My grandmother is 91 (or as she would put it “in her 92nd year”) and she’s been ailing for the past few months – the joys of getting old – with a damaged vertebrae and with clinical depression. It’s not nice to see. Thankfully she’s in a nice senior’s residence that’s close to where we live and we can go visit her.
Junkii had a great idea this weekend that could mean additional visitors for Nana. We already try to see her on a semi-regular basis (probably not as often as we should), but my sister lives in Texas and so only gets to visit once a year at most. They talk on the phone, but Nana doesn’t get face-time with my sister or with her children (Nana’s great grandchildren) except in the summer. We might be able to change that.
Over Christmas break we tried using Skype with my sister for the first time, and it was a breeze. Now we’re thinking we could Introduce Nana to the technology.
Of course Nana doesn’t have a computer or even an internet connection – why would she? – but WE both have iPhones with data plans AND we have a Netbook, AND we have the ability to tether the Netbook and use the phone’s data plan. So what’s stopping us from setting up a Skype session for the next visit to see Nana?
We’ll need to test it out to make sure it works, but this could be a breakthrough for face-to-face visits between Nana and her grandchild/great-grandchildren. And with Mom snow-birding in Arizona for a couple of months, we could set up a similar session between her and Nana! So get ready, Nana. The internets are a-coming to getcha!