Old Timers Resisting High Tech


Many of us over 65 have been forced to come to grips with rapidly changing technology. As we arrive into our 70's and 80's our frustration mounts with each new device. Some senior citizens adapt quite well to the new technology, but many more don't and are frustrated at their inability to take on new challenges. Here are some examples:

"How do I program the TV remote? It's so complicated", one lady wrote.

"There are so many gadgets in my new car that I'm afraid if I push one of the buttons while driving, I'll crash into another car, or drive off the road," an elderly man groaned.

"The e-mail on my computer just stopped working and I got a message about my POP3 being disabled. What the Hell is POP 3," another complained?

"I just purchased a new IPhone. I had a flip phone before that worked just fine. The new IPhone has so many features and "APPS" I'm not sure I will ever figure it all out. What is an APP anyway? How do I send a text or an e-mail. How can I take a picture and what do I do with it after I have taken it? It's all so confusing. Why did I buy the damn thing in the first place? My kids talked me into it and they are nowhere to be found", a widow lamented?

Have you been to the grocery store lately? The new technology has invaded where we shop for our food. Now you have to pick up a scanner when you enter the store so that you can scan what you buy as you shop. All any of us want to do is to go to the store, pick out the items we want, then go to the check out counter and pay for our "stuff." But Oh No! They have to mess around with a perfectly good working system again and confuse us older folks. This new "high tech" will probably end up at the hardware, pharmacy and clothing stores next.

In a recent Pew Research Study they found that a significant majority of older adults say they need assistance when it comes to using new digital devices. Just 18% would feel comfortable learning to use a new technology device such as a smartphone or tablet on their own, while 77% indicate they would need someone to help walk them through the process. And among seniors who go online but do not currently use social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter, 56% would need assistance if they wanted to use these sites to connect with friends or family members.

So you are not alone in your frustrations with high tech.

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For those senior Americans that have faced similar frustrations with high tech, this website is for you.

We have made this website simple and easy to use with large print. You may consider it your website. We're just like the car mechanic that keeps the car running. It is our furvent hope that this website can eventually become the "Old Timer's Face-book." Remember! Growing older is much about memories and this site is loaded with memories of individual senior Americans. The website is also loaded with volumes of information directly relevant to senior citizens. Tell your senior relatives, friends and associates about this site. They will be glad you did.


There is something on this website for everyone in the remaining years of their lives, even if he or she IS a senior wiz at high tech.

1. You can post weddings, children, or grand children pictures. HERE and HERE,
2. Share your story with us and we'll publish it HERE.
3. You can post an obituary of a lost loved one. We have set up a web page just for that purpose HERE.
4. If you want to buy or sell something, you can do it HERE. Who knows? You might just find that one treasure you have been looking for, or a buyer for your item.
5. We have a "Remember When" page to take you back to yesteryear.
6. There is lots of information on the site strictly for senior citizens.
7. We have pages on Social Security and Medicare. HERE and HERE.
8. We take a brief look at aging" HERE.
9. We'll talk about "end of life" issues HERE.
10. We'll discuss faith and self-healing HERE.
11. We even have a page on medical miracles HERE.
12. We have included stories of our veterans. You can add to those stories HERE.
13. If you have an OPINION, you can post it HERE.
14. We have included a page on learning some high tech issues HERE.
15. You can even establish an "Old Timer's" chapter if you are so inclined HERE.
16. To check out our "Old Timer's Empowerment Package" of America's Founding Documents, click HERE.
17. Learn about recommended senior diets HERE.
18. Thinking of investing, click HERE
19. If you are an American landowner, click HERE.
20. Read what some others have to say about this website: HERE.

If you want more, we'll add more. Send us a suggestion to: suggestion@otrht.com

Look for the menu on the left side of the page to see the links to the pages that interest you, or click on the above links.

You are welcome to sign up for our "Old Timers Monthly" Newsletter. Just click "HERE". The Newsletter comes in easy-to-read large 14-point type and is loaded with information and stories of direct interest to mature and wise Americans ..... without advertising.

A comment from one of our visitors:

"In an article entitled, 'Who Speaks For The Forgotten And Ignored Generation?' written by Ron Ewart, a writer with NewswithViews.com, he takes time out to pay tribute to that now older generation, discussing their problems and needs. Toward the end of his article Mr. Ewart discusses his new website especially designed for seniors without having to use all that technology which is driving many seniors crazy. It is my hope that by accessing this website, those of us who are fed up with some of the ridiculous problems of technology, which seem to make life harder rather than easier for us, will find some common ground to vent our frustrations and share this burden with others who are facing the same problems. God bless you Mr. Ewart for taking the time to give us seniors a real big hand up."

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"Who Speaks For the Forgotten and Ignored Generation"

Forgotten Generation

America's aging population remembers a different kind of freedom than the younger generation believes in today. But that older generation is dying off. And as they pass on, they take with them the wisdom of those many years they have lived. If they have not passed that wisdom onto their children and grandchildren, it is lost forever, except maybe as a footnote in some obscure, yellowing-paged history book, or a personal diary that few ever see. Who speaks for them? Who carries on their experiences, knowledge and wisdom?

