As we mature, the features we desire in a cell phone may change. A number of mobile phone providers are looking at ways to make cell phones more “senior-friendly”. At one time we may have been interested in the newest ringtone, however, now we may want a mobile phone that is easier to hear. We may need a larger keypad and display screen for easier input and viewing of telephone numbers and data. Some may look for a cell phone that is more comfortable to handle, possibly larger in size.
I recently came across the new Jitterbug J which boasts a slimmer and lighter design than previous models. It comes equipped with Bluetooth which allows the use of wireless headsets. One feature that would appeal to everyone is the battery that claims a 30% longer life than previous models. Standard features include a panic button that provides one-touch emergency dialing to a neighbor or caregiver. As found in most cell phones, it also provides a global positioning system (GPS) that may become invaluable should a senior get lost or become unreachable by phone. The 24/7 call-in feature to a nurse has already shown to be a lifesaver for many users.
Additionally, users may subscribe to a Complete Care package offering roadside assistance and free replacement of lost or damaged phones. This service has been very helpful to my grandmother who always seems to be misplacing her phone.
Once you have decided on your new wireless phone and all its snazzy features, check out your local school and public agencies for further assistance. Many organizations have begun offering classes to help seniors make the most of their mobile phone by familiarizing them with the many features offered such as text messaging, voice mail and calendar functions.
After we purchased her new mobile phone model, we then had to find an easy way for my grandmother to carry her high-tech mobile device. We found a unique, stylish cell phone cover in the shape of an adorable pink ladybug that provides protection for her phone and offers a fun and easy way to carry it. Now when she drops her phone, as she does quite frequently, it simply bounces! The plush cell phone accessory came with a durable key clip that allows her to easily attach the phone to her purse so when it rings she is not fumbling around to find it.
Technology can be made easier and more fun for everyone with a little research and pre-planning.