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Offline Alex

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How can Linux help?
« on: May 09, 2016, 07:35:58 pm »
My grandma has shown signs of Alzheimer's disease. She wants to learn to use Linux and to use a laptop computer.
Programs/software applications/games useful to her disease?
How can i help her?
Thanks for the help.
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Re: How can Linux help?
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2016, 08:01:16 pm »
My grandma has shown signs of Alzheimer's disease. She wants to learn to use Linux and to use a laptop computer.
Programs/software applications/games useful to her disease?
How can i help her?
Thanks for the help.
Cheers.

Hi Alex, that's very distressing news  :(.  I think that a second hand but good quality laptop, preferably 64-bit is a good starting point.   I'd wait until Peppermint Seven is released and install that.  To make things as easy as possible for your grandmother.  Select all the websites you think she'd be interested in.  Use the Ice application to turn them into SSBs and have them on the desktop for easy access.

I don't think there'll be anyone here that could advise you directly how to help her.  I think you'll have to discover her individual needs as her condition progresses.  You should maybe arrange to speak to her doctor or therapist with her.  They will be far better qualified to advise you.  Come back to us with the advise the specialists have given.  We can then try to advise you what to do  ;).
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Re: How can Linux help?
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2016, 08:15:28 pm »
Just love her and be patient with her, Alex.  If you want her to use Peppermint, set it up so things are big and pretty and nice.  In this case you might want to consider Docky or big thumbnails on the screen so she won't have to go digging into the menu for the things she wants to see.

The Chrome icon is colorful and nice.  It's fun to point out the fox in Firefox.  YouTube's music, from her generation, can bring her some joy too.

This is a difficult experience for all everyone involved with a loved one who has Alzheimer's.  It's frustrating and difficult for the person with Alzheimer's, and the experience is difficult to the people who love and care for this person too.  Just love her as much as you can, Alex.  This is a extremely difficult experience for everyone involved.



Hi Alex, that's very distressing news  :(.  I think that a second hand but good quality laptop, preferably 64-bit is a good starting point.   I'd wait until Peppermint Seven is released and install that.  To make things as easy as possible for your grandmother.  Select all the websites you think she'd be interested in.  Use the Ice application to turn them into SSBs and have them on the desktop for easy access.

I don't think there'll be anyone here that could advise you directly how to help her.  I think you'll have to discover her individual needs as her condition progresses.  You should maybe arrange to speak to her doctor or therapist with her.  They will be far better qualified to advise you.  Come back to us with the advise the specialists have given.  We can then try to advise you what to do  ;).

I agree with everything AndyInMokum has said too.  We'll do what we can help customize things for your grandma.  Don't you worry about that.  ;)
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Re: How can Linux help?
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2016, 08:16:30 pm »
A big thanks for the answers.
Alzheimer is like the return to innocence. It's strange.
For Google/Microsoft/Linux developers: create apps/programs/software applications for Alzheimers Patients and for poor people. We are all humans.
Build a better world.
Cheers.

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Re: How can Linux help?
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2016, 02:23:34 am »
A big thanks for the answers.
Alzheimer is like the return to innocence. It's strange.
For Google/Microsoft/Linux developers: create apps/programs/software applications for Alzheimers Patients and for poor people. We are all humans.
Build a better world.
Cheers.
Hi Alex, how's it going?  I've been thinking about the situation with your grandmother.  There's a Linux distribution called: Sonar GNU/Linux .  They specialize in providing an operating system with Assistive TechnologySonar GNU/Linux was started by a very smart and charismatic blind guy called, Jonathan Nadeau.  Initially Sonar GNU/Linux was set up to assist people with sight issues.  It has now been extended to include people with a variety of disabilities and needs.  I don't know if this includes people with Alzheimer's disease, especially early onset Alzheimer's.  It might be a good idea to contact them.  They may be able to provide you with assistance, or at least point you in the right direction.  It really can't hurt to try - good luck with everything  ;).
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Re: How can Linux help?
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2016, 02:26:55 am »
Hi Alex

I'm sorry to hear about your grandmothers condition I have personal experience with dimentia in my family which I think is similar

out of curiosity what kind of software do you think would help ?


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Re: How can Linux help?
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Re: How can Linux help?
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2016, 04:03:24 pm »
Hi, Andyin Mokum.
So much thanks! I will contact Sonar GNU/Linux developer.
Hi, Emegra.
I want programs like Orca Screen Reader and eViacam Head and Eye Tracking Software. I play with her Sudoku, Crosswords and other logic games (World Of Goo, for example). But, it's hard and very frustrating.
Hi, aagimob. Thanks for your attention. Debian...I don't like Debian, but i will try.
Cheers.