Product Review: Seniors Wireless

Seniors wireless telemed and mobile phone providerWhen was the last time you went to the doctor?  How long did it take to get an appointment?  Once you arrived, how long until you were seen?  If medication was prescribed, then you also took time to go to the pharmacy.  What if you could save yourself (or a loved one) all that time and energy in one phone call?

Seniors Wireless is a game changer, and we like game changers.  At it’s core, Seniors Wireless is the first combined mobile and telemedicine service in the U.S. specifically designed for those 55 and older.   The affordable teleMED Assist service provides direct access to board-certified physicians in your home state via phone or video for any reason, anytime, anywhere.  Yes, you read that right- with teleMED Assist, you can call and talk to a doctor about any issue, day or night, anywhere in the U.S.  The best part is that it doesn’t matter how much or how little you use the monthly service, it’s only $1/day.  TeleMED can be accessed from any cell phone, smartphone, or land-line.  Members simply call the toll-free teleMED number or use a video link for unlimited, direct access to a physician.  The physician can then evaluate, refer, and prescribe from the convenience of the member’s phone.
Seniors wireless telemed and mobile phone provider

Low Cost Mobile Phone Plans with Seniors Wireless

In addition to teleMED Assist, Seniors Wireless also has some great mobile phone plans starting at $10 per month. For those who like the convenience of a wireless service, but do not use a phone regularly, “top up” plans are easy to add additional or fewer minutes each month.  Most mobile phones these days are tied to lengthy contracts and confusing additional charges.  Seniors Wireless phone plans are month-to-month and require no contract.  They offer three different pay as you need prepaid plans based on how much of a talker you are.

  • Small: $10
  • Medium: $20
  • Large: $30
  • Extra Large: $90
  • Unlimited: $30-$169 depending on bundle

TeleMED Assist can be bundled with any of the above plans or as a stand-alone service.

  • $30 singles plan
  • $40 couples plan


Just5 Cell Phone Reviews

If you’ve been searching for Just5 cell phone reviews, you’ve come to the right place.  We originally reviewed the Just5 cell phone For seniors back in 2011, and it looks like it’s changed a bit for the better.  We liked this cell phone for a lot of reasons, namely because it was simple, had big buttons and seemed to work quite well.  We were sent a model to play with, and subsequently gave it away to a lucky TSL community member during an on-site promotion.

Product Info: Just5 Cell Phone

  • Name:  Just5 (model CP09)
  • Offered By:
  • Price:  $33 (EUR)
  • Carrier:  AT&T & T-Mobile
  • Monthly Rates:   AT&T or T-Mobile standard rates
  • Colors:  Orange, Red & White
  • Contracts or Cancellation Fees: None for phone.  Fees possible depending on carrier
  • Features:  Emergency call button, built-in flashlight, integrated fm radio, large buttons, loud speakerphone, easy to use.

Product Review: Just5 Cell Phone

The Just5 cell phone for seniors is a simple, easy to use phone with few frills.  It has huge buttons that are easy to read, has a built in flashlight (making it
useful when reading restaurants menus), has a small form factor, and works on common carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile.  We never saw the utility of having an fm radio on board, but maybe they have customers that like this feature. As we noted in our earlier review of the Just5, this phone could make good sense for a young person as well.

If a cell phone (with an SOS button) is all you’re looking for, the Just5 would make good sense. When the SOS or medical alert button is depressed, it sends a text message to 5 preset numbers that the user inputs at set-up.  It then begins dialing the user’s emergency contacts until someone answers.  The phone is automatically placed in speakerphone mode after the SOS button is depressed.

The Just5 phone probably doesn’t make much sense for the user who wants to take, and share pictures.  You’d have a hard time taking pictures given there is no camera!  There isn’t enough real estate on the viewing area to see anything but a simple text, so it’s a moot point anyway.  What this phone does well is that it makes and receives phone calls, and operates as a remote medical alert system.

