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Flip phones make no sense for older adults

Consider AARP’s list of flip and smart phones. AARP just published a puzzling guide article about smartphones targeted to older adults.  Note the article and the commentary that accompanied it – (and don’t get distracted by the paragraph explaining megapixels).  You may be struck by multiple aspects of this article – in addition to the phone makers you haven’t heard of. The IDC VP refers to older adults as senior citizens, for one, the T-Mobile exec lumping older adults into 55+ segment in a sweeping generalization of being ‘value conscious.’   Okay, enough being snippy.

The A’s have it: Amazon and Apple surprise/dismay this week

Apple recognizes that aging is at the core of a device/health strategy.  Several features were announced at Apple’s developer conference this week that were specifically relevant for an older demographic. Perhaps that population, likely aged 70+, may not (yet) have an iPhone or an Apple Watch. Noting the tech adoption gaps cited by AARP (wearables) and Pew (smartphones), Apple wants to change that, whether via family member gifts and/or pressure, possibly from healthcare providers. iPhones will offer real-time assessment of walking steadiness and fall risk, based on balance, stability and coordination while carrying the phone, not the watch. In addition, Apple added ‘opt-in’ health data sharing with other iOS users, such as aging parents, so that caregivers or family can see any worrisome trends like fall risk. No, data can’t be shared with Android or PC users. Why not, since, oddly, those users can launch a FaceTime call? Just because.  

Best Buy Health Introduces Lively™ Smart Smartphone for the Active Aging Community

05/20/2021

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Best Buy Health today introduced Lively Smart, its simplest smartphone yet, designed to make it easier than ever for older adults to access the phone features they care most about, including one-touch access to Lively Health and Safety Services.

“Lively Smart expands our lineup of innovative phones and personal emergency response systems (PERS) that are tailored to the active aging population—a key demographic for Best Buy Health”

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New Lively Flip from Best Buy Health Gives Seamless Accessibility to Family, Friends and Lively Response Team Through Voice Services

09/24/2020

The Lively Flip is the next evolution of the Jitterbug, designed to help older adults live their best possible lives. Voice services with Alexa are an all-new, enhanced feature that gives users the option to use their voice to make calls, write texts, check the weather and more. Users can ask general and phone-specific questions using phrases such as, “Alexa, ask Lively to call Barbara,” or “Alexa, what is the weather in Seattle?,” that help make navigating the phone and staying connected easier than ever.

Five Aging and Health Technology Blog Posts from June 2020

June -- it was the worst of times.  Who can comprehend that 43% of Covid-19 deaths are linked to nursing homes? Who could have imagined the economic impact of job loss and (almost all) business shutdown?  Who could have speculated that senior living organizations would have occupancy levels nationwide below 88%? Who would have thought that telehealth definitions would include phone calls and Facetime?  Most importantly, as so many families were reminded, their aging relatives had not adopted any of the devices and software that would enable face-to-face communication. Or that high speed internet would not be available in nursing homes or the dementia care units in assisted living where their relatives now lived. Let’s hope July is better! Here are the five blog posts from June 2020:

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