A new low-tech elder monitoring service called FineThanx recently made its debut that utilizes only the existing phone system at home. The system calls twice a day find out how an aging loved one is doing and reports the response or lack thereof in either case. The automated phone service checks in with seniors once or twice a day. If no one answers, or if a client needs assistance, the system immediately calls a "care circle" of people who can seek care for the client. If the client is fine, the system sends reassuring e-mail messages to the client’s families, friends or health care professionals. FineThanx charges $34.95 a month for the service and offers a seven-day free trial period.