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What to Look for When Buying a Cell Phone Suitable for Elderly?

5 Mar 2018

AllsWell Team

 Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

― Benjamin Franklin

Mobile phones become more puzzling every day, making teenagers go crazy in pursuit of the latest Apple product. At the same time, their grandparents (our parents) remain indifferent to this fast-paced world. For the most of them, the new devices look like space technology. Our mission is to help them switch over to the new reality of mobile phones or even just get them to use the Internet and web applications. Let’s work together with the AllsWell team to identify the features the best cell phone for seniors must possess!


Why you need to buy a cell phone for your parent

Some may reasonably assume that by purchasing a mobile phone for an old person, we’re just throwing away money. A senior person may leave it somewhere outside, put it on mute and forget it in the bowels of the sofa, or not “get” how to use it and throw it to the far corner oа the room, never to be heard from again. But who is to blame in these situations? Maybe it is the children of these forgetful elderly people, children who have not explained the ins and outs of mobile phones.

There are many advantages of using modern devices like mobile phones for the elderly.

Keeping in touch 24/7. You can call anyone in the world and talk with the person you want to at any time of day or night.

Compact and multifunctional. A mobile phone replaces many items in different ways. It has everything you need; it can be a flashlight, a toy, a map, a notebook, an alarm clock, a calendar, and much more.

Emergency aid. In case something bad happens to your elderly parent, they can always call you or 911.

Development of mental skills. At an advanced age, it’s somewhat useful to tune up the mind and master new technology.


What to look for when choosing

When looking at mobile phones for seniors, carefully consider the following features:

1) A senior friendly keyboard

The key to success is ginormous, easy to press buttons on the keyboard. Senior people may have diminished mental or physical capabilities. That is why it’s so important to preset all the conditions that will make using the phone comfortable and convenient.

2) Easy-to-read font

The font of every character must be large and easy to read. In this regard, smartphones win – they have a zoom feature to adjust the size of text on the screen.

3) Built-in voice command

This feature is designed for those seniors who are not able to dial a phone number, or for those who have a real challenge in navigating through menus.

4) A bright, clear display

The phone has to have a large display that shows everything on screen clearly. What’s more, the structure of icons on the screen should make sense. Remember that everything has to be made simple in cell phones for seniors. Elderly people usually need to perform just two or three actions daily with their phone: calling, receiving calls, and setting the alarm clock.

5) Speakerphone

Smartphones for seniors that are hard of hearing must include speakerphone capabilities. This feature has to be easy to find, activate, and control.

6) SOS-button

There are different situations in life. And sometimes the elderly just don’t have the seconds to call 911. In these cases, a SOS-button can help. However, if your older parent falls unconscious, the best decision is to download special mobile apps, like AllsWell. This app will send you a message in case your parent or relative has not been using the phone longer than usual.

The only condition is having a smartphone.


Why a smartphone is the best choice

It is believed that all senior-friendly cell phones must be small, ugly devices with big buttons. However, this is not true. Nowadays, modern smartphones are as convenient as a basic featureless phone for the elderly. These primary criteria are bravery, obstinacy, and the desire of your senior parent to learn something strange and new.

Moreover, smartphones can bring a senior person to a new universe:

Social media. Your elderly parent can finally reach out to their schoolmates or old friends. If your parent is now alone, they even can find a new love.

Maps. With a smartphone, your parent will always be aware of his/her current location. A smartphone could become a blessing if your elderly parent finds themselves in the middle of nowhere. You just need to show him/her how to take screenshots and photos.

Interaction with grandchildren. If your parent is quite sharp-minded, he/she can enjoy using smartphones for chatting with their grandkids via various messengers or play games with them. This will surely bridge the gap between the two generations.

Useful apps. The uniqueness of smartphones is in the ability to download different apps, which are all the more useful because there are many of them for seniors. These apps can track their physical state, help in case of emergency, or combine all the functions in the AllsWell app.


To conclude, picking the right mobile phone is no small task. However, armed with the above information, the AllsWell team hopes you’ll be able to handle this challenge.


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