A Simple iPad Guide for the Elderly

A Simple iPad Guide for the Elderly

Mike Tyson
Aug 25, 2010

We know a good amount of people here are the dedicated tech whizzes of the family. Time and time again, we receive those dreaded phone calls for free tech support all knowing we'll get little to no compensation. Well illustrator/designer Mark Grambau took a proactive stance when his 94-year-old grandmother needed a new computer. He decided an iPad was best suited for her needs. Rather than incur continuous phone calls for weeks to come regarding the new device, he developed a simple primer to the iPad that his grandmother could understand with her little technological background.

On his website, Mark describes his client as such:

"Ruth Becker is 94 years old and has been a Mac user for more than a decade. She primarily uses her computer for email, web surfing, and ordering groceries. Ruth is an artist, and has been known to produce artwork using a Wacom tablet."

He decided an iPad would be the best choice for her considering its portability, flexibility, and form. Since he had minimal time to teach his grandmother, he decided a manual that she could constantly reference would be beneficial to her. Official manuals and guides were needlessly bulky as his grandmother only wanted to perform a handful of tasks on the iPad. Mark's guide serves as a reference point for his grandmother who is used to the Mac OS's vocabulary but is unfamiliar with touch-based software.

Being the generous guy that he is, Mark shares the guide on his website in full PDF form. We think this could be an excellent starting point for many different people who are new to this ever-growing field of interactive technology.

All work is the property of Mark Grambau. He kindly allowed us to share with his permission.

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