When it comes to her iPhone, few learning difficulties have popped up for my mom, age 84. I am delighted at the ease with which she has transferred from her old flip phone to this one — a 3G that I retired when I updated my iPhone.
How Mom is Using her iPhone
Her first lesson focused on typing in her contacts, and she caught on right away and also understands how to make a call using the contacts app.
The visual cues on the iPhone screen are terrific.
She loves being able to sit in a comfortable chair and play solitaire — no lessons required for this!
She enjoys using the speaker feature rather than holding the phone up to her ear.
She likes to use Safari anytime and anywhere when she wants to look something up, though like me, she is sometimes frustrated when the phone is slower because there is no wi-fi.
Great article in the Wall Street Journal about kids and grandparents and the ways they are communicating with one another. In her May 9, 2001 article, OMG! My Grandparents R My BFF!, reporter Molly Baker takes readers on a “magical mystery tour” highlighting the ways generations are interacting (and sometimes leaving out the generation in the middle).
Join Facebook? For three years I avoided the site. I knew that some of my friends from work, church, and other activities were joining, but I just did not feel like it was a fit. My daughter, then in graduate school, used the social networkingsite, and she occasionally suggested I get started with Facebook. Still I refrained.