Features needed for phones used by the elderly

When mobile connectivity became a thing, all those who wanted to use a mobile phone had a choice of a few models existing on the market. There were no phones dedicated to different age groups.

With the passing of years, our vision and hearing decrease, and communication using any type of modern device is getting more difficult. Additionally, older people have challenges using the newest gadgets as these become more and more complicated with the advancement of technology.

Nowadays, mobile phone manufacturers’ trend is to build larger screens with high resolution to reproduce small fonts to display a large amount of information on the screen. In the case of the mobile phone models that still have physical buttons, they try to produce as small and as many buttons as possible.

Olitech is one of the manufacturers that understood the needs of a particular segment of the market and delivers a range of devices adapted for senior citizens. Older people need a phone that meets special requirements:

Big buttons with large printed characters

Older adults need to see what is written on the button and press on the correct key. These oversized buttons are less tricky for people living with arthritis, especially as some models offer wide-spaced keys.

Smartphones with a touchscreen can also be a possibility if needed. They have large keys and sometimes offer sizing customization.

Large screen

A larger screen allows a choice of bigger font sizes making all information more comfortable to read for users with poor eyesight. The user can easily find a contact in the phonebook when they want to call, see on the screen who is calling, or reading a message when is the case.

Good sound – ringtone and earpiece

The phones we all use generally have a good sound, enough for people with a fair hearing. Unfortunately, as we grow older, the loss of hearing grdually occurs in most of us. Hearing loss can make it hard to enjoy talking with family and friends.  

A phone for older people should have an amplified sound when ringing or using the earpiece and speaker. 

Simple menus – easy navigation

A more straightforward interface won’t confuse a person with poor memory or unfamiliar with new technology. Most people will use their cell phones to keep in touch with friends and family or to use in case of an emergency.

The more savvy ones will most definitely enjoy having the possibility of receiving and storing photos, having a reading app installed, or a music player.

Being old doesn’t necessarily mean that people would avoid making the most out of technology; however, an overflow of screen icons, apps, and information can be daunting at times. Older people don’t prefer using or having a mobile phone with a complicated menu, risking getting lost in a tangled list of options. 

Long-life battery

Everyone likes a phone that has good battery life. When choosing a mobile phone for someone older, it’s worth considering that there will be plenty of instances when the user might forget to plug the phone for recharging. A sturdy battery will ensure open access to communication.

Speed dials – assistance button

These particular buttons are of great help in case of an emergency. Rather than searching in a complicated menu for a specific option or a contact/phone number in the phonebook, pressing a speed dial and direct calling the service needed or a family member could make the difference between life and death. 

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