For some, using a mobile phone, iPad or other tablet is technology we take for granted, however for others it can be exceptionally challenging.
Recent research shows that old people’s health and wellbeing can be affected by isolation, with inevitable loneliness accentuated by the global pandemic. Sadly for many older Kiwis, that’s just the way it is.
For one Matamata family, the lack of appropriate technology became so frustrating that they decided to develop their own device. Lois Caldwell had been happily using an iPad for years, but as she reached her 90s with family throughout the country and overseas all wanting to stay in touch, she was less able to keep up with all the changes.
Caldwell’s daughter and Kitcal co-founder Julie Caldwell says that nothing on the market provided the simplicity they were looking for so together with colleague Julie Blackwell they took their inspiration from Lois’s design and began a project that has now produced Kitcal – a personalised tablet built specifically for seniors.