A Feel Good Story About the iPad

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.

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  • Tom

    “lose”, not “loose” in the first paragraph…

    • Bill

      Thanks for catching the typo

    • Tom

      I live to proofread… 😉

  • http://grouchyman.com The Grouchy Man

    What a wonderful story. Makes this Grouchy Man smile. Waiting until 4/30 for my own iPad 3g. Hope it gives me just a small part of what it brought this woman.

    Great story!

  • http://www.gameranx.com/ Game Critic

    She looks and sounds great for 100. Good for her. And what a thoughtful family.

  • http://www.gameranx.com/features/id/345/article/alan-wake-achievements-list/ Alan Wake

    your family is so great…and she looks really good for her age..and Apple did great job again..they’re changing the world. keep up the good work.

  • http://intellectsoft.net/ipad_applications_development.html ipad application development

    Thanks for the video!It’s so nice to see how this old woman manages with such a high-tech gadget as iPad. I adore that she is so curious and lively at her 100th year. That`s really great and inspiring. I wish all old people were so full of life as Virginia.