By: Frank Engelman | Posted: October 2, 2020 | Updated: April 18, 2023
As older adults develop physical and mental frailties, they sometimes have difficulty using products they want to be able to continue to use: such as the TV.
For example, physical impairments, like arthritis or tremor, may make it hard to press buttons. And cognitive impairments may make it hard for them to remember the way to navigate to a particular channel or streaming “show”.
This is one of the reasons why TV’s in senior living facilities are often tuned to mind-numbing daytime TV, instead of being turned off or on by a resident, and tuned to an interesting show that they like. It is also a reason why some older adults are reduced to surfing a handful of easy to access channels, rather than unlocking the cornucopia of streaming content now available.
I wanted a solution that let a frail older adult easily find a specific channel or show. And, I wanted a way that I could “adjust” things from afar when he/she wanted to try some new content, or discovered a new show they liked.