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Large Button Photo Phones for the Elderly

Updated on November 1, 2012

Make staying in touch with an elderly loved one just a bit easier with photo phones

I was my elderly Mom's caregiver for the past 5 years - she lived with me and died with me in my home in Feb 2012. She and Dad lived alone in Arizona until he died in 2005 at the ripe old age of 89. I often had a hard time getting a hold of them on the phone - they never seemed to return my calls. It wasn't until Mom moved in with me that I realized that it was just too difficult for her to dial a phone. A photo phone would have fixed that dilemma!

A photo phone allows one to just touch a pictures of friends and family which are assigned to speed dial buttons. The elderly only need to press the button with the picture of whom they want to call. And, voila! A much easier way for your favorite senior citizen to place a call. Some photo phones even amplify or work well with hearing aids.

Photo phones aren't really just for the elderly although this would be a great gift for an Alzheimer patient as pictures are easier for them to process than a telephone number. Anyone on your Christmas list would probably love one. So, be nice and maybe Santa will bring you your own photo phone.

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Geemarc Amplified Telephone With One Touch Photo Keys, White
Geemarc Amplified Telephone With One Touch Photo Keys, White

Amplifys sound to 40dB and has a flashing ringer alert for those who are really hard of hearing and may not hear a phone's ring. 10 memory keys allows for plenty of photos for identification.


A Photo Phone add on that works with any phone

If you prefer, instead of purchasing a new phone for your favorite senior citizen, why not just pick up this photo phone add-on?

Big Button Photo Dialer
Big Button Photo Dialer

12 spots to load in pictures means there's plenty of room for everyone. One touch dialing makes making phone calls easy even for those with arthritic fingers.


Another photo phone add on that allows one to use any telephone


Large buttons measures 1" x 1.5" so the picture is larger and easily identified for those with failing eye sight.


Clarity Amplified Photo Phone (Model P300)

This photo phone has a large, easy to use keypad and contains spots for 9 programmable speed call photo buttons. It amplifies sounds up to 18 dB and has a bright visual ring indicator. This photo phone is also hearing aid compatible.

Clarity Amplified Photo Phone (P300)CHECK PRICE

A big button phone

For the elderly purist, this large button phone may be more recognizable as a telephone! With a 13 number memory, 10 two-touch memory and 3 emergency one-touch buttons, you'll rest assured that you're only a few pushes with a finger away. The speakerphone and handset both have volume adjustments.

Northwestern Bell Big-Button Corded Phone Plus with 13-Number Memory CHECK PRICE

Some of my other articles about the elderly

I spent a lot of time writing about caregiving for the elderly as I cared for my Mom. Here's some of my favorite articles here on Squidoo.

Pneumonia Symptoms In The Elderly
The inspiration for this lens "Pneumonia symptoms in the elderly" is lying in a hospital bed at the moment - my 94 year old Mom, Gertie. I had to c...

Writing a eulogy - some things to consider
The very best eulogies are not read from paper but are spoken from the heart. I've had to prepare two - my first eulogy was for my father when he died at 89 ...

Death and Dying - Dealing With The Restless Patient
Sadly, I know of what I type - as I write this, I'm watching my 95 year old Mom, Gertie, entering the last stages of life on earth - that stage being dying. ...

Things I wished I had known when I became a caregiver
I was thrust into the caregiver role on April 4, 2007, the day my darling father died. My parents had moved to Arizona 25 years before but came back home to ...

Helping the elderly walk
I am my 95 year old Mom's full time caregiver, and the job is getting a bit harder post her broken hip on November 11, 2011. After my initial panic at trying...

Handicap walkers
My 94 year old Mom, Gertie, uses a handicap walker, and we've gone through a few to find the cream of the crop. Handicapped walkers come in all sizes and sha...

Causes of dementia in the elderly
By way of introduction, I am Lori, a 53 year old caregiver for my darling Mom, Gertie. I "married" my Mom on April 7, 2007, the day her partner and...

Not a photo phone but a nice amplifying phone

Reviews of this amplifying phone love that it's so easy to set up and use. Adjusting volume and tone is a breeze also. This model does not have an answering machine included.

Clarity XLC3.4+ Amplified Cordless Phone (59234)
Clarity XLC3.4+ Amplified Cordless Phone (59234)

This amplifying phone amplifies incoming sound up to 50+dB. Additionally, you'll be able to hear even the softest voiced elderly loved one as this phone amplifies their speech up to 15 dB. There's 4 tone setting and an extra loud ringer with adjustable tones.


As I mentioned previously, I would have loved to have given my elderly parents one of these photo phones - it would have made it easier for them to lived independently although they did pretty good, living alone at 89 and 90 years of age.

I'd love to hear any comments you may have.

Have you ever used a photo phone? - Comments welcomed, and needed!

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Not ready for the photo phone just yet, but great options!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I haven't, but I just bought one today for my mother from your other lens :) Blessed!

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      What a great Christmas gift idea for seniors!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I thought of buying a photo phone for my mom.

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      MichaelDubrovnik 5 years ago

      This is very sweet, caring and user friendly for the elder. Very good.

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      mysweetjane lm 5 years ago

      these are great for those with weak eyesight or like my dad with glaucoma

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I love this idea of getting a Large Button Photo Phones for the Elderly as a gift

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Great idea - we care for my 95 yr old MIL and this would be perfect for her! :>)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      No, but this is a great idea! I hadn't seen these before now.

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      LaurenIM 5 years ago

      These are absolutely great gifts for seniors. I like the photo phone. The photos instead of the numbers is not only useful, it's a nice, personal touch.

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      Totus Mundus 5 years ago

      Never heard of this, but I like the idea. It's very convenient.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      This is genius. My mom needs one.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      To heck with the elderly (just kidding), I'd like one of these phones for myself. Such a pain looking up numbers all the time.