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Flamborough Seniors: Get the 411 on telephones

Shelley Scott, executive director, Flamborough Information and Community Services

There is a growing demand for telephone products that are meant to meet the unique requirements and needs of senior citizens, who rely on the device to connect with their loved ones and communicate with the outside world.

Phones designed for the elderly can promote independence. For instance, instead of relying on someone to dial numbers for them, seniors can get phones that don’t require numbers to be dialed. In addition, specially-designed phones can enable seniors to enjoy conversations that can sound crystal clear.

Various options

Braille phones help the visually impaired dial numbers with ease, as do phones with big buttons, and bright, high contrast numbers.

Amplification phones amplify different sounds and make tone adjustments. These are compatible with hearing aids and have ring indicators that flash and/or have loud ringers. While there are phones that amplify incoming calls and ring tones, there are also phones that amplify outgoing sounds, allowing the person at the other end of the line to better hear the sometimes quiet voice of elders.

Senior friendly phones with talking keypads help verify the number dialed.

Picture phones allow seniors to insert the photo of the person whose number has been pre-programmed.

Pendant phones act as emergency alerts. A neck pendant or wristband is linked to a phone and acts as an SOS device. In case of a fall or any other emergency, the button in the pendant or band can be pressed to activate an emergency number. The number is automatically dialed and alerts the concerned persons.

For persons suffering from severe hearing loss, there are phones that display all the words spoken during a conversation on a monitor.

Telephones for seniors are available corded and cordless and are often outfitted with different features, such as built-in voice mail and caller ID.

-Article from Retire at Home Services

Submitted by Shelley Scott at Flamborough Information and Community Services 905-689- 7880. For more info check out the Flamborough Seniors web site: www.flamboroughseniors.ca.

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