Mobile Phones for the Elderly

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Mobile Phones for the elderly.

Many elderly people have willingly embraced technology and use a mobile phone. However there are still many who worry they wont cope with the complexity.

According to a recent survey from the charity Age Uk, just 68% of people aged 65 and over use a mobile phone, and this figure falls to just 52% in the 75 plus age range – with many older people feeling excluded from the benefits that modern technology has to offer.

To solve this problem Age Uk have designed a smartphone specifically for the elderly and I have to admit I love it!

The no-frills handset, known as ‘My Phone’, costs £55 and comes in a variety of colours with a range of flexible 30-day rolling price plans.

I really appreciate the simplicity of the handset which lists the names of up to 8 contacts in large, easy to read text and it is especially useful for those with impaired vision. I also think it is wonderful for someone of any age with dementia as the only other buttons on the phone are clearly labelled ‘answer’ and ‘on/off’, for simple, straightforward use.

These phones are also perfect for anyone with arthritic fingers who would struggle to use a small keyboard.

Need to call more numbers ?

If  only being able to call 8 numbers is restrictive Doro offer a range of large button, simple to use mobile phones.

this image shows a range of doro phones

Here are a few of the most popular models.

this image shows the doro easy mobile phone

This is the Doro Phone Easy 612  which is a stylish and durable clamshell mobile phone for answering and ending calls with a simple flip and an easy to use camera. It  is also compact in size but large enough to comfortably to handle. This model also features additional functionality in the way of calculator, FM radio, dial up safety alarm, key tone, calculator, games, calendar with reminder, daily reminder, wake up alarm.

For someone wanting a larger  mobile phone with bigger buttons there are many to choose from and it boils down to personal preference.

 

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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