Website helpful if life gets too complicated

Last Saturday afternoon, we got a new toy—a toy I couldn’t wait to use!
But unfortunately, it turns out that the new generation television sets are so complex that I had a very long wait. It took two family members more than two hours to install and program our new digital TV.
My husband is a long-time ham radio operator with excellent technical skills, who built his own radio transmitters years ago and regularly installs our computer peripherals.
My daughter, meanwhile, has a Master’s degree in communications. Yet, these two competent people had to work for hours—frequently referring to the 79-page installation manual.
Even then, they had barely scratched the surface of all the options available.
It reminded me of the early 1960s when we bought our first television set.
When we brought it home, my husband already had installed the antenna on the roof. So all we had to do was take the TV out of the box, plug it in, and begin watching.
Life has changed a lot since we bought that first TV. It was 10 years before VCR players were invented and 30 years before DVD players; 15 years before the first personal computers; 35 years before digital cameras; and decades before cellphones became common.
That’s a lot of progress in 50 years, and we all appreciate these wonderful inventions.
But why does everything have to become more and more complicated?
People have to take classes to learn how to use their new point-and-shoot cameras. And installing a TV has become so difficult that our instruction book says, “We provide professional installation services” (for a price, of course).
Although many older people are technologically savvy, some aren’t. And most people, like me, only are interested in function.
I want to call people from my cellphone–no texting, no Internet connection, no camera. And I would like an old-fashioned TV remote with a few “easy to see” buttons–on/off, play, volume, and record.
After our experience with programming our new TV, I was sure there must be many people frustrated with their electronic gadgets. So I began researching and found that this is, indeed, a universal problem.
In a discussion on the Internet, one frustrated person who wanted to buy a camera for his parents summed it up this way: “There are no cameras for old people!”
Unfortunately, we can’t recreate the past so the next best thing is to research the easiest products currently available.
To fill this need, Elie Gindi, a long-time attorney turned entrepreneur, founded http://www.eldergadget.com
Gindi, a late “baby-boomer,” introduced Elder Gadget when he wanted to make his parents home safer and easier to navigate.
His website reviews a wide range of products. And each review has helpful icons as appropriate: EAR (easy to hear), EYE (easy to see), HAND (easy to use), and BRAIN (easy to understand).
Even the easiest of today’s electronic gadgets are complicated, but this website helps you find the best options.
And if you don’t know how to navigate the Internet, just ask a grandchild or a great-niece or nephew to check out the website for you.
They would be honoured to help!
Marie Snider is an award-winning health care writer and syndicated columnist. Write her at thisside60@aol.com or visit www.visit-snider.com

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