The Bottom Line:

This phone is for someone that wants a basic phone with a medical alert option.  For those purposes, this phone is a great option.  Everywhere we looked recently was out of stock on the Just5 model CP09, so you’ll have to look around to purchase it. Normally you can purchase this phone directly from or any number of retail outlets like Best Buy, etc.  If you can’t find a Just5 phone, we have a similar suggestion for you.  A close cousin of the Just5 is the Snapfon ezTWO3G Senior Cell Phone, SIMPLE and Easy to Use, SOS Button, Hearing Aid Compatible, UNLOCKED GSM.

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Samsung Jitterbug 5 Review

Jitterbug 5 ReviewsThe Samsung Jitterbug line has been around a long time, and we know this phone well.  The Senior List originally reviewed the Samsung Jitterbug J model back in 2010!  We’re happy to report that this phone has evolved and today it’s better than ever.  The Jitterbug line has been one of the most popular senior friendly phones on the market.  There was a famous slogan penned by an ad agency back in 1968, we think fits pretty well with our Samsung Jitterbug 5 Review… Jitterbug 5 – You’ve come a long way baby!

Product Info: Jitterbug 5

  • Name:  Jitterbug 5 Phone for Seniors
  • Offered by:  GreatCall
  • Price:  $99 MSRP
  • Monthly Rates: Start at $24.99 (includes 5Star Service)
  • Colors:  Red, White or Blue
  • Carrier:  Verizon
  • Contracts or Cancellation Fees: None
  • Features:  Simple clam shell design, big, easy-to-see buttons, powerful speakerphone, 5Star service button, long lasting battery, Big Red (Verizon Network)

Product Review: GreatCall’s Jitterbug 5

Samsung Jitterbug 5 ReviewThe Samsung Jitterbug 5 from GreatCall is one of the most recognizable senior friendly phones today.   Nicole Lee at Cnet said of the Samsung Jitterbug 5’s early cousins “The Samsung Jitterbug J is incredibly easy to use.  It has a bright display, large font size, a roomy keypad with big buttons, and even a dial tone to make it similar to a landline telephone“.  We love the large buttons, and the fact that it’s easy to recognize the emergency button (in red) which alerts GreatCall operators to an inquiry or an emergency.

Staff here at The Senior List have personally tested out “5Star” services at GreatCall’s call center.  These services include dispatching emergency services, connecting the user to a registered nurse, and even conferencing in an emergency contact like a son or daughter.  The operators are trained, and they’re some of the most professional we’ve dealt with.  Another thing that we love is their contract… You know why? There isn’t one!  If you’ve followed our medical alert system reviews, you probably know we don’t like the idea of folks entering into long-term service contracts that they are locked into.  If you’re ever in doubt, make sure you get this assurance in writing.  With GreatCall’s Jitterbug you don’t have to.

How Does 5Star Service Work?

Jitterbug 5 Review - 5 Star Service

The Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a senior friendly cell phone the Samsung Jitterbug 5 from GreatCall is a can’t miss.  This isn’t just a cell phone though, it’s a cross between a phone and a medical alert system.  For this reason, The Senior List highly recommends this product.  The Jitterbug 5 remains our top choice in mobile phones for seniors because of it’s versatility, it’s value for money, and for top shelf service from GreatCall staff.

If you’ve used the Jitterbug 5 or know someone who has, please give us your opinion in the comment section below!

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iPhone 5S and 5C Announcement

iPhone 5S and 5C annoucementWell today is the day Apple fans.  Apple’s much anticipated iPhone 5S and 5C are expected to be unveiled today at 10 a.m. PT.  Just 3 questions remain ahead of this morning’s iPhone 5s and 5c announcement.

  1. Anything special about this iPhone?
  2. When will it be available?
  3. What else with they tease us with?

What’s so special about the iPhone 5S?

