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Latest Inventions Gadgets Make our Life Easier
Every now and then, a new gadget or gizmo comes out and sometimes it’s quite taxing to keep up with technology for the latest inventions and gadgets for seniors. With the surge of products in the market today, it can be pretty difficult to stay in the loop, much less using them. Many products can be complicated to use and this is something many of us do not have the patience for.
So we’ve searched around the technology marketplace looking for the senior-friendly gadgets that are easy to use. Many of them came out in 2015 so they have been refined and are even easier for us all to use. Here’s what topped our list:
1. Apple Watch
Apple never fails to always stay up ahead as they continue to come up with state-of-the-art gadgets. No doubt about that. Apple has yet unveiled another new gadget, the Apple Watch. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, this watch is said to be the “most personal device” they have ever created; well, because you will be practically wearing it all the time (with its battery that can last up to 18 hours).
The Apple Watch is a touchscreen device that features a ton of apps from messaging to mobile payments and health & fitness apps. They also have an Activity app that prompts you whether you need to move more, sit less, or get some exercise.
The Apple Watch comes with beautifully and elegantly engineered bands and closures. It comes in three collections, the Apple Watch collection (with 20 different models), the Apple Watch Sport collection (with 10 different models), and the Apple Watch Edition collection that features 18-karat rose or yellow gold cases.
The Lively Safety Watch is a must-have watch for seniors who are living alone or who are living in assisted homes away from their loved ones who want to give their family the assurance and peace of mind. It comes with in-home hub & activity sensors. Here’s how it works:
Setting it up is easy. Just plug in the Lively hub into a power outlet to get it started. Then simply place the activity sensors around the home, activate your account online, and start wearing your watch. Even your loved ones who live far away from you can remotely set it up for you. Meanwhile, Lively passive activity sensors are attached to movable objects around the house such as pillboxes, refrigerator, etc., which will then measure your daily activity patterns.Loved ones will regularly receive notifications so they can be assured of your safety even when you’re miles apart.
It comes with a day & night large, well-lit display so viewing it is effortless. Plus, its waterproof feature allows you to take it with you everywhere, even when you’re inside the shower.
- Medication reminders – The Lively pillbox activity sensors monitor daily medication activity and whenever anything is missed, it creates an alert and a notification will then be displayed on your safety watch. Family members will also be notified to check in if a certain medication regime is not properly being resumed.
- Step counting – Counts your steps throughout the day (a fun feature!)
- 24/7 Emergency Response – It features a one-push help button that alerts their 24/7 team of trained, live operators in case of falls or other life-threatening situations that will prompt them to call you by phone, and if needed, call the necessary dispatching services.
- Daily Activity Sharing – The Lively in-home activity sensors monitor and measure your daily activity patterns while sending your family members notifications (thru email, text, or mobile app) should there be changes in your pattern such as when you’re missing meals or your physical activity is reduced.
- No home internet connection or phone line required
- Unlimited family and caregiver access to Lively dashboard
Upcoming features to watch out for:
- Auto-fall detection clip – A clip-on accessory that detects falls without you having to push a button.
- Smartphone syncing – This feature allows you to pair your watch with any Android device that will enable 24/7 emergency response even when outside the home.
ClarityLife Ensemble is another gadget to look for. A communication and healthcare device in one, this product is specifically designed for seniors.
It features a colored, 8-inch touchscreen that makes it so much easier for older adults to use. By simply tapping on the onscreen buttons, it allows you to receive medical reminders, photos, and text messages right from the screen itself. This is another gadget that allows you to check in with your loved ones which enables them to monitor seniors even when far away from each other.
- Medication reminders – Schedules reminders to take medication or perform treatment
- Health survey – This is a daily pop-up survey that asks the user if they’re feeling the same, better, or worse than the day before. You also have the option to add other daily surveys.
- Check-in reminders – This allows your loved ones of caregivers to receive alerts through email or text when the user has not responded within a specified period of time.
- Call Me button – Allows user to send a call request, through text or email to main family contact, whenever immediate help is needed
- Communication – Allows you to receive text or email messages and even photos from your grandkids and loved ones
- Personalized system – Allows you to customize options through its website dashboard, allowing you to configure what goes out on the screen
- Voice amplification – Its features hearing aid technology that can boost the handset’s sound up to 50 decibels.
- Captioned phone conversation – Its captioning service allows your phone conversations to be captioned and displayed on the screen so it lets you understand your conversation should you still have difficulty hearing the person on the other end of the line.
