Got the aged parents coming to stay for (hopefully only) a couple of months as part of a move closer to us due to increasing age/ill health and looking for some ideas to help them out.
My mum has speech difficulties following a "mini" stroke and is currently a bit like that "no, no, no, no, no, no, YES!" guy in "The Vicar of Dibley". She's had speech therapy but I suspect that she didn't feel that it would work so didn't make an effort. I've had a look at the Sherston "Sound Beginnings" software, but was wondering if there was something a bit more "grown up" - or any other suggestions.
My dad has severe short-term memory problems, but is too proud to do anything like brain/memory training so I was going to try some more stealthy options. I was going to try to interest him in some sort of adventure and/or trading game (he's ex-Merchant Navy) and try to get some sort of 2-player game that I can play with him. Not sure if it will help, but it's at least going to be more stimulating than watching News 24! Any ideas for cheap/free software along those lines gratefully received.
Unfortunately the equipment available is an ageing laptop and a PS1. (If I was sure that any of these ideas would work/be accepted I'd be more than happy to fork out some dosh, but don't want to buy a load of stuff that won't get used).
If anyone has any other ideas, feel free to weigh in! Hope this makes sense - 1/2 term was kinda stressful.
LeMarchand (28th February 2011)
Cheers! May be worth a look. Will be doing the healthcare visits etc when they are with us. Part of the problems they've been having is that they're 4 hours away and aren't pushing for help, so aren't getting any. Grrrrr.....
Try contacting Adult Eduction Centre near you, they may be able to suggest something to assist with learning.
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