Rumors have been swirling for months about the iPhone 5S and it’s cheaper cousin the 5C.  The latest (feature) rumors include a dual LED flash, fingerprint scanner, longer lasting battery, faster processor, higher resolution, more color options, more RAM, more (storage) memory, better camera, and these beasts will ship with the new redesigned iOS7.  IF you don’t have an iPhone 5 yet, it’s time to upgrade.  IF you already have the iPhone 5, you might consider waiting for the iPhone 6 (unless you have $200-$300 dollars burning a hole in your pocket).  A new gold colored 5S wouldn’t be enough for me to upgrade from 5 to 5S, but hey that’s just me!

When will the iPhone 5S be available?

Well if Apple follows their traditional pattern, it will be available on September 20th, which would be 10 days following today’s announcement.  They could surprise us with immediate availability in some markets but that’s not likely.  Note: The Apple Store is currently “down” and being updated.

Apple store down image

What will Apple Tease Us With?

It could be on of a few things.  First, wearables are all the rage.  There’s been speculation about an iWatch all over the place.  Samsung recently announced their Samsung Galaxy Gear SmartWatch (a connected iWatch like device) and apple has been rumored to be dabbling in wearables for some time now.  Apple could also announce Apple TV enhancements, larger screen phones coming soon… (Can you say iPhone 6?), and/or an updated iPad line-up.

If you’re interested, click through to read our top 10 iPhone apps for Seniors 2012.  We’ll be following all the action down in Cupertino… Will you?

Backlighting On Tablets May Help Seniors Read

The Senior List has long touted the new e-readers and tablets as being increasingly “Senior Friendly”.  Now a small study out of Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz,  Germany) has shown somebacklighting on tablets results that add some science to this notion.  It appears that backlighting from tablets may make it easier for seniors to read on these devices vs. traditional printed materials.  In the study, seniors (age 60-77) AND their younger counterparts (age 21-34) overwhelmingly preferred traditional books over the electronic versions.  But when the researchers looked at the scientific evidence (in this case combined EEG and eye-tracking measures) they noticed some contrary clues worth noting.

Among the older adults, digital measures “showed shorter mean fixation durations and lower EEG theta band voltage density – known to covary with memory encoding and retrieval – for the older adults when reading from a tablet computer in comparison to the other two devices.”  In layman’s terms… The back-lighting from the iPad allowed the older adults to read faster, and comprehend more.  This is quite interesting indeed, considering the built-in bias toward traditional printed materials.  More scientific data is probably warranted, but this certainly raises some eyebrows.

In the rapidly changing circumstances of our increasingly digital world, reading is also becoming an increasingly digital experience: electronic books (e-books) are now outselling print books in the United States and the United Kingdom.” Kretzschmar, Pleimling, Hosemann, Füssel, & Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, et al.

backlighting on tabletsCould tablets become mainstream devices or “must haves” for aging adults?  Some would argue (including us) this evolution/revolution is already happening. predicts that the highest growth rates among tablet users will come from users under 12 (huh?) and adults age 65+.  With an intuitive user interface (UI), video conferencing capabilities, multi-media at the fingertips, and email… Tablet growth and new applications (apps) will push even more tablets in the hands of aging adults.

New BugMe Pro For Boomers And Seniors

BugMe “Stickies” offer reminder notes for seniors!

– Press Release –

Wye Valley UK, February 26, 2013 –– Contrary to the stereotype of seniors avoiding modern technologies, many are embracing social media, smartphones, tablets and apps. WithThe BugMe App for iPhone Facebook and Skype, retirees can stay in touch with family and friends from afar, and with the BugMe Pro Stickies app, they can jot quick reminder notes to themselves just like they’ve done for decades – but with the benefit of setting alert tones to ensure they remember everything important to maintain their healthy lifestyles.

