What is Zoom? How it's helping families keep in touch

Brian Daly

Welcome to Zoom, the way to host group meetings and calls in 2020. Zoom is the best video conferencing software on the market for group video calls and it's what Grandpal will use to make our Virtual Coffee Shop come to life.

Zoom is an app for your phone and there's also one for your iPad and computer as well. After you have it installed and signed in with your email, all you really have to do is click a link to join a meeting. Zoom has been around since 2011 and in recent times have soared to be the number first choice for online education, working from home etc.. Talk shows hosts are event using it to still do their shows. We're looking forward to bringing together people in small groups of 2 - 5 people for conversations.

Irish Independent's Adrian Weckler has created a video demonstrating how to use Zoom.

Downloading Zoom

First you will need to create an account with Zoom. For all of our meetings you should be able to 'Join from browser', meaning you can click a link to join and you don't have to download anything. If you'd like the best quality and control, you should download Zoom for your device - https://zoom.us/download

Signing into Zoom

You will need to be signed into Zoom to get the most out of the video conferencing software. You can simply add an email and password to sign up or even easier, if you have a Google or Facebook account, you can sign up by logging in with Google or Facebook - https://zoom.us/signup

Grandpal Virtual Coffee Shop

In an effort to combat social isolation, we've launched the Grandpal Virtual Coffee Shop, an online video call to bring people together in small groups for chats. Find out more here: https://www.grandpal.co/virtual-coffee-shop

Check out Adrian's full guide here.

Helping family members look after their older loved ones

The Grandpal app helps families like yours focus on the well-being of an older loved one, giving transparency and clarity to the mix so that your family is as effective a team as possible

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