Tips for Aging in Place

According to one study, most seniors fear moving into an elderly home than they do passing away. After all, moving into a home means giving up a great deal of independence—meals are structured, leisure time is defined and there’s a curfew, among other restrictions. For this reason, many seniors wish to retire in their own homes, a preference many people call “aging in place.”

However, the elderly often have a hard time convincing their children to agree to this option, the leading reason for which are concerns about the parents’ well-being. Fortunately, there are things you can do to assuage your children’s fears about your decision to age in place:

Medical Concerns

The biggest concern your kids have is your health. Reassure them by visiting your doctor regularly and by taking your medications as prescribed.

Injuries

Slip and fall accidents are extremely common amongst seniors, but you can modify your home to prevent their occurrence. For example, you can move you master bedroom to the first floor to avoid climbing up the stairs so often, or add non-slip flooring and grab bars to slippery areas like the bathroom.

Communication

When emergencies happen, you should be able to contact your family immediately. Fortunately, there are now easy-to-use, highly readable cellphones on the market, specifically designed for seniors like yourself. What’s more, some models have built-in emergency notification services, like the SnapFon. Having this line of communication should allay their worries enough when they’re apart from you.

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Calls Cut by Low Power? There’s a System for That

Imagine you’re in the middle of an important call when your phone suddenly cuts out. After a few failed attempts to reestablish contact, you realize that your phone is dead. That’s right; in the middle of your call, your phone ran out of juice, giving everyone unnecessary inconvenience.

At this point, the receiver will most likely assume that your phone died. However, it’s possible that you moved into a place that blocks all signals. There’s always that room in the house. Ironically enough, for all the powerful technology and features incorporated into today’s mobile phones, manufacturers seem to have forgotten to integrate a warning system for when the battery is about to run out during a call.

Fortunately, phones for seniors, like the Snapfon, had enough foresight to add precisely this feature into their units, effectively notifying the receiver of the caller’s low-battery state moments before the call is cut. This prompts the receiver to say everything he needs to say while the caller’s phone still has power. Caregivers are known to use this system to great effect.

On a related note, phones for seniors can save on battery life by pressing the SOS button at the back of the unit instead of dialing the number. The button will connect the caller to a monitoring service, a family member, or 911 depending on the settings. Pressing the button also triggers a loud siren to alert people nearby of an emergency. 

Is a “Senior” Mobile Plan Really Worth the Deal?

More senior citizens now own mobile phones. According to a research, nearly 7 out of 10 people over the age of 65 now own cell phones, and more are coming in. However, numerous data plans are not really being helpful with the elderly – in fact, seniors may have been paying too much for most data they won’t probably make use of.

Senior citizen plans, like those being offered by mobile giants, usually do not include added data features like web browsing in the monthly scheme. Most seniors are now going web-savvy, but it appears that they’re being made to shell out more cash than necessary, when all that they primarily need is call and text service. For example, a basic 2 GB plan from a mainstream provider requires a minimum of extra $30 for web browsing. For an additional 5 GB, the extra fee costs $50. Misinformed seniors who like to surf the web but wasn’t made aware of the extra charges may soon find their phone bill numbers ballooning without notice.

However, negotiating a way out is possible. Seniors can settle for a temporary increase in minutes or browsing data for a specific month if they need it – via an extra small fee. Most providers acknowledge this deal especially for specialized subscribers. If that’s still too burdensome, then a prepaid option is always available. 

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.

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.

Life Savers: How Cell Phones Aid the Elderly


Emergencies do happen and sometimes, one can be caught off guard and unprepared for them. Senior citizens are just some of the people who are often left helpless during these moments because of their ailments and other physical conditions that impede their mobility. In times like these, a trusty cellphone may just turn things around and save the day.


Considering the physical limitations of the elderly, their ability to call for help is greatly affected. However, with the use of a cellphone, this disadvantage can be canceled out. Whether it’s an accidental slip or a fever that keeps them on the bed, they can easily request for immediate help and assistance using a cellphone that is made especially for senior citizens. Some of these phones have emergency buttons that instantly connect them to operators who take emergency calls and provide swift response.


Acquiring cellphone plans for senior citizens is not that hard, as there are a number of companies who specialize in these gadgets and services. It is just a matter of choosing the best ones who can provide the most elderly-friendly systems. Go for phones that have all the essentials like an emergency button, a large screen, and large buttons that will make life for senior citizens easier.

Why Your Grandparents Need Cellphones

One of the most important gadgets to come along is the cellphone. It has drastically changed the way people live their everyday lives. It is used for business and personal reasons and has opened communication lines for people from one side of the world to the other. In terms of usability, cellphones are being used not only by the young, but also by the elderly, which is something very positive.


The elderly, especially the ones who are forced to stay inside the house because of their weak condition or injury, need to have a means of contacting their loved ones in case an emergency comes up. Moreover, cellphones are also helpful in case they run out of medicine which they won’t be able to purchase. They can easily call their relatives and have them purchase the items immediately.


Though your grandparents may initially have a hard time understanding these gadgets and learning how to operate them, there are cellphones that are specially made for the elderly. These carry features that are easy for older people to understand and access. They have larger keys and buttons complete with enlarged letters and icons, big enough for your grandparents to see.


Through gadgets like this, the elderly, along with the families who take care of them, no longer need to worry about staying in touch.