While teenagers all too often forget where they placed their cell phones and other digital devices, it’s easier for seniors to forget where they set their phones down. After all, the older you get, the more forgetful you become. This can be said of people in their forties, fifties, sixties, and up.
But in the 2020s, it just might be possible to stop forgetting your phone altogether thanks to a new mobile digital device that alerts you before you leave your phone behind, the Prox PRD®. The no subscription, no data collection, no password or app required fully private device attaches easily to your knapsack, handbag, purse, and more. It will prevent you from driving away from home without your phone or driving home without it.
The patented Advanced Alert Technology contains a motion sensor powered by a replaceable battery that lasts a full year, meaning you can use the device for many years to come. It’s also engineered not to wake you in the middle of the night with a false alert. Suppose you absentmindedly walk away from your phone in a store or restaurant. In that case, the device will notify you, making it a device every smartphone owner should consider.
That said, what else should seniors, or anyone of any age for that matter, know about cell phones in the 2020s? According to a recent report by WebMD, modern cell phones (smartphones) are mini mobile computers you carry on your person. You use them to text or call friends and family. They can keep you connected to the internet no matter where you go. They have become so popular since the early 2000s that nearly 97 percent of all U.S. citizens and 92 percent of folks over the age of 65 own at least one.
The massive demand for cell phones has resulted in their massive technological advancement. This is said to be overwhelming for some people. But when choosing a phone for less technology-savvy people, such as seniors, you can still find devices that are user-friendly.
The Benefits of Cell Phones
As an older adult, a cell phone is said to generally improve your overall quality of life. For example, cell phones can improve your state of mind by making it easier to connect with friends and loved ones via video calls and the sharing of photographs.
Cell phones are also said to make it easier for an aging adult to be independent. Certain apps that allow you to keep track of your heart health and your medical records are readily available. You can search for information on just about any subject while using GPS to find your way anywhere in the country. No more stopping at gas stations to ask for directions. Cell phones allow you to be more secure since you can call from a more protected location and need not rely on exposed phone booths or wall-mounted payphones.
One important note is that cell phones are said to reduce the development of dementia in seniors by providing significant mental stimulation from games that can be played on or offline. Thousands of books, magazines, and blogs are readily available, as are TV show and movie streaming services.
The Downside of Cell Phones
Says WebMD, there are some serious drawbacks to cell phones for older Americans which is why you need to consider the pros and cons prior to purchasing one.
The Learning Curve: If you’re going to use your cell/smartphone correctly, you need to learn all its various functions. It doesn’t matter how old you are. If you’re not good with technology, your phone might be difficult to operate.
Easily Stolen or Misplaced: Were you aware that one in ten cell phones in the U.S. are stolen or sold for drug money? Phones are also easily forgotten and left behind at restaurants and supermarkets. Fortunately, there is now the new Prox PRD with “Advanced Alert Technology” that alerts you when no longer in proximity to your phone. This keeps it from getting lost or stolen by reminding you when you have left your phone behind.
Budget Concerns: Some new smartphones can cost upwards of $2,000. Older, refurbished phones can also set you back hundreds of dollars. You also need to pay for a cell phone service that includes text, talk, and data plans. You need to find a phone that conforms to your budget.
Cell phones are a great tool for people of any age, from junior high all the way to your senior years. There are many pros to owning a phone and some cons which need to be considered before you decide on which phone to purchase. Because cell phones are so expensive in the 2020s, it pays to purchase Advanced Alert Technology which will track your device and keep it secure should you happen to leave it behind in a public place.