When you are thinking about what you could do to improve the life of an elderly loved one, there are lots of things that might spring to mind. One thing that you may have never thought about however is an iPad. Many people assume wrongly that older people are unable to get to grips with technology, and for this reason they don’t bother to even try – which could mean that they are missing out on many things in their life. With this being true, we have put together a list of reasons why it could be a good idea to think about giving your loved one an iPad.
It makes communication a lot easier
One thing that lots of older people struggle with is the fact that they aren’t always able to chat to people, as they might not be able to leave their home as often as they might like, or they may live a distance away from loved ones. With this in mind, an iPad could be a great choice, as there are several ways in which you can communicate using one of these. You can do voice and video calls with FaceTime, and you can even use social media such as Facebook or Twitter if this feels like a better option. iMessage is a good choice for texting, and with everything on one device, it makes things much easier.
The screen is bigger than a mobile phone
If your relative has problems with either their eyesight or dexterity, then there is no doubt that a larger screen would be much better for them – because it would be easier for them not only to look at, but also to hold. Thanks to the design of an iPad, this is a really positive thing to think about, and for this reason it could be a great gift. Your loved one has the ability to change the size of the text to make it easier to read if necessary, so there is no need to be concerned about whether they would be able to see it or not.
Read many kinds of books
If your loved one likes to read, then they may struggle because they are not able to get out and about to go to the library. If this is a concern for them at present, then they may love an iPad because it can also be used as an eReader, which means they have any book that they want to read right at their fingertips. If you can teach them how to download books that they wish to take a look at, this can be a good way of making sure that they always have something to read when they want to.
Games to keep the mind active, and pass the time
One of the best things about having an iPad is the fact that you have so many different apps that you can download, depending on what you like to do. This means that you can have games if you wish, which are great for elderly relatives who might be stuck in their house a lot of the time. Not only can these kinds of games be entertaining, but it can also help to keep their mind active, which can improve conditions like dementia in some cases.
There have been plenty of stories in the news over the years including this one about great grandmother Lillian Lowe who at the time of the story was oldest Facebook user at 103. Lillian signed up for Facebook to keep track of what her seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren are up to.
The Express wrote an article about how elderly people are taking to smart and social technology in “striking” numbers according to Ofcom figures: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/817066/rise-older-people-over-75s-using-tablet-computers
No matter why you decide to buy your elderly relative an iPad, there is no doubt that it could be a great option, and it may change their life for the better in many ways once they realise just how much can be done with the device.