I know many of us have older computer users under our wing who get of icons programs and so forth simply to just say - write a letter or completely bamboozled with the complexities- using a computer and the sending of an E-mail for example
You may like to know about something that came to my attention to-day
A simplified 'desktop' for folk who have simple needs and are somewhat computer-phobic
Take a look at this- pretty good stuff - I shall recommend it to any of my flock that get bogged down in future
I have issues with those that seem to think that it is just the Elderly that are PC Illiterate.
I know of some Teens and 20s that are equally illiterate. That does not mean that they cannot work their Smart-phone or even a PC, it means that they have absolutely no idea hoe these things work, that an Anti Virus is needed and how to do any of those things that are needed to keep a PC healthy.
Many of those that are, so called, Elderly Illiterates can see no particular reason why they need to use a PC and I have, in part, to agree with them.
I had this conversation with my Mother a short while ago, she's just a year short of Ninety and sharp as a tack. She had a logical answer to every one of my reasons.
So, my message to those that produce these Easy Use Programs is. Stop being Ageist, it's off-putting, and address the Market, for an "Easy Use Interface", as a whole, not just the one sector of it.
Sometime ago I had a similar idea and made a simple html page for an elderly new user. It has ten buttons and arrives at the desktop on bootup. He found it invaluable at the time but now that he is more confident to try things for himself I am sure he could do without it.
BTW, it is not ageist to recognise that the older you become the harder, and probably the more worrying, it becomes to try out new things. When I was young I would have relished the chance to try skydiving but I probably wouldn't want to now...... not with these knees.