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RE: Chris' catalogue-Age and PC use

It is sad, but to be very honest, many of our elder seniors who have failing
eyesight and memory have difficulty with newer technology.  That particular
member wanted to do the presentation and I think one of his children talked
him into using a DVD rather than a slide projector.  The one elder in the
congregation who was big into newer technology went blind shortly after his
wife died.  When they moved him into the nursing facility the poor man
suffered a stroke and there was no way for him to use his knowledge after
that.  It really is sad.  

I was a bit surprised that the very modern and well equipped nursing home
where mother now resides has no resident PC's.  It seems once they reach the
point where assisted living is not possible, the residents' ability to
really use the newer technology is exceedingly limited.  We bought mother a
"clicker" to use with her TV because we couldn't find a cable ready TV with
a more familiar mechanical "dial" for her.  It has buttons for power, mute,
up channel and down channel as well as up volume and down volume (for a
total of 4 buttons.)  She has a terrible time using it, God love her.  She
couldn't use the regular remote that came with the TV at all.   

I imagine when my time comes, my ability to keep up will be no better.  Of
such is life.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Kitty
Sent: Monday, February 13, 2006 1:29 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Chris' catalogue-Age and PC use

Seems a bit strange that the man chose to do a DVD presentation at all.
But I'm glad he had someone to help him out. I don't expect everyone to
embrace technology, but they should be realistic about its place in our
world. You're never too old to learn. Heck you can barely go to the library
today without having some basic knowledge about computers. I remember years
ago I had a big phobia about computers, no interest at all. Then I read that
AHS was planning to go online and I feared I'd get left behind so I got
myself one. It took several years for AHS to follow through on its threat,
but when it did, I was ready.

neIN, Zone 5

 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
> I hope this works well for you, Chris!  The younger folks (under 70 or 
> so) should appreciate it and have no trouble using it.
> Yesterday, Bill had to set up the church PC for a DVD presentation for 
> one of our very elderly members to give a talk.  I felt so badly for 
> the man because he had never used a PC and Bill was trying to explain 
> not only how to operate the PC, but how to use the overhead projection
system connected
> to it.   (It was so bad because the poor fellow didn't even know where to
> turn on the CPU or where to stick the DVD, much less how to use a 
> mouse and forget blue-tooth technology!  We hate to see anyone's pride 
> dashed.)  To say the least, the man was confused and overwhelmed.  
> Fortunately another
> (younger) man was there and was also going to be at the presentation, 
> so he volunteered to help do the "technical stuff" so the elderly 
> member could just concentrate on the talk.  There are still kind people in
our world.
> Blessings,
> Bonnie  (SW OH - zone 5)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On 
> Behalf Of Christopher P. Lindsey
> Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2006 4:16 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Chris' catalogue
> > >I'm trying something new -- instead of sending out print catalogs 
> > >(which are expensive to ship and print, as you mention), I'm going 
> > >to send out a CD with the PDF and Acrobat Reader on it.
> > +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> > Um ? A single CD that will have Acrobat for MacOS 9.x and 10.x plus 
> > all the various flavors of Windoze ? And then there's Linux folk...
> Yup!
> It should fit quite easily -- each version is only about 20MB.
> Of course, I'm not going to distribute the Pocket PC version and 
> stuff, but that's another reason why I'm going with PDF:  the ubiquity of
it all.
> Chris
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