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January 08, 2013


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Dave Ford

"Connectedness" seems to appeal even to seniors. My father-in-law (85 years old) now regularly emails us and his friends ... usually with pictures of his grandkids. I even received my first text-message from my 74-year-old dad yesterday (who was actually a mainframe programmer in the 1960's and 1970's).

Rodney Herrick

Sounds Good that Granny is getting online.I noticed the ref. to SEU-suprised that you even knew about it. I was 1 of the 2 person team that wrote the original SEU for the Sytem/32. I am not quite 80 yet but somewhat understand Granny's reluctrance even though I have been in computers since the System/3. It all moves so fast today

Bill Poulin

When I visited my parents (80 & 85 years young) up in Maine this last Thanksgiving, my mother asked me to set up Skype on her brand new iPad. We then had a Skype session with my niece out in Colorado and did so again on our visit at Christmas. Incredible how easy it is today to stay connected.

Thanks, Bill Poulin


"As much as we love the idea of being able to email Mum regularly, perhaps one of the biggest benefits we're anticipating is the "editing" that some of the younger family members are likely to feel they need to make to their Facebook posts now that (Great) Granny is watching."

Ain't it the truth!

My Dad (now great-granddad, with the recent birth of MY grandson!) at 87 is pretty computer literate--he doesn't type fast, but he's used his Mac for email and photo-editing and organization for years.

One thing he and Mom have really appreciated is the "family chats" we started a decade ago when we were planning a family reunion: 7 kids, 5 spouses, and 7 grandkids. Since we were scattered across the country (and for a while, the world!), we would start an AIM group chat at 7pm California time on Sunday evening with whoever was available. We've continued that weekly ever since! It's a great way to keep up with what is happening with everyone.

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