Teaching my elderly father how to:computer

Reply Wed 9 May, 2012 09:57 pm
My dad is a smart man. He grows amazing gardens, can fix anything, build anything, understands plumbing, electrical stuff, mechanical stuff.. He understands the stock market, he reads books - way beyond his meagre education. He's the kind of guy you want for a neighbour/landlord. At 80, he still shovels half the block and mows endless lawns. He completely renovated a bathroom, by himself in less than two weeks and finished it last week. He built the cabinets, retiled.. all the while working his part-time job at a local funeral home, volunteering, going to church.. and so on. I'm exhausted just thinking about all the things he does.
He's simply amazing. Everyone he meets loves him and thinks him the perfect gentlemen. Just this week, he has relented and asked to learn how to use a computer. He wants to "learn how to finger it".. ye gads.
So I've set him up with two typing programs, Mom is there to turn it on at the moment.. She's a wiz, trust me. She books all the vacations, on the internet, books the cars, hotels - they just returned from Mexico and she leaves for Ireland in a few days. Anywho..
The problem is, as lovely as my dad is, he's a lousy student. He's a turtle. Slow and steady wins the race and all that.. With mom leaving for the next couple of weeks. Dad's going to alone and I can't be there to teach him at his pace.
The long and the short of it is, I'm looking for a program or software, a self tutorial that caters to the elderly. Something that understands slow fingers and the need to teach the double click, cut and paste, how to access the internet in simple, simple steps.
If anyone has any ideas I'd love to hear them. I've been looking but I'm not finding what I need.

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Region Philbis
Reply Thu 10 May, 2012 03:34 am

This task-oriented, step-by-step guide is specifically written for mature people like you, folks who are
relatively new to using a computer and want to discover the basics of buying a computer, working with
software, and getting on the Internet. It takes the guesswork, the confusion, and the jargon out of every
aspect of getting started, from choosing the computer and software that' are right for you to learning
the basics of working with applications and going online, to taking advantage of all that this powerful
tool has to offer.

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Reply Thu 10 May, 2012 04:01 am
Sometimes the best way is just to find a few web sites that he enjoys and then let him immerse himself and let the need to move around the links be its own training method.


Once he's clicking and reading, maybe the rest will just come to him slowly.
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Reply Thu 10 May, 2012 06:16 am
Have him call my father, who actually teaches computers to fellow seniors.

They're on their own for call volume, though.

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Reply Thu 10 May, 2012 08:06 am
iPad, anyone?
Reply Thu 10 May, 2012 09:08 am
This is actually a great point. Both of my parents are extremely tech-averse but they both have iPads and are finally "getting it" in a way they haven't, well, ever.
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Reply Thu 10 May, 2012 09:24 am
That reminded me of that video-gone-viral of the elderly man who was using his iPad as a kitchen cutting board Laughing
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Reply Thu 10 May, 2012 01:56 pm
When my 80-year-old father saw I had a computer, he wanted to give it a try. I suggested he play some card games. He would get the hang of the cursor and clicking on things. "I can play cards?" We had to drag him away from the computer.
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Reply Thu 10 May, 2012 02:54 pm
Dad's great but he's cheap. He's got a laptop and that's pushing the envelope. There'll be no Ipad. He doesn't play cards or games, and I have the dummies book, but that won't help him learn to finger... as it were.
Thanks. I appreciate the help, but it's not what I need.
I'll keep searching.
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Reply Wed 18 Jan, 2017 12:50 am
it's nice thing to teach compute to our grand parents.really Nice!
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