Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Something New, Picture-Viewing for My Parents

My parents missed the boat on computers and email.  They are now in what I'd call the "fourth stage" of life.  When I went to that seminar about Israeli "old age pension," we were told that we were in the "third stage."  My parents have graduated and now need aids to do the menial, so learning a new skill, like computers is beyond their capabilities.

The place where they live has computers for use of the residents, so yesterday my sister and I escorted them to the computer room.  We made room for my mother's wheelchair and also gave my father a chair close enough to see from, and then I managed to stretch my too short arm to reach the mouse and keyboard to sign in and control the views on the screen.  I couldn't get the pictures up from my email collection, but luckily there are plenty of family pics on facebook. They include the reunion in Philly the day I arrived.  My cousin's daughter kept shooting us with her smartphone and immediately posting to facebook.

Once I ran out of pictures on the pages of all sorts of cousins, I looked up my son's football exploits in the IFL Jerusalem Big Blue Lions.  There are lots of youtube videos.  I was amazed at how much my father enjoyed it.  He was never a sports spectator.  Minus some marbles, he really is a different person...

I ought to get them an electric frame that could be set up in Israel and then sent back to them after we load it with new pictures.

4 comments:

Pragmatician said...

the frame idea is excellent, in our family it's a huge hit.

Consider adding some "surprise pictures " such as long ago friends, or a beloved uncle etc...

Batya said...

Prag, I'd have to set it up at home and then get someone to deliver it. That's where we have all the pictures. Now where's a good place to buy one?

Anonymous said...

B and H. Online or in the city.

Batya said...

thanks