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!


5 responses »

  1. jandjsmum says:

    WOW! This is just the coolest idea EVER!

  2. Steve’s grandmother, also in her 90s, always amazes me with her interest in technology. She may not quite grasp it all, but she tries to learn about it and finds it fascinating. On our trip this summer, she followed along on our blog using Steve’s parents’ computer. Fingers crossed your grandma is just as tickled!

    • RoC(k)r says:

      Nana is nowhere near ready to embrace the technology on her own – case in point, last night I had to write out start-to-finish instructions on how to play a DVD – but she’ll be happy to participate in a video call if we set it up.

  3. Paul says:

    Wow, that’s a great idea, I’m sure she will enjoy that more now that there is a little improvement in the depressive state of mind.

    • RoC(k)r says:

      That’s what I was thinking, Paul. She seems less depressed this week – which is good, but if we can set up video conference so she can see her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids while they’re at a distance, it might give her something else to look forward to on a semi-regular basis.

      🙂 – plus it might give us something more to chat about when we visit her

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