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7 ways to connect with your grandkids

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At Tapestry we spend a lot of time talking to our users about the things they worry about the most.

The topics they raise vary widely from person to person. Some tell us about the challenges they face using technology, some spend more time concerned about health issues, while others worry about how they can find a companion to make them feel less alone.

But the one topic that most of our users seem to agree on is this: they’d love to find ways to develop deeper and more meaningful relationships with their grandkids.

Don’t get us wrong: they’re not saying they don’t have great relationships already. Quite the contrary, our members tell us how much they LOVE their grandkids and enjoy spending time with them, and that the feeling is very much reciprocal.

They just want more.

In an era where everyone is living further away than ever before, and their children’s and grandchildren’s lives are busier than ever, they’re not getting enough of the opportunities they feel they want to develop the relationships they ideally want with their grandchildren.

And many of them tell us that the technology generation gap is part of the problem.

While technology is making it easier to communicate via services such as Skype and Facetime, the fact that their grandchildren spend so much of their time engaged in activities they feel they don’t understand actually makes it much harder than it once was to find a common ground through shared experiences.

So we decided to ask some of our users for their ideas on ways to connect better with your grandchildren, and thought we’d share their suggestions with you. We’ve selected the top seven ideas for this article but we’re sure there are many more: if you’ve got other suggestions for us, please let us know in the comments!

As one loving grandmother said to us: “There was a time when we felt that grandchildren had to adapt to us as grandparents, but we’ve now come to realize that we’re the ones who have to adapt to them.”

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Nine things you didn’t know about dating over 55

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With the obsession that today’s media has with youth and appearance, you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s only the young who are looking for companionship, that dating is a young person’s game.

Go on, be honest. Which of the following images do you think the media is more likely to use to accompany an article on online dating?

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Exactly.

Well, it’s time things changed. We are all living decades longer than we once did, and are staying fitter, healthier (and in some cases, friskier) further into our wisdom years than ever before. At the same time, more older adults over 55 find themselves single and looking, either through divorce or the tragic loss of a husband or wife they loved for many years.

This means that there are more seniors and baby boomers than ever before looking for some companionship to fill the void of their prior partner.

Because no matter how old you get, one thing about human nature never changes: nobody likes feeling lonely.

Older adults, however, look for companionship in a way that’s very different from their younger counterparts. Once you’re into your wisdom years your needs, desires and expectations are very different from what you’re looking for when you’re in your 20s.

Let’s take a look at nine things you (probably) didn’t know about dating for older adults:

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Playing games to keep your brain young

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Photo credit: Eric Schmuttenmaer

Time to drop the crotchet hook and pick up the controller.

Your guilty pleasure of playing video games might actually be keeping you healthy as you age.

Researchers have shown that playing certain types of games are especially useful in aiding memory, motor skills and attention.

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“We’re Collecting Friends Like Stamps”

Loneliness It’s no secret that loneliness is an epidemic. What we haven’t all realized, however, is that social networks (yes, the name is ironic!) have fueled a lot of the spreading of this sometimes deadly disease.

A video posted on UpWorthy has gone viral, illustrating how social networks create a false sense of connection and therefore sacrifice real conversation. We are “collecting friends like stamps,” says the author, Shimi Cohen.

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Advertising’s New Frontier

Today’s adults over 65 are not like past generations: with an increasing trend of living longer, the second half of life can prove to be just as exciting as the first. Large retailers are showing their understanding of this by creating advertisements targeted at these generations that are more more edgy, flirty, and even controversial.

Our favorite example of this type of non-traditional advertising is a Centrum Silver Commercial (vitamins for people over 50) that includes some steamy scenes in a place you normally wouldn’t expect it. We hope it puts a smile on your face the way it did ours.

Make sure you watch to the end — let us know what you think!

 

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No more doorknobs

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Photo credit: Elizabeth Runder

The city of Vancouver is banning round doorknobs.

Old-style bathroom taps are also in their firing line. Why?

These devices are being upgraded to “handle-style” designs to be easier for people with weakened or arthritic hands.

It’s part of a larger age-in-place trend in called universal design.

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Best tablets for seniors

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What tablet do you recommend I buy for my mother?”

That question, or a variation of it, is probably the one we get asked here at Tapestry more than any other. And while tastes and needs vary widely from person to person, we feel we’re probably as well placed as anyone on the planet to be able to provide an informed answer.

That’s simply because we’ve been fortunate enough to work with hundreds of older users on a massive variety of tablets in dozens of real world situations … which gives us a great perspective on what these tablets are actually like to use. This means we’re very different from technology reviewers writing about products based on tech specs alone. As with any other technology device, there is often a huge difference between how a tablet gets rated in a review versus what it’s like to use long-term in the real world.

The fact that Tapestry now runs on any platform also means we’re able to provide a totally impartial perspective on which tablets are best, and why.

So after many requests, here it is: our guide to helping you choose a tablet for an older adult (or anyone else, for that matter)…

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Tapestry in the News!

Over the last week Tapestry has received a lot of positive attention from the Australian and US press, due in part to a successful iOS launch and other stories from our users. It’s been very exciting for us to see our vision resonating with so many people around the world. Here are a few of the articles that have come out this past week…

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Apps for preserving tapestry of a lifetime
A great article about one of our favorite groups of users, the Dominican Sisters in Eastern Australia. To read more about their experiences with Tapestry and the benefits of Tapestry for those who are socially isolated, click here.

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Loneliness is as deadly as smoking

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Photo credit: Tup Wanders

Want to live a long life?

We all know that clean living and a healthy level of activity can help you live longer, but it turns out staying connected socially has a much larger impact than we previously thought.

A recent study shows that the influence of social relationships on the risk of death are comparable with well-established risk factors such as smoking or alcohol consumption and were actually worse than physical inactivity and obesity.

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The Holiday Season Kicks off Early With Hanukkah!

The holidays are starting extra early this year with Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Normally, Hanukkah falls Turkey Menorahin December, but because of the 2013 lunar calendar, the 8 nights begin at sun down on Thursday, November 28th.

In the United States, many are celebrating “Thanksgivingukkah” because both major holidays, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, fall on the same day. This only happens about every 70 years so there is a lot to celebrate!

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