Seniors should have cell phones and use them.
Nearly 90% of all people use cell phones, but only 70% of senior citizens have them and less use them regularly. While accessing the Internet is not a priority for senior mobile phone users, access to emergency services is. Whether one has lost electricity or heat due to weather or other events and needs assistance, or has a fall, or feels unwell, access to emergency personal within reach is imperative for a senior citizen. A cell phone can be a life saving device and elders should be encouraged to have and use one.
When on a fixed income it can be disconcerting to add the expense of a mobile phone to one’s budget but mobile phones are much cheaper than land lines and there are both government programs for free phones, and free usage plans if you qualify based on income or use of other governmental assistance programs. There are also federally certified carriers that provide free phones, and low to no cost usage plans for seniors and/or no contract plans. Information on these programs can be found at AARP, by web searching free cell phones for seniors, or through your local assistance program.
2- Look for minimal to no cost plans for seniors, check with your carrier for senior plan offers
3- Choose a model with a large typeface, keypad and screen.
4- Set up the phone with pre-entered emergency numbers of doctors, key contacts, and 911
5- Enter basic medical information and prescriptions in notes file
6- Keep your phone charged and with you at all times, next to the bed, with you in the bathroom, kitchen or on a walk.
7- Use the cell phone to call for help even if you are not sure you need it. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and your family will be glad that you did.