Over the past few weeks, Home Care’s Dr. Kathy Johnson has had several great posts regarding new advancements in modern communication technology that are geared specifically towards seniors, so I thought I would share a few of those with you today!
The first is the Snapfon, which she writes about in this post.
The Snapfon is designed to be a simple, frills-free phone for seniors, and has a lot of features that are beneficial. It has a large, 28-pt font on both the buttons and the screen that make it easy to read, and it also has speaker-capabilities so the keypad can tell you which number you’ve dialed if you are hard of sight.
Perhaps the most high-tech and life-saving element on this phone is the SOS button, a red button on the back of the phone designed to communicate rapidly during an emergency. When pressed, the phone will send a text message to your top 4 emergency contacts, and then call each of them in order until someone picks up. The Snapfon also comes with a case and lanyard to be worn around the neck if so desired, so the SOS button can always be within reach.
Dr. Johnson also recommends the highly-hyped iPad as a great new tool for seniors. It has modes that enable large font and icons on the screen, and large touch-keys. Weighing in at about 1.5 pounds, it is very light and easy to carry around, and can help seniors read books, access internet, and store information without having to go through the hassle of purchasing a computer, setting up a desk, buying internet service, and having to go to a special room to sit at the computer. More information on the iPad can be found at Apple’s website, and it would make a perfect gift for elders.
There you are! My next post will be about great things that seniors can find on the internet, but I’m going away for a few days! Enjoy the weekend and all life has to offer. 🙂