Senior friendly guide to smartphones

Posted on July 7, 2012

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Smartphones are more than just your typical cellphone.  Smartphones are preferred over traditional cellphones if you:

  • need access to email account on the go
  • want to keep track of your contacts and schedule
  • plan on browsing the web anywhere you go
  • want easier, quicker access to news, football games, Netflix, multimedia, computer games and weather information
  • want the basic features of a handy personal computer

When looking for a new smartphone, there are a variety of features which seniors should be aware of.

  1. Seniors with relatively slow cognitive processing might want to look for a smartphone with simple, easy to use, intuitive navigation.
  2. Bluetooth has two main functions: a wireless bluetooth headset allows you to engage in a   conversation on your headset and a Bluetooth synced cars allows you to have a conversation while driving through the car”s stereo system. 
  3. Large LCD screens on a smartphone can help compensate for this age-relate sight decline. Thus, we suggest that you look for screens that measures at least three inches diagonally.
  4. While many smartphones comes equipped with touchscreens (see the iPhone for example), for some seniors the touchscreen interface is too difficult to effectively use. Someone who can’t properly use a touch screen but still wants to have a smartphone can opt for the keyboard option.

Note: This post a is a summary of an article from Eldergadget entitled “Senior Friendly Guide to Smartphones.”

In addition to the physical side of a smartphone, there are software programs called apps, for very small portable computers. Here’s an AARP site listing apps. Here’s an article for caregivers from Home Care Assistance of North Houston. And, for those essential brain exercises.

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