Confessions: Grandmas who have beaten fear of technology

May 1, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Jumping into technology can be scary at any age, but if you were born in the days before video games, microwaves and color television, it can be that much more overwhelming. However, more and more brave grandmas are testing the waters of technology — and having fun with what they find.

Senior woman confused by tablet

If just using the mouse connected to your computer is a difficult enough task to manage, you are probably overwhelmed with all of the different forms of social media out there. Your children and grandchildren talk about Facebook and want to Skype so they can see you when you chat, but the thought of it all is just too overwhelming. If you take it one step at a time, however, trying out new technology can be fun, and the rewards are endless.

Keep your mind moving

You can use today's video games as a way to keep your brain in shape. There are fun games that are easy to navigate, like crossword puzzles and word searches, and you won't have to worry about having a pen or pencil handy. This sharp grandma tells us how she's using a Nintendo DS to stay sharp:


You could also try something fun like an iPad for a handheld way to read your favorite books, do a few crossword puzzles (without having to worry about those pesky eraser marks) and listen to your favorite music. For a little help getting started, you can visit an Apple store near you and attend a workshop to help you learn the ropes of this new technology.

Connect with loved ones

Families are so much more spread out than they used to be. By using a program like Skype, you can see and hear your loved ones from anywhere in the world right through your computer screen in real time. This grandmother tested it out for the first time, and her reaction is sure to warm your heart.


If you're not quite ready for video calls, you could start slowly with photo-sharing programs like Snapfish or Shutterfly. After you've taken pictures, these sites allow you to share your photos with family members. You can also see their photos if they have them available on these sites. You can turn your photos into neat photo displays and gifts and even test out your skills at making a computer slide show of your favorite pictures.

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