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How Phone Recorder Devices Help Elderly People with Memory Problems

by Craig

Phone recorder devices have become a staple in most business establishments and households in the United States. This phenomenon is largely due to the American’s love affair with the telephone. From personal correspondence to commercial transactions, the telephone almost always has a say. However, this same dependence upon this technology has complicated the lives of those whose memory-retention abilities are not as sharp as before.

We are talking about your elderly loved ones who may be suffering from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and other memory-impairing diseases. To them, remembering people’s faces gradually become harder than ever, more so with remembering abstract facts. In particular, remembering important telephone calls, an essential skill, is becoming increasingly difficult task for most of them.

A telephone call recorder can allow memory-loss sufferers to live independently, regardless of the stage of their condition. In this respect, let me show you some ways on how this simple but useful phone recording device can change lives for the better just by starting to record phone call conversations.

[1] Combat solitude

Since many of our senior citizens’ children are already living their own lives, many elderly people continuously suffer from emotional pain because of a lingering feeling of solitude. To a human being, being alone is worse than feeling hunger or physical pain. While many of us try to call them once in a while, their memory loss prevents them from remembering those moments.

With a phone recorder, however, your elderly relatives can simply replay the recording of these priceless conversations whenever they feel lonely and are unable to remember the last time you spoke with them.

[2] Remember important transactions

To live independently means to take care of one’s everyday affairs. However, with memory problems, these tasks become almost impossible to accomplish. Missed deadlines for utility bill payments are commonplace in this situation. Or worse, they may even pay their bills more than once.

However, with a phone recorder, they can simply listen to previous conversation just in case they feel like they’re forgetting something. They would never have to go through the confusion and stress because of incessant calls from collection agencies.

[3] Participate in more social events

Being old doesn’t mean saying goodbye to a social life. Actually, your loved one might be receiving a lot calls that serve as invitations from their friends or acquaintances. But then, they may inadvertently forget them due to their present condition.

[4] Allows them to get extra help

There are times when they receive calls that they wouldn’t know how to handle. In the event that they received calls like these, they can simply give a trusted friend or one of their children a copy of the recording so that the latter can help them evaluate the call and decide what course/s of action to take.

A phone recorder is a great tool that can be useful for people of all ages, and it just a matter of learning how to look “underneath the underneath” to see what they are.

Can you think of other ways where a phone recorder can improve a person’s quality of life?

We would love to hear from you in the Comments box below!

Don September 30, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I need a personal voice recorder for my elderly father. EASY to use! ONE button to record, ONE for playback and ONE to erase. Nothing else. 30min capacity would be more that enough. A phone recorder is of no use to an elderly person with short term memory loss as my father has.

Todd October 1, 2011 at 6:59 am

Hi Don,

Most of our elderly customers go with the basic cassette phone recorder. It’s not exactly one button for each function as you requested, but it’s the easy to use and usually something they’re familiar with because it’s just like a cassette player instead of a digital gadget. Here’s a link to it: Just like a regular cassette player, you press both the play and record buttons down together to start recording. Then the stop button to stop. Press the rewind button to go back to the beginning and then the play button to listen to it.

Mary Welch February 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Do you know whether recording just your own end of the conversation requires consent from the other party? I have memory impairments and am struggling to do my job. My handwritten notes of conversations are inadequate. My clients will definitely NOT want to be recorded and I do not want to do anything unlawful.

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