Most often they end up with a press the picture of who you want to call or get moved into assisted living centers.
My mom's recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and is having difficulty remembering how to use her phone. She gets confused easily by all the buttons on a phone. A phone with large numbers and buttons isn't the solution. She can see very well.
So, I'm enlisting all of you here at cnet in "The great search for the one-button, voice-activated/speakerphone cell phone." Does the perfect phone for my mom exist?
1) Preferably a cell phone;
2) Light weight enough to wear on a cord around her neck;
3) Has one button to answer and end calls;
4) Is voice activated (if not too complicated) ... ie: "Phone, Wake up!" ... "Call Nancy." ... "Hangup phone." Anything more complicated than that most likely will be too confusing;
5) Has a speakerphone so she doesn't have to hold the phone up to her ear;