Age-friendly phone for seniors

Good article about selecting and finding phones that help seniors.

By JIM MILLER
SPECIAL TO THE LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Dear Savvy Senior: Can you recommend some good age-friendly home telephones for elderly seniors? My 82-year-old mother has a difficult time hearing over the phone, and her vision and memory aren’t so great either. — Shopping Son

Dear Shopping: There are dozens of different types and styles of age-friendly phones on the market today that can help seniors with a variety of challenges such as hearing loss, vision, memory problems and limited mobility.

HOW TO CHOOSE

To help you select a good age-friendly phone for your mom, you need to take into account her specific needs and wants because there are lots of options.

For example, for seniors with hearing loss there are “amplified telephones,” both corded and cordless, that provide various levels of amplification usually ranging from 25 decibels up to 55 decibels, with some offering tone adjustments for high frequency hearing loss. Most amplified phones are hearing aid compatible and come with extra loud ringers and bright ring flashers to indicate incoming calls.

Most amplified phones come with big buttons and a lighted keypad that make them easier to see and easier to operate for seniors with hand tremors or dexterity problems. Some phones even offer “talk back” buttons that speak the number as you dial, and announce the number of incoming calls, which is great for people with poor vision.

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