We all know that grandparents and tech don’t go well together. Fortunately, there are many ways to make new technology accessible to older people. Start simple – if grandma has never used a phone or computer before, you don’t want to overwhelm her with new information. Teach her the basics first, such as writing an email or searching the web. Don’t bother teaching her skills she doesn’t need.
If she has difficulty remembering, it’s important to be patient and let her go at her own pace. Keep practicing the same things over and over again until she gets the hang of it. Make it simple – remember she is from a different generation where computers and phones did not exist for her growing up.
It’s best to follow what she is interested in – if she has no desire to learn the processes will be slow and difficult for both of you. Ask her what she would like to know about – maybe she’d like to learn how to make video calls to her grandchildren with an iPad. Or help her set up an email account so all the family can send her photos.
Learning about tech can be a great way to make older people feel less lonely. Once she has mastered the basics, ask her to teach her friends so they can have ways to keep in touch. Also, make it fun for grandma – older people love enthusiastic youngsters. Try to keep positive and encourage her as you go along.
If you are buying a gadget for your grandma, choose one which is simple. She probably doesn’t need the latest, top of the range product, and one with too many features will make the learning process more confusing. You could even try a kids’ version to begin with until she gets the hang of it.