Project 2 - Photography and Social Media

February 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

On reading the outline for Project 2, the first idea that leapt into my mind was about issues surrounding Ageing and Technology.  I have an elderly mother, Margaret, who has for many years used a computer.  As her health declined and she was more and more confined to home, the computer allowed her to stay there for longer.  She did her supermarket shopping online and ordered meals online from a variety of suppliers.  The ability to maintain communication with her friends and play canasta  with them online also helped to keep her from being too isolated.

When Mum moved into a nursing home almost six years ago, she took a new computer with her and, at 86, uses Skype, email and Facebook to communicate with family and friends.  Mum has grandchildren overseas and relatives in other states. She competently communicates with them and staff who have left the home regularly.  Much to the annoyance of her GP, Mum also researches her health issues and medications on line and knows all the tricky questions to ask.

Mum is now trying to learn to use an Ipad and it is clear that learning knew technology becomes harder with age.  Her old computer still uses a Windows XP operating system and navigating the Ipad has not, to date, been very successful.  Moving on to Windows 10 and a laptop is going to be challenging.  Cconstantly changing technology and continuing support for the elderly so that they don't become isolated in an increasingly technological world is going to become a very big issue.  The baby boomer generation will be much more technological savvy and those who have rejected the likes of social media and not kept up, will find it difficult to function in this environment in the near future.  

While I am still using the theme "Ageing and Technology", The photo below and some others I have since taken, have caused me to rethink the emphasis.  As you can see computers are not the only pieces of technology that my mother relies on to maintain some quality of life.  In this picture of Mum in her Nursing Home room you can see a computer, an Ipad to the left of the TV, a stand for her high tech wireless earphone, an old DVD and video recorder and a HDD recorder. Mum is almost completely deaf.  She wears hearing aids and uses a telephone that is designed for the hearing impaired. Apart from the Ipad she controls all of the other items without assistance.

Watching TVWatching TVOld lady in wheelchair watching TV and wearing earphones.


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