As more and more seniors embrace technology as part of “aging successfully,” retirement communities have seen the number of residents tapping away on all sorts of apps installed on their smartphones and tablets. Apps are enabling seniors to quickly and easily do their favorite things: enjoy their favorite music, learn new things, stay connected with family, try new recipes, play games with friends, and create fun reminders. Residents at The Stayton at Museum Way, a Fort Worth, Texas community sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), are one such community that has jumped head first into the large pool of apps available to them.

BugMe enables seniors to jot quick reminder notes with alerts

BugMe Stickies is an app popular among seniors because the handy virtual sticky notes it offers enables seniors to create fun reminder notes for themselves – or to share with friends. With BugMe!, the users can either write with their finger or the app’s keyboard, and place sticky notes on a corkboard. From there, they are able to set alarms and reminders, categorize them as urgent, or even stick them to the phone’s or tablet’s home page for an extra visual reminder.

“Our residents just love to learn and grow more every day, and they have the time to really learn and use apps as a way to access personalized content and stay in touch with family and friends,” said Amy Pearce, Lifestyles Director at The Stayton senior living community. “BugMe! Stickies is a great app for seniors because it’s not only fun to hand-write notes on a digital sticky pad, but it’s also a very practical way to set reminders for themselves.”

For the past sixteen years, BugMe! has been putting the utility and simplicity of the common sticky pad onto the screens of mobile devices. Unlike regular sticky pads, BugMe! enables users to share their notes with friends via email, or by posting them to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

“While sharing BugMe! notes is a personal way for seniors to express their thoughts in their own handwriting, its core purpose is to serve as a personal reminder system.”

While sharing BugMe! notes is a personal way for seniors to express their thoughts in their own handwriting, its core purpose is to serve as a personal reminder system. Each note can be assigned an alarm which will sound off at just the moment the user needs to be bugged. A favorite feature with BugMe! users is the ability to quickly choose alarm times from a pick list of time intervals – such as 20 minutes or “in an hour”. This makes the application very effective for informal, lightweight reminders, such as watching a TV show, taking medicine, returning a phone call, or plugging a parking meter.


A free version of BugMe! is available in the App Store and Google Play Store, while BugMe! Stickies Pro, which offers more notes, can be purchased for $1.99. More information can be found at

BugMe Pro Stickies for iPhone

About Electric Pocket Limited:

Electric Pocket has been developing mobile applications and solutions for over 15 years from its base in South Wales, UK. The company’s award winning product portfolio includes apps for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. Electric Pocket provides engineering jump-start and consultancy services for companies looking to deliver great mobile products. Samsung, Sony and Vodafone are a few of EP’s top flight clients. For more information, visit

The Senior List is giving away 5 copies of the Pro Version – To see how to qualify click here!

Product Reviews: iStand Fall Prevention App

iStand fall prevention appOn February 12th HoliVision launched a new iPad app for seniors called The iStand Falls Prevention® Exercise Program.  iStand is a fall prevention/exercise app for your iPad that allows users to follow along AND exercise with… “Brenda” (the instructor).  Brenda leads the user through a number of exercises (including a warm up and cool down) via video modules.  These videos are easy to follow, and the production quality is very high.  (We were quite impressed.)  The iStand App would be a very nice addition to the other iPad apps in your “wellness” folder, and it’s free to folks that can put up with advertisements (we certainly could).  For 99 cents you can buy the Ad-Free-Version, and for $4.99 you can add the iStand Tai Chi module.

About HoliVision:

HoliVision was founded by Mazy Holiday (COO).  HoliVision specializes in falls prevention exercise (and education) for seniors.  They also focus on the latest technology and design in walking aids for rehabilitation and mobility.  Mazy notes that there isn’t a nationwide fall prevention program currently, which is strange because of the number of seniors who are severely injured due to falls each year. This was a driving factor behind the iStand app for iPad.

