The biggest reason to do it was to maintain (and continue to build) grandpa and grandma’s relationship with those two little boys.
Not hearing anything for two weeks, I feared that I’d stepped WAY out of bounds as a neighbor. At the end of two weeks I got a huge email from my former executive neighbor.
Cam chat elder people
So glad I took the risk to send him the original email evangelizing Skype to him.
SKYPE IS TOO HARD FOR MOST ELDERLY Now that my Dad is 85 years old and my sisters and I all have Skype — and since he has a cable internet connection for the computer in the back bedroom he can’t get to anymore — I’ve been seeking ways we can leverage that internet connection he still pays for monthly.
Let me tell you a story that may mirror many of your own to illustrate why we need a brain-dead-simple Skype phone that is as cheap, super-simple to operate, and as powerful as a landline phone.
It’s a few years ago and I’m in my home office on a Saturday, facing the street and my neighbors house across it.
Not only was he appreciative, he actually felt bad that it had been two weeks before he responded!
Turns out that same Saturday he went out and bought a webcam.I bear witness to my elderly neighbors — he a fairly tech-savvy retired Fortune 100 executive and she a loving mother and grandmother — saying a very emotional farewell to their son, daughter-in-law, and two toddler grandsons.The son is an executive at a different Fortune 100 company and the family was headed to Europe for two years to open a new line of business.One way I’ve done so is that I purchased a cheap Wifi router for (made by DLink for TMobile and they were blowing them out) so my sisters and I could use our laptops at his house when we need to be there for him or want to show him stuff online.He’s always stunned when my wife is somewhere abroad (she travels extensively to Europe) and we Skype.He was so excited he called to his wife shouting “come look at this!! After we bumped in to one another in our yards a few weeks later and talked for over an hour (my wife and I love these people) he told me how his wife was reading stories to the boys in London and they had such a great opportunity to be deeply connected to them.