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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 3:42 PM
Joined: 6/10/2019
Posts: 1

looking for any suggestions for easy to use cell phones for people with dementia. No need for a camera or testing ability, just basically for emergency purposes if needed.
Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 3:57 PM
Joined: 10/21/2016
Posts: 2303

Non-smart phones (flip or candy-bar style) may work for a while.  Eventually, that will be too difficult also.
Jenn T
Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 4:23 PM
Joined: 9/4/2018
Posts: 2

Check out "Greatcall". They offer an easy to use flip phone geared toward seniors. You can find the phone for $49.99 on Amazon which is about $25.00 cheaper than if you buy from Greatcall. 

If you buy on Amazon just make sure the retailer is "Greatcall".


Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 5:02 PM
Joined: 10/24/2018
Posts: 139

Previous posters have given ideas that I second. My mom couldn't reliable run her easy one before she had symptoms! The concept of "turning on and off js different than answeing or hanging up even if the buttons are the same ones" just did not compute.
Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 5:14 PM
Joined: 9/5/2017
Posts: 191

My DH has a flip phone.  Since 2017 he no longer knows how to use it.  He's mid Stage 6 Alzheimer's.
Johns baby girl
Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 5:37 PM
Joined: 2/26/2019
Posts: 32

Agreed on GreatCall.  It also has a tracking device and an emergency button with operators that know how to respond and react to someone with AD.  Large buttons, simple use.  We're nearing the end of his ability but it has been great for 5 years.
Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 6:29 PM
Joined: 6/10/2019
Posts: 1

We have gone through 4 cell phones including greatcall. DH dropped the last one at 4:30 am activating the emergency button. The police arrived within 5 minutes. DH invited them in and showed them his hobby stuff. They left...and I slept through the whole event. DH is level 4. Save your money if you can.
Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 2:15 PM
Joined: 4/16/2019
Posts: 3

My FIL is a nightmare with phones and every time he can't figure them out, he buys a new one. He had a smartphone with Great Call on it, but honestly, it wasn't any easier for him to follow and he is a little past early stage. I think a flip phone is your best bet - much more straightforward. Good luck!
Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 2:59 PM
Joined: 10/9/2014
Posts: 569

It is not likely the PWD will be able to learn how to use a new phone, if they are not able to use their existing phone.  Also, if they are struggling with using a phone, it's probably not a good idea for them to be left alone.  PWD may often just freeze and not be able to call in an emergency.  I've known several PWD who fell and had an emergency call button on them, but, they forgot to press it. Later, they had no explanation as to why they didn't press for help.
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