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Gadgets as Gifts for Elderly Family Members

Aging is a big adjustment all on its own, but aging with all of the technology today can be overwhelming. Rather than allowing yourself to be intimidated by new technology, try to embrace it by letting it help you age and remain independent longer. If you are on the market for gifts for elderly family members, technology to help ease them into aging could be ideal.

The following technology is a variety of new and old items that can make aging easier for people who may be struggling or embracing the changes coming.

Big button cell phone

Big button cell phones, or cell phones that have fewer and larger buttons,  have a place in the mobile phone world, specifically for aging adults. As people age their vision typically gets worse over time. This can happen due to a variety of medical issues such as glaucoma, cataracts, or macular degeneration.  

While smartphones are what is popular now, this type of cell phone is a stable for people who are aging and not only dealing with sight issues, but also need a medical alert device.

Vacuum robots

Robotic vacuums are becoming a common household appliance. Depending on the features that you are interested in, the price of a robotic vacuum is typically affordable. 

While vacuuming is not a complicated task, it can be physically taxing and become harder to do as you age. You can program most robotic vacuums either through your phone or a remote to run at certain times of the day and certain areas of your home. 

The key to keeping a clean home, free of dust and dander is a regular cleaning. So having an easy-to-use vacuum can be extremely useful.

Automatic pill reminders

Automatic medication management systems are great for people of all ages. However, as people age, they typically end up on a variety of medications. The fact that these medications must be managed for many aging adults accounts for a large percentage of nursing home admissions.  Medication management systems range from simple plastic pill boxes all the way up to smart medication management systems that remind users when to take their medications.

Medical alert systems

Medical Alert Systems are handy devices that are available in all shapes and sizes, but the most common is a pendant style alert system. These have a single push button that alerts a call center when a person feels like they are having a medical emergency.

Sonamba monitoring system

The Sonamba Monitoring System can send you regular updates about your loved one and helps keep them safe and give you some peace of mind. This gadget doubles as an interactive digital photo frame. It lets seniors receive and send text messages and works as a personal emergency system.

Driveway alert

Driveway alarms typically consist of two main components: a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter usually runs on batteries and it is placed somewhere that is concealed, typically on the side of the driveway or at the entrance. The receiver is kept in your home, plugged into an electrical outlet. Depending on what brand and model that you purchase, the receiver may come as a wireless option, in which case you can carry it with you. Whenever the transmitter senses a moving object, it will send a signal to the receiver, which in turn will notify you by either a sound, led lighting or both.

Miracle reader

As you age, you may start having problems with your vision. If you are a reader, this can be especially distressing. Gadgets like the miracle reader allows you to read those books with small print and even do those crossword puzzles or sudoku you used to love. It can also help you find numbers in a phone book and read the newspaper. Print sizes that you may not have been able to see recently can now become large and clear for you. 

The miracle reader and gadgets alike can connect with a single cord that can plug into the TV video input. The object that you were having trouble viewing before can appear on your TV screen in full. 

Call blockers

Everyone hates getting spam or robocalls. While you can sign up for a do not call list that removes your number from most lists, this list does not stop all of the calls that you are trying to avoid. 

For the people who still have landlines, those numbers are more threatened by spam callers because they are harder to block callers from. Because of this issue, there are now devices that are dedicated to blocking robocalls on landlines. 

These devices show you a caller ID and typically have a large red button that reads “Block Now” for easy use.

The possibilities can seem endless when it comes to gadgets for older adults. The key is to remain open to technology and not feel overwhelmed with something new or foreign to you. Technology will continue to grow as you age and it can make the aging process significantly easier if you let it.

Hannah Verret
Hannah Verret is a Content Developer at Med-Alert Pros in Memphis, TN. Hannah has been working in content creation throughout her entire adult career. When Hannah isn't writing or organizing social media posts, she's spending her time reading and loving on her many pets.

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