-year old, very hardy but recently frail, mother now has pneumonia. Has anyone been through this, or something similar? Do you have any advice to offer about the whole thing - what to watch out for in her, what to say or do for her, how to deal with the hospital staff, how to handle my own emotional ups and downs as well as those of my sisters? [more inside]
posted by DrGail on Dec 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me choose a no-contract dumbphone for my mom.

Looking for prepaid phone recommendations for an older person in the US. No smartphone, no texting, just very occasional outgoing voice calls. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Dec 12, 2012 - 11 answers

Need to find someone in NYC to help look after my Parkinsons-having dad.

I'll try to stick to specifically relevant snowflake stuff here. So, my father is 78 and has Parkinson's, which is compounded by long-standing blood pressure issues that leaves him prone to falling unexpectedly (moreso than a typical Parkinsons patient). He lives in a big loft in the East Village (NYC) that he's lived in for forty years, and has no designs on leaving. [more inside]
posted by softlord on Nov 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Oxygen for Rental for Father

My 72 year old dad just was prescribed oxygen. He has portable units and then an electric machine for home use. He is supposed to fly from Dallas to Phoenix to visit me for Thanksgiving. I saw the Southwest regulations for his portable, but should I rent him a home machine or can he check his? Are they heavy? Are they expensive to rent?
posted by bkf on Nov 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Adventure games for the elderly.

Need recommendations on adventure games for elderly people. [more inside]
posted by Beholder on Nov 6, 2012 - 13 answers

Happily he's the second time come to them

Historically, what were stereotypical views of the elderly? [more inside]
posted by Talkie Toaster on Oct 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Elderly / Power of Attorney Abuse

What can I do to protect my elderly mom from my abusive and greedy sister? [more inside]
posted by iNurtureTheOdd on Oct 23, 2012 - 25 answers

Sadfilter: Helping an elderly parent/grandparent realize they can never go home.

Strategies for helping an elderly parent, who is living in assisted living, realize/come to terms with the fact that moving home will never be an option and it is now time to sell that home? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Oct 11, 2012 - 21 answers

Good cell phone for a senior citizen?

Best simple cell phone for a senior citizen? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Sep 28, 2012 - 8 answers

What to do about a freeloading brother and an enabling mother?

What to do about a mentally unstable brother who's taking advantage of my elderly mother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Is there a good substitute for family connection?

How can I help my grandma feel less lonely? She has dementia and alzheimers, but it still pretty together most of the time. She should be surrounded by family, but isn't- we are all so spread apart. . . [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Aug 25, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me show my mother-in-law that the iPad "just works"

My 70+ year old mother-in-law just bought herself an iPad. Great! Except that she has LITERALLY never used a computer in her life. How should I approach teaching her how to use it? [more inside]
posted by photovox on Aug 21, 2012 - 32 answers

Computing for a 90-year-old?

Computing for a 90-year-old? Gramps might finally be interested in the wonderful world of the Internet. [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Aug 7, 2012 - 17 answers

Lung Cancer - What now?

80 years old, lost 40 pounds since May, no appetite, weakening, diagnosed with lung cancer today. What can we expect now? [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on Jul 17, 2012 - 30 answers

Please help me get a flight quickly & cheaply!

Please help me get a flight quickly & cheaply! This may have been answered in a previous question - if so, please point me in the right direction, but I need input quickly. [more inside]
posted by kbar1 on Jun 28, 2012 - 17 answers

Better care for Grandma

Please tell me about your in-home elder care solutions in the US, specifically in the rural Northeast/upper Midwest. [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on May 15, 2012 - 10 answers

When I'm 64?

What happens to elderly people in the United States who have run out of retirement savings, can't work, and aren't getting enough from Social Security to cover their living expenses? [more inside]
posted by El Sabor Asiatico on Apr 3, 2012 - 22 answers

How to deal with an elderly parent going senile?

Suggestions for dealing with an elderly parent who appears to be going senile? [more inside]
posted by Napoleonic Terrier on Apr 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Will the cognitive problems associated with sepsis improve as the infection is treated?

Will the cognitive problems associated with severe sepsis improve as the sepsis itself is treated? [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on Mar 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Rescue Me (Ma)

Can anyone offer me recommendations, guidance or personal experiences in choosing a "Rescue Alert"-like service? TL;DR inside. (I will never, ever use the term "snowflake" that way.) [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass on Feb 23, 2012 - 9 answers

How to deal with potential theft by caregiver for elderly? Details inside.

How to deal with potential theft by caregiver for elderly? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 - 16 answers

Help find my mom some projects.

My elderly mother needs a project or three to do during the winter. What can you suggest? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Jan 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Elderly isolated dad may not be coping - what should I do?

