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My parents are preparing each other for solo living. Step one: teach Dad to use a smartphone

It's possible that Dad will stop gardening because he's addicted to the BBC Sport app, but I think he'll be OK

By Cathy Rentzenbrink   March 2019

Illustration: Kate Hazell

My dad comes round with his first ever phone. He’s 69 and before now he and my mother have shared one, though she’s the person who actually uses it, as she is in charge of banking, paperwork and communicating with the outside world.

“It’s smart, isn’t it?” Dad says, meaning that it is attractive and neat, and I wonder how many people become the owner of a smartphone without knowing what it is…

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