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 transmitted.
Gift Option #2 – Silver Mother Sensors ($320)
Benefit to Seniors: Safety and Health
This device incorporates into the everyday lives of seniors, continuously monitoring their safety and health. The small devices attach to household items like pill dispensers, refrigerators and doors. The sensors continuously monitor daily activity, detecting movement of medications and sends a notification when you forget to take your meds. Family members can access an app that tracks their loved one’s daily activities and detects any changes in behaviors. Alerts are sent if there is cause for concern or change in activity.
Gift Option #3 – Amazon Echo ($99)
Benefits to Seniors: Companionship and Entertainment
Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker that you control with your voice. This device acts as a virtual assistant connected to a smart speaker. Through sophisticated voice recognition, you now have a home companion that can play music, ask questions, provide news updates, set reminders and more. All you must do is ask. For the senior population, these devices can assist with medication reminders, alert you to upcoming doctor’s appointments, play music and act as a home assistant for cooking and other tasks.
Gift Option #3 – Reminder Rosie ($120)
Benefits to Seniors: Companionship, Comfort and Entertainment
Reminder Rosie is a voice assistant designed specifically for the senior population. It has the appearance of an alarm clock with a large digital screen. But unlike the devices previously mentioned, Reminder Rosie records all the things a loved one needs to remember in the voice of a family member or caregiver. It sets dates and times for reminders and the alerts are provided by a recognizable voice of a loved one. The user can also ask Rosie questions about important times and dates and the pre-recorded messages will answer.
Gift Option #5 – Google – Daydream View ($99)
Benefits to Seniors: Connection and Inspiration
Meet Daydream View. A virtual reality headset that’s easy-to-wear with a controller that’s simple to use. Swim with seals, fly through space, and watch dinosaurs roam free – you’ll be amazed at what you can do and see. This wearable device allows seniors to travel the world, visit famous landmarks or see the ocean all from the comfort and convenience of their own home. Traveling can be harder for seniors but with this device they can engage with new environments and travel to places they have never been.