Grandma did not grow up hanging out in Facebook or even searching the web. Depending on how old she is, she may not have even had a computer. This makes getting them on now and introducing them to the benefits that the internet offers could be a challenge. Yet, if you pick the right activities, you may find that Granny is soon asking about a smartphone with apps.
Online Games – Granny probably won’t think much about Angry Birds or even Farmville, but I bet she would really get into online Scrabble or Words With Friends. These types of games hold great appeal for the older crowd, and she will love always having someone to play against.
Online Singing Lessons – There are many types of classes online that grandmas would like, but none quite as fun as learning to sing online. Hook her up with a class that offers music from her era and it won’t be long before Granny wants to join you for karaoke night at the local bar.
Online Books – As Grandma is getting older, her vision is not quite what it once was, making reading a book hard. But if you download them for her onto a tablet the font can be made bigger so that she can see the words better. If your Grandma used to be a big reading fan, this will really make her day.
Skype – With families scattered all over the world, Skype will help Grandma keep an eye on how everyone is doing. Phone calls are one thing, but seeing them on the screen is so much better. Introduce Grandma to Skype with her own account and she will quickly understand just how important the internet really is.
Facebook – Facebook or other social media is really dependent on how active online Gram’s other friends are. While she might enjoy reading family updates, having her own group of friends the same age is even better. At the very least, try and get her into some groups for seniors, or look for groups that are centered around her other interests. Staying social helps to keep Grandma’s mind sharp and her spirit happy.
The elderly today are not at all used to all of the technology that has taken over the world in the last 2 decades. By keeping your Grandma up to date, you are helping to preserve her youth and improve on her quality of life in ways that were not available when she was busy crocheting with her own Grandma.