My 89-Year-Old Grandma Loves Playing Solitaire on iPad

My 89-Year-Old Grandma Loves Playing Solitaire on iPad

So when my mother first bought an Apple IIc back in the day, one of the main things that we got...


So when my mother first bought an Apple IIc back in the day, one of the main things that we got it for, aside from me being able to play King's Quest II or whatever, was that my Dad could learn how to use the mouse and keyboard better. My Dad had been a security guard and a bookie so the last thing he ever bothered learning was how to use a mouse. Turns out that solitaire did the trick. He got pretty decent on a computer by using the mouse to click on the right cards..

It was perhaps even better for my Nana on the iPad today. She'd never seen one of these fandangled things before but within about 10 minutes she had most of the movements all figured out and was enjoying the game. She already knew how to play solitaire IRL -- it was just a matter of picking up the movements on the screen. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed watching her, at the age of 89, pick up this popular new technology.

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My name is John Boitnott and I am a tech writer and digital media consultant. I write for Inc.com, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, USAToday and others. I have held dozens of positions at various TV newsrooms in the state of California. I worked in TV news from 1994 to 2009. I was a web editor for years at KNTV, the NBC station in the San Francisco Bay Area. held freelance writing positions at KGO, KRON and KPIX in San Francisco as well. I worked as a radio anchor, assignment desk manager, reporter, editor and producer at KEYT in Santa Barbara for 10 years.

COMMENTS

  1. Gerri

    August 1

    Nana is awesome!

  2. Julie Clark

    August 1

    Good for her! Wish I could have gotten my mother to do that, but her hands didn't work so well.

  3. Great! I'm 50 years old and I like the ipad because I can see it! It does what casual users want - internet, pictures, fun and it is easy and works intuitively. Go Nana!!!

  4. guest

    August 1

    The Apple IIc didn't have a mouse. It's okay, you must have faulty memory syndrome like the rest of us oldsters.

  5. Tylerjdavies

    August 1

    mine had a mouse

  6. you will be old one day too

    August 1

    why do people always act like old people are retarted? It's a FUCKING IPAD, NOT ROCKET SCIENCE!!!

  7. Tony

    August 1

    LOL My nana also loves the ipad for solitare. She sits with her ipad drinking coffee and smoking her e-cigarette for literally hours! I guess it's better than her joining a street gang.

  8. boitnott

    August 1

    Just give 'em some food network, a cigarette and some candy bars, and they are off and running on an iPad for hours.

  9. boitnott

    August 1

    It took her a little bit to figure out. I was in no way saying that my Grandma was retarded. There is also the fact that she hears about this thing on the news all the time now and was intimidated by it and wasn't even sure if she wanted to use it. It took her like 10 minutes, but she figured everything out fine. Never underestimate how rough new technology can be for an older person who has no training in it.

  10. boitnott

    August 1

    Mine had a mouse as I recall.

  11. boitnott

    August 1

    She loved it. Then she started playing the bowling game - which I thought was pretty cool. 🙂

  12. boitnott

    August 1

    Well see that's the thing that a lot of these young people don't understand. The iPad started to mess with her arthritis after a while and she had to take breaks.

  13. macboer

    August 2

    I want to hear an interview with this lady!

  14. macboer

    August 2

    I want to hear an interview with this lady!!

  15. David Rachford

    August 3

    I like the post: in fact, If I had any living relatives left, I'd love to see them use my ipad.

    BTW John, I remember your name from living in SB. I'm still here 🙂

    • admin

      August 6

      Hi David! Yes I still miss Santa Barbara and head down there from time to time. What a lovely place!

  16. Goldie Ochoa

    December 23

    Well see that's the thing that a lot of these young people don't understand. The iPad started to mess with her arthritis after a while and she had to take breaks.

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