The iStand Fall Prevention Exercise App:

iStand fall prevention app for seniorsWhat:  iStand fall-prevention exercise App for the iPad (you won’t find it for the iPhone yet)

Cost: Free (.99 for the ad-free version, and $4.99 for the Tai Chi module)

Recommendation: Senior List Approved – We think the iStand fall prevention/exercise app is worth downloading.  It’s very professionally done, and has some additional value-The Senior List Check Markadds like “If You Fall” tips, “Walking Tips”, and a “Home Safety Checklist”.

iStand fall prevention app for iPad

HoliVision also makes an iStand DVD which is currently available on Holiday says future plans include making iStand available across multiple platforms, and on a global basis.  Click thru if you’d like to read HoliVision’s press release for the iStand App.

Product Review: Sure Response Medical Alert System

Sure Response with Lanyard photoProduct Review: Sure Response Medical Alert (from Verizon)

The Verizon Sure Response is one of the newest medical alert systems on the market today.  This entry (which Verizon calls a mobile emergency response system) gets closest to we at The Senior List envision as an ideal offering in this space.  It truly is mobile (cellular network driven), offers GPS tracking, and can connect you to caregivers (or loved ones) if necessary.Sure Response docking station

 EDITOR’S NOTE: This product review has been updated based on actual reports from The Senior List community.  Click here to read the Updated Review: Sure Response Medical Alert from Verizon

Product Info: Sure Response Medical Alert

  • Name: Verizon SureResponse
  • Website Info: Verizon Wireless – Sure Response
  • Auto Fall Detection? : No
  • Equipment Cost: $229.99 (retail) OR 19.99 with a 2 year plan (note: early termination fees will apply)
  • Monthly Cost: $30 per device (also requires a $35 activation fee)
  • Features: Lanyard, Wrist Strap and Belt Clip Accessories Included, Water Resistant Panic Buttons, Untethered 24/7 Monitoring on a Cellular Network (Verizon Wireless), GPS Tracking (must be enabled and shared/volunteered), Convenience Calling, and an Online Portal to help manage lists of caregivers etc. (called Sure Response Online)

Review: Sure Response Medical Alert System from Verizon

Verizon Sure ResponseAs we noted above, Verizon’s SureResponse mobile emergency response system is now at the top of our list when it comes to medical alert systems.  First the criticism; We like the form factor but it looks bulky on the wrist (uncomfortable) and we doubt many people would want to wear it there (until it gets much smaller).  It’s also bigger than some of the other pendant worn alert systems, and it may look like your loved one is wearing a cellular phone around their neck (because they are).  We’re guessing this will be worn on the belt clip OR kept in a pocket for many future users out there, although from an accessibility standpoint we do like the pendant option.  It also lacks fall detection, but devices with fall detection haven’t made the splash we thought they would as yet so maybe down the road IF they can get it right (many have failed).  Finally we probably wouldn’t trust this in the shower with us… Until Verizon discloses a little more about just how water resistant the device is, we’d keep it away from H2O if we could help it.

OK now for the good stuff… The Senior List thinks this looks like a great option for those in need.  The ability to be UNTETHERED is something that many folks have  been looking for (at a comparable price point to the tethered solutions).  It’s backed by a reputable company with relatively transparent terms and conditions. That seems trivial but try to find details from some of the traditional distributors out there and you’ll agree.  Also the (optional) GPS tracking is something that’s been on our wish list for sometime.  I say optional because the user/owner designates (or not) the folks that are able to track them (via SureResponse Online).  If this feature is not activated, it is only used in the case of an emergency (so emergency personnel can locate the person in need).  Here’s another item worth mentioning, and another reason we like what we see so far… IF your loved one needs to go into a nursing facility, under the existing terms and conditions they ARE eligible to opt out of their 2 year agreement.  There are specific details associated with this “second right to cancel” so read the T’s & C’s carefully.

