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Using Technology to Spark Creativity in Seniors


Posted on May 28, 2014 by Jamie Floyd


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There’s so much more to an iPad® or smartphone than solitaire and email. A world of creative possibilities awaits the older adult who takes the time to explore a few of our suggestions.

Here’s a sample of apps available to help even the newest techie tap into their inner Vincent van Gogh or Martha Stewart:

Need to learn a new craft or refresh your memory about how to do something? YouTube videos exist for just about everything. All it takes is a simple search – for example, “How to decoupage” – and voilà! You have a video that instructs you, step-by-step.

This is a great crafting app and website with how-to videos for quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet, cake decorating, cooking and more.

This is a free app that teaches the art of napkin folding.

This app offers 150,000 how-to guides right in the palm of your hand. Read or watch step-by-step instructions on every topic imaginable.

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Once you’ve mastered taking photos with your phone or iPad®, here are some ideas for what to do with them.

This is a photo album website. It’s super easy to use and relatively affordable to have items printed. Their albums come in many sizes and make great gifts.

This site allows you to use your own photo on greeting cards. Can you imagine family and friends receiving a card at Christmas with grandma and grandpa on the front?

Costing just 99 cents, this app allows you to upload a photo, then draw on top of it. Or, start a masterpiece from scratch.

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Need a little spark to get your creative juices flowing? 

This app gives you inspiration in the form of quotes and phrases to help you along the creative process.

This app lists all types of prompts to help writers put pen to paper (or use WordPress) to record those family stories, events and even day-to-day reminiscences. 

This app contains a gold mine of ideas. It may require a bit of explanation to help some older users get the gist. I compare it to folders or scrapbooks of ideas we use to compile by clipping pages from magazines, only these “clippings” are kept online.

 

That’s it for now! Hopefully these suggestions will open up a new world of online possibilities for you and your iPad® or smartphone.

Happy exploring!

Senior and student

 


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