Many older people are single, with around half of those over 75 living alone in England.
But a range of smartphones designed to connect older people with loved ones and friends could help.
Doro is about to launch the latest in its line of phones specially designed for the elderly.
A range of smartphones designed to connect older people with loved ones and friends could help prevent loneliness among older people. A future handset called Doro Liberto 825 is shown, which has apps and three big physical buttons for easy use
The Doro Liberto 825 is “coming soon” according to the Swedish company’s website and is designed to be a simple version of a smartphone such as the iPhone.
“It’s the first smartphone to think the way you do, making it the perfect choice for novice users who want all the fun a smartphone can offer, but in a simpler and more intuitive way,” says the society.
It already has a range of phones, one of which – the Doro 820 mini – costs £ 160 ($ 228), with non-smart handsets costing less.
Unlike the iPhone, which has only one physical button, Doro smartphones have three large ones labeled, which are easier to use for people with shaky hands, for example.
already has a range of phones, one of which – the Doro 820 mini – costs £ 160, with non-smart handsets costing less. The Doro 820 mini includes the features listed above
THE DANGERS OF LONELINESS
Feeling alone can “dramatically increase” a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer, scientists warn.
Lack of a network of friends or family is as dangerous to health as a lack of physical activity in young people or diabetes in older people, their research has found.
Scientists at the University of North Carolina have examined the association between relationships and health at every stage of life.
They determined that weak relationships in the younger years can increase your risk for inflammation – along with lack of exercise.
In addition, hypertension in the elderly is more likely to occur from loneliness than from clinical risk factors, including diabetes.
People who have the support of loved ones are less likely to develop health problems – and more likely to have a longer life expectancy.
Instead of a grid of symbolic tiles, phones display photos of contacts, which just tap to call a friend or family member, and icons for phone calls, messages, and a camera. .
While details of the new phone are yet to be released, it will likely have all of the features of the Doro 820 mini, including GPS, email, and the Google Play Store, which can be found on any Android phone. .
The current handset has specific features useful for older people such as an assist button, loud and clear sound mode and hearing aid compatible app.
Along with a new phone model, Doro plans to launch a new version of a separate app that can be used by family members to monitor Doro phones,The memo reports.
This means that it will be easier for loved ones to keep in touch and they can check in with elderly relatives without disturbing them.
User experience expert Jakob Nielsen told the website that non-specialized smartphones are not immediately easy to use.
“Today we are sadly taking a step back, as some companies are adopting what is called a ‘flat design philosophy’, which means taking some of the visibility out of what you can do.
“The buttons are not really marked very clearly and the links are not strongly underlined with strong underlines or colors. ”
Unlike the iPhone, which has only one physical button, Doro smartphones (820 mini shown at left) have three large ones labeled, which are easier to use for people with shaky hands, for example. There are even simpler versions (right) that allow users to press a button to dial a contact’s name
Doro’s mission is to help seniors live easier, safer and more fulfilling lives through technology. The market for easy-to-use smartphones is set to grow, with around 728 million people expected to be over 65 by the end of the decade, many of whom will be living on their own. A picture of a lonely woman is shown
“Some people think it looks better, but having said that, it actually hurts the usability, making it harder to know what you can do.”
Doro’s mission is to help seniors live easier, safer and more fulfilling lives through technology.
The market for easy-to-use smartphones is set to grow, with around 728 million people expected to be over 65 by the end of the decade, many of whom will be living on their own.
Age UK recently said that 51% of people over 75 live alone in England and some five million older people say television is their main companion.