Eight brilliant gadgets every aging adult needs in 2022
April 27, 2022
As time goes on and we get older, everyone starts to notice they need more help and support. Unfortunately, it can be tough for loved ones to be there 24/7 to assist them with everyday tasks.
Fortunately, modern technology has made life easier for everyone, from little kids to seniors living out their golden years. For those who’ve needed a little extra help lately, there are hundreds of innovative products and gadgets on the market designed specifically to make life easier and safer.
Here’s a look at eight gadgets and how to use them to get through daily life.
Medical alert systems
First of all, when an aging parent is living at home and alone, it’s natural to worry about their safety. Seniors are more prone to trips and falls and these can be even more dangerous for someone weaker.
Medical alert systems are designed to function as a simple, wearable panic button that will connect loved ones to emergency services in the case of a slip, fall or any other emergency they might be facing.
This will give them (and their family) peace of mind that they can receive immediate help if anything goes wrong while they’re alone.
Smart home devices
Installing a smart home system at home is a great way to ease the load of various daily tasks and challenges. Having a base system like Alexa or Google Home allows to connect all sorts of other devices, apps and programs that can help streamline all those little jobs.
Kitchen appliances, lighting and heating controls, easily contacting others, a better security system, entertainment on demand and other functions can all be done through voice control, which makes it easy peasy for seniors.
Those who need them can even get medication reminders through their smart home system, to keep them on top of their pills.
Of course, everyone needs a smartphone these days. Although some older adults might be hesitant to use a newer phone, the benefits of them having one make it an increasing necessity.
A smartphone gives access to apps that can help with reminders and tracking, constant and easy communication with loved ones (over video call, which is even better!), alarms and remote-controlled home security, and even entertainment.
There are plenty of apps to be found on a smartphone that can help with brain training and cognitive functioning too – a great way to stay entertained and sharp for years to come.
For those who love to read, an e-book reader could be the ultimate solution. No more expensive and difficult trips to the bookstore or the library – every book they could ever dream of reading could be right there in the palm of their hands.
E-book readers such as the Kindle are also designed with a special screen that doesn’t emit any dangerous or damaging blue light, which means that reading won’t damage vision, impact alertness or inhibit good quality sleep if the user wishes to read late into the night.
The functionality on an e-book reader will also allow seniors to simply change the size of the font they’re reading. For older adults who struggle with their vision and might not want to use reading glasses in bed, this is a great way to make the experience easy and comfortable.
Robot vacuum cleaners
Chores can be exhausting, but keeping a clean and tidy home is important to many people. Unfortunately, as we age, performing physically strenuous tasks like cleaning can become more and more difficult.
Vacuuming or sweeping the floors is simply one of those tasks that becomes near impossible when you’re older and struggle with back pain.
A smart vacuum cleaner is a perfect solution, even for young and fit individuals! These devices can keep floors spick and span all on their own, and many of them don’t even need to be switched on and off due to their various settings and features. Some models work on a timed system, where they will turn themselves on and clean up an area every few hours. Others are automated and detect when there is dust or a mess on the floor anywhere in the home, and then rush to the rescue before anyone even notices anything amiss.
Smart security systems
Physical safety and security is a top priority. A smart security system will allows residents remote access (on their smartphone) to their security system, allowing them to turn it on and off as they please and even monitor surveillance cameras or remotely lock and unlock doors and windows
This is groundbreaking for safety, and could even save the user’s neck if they leave home and forget to put the alarm system on. A simple click on the app will have it armed in no time!
Fitness watches are popular amongst fitness fanatics, avid yogis and gym bunnies. However, these devices can be extremely useful even for those who are older and less active.
First of all, this tech is great for health monitoring. Devices can provide data about heart health by monitoring one’s heart rate. They can also give insight into sleeping habits and how well the wearer is sleeping each night, which is crucial for good health.
Fitness watches can also encourage seniors to be more active, which is a great way to boost energy and stay healthy. They can be set to a manageable daily step goal to watch out, which this will encourage users to take a daily walk and generally move around a bit more – excellent for overall wellness.
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