Page 18 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, July 9, 2021 a y avvy Seniorioreniioor a vy avvy vavvy ennioorn rniiori by Jim Miller Top Smartphones for Tech-Shy Seniors Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good smartphones for older seniors? I would like to get my 78-year-old mother to upgrade to a smartphone but want something that’s easy for her to see and use. Shopping Around Dear Shopping, There are actually several smartphones I can recommend that will provide your mother a simpler, less intimidating smartphone experience. Here are my top three options. Apple iPhones: Because of the quality and functionality of Apple products, an iPhone is a great choice for seniors who are inexperienced with technology. But, to make it easier for you mom to use, you’ll need to set it up and customize it to meet her needs and preferences. To set-up your mom’s iPhone and make it senior-friendly, start by cleaning-up/decluttering the home screen, which you can do by deleting the apps your mom won’t use and hiding the apps she’ll rarely use in labeled folders or the App Library. The fewer options the better! You’ll also want to set up a small number of contacts (with photos) to family and friends that your mom frequently communicates with and install some apps she would enjoy using. Finally, iPhones have a wide variety of built-in accessibility features you can turn on depending on your mom’s needs. These features, which you access through the phone’s settings, can help users that have diminished vision, hearing impairment, hand dexterity problems or cognitive loss. Some popular accessibility features among older iPhone users include larger text and icon display, zoom (screen magnification), magnifier (turns iPhone into a magnifying glass), increased volume and alerts, voice control, find my iPhone, and emergency SOS and medical ID set up. But there are dozens of other tweaks you can make to enhance your mom’s experience with her iPhone. For a rundown of the different accessibility features and instructions on how to set them up, see Apple.com/ accessibility. If you’re interested in this option, the iPhone 12 (5G, 6.1-inch display screen, $800) or iPhone 12 mini (5G, 5.4-inch screen, $700) are excellent choices. Or, for a more budget-friendly phone consider the iPhone SE (4.7-inch screen, $400) that came out in 2020. Samsung Galaxy: If you’re an android phone user and would like to get your mom a phone that you’re familiar with, you should consider a Samsung. All Samsung phones offer an “Easy Mode” feature in their settings that boosts the text and icon size, and simplifies the home-screen layout and contacts, which makes these phones a nice option for seniors or tech-newbies. These phones also have a variety of accessibility features -see Samsung.com/us/accessibility/galaxy-mobile for instructions – that can accommodate your mom’s needs. The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (6.2-inch screen, $800) or more moderately priced Galaxy A71 5G (6.7-inch screen, $600) are good choices to consider here. Lively Smart: Another less expensive option to consider is to purchase your mom a smartphone that’s specifically designed for seniors. The best one available is the new Lively Smart offered by Best Buy. This phone has a 6.2-inch screen, large text and a simple list-based menu that provides one-touch access to frequently used features like video chat, camera, email and more. It also offers a nice variety of optional health and safety features you can add on like:\ · Urgent Response, which is a mobile medical alert service that would connect your mom to a Lively agent in emergency situations, 24/7, who would confirm her location and get her the help she needs. · Urgent Care, which would let your mom to speak to a registered nurse or board-certified doctor anytime. · Lively Link, which is an app that sends alerts to family and friends if your mom calls urgent response. · Personal Operator Service, who can assist your mom with tasks like helping find addresses, setting up appointments booking Lively Rides through a partnership with Lyft and much more. The Lively Smart is available online at Lively.com or at Best Buy stores for $150. . Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. 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A trash tag will enable residents to place any bagged household trash inside black city-issued trash carts. The trash tag sticker is to be placed on the front of the cart just above the cart serial number. Trash tags are best suited for residents who regularly produce enough trash to fill their black cart each week. At a yearly price of $75, residents will OBITUARIES Mary (Gentile) DiGiacomo Also known as, Maria of Saugus, formerly of Malden and Everett entered into eternal rest peacefully, at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 94 years old passing just two days before becoming 95 years of age. Born in Caserta, Italy, Mary worked at Charleston Chew as a candy maker for many years. Mary was the daughter of the late Vincenzo and Pietronilla Gentile. Beloved wife of the late Joseph DiGiacomo. Dear and devoted mother of Elisa Guardia and her late husband, Ettore of Everett, Tony DiGiacomo and his wife, Cristina of Saugus and Vincent DiGiacomo and his wife, Angela of Saugus. Sister of Anna Millefiorini of Italy. Mary was the loving grandmother of 7 cherished grandchildren and 6 cherished great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Mary's visitation in the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark Street (Corner of Main Street) Everett, Friday, July at 8:30 a.m. followed by her funeral Mass in St. Anthony's Church 38 Oakes St. Everett at 10 a.m. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. flowers, contributions in Mary's memory to the charity of one's choice would be sincerely appreciated. Parking with attendants on duty. Salvatore A. Fulchini Of Malden, entered into eternal rest peacefully, June 28, 2021. He was 81. Born in Gesualdo, Avellino, Italy Sal was the son of the In lieu of late Vincenzo and Immaculata Fulchini. Beloved husband of the late Anna (Forgione). Dear and devoted father of Vincent Fulchini and his wife, Ellen of Malden, Margie Rich and her husband, PJ of Danvers, Lisa Goldstein and her husband, Jonathan of Reading and Carol Aguja and her husband, Bernard of Reading. Brother of Gerard Fulchini of Everett. Loving Papa of Isabella Goldstein, Austin Goldstein, Corey Goldstein, Ana Rich, Alex Rich, Julianna Aguja, Anji Aguja and Emma Fulchini. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Salvatore’s funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 38 Oakes St., Everett, Thursday, July 1 at 10 a.m. Interment private. Late former owner/proprietor of the Everett Square Personal Market for many years. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Salvatore’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452 would be sincerely appreciated. save money over the course of the year by switching over to a trash tag. Residents may still choose to purchase and use Blue PAYT bags as they provide both an option for weekly overflow or for those residents who produce less than one full cart of trash per week.

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