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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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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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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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