Technology Challenges Seniors


We are living in a technological nightmare! Everything from light bulbs to automobiles have become so technologically advanced that unless you are 18 years old or younger, you need an master’s electronics degree just to get out of bed.

We have friends who recently purchased a new car. These are intelligent people who have weathered many challenges and changes in life. Now, a month later, they are still trying to figure out a dashboard with more buttons than a Victorian maiden’s wedding dress. Do we really need a car satellite radio (for which you will pay to use after the initial introductory period) or GPS systems that can direct you to the moon? Most of us know our way to the doctor, the dentist, the grocery store and the Senior Center, and even can find our way back home again. I sure hope our 12-year-old car outlives us, otherwise, we will have to hire a teenager to drive us around and isn’t that a frightening idea? Sorry, I don’t mean to imply all teen drivers are reckless, but most do drive faster and take more chances than we elders.

Even younger seniors are struggling with simple things that have become complicated. Another professional couple we know, recently retired from the school system, just purchased new cell phones. “It is taking forever to figure them out,” they say, “They are smarter than we are.”

I remember when it was really cool to have more than one telephone in your home. Now landlines are going the way of the dinosaurs. Do we really need a phone smaller than a deck of cards that takes pictures, records messages, plays radio and television and that you can write messages on? I still don’t understand why you would want to text a message when you can actually talk to whomever you want to communicate with!

iPads ... they may replace your personal computer. I’ve worked on computers for more than 25 years, but I wouldn’t know an iPad from a mattress pad and frankly, I don’t care.

Oh, for the good old uncomplicated days — although I suppose when automatic washers and dryers and cars first came on the scene, our forbearers yearned for the dishpan and clothesline and horse and buggy ...

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Thanks to students from Rim Country Middle School who will be serving lunch to the seniors Wednesday, Feb. 16. The menu for the day is spinach lasagna, garden salad, peas and carrots, whole wheat bread stick, cherry crisp and beverage, all for just $3 for seniors over 60 and $5 for younger, no tax or tip (although I’m sure the students would appreciate a heartfelt “thank you” and a round of applause). Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling (928) 474-4876.

Thursday, Feb. 17 is the Birthday Bash for those born in February. Birthday cake will be provided by Payson Care Center.

BINGO! You may win a fabulous prize at the monthly bingo session, 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 21. Come and join in the fun and fellowship. This event is open to the public.

Free Country and Western dance lessons are offered from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Center. A great way to socialize, learn something new and get a little exercise at the same time.

If cards are your thing, the Center hosts games such as bridge, canasta and pinochle throughout the week. Stop in the Center, 514 W. Main St. for a monthly activity schedule. The Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., is having sales on men’s and women’s clothing and other items throughout the store, some winter clothing is just 25 cents a garment. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Library Friends of Payson

It is not too early to get your tickets for the LFOP annual fund-raising event, A Taste of the Rim, to be held the evening of March 5 at the library, 328 N. McLane Rd. The event will feature a complimentary wine tasting table, a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction as well as delicious appetizers and desserts prepared by chefs from some of Rim Country’s finest dining establishments. For information, call (928) 474-9260.

Senior Circle

There will be a Valentine Member Luncheon and Karaoke Party at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16 at the Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Call (928) 472-9290 for reservations or to learn more about the Circle.

Did you know that the Circle has a free Medical Loan Closet for those in need of things like walkers, wheelchairs, canes, commodes and shower chairs? Donations of above items are appreciated as well.

Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store

Sleepwear will be one-half off the marked prices, as will all linens, at the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine, Feb. 16 through Feb. 19. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.


The Payson Chapter of Amnesty International will hold its regular meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21 at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St., Suite 102. For information, call Penny Navis-Smith at (928) 474-8628.

The History Readers’ Book Club monthly meeting is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28 at East West Exchange.

Michael B. Oren’s “Power, Faith and Fantasy” is the book to be discussed. Persons interested in learning more about the group are invited to attend. For information, call (928) 468-2435.

Congratulations to East West Exchange for getting Payson mentioned in the Feb. 6 edition of the Los Angeles Times. The store was included in a feature article by Times correspondent Mark Vanhoenacker.

He ended the review with the following statement: “... chat with locals and get ideas for exploring nearby Tonto Bridge State Park and the Mogollon Rim.”

Think about it: Face the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.


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