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    Software for the old folk

    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.

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    Is this any use?

    Eldy Seniors Computer Software for Elderly

    or talk to your local occupational therapy department see if they have any ideas on what to use

    for games what about freeciv or Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe
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    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.....

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    Try contacting Adult Eduction Centre near you, they may be able to suggest something to assist with learning.

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