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Cell Phones for Seniors

Dear Dr. Dave and Dr. Dee,

My Mom is 74, and I think that she should get a cell phone. She has never owned a cell phone and says she wouldn't be able to figure out how to use it. But, she still drives so wouldn't it be good for emergencies?


Concerned daughter

Dear Concerned daughter,

Yes, a cell phone would be good for your Mom in case of an emergency or for the occasional call when outside the home. Many older folks view cell phones as complicated gadgets. While cell phones such as smartphones are like miniature computers, there are basic cell phones that are used mainly for making and receiving phone calls.

You can show your Mom easy-to-use cell phones that are designed specifically for seniors with large bright displays, big keypads, loud clear call quality, and user friendly menus. Many cell phones for seniors are also very affordable with low monthly fees or pay as you go plans. Flip phones (clamshell) are popular because it is easy for seniors to simply flip open to answer a call and close to hang up, and no extra steps for screen lock, which prevents accidental calls.

Below are some top rated cell phones for seniors based on recommendations from the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) and from consumers at


1. Doro PhoneEasy

2. Just5

3. Samsung Jitterbug

4. Snapfon ezOne