Washington, D.C. (June 6, 2013)
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Q. My Dad is going
to be 80 years old next month and he has lots of trouble with
the new sophisticated TV remotes from the cable and satellite
companies. There are just too many buttons. Is there any remote
that could make it simpler for him? -- Wendy, Houston, Texas.
Wendy, your Dad's problem is shared by many senior citizens who
are getting up in years and struggling with their eyesight and
hand-eye coordination. The average TV remote today features more
than three dozen buttons and many of the buttons are too small
for someone with poor vision to discern.
But there is hope. Several companies have introduce new,
universal remotes that feature a minimum of buttons -- and they
can be used on most cable and satellite systems.
The remote is designed to operate with your TV and your set-top
box, including cable, satellite and Digital TV receivers and
there are only six, oversize buttons exposed on the remote:
On/Off, Channel Up/Down, Volume Up/Down and Mute.
The rest of the buttons are accessed by sliding the top panel
down so they don't get in the way of your daily viewing. You can
also program the remote to tune to 30 favorite channels so you
don't get confused trying to navigate a 200-channel lineup.
Here is a picture of the Flipper Two Device; note the especially
The Flipper Two gets an Amazon customer rating of 3.9 stars out
of five, with most owners saying it's ideal for their older
parents and relatives. For example:
has been a blessing for an 90 year old man with macular
degeneration. Now he can turn the channels and volume without
help. And it works with the cable box. So simple and easy to
program!!! Thanks so much....This has been a major blessing for
There are other remotes on the market designed for older
viewers. Check out this
remote as well.
Swanni Sez has 10,000+
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