Sadly, before they pass on, they face the trials of an aging body and mind and it's no picnic. The plumbing doesn't work as good any more. Their stomachs can't take a wide variety of foods as they used to. The ligaments that separate the bones at their joints are almost gone. Arthritis settles into their bones and joints and they ache, or are extremely sensitive to the touch. They are now more susceptible to the diseases of aging, such as cancer and heart, lung, bone, blood and nerve disorders. They have to take more pills to stay alive. More visits to the doctor or the hospital become a requirement. Health costs go up. Social Security and Medicare are on their lips almost every day. Their bodies slow down, muscle mass turns to fat and they tire easily. Naps are not a luxury any more they are a necessity. Mental capacity becomes a factor and memory recall is more difficult. Kids and grandkids don't come around as much any more and friends and older relatives are leaving this earth behind. Spouses die, leaving the surviving spouse lonely, anxious, despondent and many times with declining income. Instead of going to dances, the older generation is going to funerals. Life gets more complicated and new technology becomes more of a challenge.

Many older Americans wish for the simple days after World War 2 when the clarity of issues was more distinct and less controversial. There were only two genders. Marriage was between a man and woman. Abortions were an abomination to nature and God. Movies came without swearing, or excessive sex and violence. Children respected their elders and discipline was an integral part of parenting.

Teachers taught reading, writing and arithmetic, not all this psychological mumbo-gumbo being offered today that confuses children, creates gender identification difficulties and brings them unnecessary anxiety. Teachers also took no guff from the kids and reasonable discipline was part of teaching. We remember a shop teacher that kept a wooden paddle with holes in it at his desk. It was designed for those kids who thought they had more authority than the teacher. Now, if he paddled a student, he'd go to jail.

During those earlier times, there was no question that freedom, liberty and unalienable rights were defined and codified into law by the U. S. Constitution. There were three branches of government that were supposed to help keep political corruption from rising. The bureaucracy new its place and was not an un-elected fourth branch of government with political influence greater than the legislators, or voters.

The news media attempted to be objective when reporting political news. Academia had yet to become a one size fits all politically correct, ultra-liberal higher education. Thousands weren't dying from opioid overdoses and illegal immigrants weren't streaming across our borders by the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, every year. There was no terror threat in our cities and there were no TSA inspectors at our airports. We didn't even lock our doors. Many times we left the keys in the car. Our young girls were safe on the streets. No one was protesting in the streets to repeal ICE. Conservatives still had a voice in the main stream. And just about everyone could understand the words in popular music from crooners like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and Pat Boone.

Nevertheless, some seniors face advancing age and our deteriorating political climate with as much grace and dignity that can muster. They try to eat more healthy foods and exercise as much as they can. They stay in contact with old friends and work to make new friends. They get involved with groups and stay mentally and physically active. In contrast, still others find aging and America's fast moving pace and rapidly advancing technology a real chore. Many more fall behind and don't care.

Older American's future has been shortened by advancing years and it's difficult for them to look ahead. So instead, they tend to sustain themselves and their sanity by looking back at memories of children and grandchildren. They focus on the good times, not the bad.

Those older memories are the substance of their wisdom and give them a wide variety of issues for conversations with those of the same age. The worst nightmare senior's face is a devastating house fire that erases all the evidence of those memories, as is happening in the wildfires all over the West this year.

Unfortunately, new technology is giving millions of seniors a perpetual headache. They want to be part of the high tech scene and stay in touch with their friends and relatives with photographs, e-mail and "texting," but slowly reducing mental capacity and unfamiliarity with high tech terms and processes holds them back and raises their anxiety and embarrassment. Many seniors simply shrug it off and say, "it's not for me. Who needs it anyway?"

But what if older Americans had a resource they could go to that would help them not only with high tech, but would allow them to share and preserve those older memories, through pictures and stories? What if there was a venue to which "Old Timers" could find information on aging, end of life, self-healing, medical miracles, social security and Medicare? What if there was a place they could post a story of a lost loved one? What if older American veterans could share their experiences they had in war, or even special peacetime stories? What if seniors could receive a monthly newsletter filled with information that is 100% relevant to those over 65 .....without all the advertising that comes in some senior magazines?

Who speaks for our senior citizens? Who carries on their experiences, memories, knowledge and wisdom? We do in this simple to use, easy to read, large-print website. If you are an "Old Timer" that has had difficulty adapting to all the new electronic devices, or just wants to share those memories and photographs of your life, we encourage you to log onto this website. It was created by an "octogenarian" (over 80) with seniors in mind by someone who knows and has experienced what you are going through. This is your website to use for your own enrichment, even if you ARE a senior wiz at high tech. If you like it, share it with your older friends and relatives. If you are under 65, share our website with your parents or grandparents.

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