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Hey Grandma; Skype Me! 10 Ways to use Video Chatting for Seniors

August 21st, 2012

Whether you're bedridden or you have a disability that makes it difficult to get around, staying in your home for health purposes doesn't necessarily mean that you're confined within the walls of your house. Video chat services like Facetime and Skype provide a platform for millions people to stay in touch as if they were in the same room.

The ways people are using video chatting services to keep in touch with the people who matter most are seemingly endless and we've come up with just a few of the many ways you can use them too!

  1. Log in for a daily conversation about current events with a friend.
    These services allow you have have face-to-face interaction through your computer screens, iPhones, iPads or iPods. Simply sit down with your favorite newspaper or magazine and get ready to chat!
  2. Tell your grandchild a bedtime story -be there at bed time for the grand kids for a a meaningful exchange with a long-distance grandparent.
  3. Play cards with family or friends who live far away - Grab a deck of cards, set up your computer and select your favorite game to play!
  4. Play "show and tell" with a grandchild in another state - Maybe they painted a masterpiece in art class or they purchased the toy of their dreams with their weekly allowance; whatever the case may be, these services allow grandparents to share in these special "show and tell" moments.
  5. -Participate in important meetings or events by having a friend take a laptop - Can't make it to the town hall meeting? With the permission of the meeting leaders, have a friend set up a laptop or device so you can watch and participate as though you were present.
  6. -Eat dinner or enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend - Prepare your favorite dish or pour yourself a cup of joe and nestle up by the computer or iPad to catch up with a friend on the other end.
  7. -Have a fun sing-along with a friend or grandchild -Facetime and Skype can make joining to sing an old favorite or teach a new tune easy and fun.
  8. -Talk to a family member while viewing new family photos online together - Log on to Facebook, Flickr or another photo hosting Web site with a family member or friend to look through virtual photo albums together.
  9. -Lead a friend in a relaxing set of stretches and yoga poses at the end of a long day - The buddy system is a great way to stick to an exercise routine. Video chatting allows you to lead a friend in a series of relaxing stretches and poses to keep you on track!
  10. -Enjoy a messy finger painting session with a friend and share your artwork with each other afterward - Grab some paints and paper and log onto the computer.
    Collaborate as you create and share your works of art.

This is just the tip of the ice berg-there are so many fun and interesting ways to use this software. Can you think of other ways to use video chatting?
What is your favorite video chatting service?


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