Marc Prensky in an article: http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/prensky%20- %20digital%20natives,%20digital%20immigrants%20-%20part1.pdf identified the young as digital natives and the older as digital migrants. But a recent survey by a sweet brand Juicy Drop Pop led to the conclusion that the ages at which people enjoy their life the most are 9 and 68. Researchers found that these two years are the precise ages in life where people are most likely to throw caution to the wind and have the most fun.
“The results cement the idea of a special bond that we so often see between grandparents and grandchildren,” said psychologist Susan Quillam to The Telegraph. “Each is at a stage in their life when they are discovering or – in the grandparent’s case – rediscovering the boundaries by which most of us live our lives.”
And since kids have a lot of fun with their iPads and iPhones, I thought that it would be a good idea to produce a program that introduces the iPads to senior citizens.
Initially I had thought of using the phrase “Visa on Arrival for Digital Migrants”, but was not sure that it would be readily understood.
While it is commonly known that the Internet is a great source of information and tools like e-mail and chat that make it easy to communicate, doing so with desktops or even laptops was rather cumbersome and difficult. This new technological advancement in the form of iPads or the latest iPadmini has made it much easier for seniors to navigate the web, do video chats, and other technological Marvels. It is important that everyone know how to use the most modern communication devices. The iPad for seniors has made the break through much easier for that age group.
The large buttons has made it easier for a senior to use the keypad and since the iPad fills the screen it has made the iPad much more manageable. When you have large fingers or stiff fingers and your dexterity is not adequate then you will enjoy being able to use the iPad. The touch screen technology adapts to the user no matter what size or shape their fingers might be. When this happens then of course, the intimidation is eliminated making it much easier for anyone to interact with computer.
We are doing the first such event on Sunday 9th December, and have been requested to such an event for a group of Senior Citizens in west Delhi in January.
Very soon we hope to evolve into a vibrant community of interested and interacting minds pursuing common goals and interests, while staying geographically dispersed.
The user can carry the iPad just about anywhere and use it at their convenience. It is handy to use the iPad while sitting on an armchair or on the sofa. You can have your iPad in your purse and use it while you are shopping or visiting your friends. There are so many ways that you can use your iPad and feel comfortable while you are doing it.
Many seniors have found that the iPad has been very beneficial in providing them a means to stay in contact with their family and friends from the comfort of their own home. The ease of use has made the iPad user friendly to seniors of all ages.