When people are young, they generally take their ability to do things, like walk, talk and see, for granted. Generally speaking, we don’t realize how lucky we are until we lose one or all of those abilities. It’s an unfortunate fact of life, but very true.
A recent report in The Oregonian, tells of a 99-year-old woman whose life has been changed with the purchase of her iPad. According to the report, Virginia Campbell suffers from glaucoma which makes it very difficult for her to read and write.
Although Mrs. Campbell has never owned a computer, she was interested in Apple’s iPad when she heard the recent hype. So, one of her daughters stood in line on the first day the iPad was released and purchased one for her.
Apparently, Mrs. Campbell is now the hit of her retirement community. She shares her iPad with everyone and entertains residents in her apartment showing them what it can do. Ginny Adelsheim, Mrs. Campbell’s daughter, said the iPad has changed her mother’s life. Her mother is once again able to read books thanks to the iPads ability to adjust font size and brightness when using iBooks. Mrs. Campbell has even started writing again and wrote a limerick tribute to the iPad:
“To this technology-ninny it’s clear
In my compromised 100th year,
That to read and to write
Are again within sight
Of this Apple iPad pioneer.”
Good for you Ms. Campbell! I guess we are never too old to learn. Technology truly can be a blessing.