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7 Innovative Technologies for Older Adults

The surge in the aging population is challenging the technology industry to provide inventive solutions. Advancements in technology are enhancing the lives of older adults and their caregivers.

Here are a few innovative technologies transforming life as we age.

1. WiseWear offers a new option in the competitive wearable trackers market. The smart jewelry tracks your heart rate, calories and sleep patterns like most popular fitness devices. The difference is the safety feature. The user taps the bracelet 3 times to create a distress signal that is sent to the emergency contacts linked to the device. Your exact GPS location is transmitted. Connected to a smartphone, it also provides notification features for incoming calls and important alerts, such as medication reminders. The sleek aesthetic design is replacing traditional plastic button panic devices.

2. According to the Department of Health & Human Services, nearly half of adults 75 and older have hearing loss. Hearing aid technology has advanced significantly in the last 20 years. ReSound offers an aid that enables users to control their hearing via an iPhone app. These hearing aids connect …
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Senior Hacks to Make Life Easier

The changes to our bodies as we age can make everyday tasks more challenging. At Allegro, we’ve learned many senior hacks—tips and shortcuts to make life more convenient, so that you or a loved one can continue to enjoy everyday activities. Here are a few of our favorite shortcuts to make life easier.

Senior Hacks for Memory

Take photos of the food in your refrigerator so you know what to stock up on. While you are at it, take a photo of the contents of each of your storage containers. Tape the photo to the outside of the container so you know what’s inside. 

Use colored stickers to label keys, remote control buttons and bathroom faucets to take the guesswork out of picking the right one.

Listen to your favorite music to boost memory and reconnect with loved ones.

Seniors Hacks to Prevent Falls

Bathroom: For safety in the shower, put a bar of soap in an old stocking and tie one end of the stocking closed. Tie the other end to the shower handle so that if …
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Caregiver Hacks to Lower Stress and Make Life Easier

As a caregiver, your plate is full from tending to the needs of your loved one, such as doctor visits, medication monitoring, home safety needs or visits to a senior living community. Wouldn’t it be nice to have hacks to reclaim some “me time” for your self-care?

In honor of National Caregivers Day, February 15, we are happy to share a few hacks that we hope will make all caregivers’ lives a little easier.

Stay Organized and Worry-Free

Keeping up with caregiving responsibilities can be stressful. Instead of tearing your hair out, try using an app to stay organized. Carezone app stores all your loved one’s health information, including medical providers and a list of prescriptions and other medications. The app allows you to share this information with family and friends. Check out the AARP website for a detailed review of apps to help keep caregivers organized.

Even a simple binder with tabs can do the trick to keep all your loved one’s medical records in one place. Add a calendar in the front of the binder to keep track …
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Senior Hacks – Shortcuts to Make Life Easier for Seniors

Daily tasks that were once simple can become more challenging as individuals age and face hurdles such as loss of hearing, sight and memory. Several senior hacks that can make each day easier through this stage of life.

Allegro is highlighting clever ‘Hacks’ or ‘Shortcuts’ to help seniors overcome common hurdles that often accompany older age.

– Ask for a map of your local grocery store and map out your route beforehand to reduce walking. Shop early or late in the day to avoid crowds. Better yet, use Peapod to have groceries delivered to your door.

– Use dark colored switch plates and outlet covers against lighter colored walls so that you can quickly identify their location(s) in a room.

– Take advantages of phone apps to help remind you each day when pills should be taken. Check out the app Pillieboxie.

– Put a sticker on pill boxes after you have taken pills that day.

– Sign up for Amazon Prime subscriptions to have basic household items shipped to your door each month.

– For those struggling with hearing loss, …
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Top 5 Innovative Tech Gifts for Seniors in 2017

Finding the right gift for seniors in your life can be challenging. While techy gifts may not be at the top of your list, these innovative devices can be meaningful and helpful to seniors. Technology is now available to address everyday stresses in seniors lives such as safety, health, and companionship. Don’t let the senior in your life be intimidated by emerging technology and consider one of these gifts for him or her this holiday season.

 

Gift Option #1 – WiseWear ($295-$345)

Benefit to Seniors: Safety and Convenience

Think of this as a Fitbit specially designed for seniors. This smart jewelry tracks your heart rate, calories and sleep patterns like most popular fitness devices. Connected to a smartphone, it also provides notification features for incoming calls and important alerts, such as medication reminders. The sleek aesthetic design is replacing traditional plastic button panic devices. The difference is the safety feature. The user taps the bracelet 3 times to create a distress signal that is sent to the emergency contacts linked to the device. Your exact GPS location is …
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When Families Don’t Agree on Care For Aging Parents

Deciding the best care for aging parents is a hard and emotional decision, especially when families don’t agree. There is no clear-cut answer to questions such as “when is it time to get help for Mom or Dad?”, “should they stay home or move to a senior living community?”, and “which options are the best for their long-term health and happiness?”

Everyone may not agree on a solution or timeline, so it’s important to keep an open mind and heart.  When there is disagreement, here are some tips to help all family members keep lines of communication open and come to a decision.

Set a time for all family members to be in the same physical location.

Distance and lack of face-to-face communication can be hurdles in finalizing senior care decisions for family members. Set a date to be in the same place to research options and visit senior living communities together. At the very least, utilize Skype or some type of application to allow for face-to-face conversation.

Meet WITHOUT Mom and Dad to discuss each person’s concerns regarding …
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