the Sandwich Generation issues

My senior mom and I are settling in to our new surroundings. There are so many new things we are enjoying – gorgeous autumn leaves in new and equally vibrant colors, a single story house that has more even temperatures since we no longer have to deal with heat rising and the upstairs being really hot while the downstairs is pretty chilly, a lush yard full for beautiful new-to-us plants and more.

There are also new challenges – like a remote control so different my senior mom is having a hard time learning it.


We bought a big button remote for her at Walgreens and it worked great except I forgot to make sure it works with DVRs – which it didn't. So it is now sitting behind the TV in case the main one is ever misplaced.



Then I bought a big button one by RCA at Target. It was a bit trickier to program but once I got the codes right, it worked great – except for two little details.

If we selected MENU it opened the whole menu instead of just the DVR menu she was used to seeing. So I typed up directions to hit MENU, OK, OK which then put her in her fave menu page.

That helped a little but even though it was a bit easier than the one that came with our system it was still frustrating for her to remember the new keys. I would get mixed up too but could easily fix my mistakes. She had a much harder time doing that and if I was gone, she would often just give up.

Finally I headed for Amazon where I was relieved to see our old familiar remote pop up first thing when I typed in the words –  its brand name AND remote. It's due to arrive Monday and if it works with our set up she should be as happy as a clam! Me, too, for that matter!

How about you? Have you found any great multi-device remotes that are senior friendly? We'd love to hear about them!


Moving to a new home is not easy. Moving to a whole new state is even tougher. Throw in helping elderly parents in the process, maybe a grandkid or two, and you have a whole "passel" of the Sandwich Generation moving issues! I totally understand and thoroughly enjoyed using these ginormous Koi fish to share words of encouragemnt with you! 

Whether then you eat or drink or provide caregiving for elderly
parents or babysit grandkids or work at your job or move to a new
home, do ALL to the glory of God

Life in the Sandwich Generation ain't easy – and neither is moving! But when we make God the primary focus of our lives, it makes all the difference in the world!

Spiritual Sunday for praise and worship hymn songs and music or photos from my easy to use digital camera

Say it Saturday has news and fun info for boomers and seniors and is a delightful place to visit each week

Fun for grandparents whether at home or out and about at the Grand Social


P.S. I can also help you with the nitty gritty details of buying or selling your home as part of the move. If you are here in Roseville, CA, CALL KAYE at 657-229-KAYE or email me at – if you live elsewhere, I'd still love to help you find a good agent in YOUR neck of the woods. So do give me a buzz. And enjoy the words of encouragement. 🙂