The Elder Scrolls: Getting Grandma to Surf - Page 5
This simple app shows which pills you need to take that in a pill box view (morning, noon, evening and bedtime) then reminds you to take each one, with or without food. It also records on a database if you are late taking your medication, and you export and print this, as well as the list of the meds you are taking, for easy reference for a pharmacist or physician.
Most people know how to play this game, and it is deceptively addictive. The main advantage of the app is that it offers a familiar interface, with cards on screen being a similar size to real cards, so that it is natural for your elderly relative to start dragging the cards around and getting familiar with the touchscreen mechanisms. I found a YouTube video of a grandma doing just that.
This award-winning app is great for people who enjoy food and cooking, as it lets you search over 30,000 recipes either by keyword, or through the more intuitive and friendly icons on the search screen. You can filter recipes by what you have in the fridge at the moment, or what is healthy or seasonal, for example. It lets you save your favourite recipes and gives you detailed shopping list, where you can tick off each item on the tablet as you shop. Finally, it then gives you a cooking-friendly view that makes it easy to follow a recipe step by step. It is also a useful way to introduce someone to social networking, in that it lets you share recipes and shopping lists via Facebook and Twitter as well as email.
This is my favourite, a delightful simple app designed by a grandson for his own grandma. Unfortunately it’s only available for the iPad, however. With this app, photos can be posted by a family member on their computer and automatically appear on their relative’s iPad. After installing and opening the app on an iPad, a number appears on the screen, with a note for grandma to call her grandson. She tells him that number and he then goes to a website and enters it. This connects the website to the iPad. This only has to be done once, so now photos can be uploaded to that website and they will automatically appear on the iPad. A nice touch is that the website also mimics the iPad orientation, so you can see when the person holding the iPad is rotating the device, enhancing the feeling of togetherness.Continued on the next page