The Bottom Line:

We want to see more given this is new to the market, but we really like what we’re seeing here.  The Sure Response by Verizon would definitely be worth looking into.  It’s near the top of our list (Note; Based on customer feedback, we recommend a wait-and-see approach to this device.  Do your research, and read the comments throughout our site.) and we’ll be looking forward to monitoring their success with this mobile medical alert system.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This product review has been updated based on actual reports by The Senior List community.  Click here to read the Updated Review: Sure Response Medical Alert from Verizon

If you’ve used the SureResponse Medical Alert System or know someone who has, please give us your opinion in the comment section below, and provide a star rating (also below)!


Read More:

Mobile Help Acquires Halo Monitoring to expand fall detection offering

Medical Alert Systems: Products and Reviews

Life Alert Product Review

The Top 10 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying A Medical Alert System

The Best Apps for Seniors 2012

The Best Apps For Seniors

We’ve had a lot of feedback on an earlier article we wrote about the best iPhone apps for seniors.  There are a good many apps out there for both Android and iOS, so we looked around the web to see what other sources are suggesting.  Here are just a few of our favorites:Best Apps for Seniors

Suggested by

GoMeals app for Android

GoMeals (Android);  “GoMeals gives you tools and information to help you succeed at healthy eating.  Three applications in one! A nutritional database, powered by CalorieKing, combined with a restaurant locator and a food tracking tool.” (Google play)

CogniFit app on iOS & AndroidCogniFit (iOS & Android); “CogniFit is the ultimate brain training app. Play different brain games to challenge your mind and train your cognitive skills like you never did before!” (iTunes)

Pillboxie app for medicationPillboxie (iOS); “Pillboxie is the easy way to remember your meds. Other med reminder apps are either too complicated or just downright boring. Pillboxie is easy because it lets you *visually* manage your meds. Scheduling a reminder is as easy as dropping a pill into a pillbox.” (iTunes)


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Words With Friends (iOS & Android); Words with Friends is a multi-player word game developed by Zynga With Friends (formerly Newtoy, Inc.). Players can take turns building Words With Friends Appwords crossword puzzle style with an opponent in a manner similar to the classic board game Scrabble (the rules of the two games are similar, but Words with Friends is not officially associated with the Scrabble brand). Up to 20 games can be played simultaneously using push notifications to alert players when it is their turn.  Players may look up friends either by username or through Facebook, or be randomly assigned an opponent.” (Wikipedia)

Find My iPad for iOSFind My iPad (iOS); “If you misplace your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, the Find My iPhone app will let you use another iOS device to find it and protect your data. Simply install this free app on another iOS device, open it, and sign in with your Apple ID. Find My iPhone will help you locate your missing device on a map, play a sound, display a message, remotely lock your device, or erase all the data on it.” (iTunes)

iBooks (iOS);  “iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest bestselling books iBooks App from iTunes
or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a
tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.” (iTunes)


Suggested by The Senior List:

iCam App from iTunesiCam (iOS); “iCam allows you to remotely monitor multiple live video and audio webcam feeds from your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad over WiFi, 3G and EDGE. Popular uses include baby monitor, pet cam, nanny cam, spy cam, and security camera.” (iTunes)

GasBuddy (iOS & Android); For finding cheapest gas on the go.  Locates gas stations nearest you and see their current gas prices.  “Find Cheap Gas Prices.  Join the more GasBuddy App than 23 million drivers that are saving money every time they fill up by using GasBuddy.  Share gas prices you see to win free gas and help others save money too!” (iTunes)

E911 App for iOSElder 911 (iOS); Dr. Marion’s Caregiving app has useful info for caregivers and others.  “You get the call: “Your mother has fallen and is in the hospital. How soon can you get here?” As you rush for the airport, you ask yourself: “What do I do? Who can I call? What do I ask? How do I know? What if they’re wrong? What’s going to happen?” (iTunes)  This app helps the user navigate these tough situations.


There are many, many more great apps for seniors (and boomers).  We’d love to hear from you- What are some of your favorites?  Add your suggestions in the comments below.

Also read:

Top 10 iPhone Apps for Seniors