- Website display – Allows you to program the device to display websites like news sites for instance, so seniors can readily get access to news they can read.
GrandPad is perhaps “the” tablet for seniors (and we do not have to be over 75.) Older adults can tend to get overwhelmed by the amount of information that gets to any mobile device so they would rather not use a smartphone or a tablet at all. Luckily, the guys over at GrandPad understand this predicament. So they designed GrandPad with an aim to keep communication so much easier for seniors – easy, simple, and stress-free.
GrandPad is a 7-inch tablet that features big, bold, colorful icons and larger text with very simple interface so seniors can easily use it and read it. Its sort of a buffer system where it controls the flow of information being displayed on the tab. For example, posts will be displayed one at a time or instead of the entire Facebook feed being displayed, GrandPad will only show a few photos and videos at a time from the feeds of family and friends. GrandPad comes with 4G LTE service so it eliminates the hassle of needing a router or a broadband internet access or a WiFi hotspot. You basically can take it everywhere you go.
What is more unique about GrandPad is they have an impressive onboarding system where the their rep will call you, train you, and walk you through each feature. And they even go beyond that by them learning about songs that you like and they will help you load your favorite music on to the device. They can also set up contacts for you and help you configure the device so that Facebook and Instagram photos and videos are automatically loaded into the tablet.
- Extensive on-boarding process
- Load custom music for seniors
- Games for memory and mental acuity
- Call and email feature
- Voice emails
- Photos, videos, music, internet encyclopedia
- New content from family and friends automatically appears on the device
- Family companion app – automatically downloads, installs, and logs you in
- Family gets reports on how seniors use the GrandPad
- 24/7 customer support in just a click of a button
- Weather forecasts
- Add up another family member as admin
Forgetting to take medications is common among seniors; let alone, seniors may have to take four or five different prescription drugs that trying to remember to take everything can be extremely challenging. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that only 50% of people suffering from chronic diseases adhere to their daily medication regimen. What many people don’t realize is that taking these things for granted can lead to adverse consequences.
Vitality GlowCap is the new approach to medication management. It features a twist-off cap that sends out reminders by blinking and beeping when it’s time for you to take your medication.
- Light and sound indicators – It blinks and beeps when it’s time to take your pill
- Medication reminders – Calls you or a family member or caregiver if you miss a dose
- Plug-in reminder light – Working in tandem with the lid, simply plug this light into any outlet around your home and it will glow orange when it’s time to take your dose.
- Progress reports – Sends weekly emails including detailed reports to users or caregivers
- Push-to-cap refill button – Arrange and request a refill by simply pushing the button found beneath the base of the cap. This sets up an automatic callback to confirm your refill so you only need to go to your pharmacy to pick up your medications.
Cooking can be done remotely! The WeMo Crock-Pot is the perfect cooking appliance for older adults who are always on-the-go. The WeMo-enable Crock-Pot Slow Cooker allows you to control your slow-cooked your dinner even when you’re out of your home.
Simply download the free WeMo App on your Apple or Android mobile device and then you’re able to:
- Adjust the temperature
- Monitor remaining cooking time
- Adjust cook-time up or down
- Shift to warm setting
- Turn it off
This breakthrough in smart appliances has actually been launched back in 2014, but it’s so great we just have to include it into this year’s list.
This device is specifically designed for people with impaired mobility like Parkinson’s disease who may be experiencing involuntary tremors who have difficulty bringing food into their mouth. Liftware is a stabilizing handle that connects to a spoon or fork attachment which works to adapt to your tremors; hence, shaking is reduced to 70%. You no longer have to worry about getting your food spilled so you get to simply enjoy your meal.
Their site shows these amazing videos of how this awesome gadget works.
How it works:
Its base contains sensors that detect motion. Meanwhile, a small, onboard computer is able to distinguish between unwanted hand tremor and a hand’s intended movement which then directs the motors found in the handle to move against the direction of any detected tremor hence counteracting it and stabilizing motion as much as possible. The device can last for several meals and it comes with a charging cradle for recharging. It also has a storage pouch so you can bring it wherever you go.
While sometimes technology can seem overwhelming for several of us, we can’t deny the fact that it has made our lives so much easier and better connected. It just boils down to choosing gadgets which are user-friendly, efficient, and safe to use.
Which of these gadgets have caught your interest? What other senior-friendly gadgets are you looking for? Maybe we can help find them for you!