The blasted remote control for mom’s television and cable box is driving us both crazy. The box came with a huge remote that has dozens of tiny buttons that even I have trouble seeing, understanding, and manipulating. That’s not the only problem with the thing. When mom accidentally hits one or more “wrong” buttons, she de-programs the box and the TV. It takes days for someone from the cable company to fix the problem.

Confident that someone must have invented a remote that’s easier to use, I started shopping. To my great surprise, I found nothing in stores. So, I jumped on the Internet and quickly found several possibilities.

After talking it over with mom, we decided to order a Flipper (flipperremote.com). Designed specifically for seniors, it has six large buttons and operates the cable box and the TV. OK, it actually has many more buttons than that, but they’re hidden under a panel that slides off the front. These buttons allow you to program the remote and protect against accidental de-programming.

After the remote arrives and I’ve programmed it, I’ll let you know what mom and I think of it. In the meantime, have you found other remotes that work with a cable box and TV that are easy for seniors to use? If so, please share what they are and your experiences with them. Thanks!