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iPad has 'changed' 99-year-old woman's life

Elderly woman suffering from glaucoma finds new way to enjoy favorite pastimes with the help of Apple's iPad, as shown in a video going viral.

Apple's iPad has been enjoying some free advertising as of late. Reports broke last week that the prime minister of Norway was using the tablet to govern from an airport. And now, a story has surfaced claiming a 99-year-old Portland, Ore., area woman is using the iPad to overcome medical woes.

According to a report in The Oregonian, Virginia Campbell, of Lake Oswego, Ore., suffers from glaucoma, making it extremely difficult to engage in her favorite pastimes: reading and writing.

After hearing about the iPad, Campbell, an alumnus of Portland's Reed College, decided that the tablet could be the tool she needed to get back to enjoying reading and writing. And she was right.

The iPad has "changed her life," Campbell's daughter Ginny Adelsheim told The Oregonian in an interview.

According to Adelsheim, her mother is now reading books on the iPad, thanks to its ability to increase the size of text to a readable level. Campbell has also increased the brightness on the display to further enhance her reading experience. And although she has never owned a computer, she is now writing poetry on the tablet.

Perhaps fittingly, Campbell decided to write the following limerick tribute to Apple's iPad:

"To this technology-ninny it's clear
In my compromised 100th year,
That to read and to write
Are again within sight
Of this Apple iPad pioneer."

A YouTube video of Campbell using her iPad, above, has been viewed 46,816 times so far.