Amazon Kindle DX Makes Difference In Centenarian’s Life

GearDiary Amazon Kindle DX Makes Difference In Centenarian's Life

Here’s a great story about technology making a real difference in one person’s quality of life…

My mom just turned 100 in June of this year. She says she has the mind of a 50 year old and the body of a 100 year old and in truth she certainly doesn’t look 100. But she is 100 (and has the Happy Birthday letter from the President to prove it) and, as a result, she has some physical limitations. Among them, she has macular degeneration. According to her eye specialist she won’t go blind but her vision has gotten so bad that reading has become a problem. This is a horrible thing for someone with the “mind of a 50 year old” and, quite frankly, it was depressing to her. You see, she spends most of her time at home, without many visitors, and reading makes up a large part of her day.

GearDiary Amazon Kindle DX Makes Difference In Centenarian's Life
Mom at 99 3/4 at her granddaughter’s wedding this past January

During my last visit I showed her my iPad (I won on www.geardiary.com and love- thank you Judie!), specifically the Kindle App. She tried reading on it. The backlight really helped but while the largest font offered by the app worked it was still a bit too small and it still strained her eyes. Sensing I was on to something I decided that she should try the Kindle DX since I read that Amazon had added 2 larger font sizes on the newest model. (If that didn’t work better mom was getting… an iPad!)

GearDiary Amazon Kindle DX Makes Difference In Centenarian's Life

Thanks to the Kindle’s large fonts the magnifier is just for light now.

We ordered it and it arrived while I was still visiting. (I love Amazon!) I was nervous. I really wanted it to work. So much was riding on it since if it did work it would really improve the quality of mom’s life! And… it did.

GearDiary Amazon Kindle DX Makes Difference In Centenarian's Life

From the first moment my mom could read on the Kindle without straining her eyes. Once again she could enjoy reading.

So does she like the Kindle? Nope… she loves it.

And it would never have even occurred to me to try it if I had not shown her the Kindle app on the iPad I won right here.

Ethel (aka Diggs)


About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.