Never too old to learn

Since getting my iPad I've been wanting to find out what my parents think about the device, so this past weekend I headed down to the coast with my son and iPad to relax and visit with my parents, and find out if they would like to try using an iPad.

My parents grew up during the Great Depression, my mother here in Maine and my father in the coal mining camps of West Virginia.  My father a WW II veteran, met my mother when his ship put to port in New York where my mother was working as a nutritionist, they've seen a lot in their days, but they hadn't seen an iPad up close.  Though well into their 80's now, I think at least my mother (who's always been interested in technology), picked right up on how to use the iPad. 

My mother is a writer, and true to her name a painter, so Pages ($9.99), ArtStudio (.99), and Adobe Ideas (free) were of most interest to her, though when she fired up iTunes and played a Johnny Cash tune, well my father came running to check it all out.

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I'm a behavioral health professional living and working in Maine specializing in psychiatric rehabilitation. For years I've utilized mobile technology to improve the delivery of community based mental health services, and embraced the iPhone when it came out in 2007.

I am also a doctoral candidate at Franklin Pierce University where I have been researching the role of the Liberal Arts in American higher education.

I write as a guest for iPhone Life periodically with a special interest in helping other professionals (healthcare, education and government in particular) incorporate iOS devices into their work, and several years ago introduced the first iPhone and eventually iPad classes at Lewiston Adult Education in Lewiston Maine concentrating on helping other professionals interested in using and incorporating iPads into their work.