A majority of Canadian seniors have yet to own a smartphone. According to a poll, 61% of the 774 seniors polled said that they own a cellphone, while only 13% said that they own a smartphone. It seems that older adults are reluctant to own a smartphone as they can be expensive because apart from paying for the device, you have to pay for the data package too. Moreover, there is a learning curve to mastering these devices, and some seniors may find a smartphone to be incredibly complex, especially if they have never used one in the past. However, by learning basic functions of a smartphone and choosing a device that is senior-friendly, older adults can certainly benefit from using this type of gadget anytime, anywhere.
Benefits of having a smartphone
Most seniors use their cellphone primarily for calling and texting, but having a smartphone can greatly benefit older adults. They can use a smartphone to video chat with their loved ones, and having some form of communication can help to prevent social isolation. Moreover, seniors who need help getting around can use apps such as Uber or Lyft to call a cab. If they need help grocery shopping, they can have food delivered via grocery and restaurant delivery services. Seniors can also track their diet, daily physical activity, heart rate, and sleep rate using certain smartphone apps. If you’re looking to choose the perfect gift for your senior loved one, consider any of these easy-to-use and wallet-friendly smartphones.
This smartphone is specifically made for older adults. It has a 4-inch screen which makes it easy to operate with one hand. It has customized software and a 5MP rear-facing camera, Internet access, and best of all, it’s hearing aid compatible. This device also offers 5Star service which gives your elderly loved one instant access to medical assistance or emergency services.
The Doro 824 has large icons, GPS, and is hearing aid compatible. It also has an 8MP camera, a flashlight, Internet, speakerphone, an assistance button and a loud and clear sound. Moreover, the device comes with a step-by-step tutorial and a charging cradle that enables your elderly loved one to view his or favourite photos instantly.
This is one of the most inexpensive smartphones around as it costs well under $100. Though it costs a lot less than premium phones, this device is surprisingly durable, senior-friendly, and has a good battery life. It comes with a GPS, a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera for video chats, and a radio.
For the upcoming holiday season, consider any of these senior-friendly smartphones to give to your elderly loved ones. Not only will your senior loved one have fun communicating with family and friends, but a smartphone will also help your elderly friend or relative to stay safe and maintain his or her independence.