I would like to take a moment to tell you why I, Grandma Betty, developed this site with you in mind. Why GrandmaBetty.com will save you time, frustration and aggravation. We all have enough aggravation. The Internet should make you more productive.
First of all I am a real life Grandmother and my name really is Betty - thus - GrandmaBetty.com. In February of 1998 the company I was working for moved. I was not able to make the daily commute to the new location so I effectively was forced into retirement at the young age of 68. Being a relatively youthful person who still wanted to contribute to society I sought out a way to add value to peoples lives.
Around this time my son - a baby boomer - who is a computer professional made me aware of the Internet. He told me I did not have to become a computer genius in order to have the Net change my life. I did not know Internet from Shminternet but I have always loved to communicate with people, research things and to read. I soon realized that this is what the Internet is all about and that it is fast becoming the most important communications tool ever invented.
My son gave me one of his old computers and put something called a browser on it. It was pretty slow and when he saw how much time I was spending online and how much more I wanted to do with the Internet he got me WebTV which he connected to my television set. In minutes I was online and a whole new world opened up to me.
The next big problem was finding things on the Internet. I tried the various popular search engines aimed at the general public. Oy, what a mess. On my first search attempt I was looking for a new recipe for peach pie. I went to one of the popular search engines and typed in the word 'peaches'. In a few seconds the search engine told me it found 85,870 pages with the word 'peaches' in them. I felt like I had just won Bingo. So I started looking at the list of sites the search engine found. I nearly fell off the couch with disbelief...
Thousands of pornographic sites with girls referring to themselves 'peaches', thousands of sites with nothing to do with peaches at all, peach wholesalers in South America...on and on. I could have spent 6 months going through that list without finding a peach recipe.
Next I tried a search for Seniors. I wanted to find sites for active seniors. Again, the result listed thousands of sites (805,750 to be exact). I took out my calculator and with my son's help figured out that if I spent 1 minute on each site it would take me 559 and a half days to visit each site and that's 24 hours a day and every day of the year and a half. I do not think that is a good investment of time. Many of the sites were by seniors in High School and seniors in College. Pornography sites galore, outdated information from 5 years ago, broken link after broken link to sites which no longer exist. And these results are on search sites being valued at hundreds of millions of dollars. There had to be a better way.
Well, if you want it done, do it yourself. I decided then and there that I was going to devote my life to building the best site for Active Seniors Web Site in the world. The site would be for seniors anywhere in the world and the Internet would be our vehicle to communicate as a group and leverage our real world knowledge. A knowledgebase greater than that of any other demographic group.
GrandmaBetty.com is now who I am and what I do. I spend my full time visiting each and every site that goes on GrandmaBetty.com. Over the years many thousands of Baby Boomers have made use of my site so we expanded the focus to include categories and products for Baby Boomers and Seniors. Each site you see on GrandmaBetty.com has been, and new ones will be, checked for quality and relevance for Baby Boomers and Active Seniors. Sorry 'peaches the slut' please list your site elsewhere. This is not to say that I am a prude. In addition to Entertainment sites, Food Sites, Health Sites, Government sites, etc. we are building the most extensive list of Casinos anywhere on the Internet and will be offering free coupons, discounts and incentives at these hotels and thru airlines and tours. The point is, whatever Baby Boomers and Seniors want and need is the goal of this site.
If you know of sites of value to Baby Boomers and Active Seniors 50+ please complete the Submit a Site form. You can get to it by clicking on the 'Submit a Site' button on the menu to the left.
If you are ready to begin searching simply click on the Categories button on the left hand menu. On GrandmaBetty.com you will be able to find what you need in 2 or 3 clicks of the mouse.
Enjoy the site, Grandma Betty