Sunday, January 15, 2006

television

Television is often criticized for being an "electronic sitter" for older people. Although the older person must be selective, there are many good programs and features on television. Cable television may offer some variety not available on the three major broadcasting networks-ABC, CBS, and NBC. Cable News Network, Christian Broadcasting Network, and ESPN sports network are some of the favorite cable stations of older individuals. Educational networks present many programs, such as National Geographic specials, historical series, and old movies, that older people seem to enjoy.
Televisions with smaller screens have sharper pictures. If the older person's vision is failing, he or she may want to consider purchasing a television with a smaller screen and good color to help sharpen the picture. People who are handicapped or just have trouble getting up and down may also consider a remote control device that allows them to change channels and adjust volume from their seats.
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Gillies, J. A Guide to Caring for and Coping with Aging Parents. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1981.

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