It is becoming increasingly popular for the older generation to invest in mobile phones and, in this digital age, there is a vast range of different devices to choose from. Whilst for the majority of us mobile phones have been in use for many years now, for others they are completely new and often quite daunting.
Of course, when purchasing a mobile phone, different people will have different wants and needs. So, when shopping for a mobile phone for an older friend or family member, here are a few different things they are likely to want that you should look out for.
Straightforward to use
Ideally, no matter what age you are, your mobile phone should be easy to use, but simplicity is definitely key when it comes to the older generation. For many, confusing touch screens or small keyboards aren’t convenient, so try to find something more straightforward.
As an example, with the In Your Pocket device, this simple mobile phone only has three big buttons and it couldn’t be easier to use. Due to the fact it is voice-controlled, any elderly person will confidently be able to work it.
No hassle calling or messaging
The main reason why many older people get a mobile phone is so that they can stay in contact with their family and friends more easily. Being able to get in touch with people whilst out and about is what many are wanting to do.
With In Your Pocket, it couldn’t be easier to call people and you will find that elderly people can even send messages with ease as well. All they will need to do is ask the phone to call or text someone and it will do this for them.
Large text and a magnifier
As people get older, it is no secret that their eyesight worsens and for this reason, the vast majority of elderly people will require a mobile phone that has a large text. It may also be beneficial for them to have an app or a built-in magnifier to help them read other things.
The In Your Pocket device is a great phone for the elderly because it will read out things, like new messages, to the user, so they won’t need to worry about not being able to clearly see them. It also has a magnifier and a ‘Be My Eyes’ function that is incredibly useful.
Help in an emergency situation
For many, a mobile phone can provide peace of mind that if anything was to happen to them, they will be able to get help. Not only do older people want to be able to contact the emergency services but it is likely that they will want to be able to contact their loved ones too.
Thankfully, with In Your Pocket, an elderly person can save the numbers of people who they would contact in an emergency in a special way. They will then be able to press the emergency button on the device 3 times and the mobile phone will automatically contact them.
Easy access to news and entertainment
Of course, as well as being a communication device, for many a mobile phone is an entertainment device as well. If easily able to do so, many elderly people will also want to be able to easily access the latest news or their favourite radio stations on their phone too.
Again, the In Your Pocket device can help with this. All users will have access to a range of newspapers and magazines, such as Good Housekeeping, and also a selection of different radio stations, such as Radio 4.
Finding a good phone for older loved ones
Ultimately, when purchasing a mobile phone for the elderly, if you bear in mind everything mentioned above, it should be much easier to find something that will be perfect for them to use independently. Being aware of what to look for in a device will instantly help you to narrow down the vast range of phones on the market and ensure that you are investing in something that they will actually enjoy using.
We spoke about In Your Pocket above and it really is a brilliant mobile phone for older people and you should consider this device when trying to find something for your friend or family member. You can find out more about this easy to use mobile phone over on our website and if you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us. A member of our friendly team will happily provide you with any additional information that you may require.