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Post 1 made on Tuesday June 14, 2016 at 13:50
Junior Member
June 2016
My parents are starting to struggle so I am looking for a senior citizens friendly remote



--big buttons (highly desirable)

--have the . or - button to enter channels 7.1, etc. They watch over the air with built-in tuner in their TV

--input button to switch source inputs from TV to HDMI1 (roku box)

--control sound bar audio

--power off sound bar (desirable)

any extras like back lit buttons, all nice to have

Meanwhile, I am reading over the previous thread (remote for the elderly) to see if any suggestions below can apply for my folks as well.
Post 2 made on Sunday July 10, 2016 at 16:06
Long Time Member
October 2008
Put in a touchscreen that is completely programmable. I used an old JBL Sythesis (Lexicon) touchscreen that I got for a song. There are much better remotes but that one should be a reasonable cost these days. Programmable buttons mean they only see what they need to see, when they need to see it and macros mean they don't have to remember a sequence of button pushes to do something. If you or someone you know has access to an RTI remote or other pro remote, get the discreet commands for the devices you're using, so you can directly access inputs and on is always on and off is always off (no toggling power command). Using macros you can also program in favorite channels. It's complicated on the back end, but really easy to operate once it's programmed.

Added:  I just realized that this is the consumer forum.  The above suggestion is still a good one, but requires a bit of programming skill.  As an RTI dealer and programmer I know how I've done this in the past.  You may want to involve a professional.  It is certainly doable if you feel like digging in and learning something new, though.

Last edited by trevcda on July 10, 2016 16:17.
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Post 3 made on Wednesday July 13, 2016 at 16:10
Active Member
December 2002
I've tried many types of remotes with my 80+ y/o parents, and all have failed. Old habits are nearly impossible for them to break. My incredibly simply touchscreen remotes end up collecting dust, and they always go back to juggling their old OEM remotes. And they don't have the dexterity or eyesight (my dad had only one good eye and zero depth perception) to operate even the simplest touch screen with gigantic buttons. Not to mention the additional requirement to keep the thing charged.

In my case, no solution exists besides printing out procedures for them to use with their OEM remotes and labeling them appropriately.

Good luck

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