Features Needed for a Cell Phone for the Elderly

If you’re thinking of giving your grandparents a phone that they can use every day, you might not want to give them a smartphone (unless they already know how to use one), nor should you expect them to accept just about any phone you offer to give them. Efficient cell phones for seniors should have features like:

Large Display and Keypads

The screen display itself should come in a bright and well-lit design that the elderly members of your family can clearly see, even those whose eyesight is already having problems. Don’t think of getting them touch-type models, too, as it will only prove to be more difficult for them to type into it. They need large keypads to accommodate their fingers that are no longer as nimble as they used to be.

Emergency Button

Most cell phones that are made especially for senior citizens come with special buttons that they can press in case of emergency. These buttons are typically monitored 24/7 by a team that will then contact you or inform emergency services about the condition of the phone’s owner. Some models even have a ringtone feature that could alert anyone in the immediate vicinity about the emergency.

Simple

Give your elderly loved ones a mobile phone that’s simple enough for them to learn and use, free of the complex features that they probably won’t be using anyway. This will make it easier for them to familiarize themselves with applying that piece of technology in their everyday lives.

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Tips in Buying a Cell Phone for Senior Citizens

When finding the best cell phone for senior citizens, it’s important for you to remember that their cell phone habits are likely to be very different from yours. It’s likely, they don’t want to press too many buttons if they want to send a message nor do they want to talk to the phone as often as you do. What you need is a phone that’s designed specifically for them.

Ideally, the phone you’ll be buying should be simple to use: the fewer buttons, the better. In fact, there’s a good chance that a phone with texting capabilities is something that senior citizens don’t want because pressing numerous buttons can be taxing for them. It’s also better if the phone you’ll be buying can accommodate seniors who have eyesight and/or hearing problems. This is done by phones that feature large screens and clear speakers. Obviously, a phone should be hearing-aid compatible if its intended user wears such a device.

Finally, there are some peripherals and features that you might want to have, but are mostly dependent on your circumstances. Car-chargers may be necessary in case of emergencies, especially for seniors who travel a lot. Meanwhile, Internet-functionality may be useful for emergency communication, not just if the intended user browses the Internet a lot.

What to Look for When Buying Phones for Seniors

Young people use cell phones to communicate in different ways, whether through calling, text messaging, or social media. However, unlike the younger generation, the elderly need phones for very different reasons reasons: Safety and security (so they notify authorities or relatives immediately in case of an emergency); convenience (so they can stay in touch with family and friends if they have a medical condition and can’t leave the house); prompts and reminders (so they will know when it’s time to take their medication), and; to have peace of mind wherein their loved ones can check on them when necessary.

In order to ensure that the elderly get their basic phone needs, you must take into consideration the features that will help them the most. Some of the basic things you may want to consider are phones with a bright and easy to read screen, a simple design, big buttons, an adjustable font size, and large icons.

For the elderly with hearing challenges, you might like to consider having a phone that offers a designated way to adjust volume. Additionally, you should know that certain phones for the elderly are hearing aid compatible.


Aside from the basic features to look for, you might also want to acquire advanced features and apps like a GPS locator to notify a relative of your location, and vice versa.