Grandmother’s Pink iPod

I don’t actually know a grandmother with a pink iPod, but I’m certain she is out there. In fact, I’m a grandmother who might just purchase one, especially after reading an interesting article in today’s The State newspaper (SC). What captured my attention was a photograph of a 90 year old senior holding her iPod and saying, “It’s so nice to punch a little button and get music.”

While many of them might still think of a blackberry as a cobbler ingredient, others know better. In fact, the number of Americans 65 and older using the Internet went up 160 percent from 2000 to 2007, according to a Pew Internet and American Life Project. They email family and friends, listen to music on iPods, conduct online research, write books, use digital cameras, play video games, shop, read blogs, produce home slide shows, and burn DVDs.  

What I LOVE about this article is that it reaffirms that growth, change, and development can happen at any stage of life, and as a person approaching the golden years, this is exciting. I’m hoping someone will respond to this posting with an instance of an older adult who has embraced technology in some way. Another question to consider might be how technology can change seniors’ lives.

Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

4 thoughts on “Grandmother’s Pink iPod”

  1. Me again! I read an article in the paper yesterday about a 95 year
    old woman who just received her bachelor’s degree and is thinking of getting a master’s degree. I think she probably would use computers, etc. to complete course requirements. The sad thing, as I was commenting on this lady, was that several people asked what was the point or what would she do with it at her age.
    I thought she was an inspiration!!!

  2. I agree with you. She is definitely an inspiration. Can’t people learn just to learn? These naysayers who were talking to you must think that all a person can do with an education is get a job. They must not know (like we do) that knowledge is power.

  3. I agree! I know I’m late…sorry! 😉 I just wanted to share that my mom is 67 and was on the computer before me! As a matter-of-fact, I used to get an e-mail with computer tips and at the top it read, “Tried of explaining the compuiter to your parents?” It was a joke between us that, “No, my parent is tired of explaining it to me!” Even now, Mom runs circles around me. If it’s to be learned and she has an interset, she goes full steam ahead!
    She has an online business to boot and she & my stepdad will be going to convention in Orlando next week.Papa is 68 and still works like that, too. Bless them. Please say a prayer for their safety. I’m more concerned than they are…Lordy, I’ve typed myself into a worry mode!
    It’s okay now…;-)

  4. Love it! Go, Odale’s Mom! I’m sure they’ll be safe on the upcoming trip. Consider the alternative…how it would be if they sat safely and comfortably in their home watching “The Price is Right “or other “stimulating” shows. It’s a great big world out there, and apparently they’ve learned that. By the way, on the psychology blog that I’m trying to direct people to, I mentioned something about this (living life to the fullest).

    Have a glorious day. Ain’t life grand??

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