Elderly father, living alone a long way away, may not be coping. I am trying to investigate & get him help if he needs it - please tell me if I am leaving something out or overstepping the mark. [more inside]
posted by andraste on Jan 10, 2012 - 16 answers

I'm asking what to ask...

If you were talking to a 101-year-old person, what would you want to know? [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Dec 16, 2011 - 21 answers

Best Christmas gifts for nearly impoverished older family members in New Mexico?

Best Christmas gifts for nearly impoverished older family members (location: northern New Mexico). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Sorry Mom, but no.

I will no longer travel with my elderly mother. Do I tell her so or just keep changing the subject? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by eleslie on Nov 5, 2011 - 24 answers

I need to buy a lift-chair, have no clue, ideas?

Caring for elderly relatives: What is the best brand of lift-chair? [more inside]
posted by Ponderance on Nov 3, 2011 - 4 answers

won't you please be my neighbor (and not my roommate)?

My elderly neighbor lived in my rented room before I moved in. He still uses the public areas of the house as his own. What are my obligations? Lots of snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by dd42 on Oct 18, 2011 - 31 answers

Getting my mom an iPad. I need simplicity!

I'm getting an iPad for my (aging) mother -- what am I missing? How can I make this as simple as possible for her? If it's at all complicated, she won't go for it. [more inside]
posted by cgg on Oct 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Are my dad's doctors making him sicker?

This is my first Ask MeFi question, and I'm asking on behalf of my parents. My father is in reasonably good physical health but poor mental health, which may be related to the meds he's on and the "quality" care he's getting in the American "system". Are there some kind of additional resources for me or them to help make their way through the bureaucrat-ese and get some better care? And maybe some additional health care (or heck, elder care in general) resources I could find for them? [more inside]
posted by no relation on Sep 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Can you still buy a simple cable television setup?

I need a really simple digital cable television setup for my elderly, easily confused parent. [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind on Sep 11, 2011 - 11 answers

My parents are being pushed out of their current rental apartment in Northern Virginia and need to locate a new rental by the end of October, but their circumstances are challenging and I need advice on how best to assist them.

My parents are in their 70s and are on a fixed income– a fairly low fixed income– and were forced to declare bankruptcy last year due to significant medical bills. These medical issues also made it difficult for them to maintain their household, resulting in an accumulation of dirt and debris that has forced their current rental complex to issue a polite but firm eviction notice. I am attempting to relocate them much closer to me so that my family and I can provide regular assistance to them, both financial and day-to-day, but they've already been rejected by two rather modest rental complexes (including one at which they previously lived for 25 years). To complicate matters, my mother is in a wheelchair and needs an apartment with few or no barriers (stairs, hills, etc.). Moving them into my home is not an option for a variety of reasons. I'm trying to locate a rental apartment somewhere in Northern Virginia and at this point would take anything. Can anyone tell me where to turn?
posted by Jamesonian on Aug 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Birds do it, bees do it. Even educated fleas do it...oh and your grandmama.

Old people have sex? Please help me find media representations of geriatric sexuality in various media such as in commercials, movies, posters, television, newspapers, and so on. [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Aug 16, 2011 - 30 answers

In a bit of an awkward spot...

What is the most ethical choice in this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2011 - 20 answers

"Life Alert" medical alarm necklace that doesn't call 911 without explicit permission??

Is there a "Life Alert" type medical alarm that doesn't call 911 without permission? My sick relative is terrified of being taken to the hospital against his will. [more inside]
posted by ROTFL on Jul 10, 2011 - 18 answers

Grandma is lost.

Friend's grandma is lost in San Francisco. Not good. What are some resources? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Jun 18, 2011 - 95 answers

Can delusions be resolved?

Is it possible to address the emotional underpinnings of my grandma's delusions? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Jun 2, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I be the best granddaughter I can now that my dear grandmother's health is in decline?

How can I be the best granddaughter possible now that my dear grandmother's health is in decline? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on May 17, 2011 - 15 answers

Recommendations for Long Term Nursing Care in Toronto

Long Term Nursing Care in Toronto for 87 year old great uncle. Recommendations for particular homes and/or resources to help find one? [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 on May 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Their Meals, My Wheels

I'd like to make a meal once a week for our elderly neighbors who are having medical issues, but I'm already really busy. What can I make that they can freeze and is easy for me? [more inside]
posted by Leezie on Apr 12, 2011 - 14 answers

Do androids dream of electric sheep?

How would you go about explaining basic computer features to someone who cannot conceive of what a gigabyte is? (Or, to a more extreme degree, what a username is or how the internet works?) [more inside]
posted by patronuscharms on Jan 9, 2011 - 27 answers

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