Video of 99-year-old woman using Apple iPad goes viral (with video)

“A 99-year-old Lake Oswego woman stars in a YouTube video that’s gone viral,” Lynne Terry reports for The Oregonian. “Virginia Campbell sits on a sofa in her apartment in Mary’s Woods Retirement Community” using her new Apple iPad.

“Campbell, who graduated from Reed College in the early 1930s with a bachelor’s in English literature, has always been an avid reader,” Terry reports. “But she suffers from glaucoma, making it difficult to read.”

Terry reports, “Now she’s reading books on the iPad and writing limericks on it as well. ‘The thing that’s so neat is there’s nothing between you and the screen,’ Adelsheim said. ‘You can enlarge the print, and it has a much brighter screen so you can read on it more easily than with a regular computer screen.’

“Campbell, widow of former Lake Oswego Mayor C. Herald Campbell, has never owned a computer before — or a Kindle,” Terry reports. “But when she heard all the hype about the iPad she wanted one.”

Direct link to video via YouTube here.

Terry reports, “Campbell actually wrote a tribute in appreciation of her newfound freedom from the frailties of old age.”

To this technology-ninny it’s clear
In my compromised 100th year,
That to read and to write
Are again within sight
Of this Apple iPad pioneer.

Full article here.

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  1. Technology for people, the way things ought to be. Congrats Apple for making this, and congrats Virginia, for stepping out into a Brave New World. I see stories like this and I get goosebumps… technology good for everyone no matter their age. My year old nephew zips through my iPhone like a champ, and even knows how to call grandma.

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