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Fun Yet Practical Hand Crank Radio for Sandwich Generation Safety Issues

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In last Saturday's post, Safety Preparedness for the Sandwich Generation Issues, following in the wake of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and other concerning news for all of us boomers and seniors, I mentioned one of my senior mom's very favorite things, her portable radio. It's not JUST a portable radio though. It's a Grundig FR200 emergency radio, which also has a flashlight and a handcrank.

My senior mom loves her grundig radio for day to day listening and I appreciate it for its emergency capability

She didn't choose it BECAUSE it had all those safety features. She bought it because she LOVES to listen to talk radio of all kinds, from NPR news to conservative talk radio to news reports to the Wall Street Journal news and beyond. She has, ever since I was a little girl – and I have plenty of family memories of sitting with her in the car listening to those, as well as at home with such shows as the Mike Douglas show – any other boomers and seniors remember that show? 😉

When her tiny radio bit the dust, she wanted a new one, but she wanted something that got better reception than she'd been getting AND that was a bit bigger so she could see the buttons easier. At the time, she had not had her cataracts removed and she was just starting to deal with those aging eye changes. 

After a ton of research, we settled on her Grundig FR200. My senior mom was thrilled with it. She could see the controls more easily, get radio stations she had never known existed, and it was not too heavy to tote all around the house as she did her dishes, laundry and even outside for her gardening – when she's not out there with the grandkids, of course. 🙂

Handy Rubbermaid cart on wheels to hold tools for our senior parents and their gardening projects

Years later, when she needed to replace it, we researched carefully again, and she decided to get the very same radio – and still loves it. The Grundig has definitely been one of her favorite low vision aids and even after her cataract surgery, she still loves it!

I also love it because it DOES have all the safety features I listed above. In case of tornado, or other crises, it's a comfort to me to know that we have available a radio that can keep on running even if we run out of batteries AND even gets two shortwave bands! 

This Grundig, which is manufactured by Eton, is getting harder to find. If and when she has to replace it, we'll most likely have to get another model. And guess what, Eton also manufactures other great radios, including the cutest PINK radio – It's an Etón FR400 Special Edition Pink Hand-Crank-Wind-Up-Powered Flashlight Emergency Radio with AM/FM, NOAA and TV-VHF. That means it gets emergency weather info AND if the batteries die you can crank the handle to get more power! It also has a red and a white light source, weather resistant body, an emergency siren, AND a built-in cell phone charger!  And it's PINK!!!!


A pink emergency radio for the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting the grandchildren

Since my senior mom loves her trusty Grundig FR200 emergency radio, we shall keep using it, grey though it may be. But when she replaces it, we'll definitely have to look at this one. In the meantime, hmmmm, perhaps I could add a pink sticker to her grey Grundig? Oh wait, I know –

Voila – I turned to my favorite photo editor for many of the photos I take with my easy to use digital camera–! 

My senior mom loves her grundig radio for day to day listening and I appreciate it for its emergency capability - and now it's all dressed up for PINK Saturday

Woohoo! Now it's all ready for PINK Saturday, too – and won't she get a kick out of seeing her beloved radio all gussied up! It's a pity we can't buy this particular radio in pink, but it's sure fun to look at online!

P.S. If you'd like more info about the cute Rubbermaid cart above, or other Rubbermaid carts, just click here. 🙂

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  1. Happy Pink Saturday! I have one of those radios from the C. Crane company that my mom bought me…it works great!
    P.S. I love how you turned your radio pink!

  2. Hi Cindy, Thank you 🙂 🙂 🙂 It was quite fun and easy, thanks to – they are great 😉

  3. Anything is better in pink, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Pink Saturday!


  4. Hi Trisha, Very true. And in this case, Pink definitely does make that hand crank emergency portable radio a lot more fun and interesting. 🙂

  5. Love the idea and the PINK! I think it is a whole lot easier for our seniors to find. Thanks Kaye for the tip! 🙂

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