Cool Electronic Gadgets for Seniors


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Do you have any seniors at home who live alone? How about gifting them these cool electronic gadgets that may be very helpful? Here is a list. 

Joy For All Companion Pets

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Joy for All Companion Pets is a robotic product for seniors, but it’s in pet form. Ageless Innovation, the company behind All Companion Pets, launched their first product, Companion Pet Cats, in December 2015. The business released its line of Companion Pet Dogs in 2016 thanks to the company’s cat’s success.

The Companion Pet interactive creatures can help lessen the isolation many seniors who live alone feel. A recent CNN piece reports that a New York-based Companion Pet pilot program showed that isolated adults responded well to the therapeutic creatures. According to the piece, 70 percent of the NY pilot participants reported “a decrease in isolation after one year.”

ElliQ

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ElliQ is a “proactive cognitive artificial intelligence product” that can provide companionship for older adults and promote healthy habits. Dor Skuler, co-founder and CEO of Intuition Robotics, describes ElliQ as “a sidekick for happier aging.”

I like ElliQ because this type of artificial intelligence (AI) could help caregivers connect with and better care for their elderly friends and family members. Caregivers can initiate conversations with an ElliQ owner and send ElliQ photos through the product’s app. The ElliQ website explains that an ElliQ owner “can see and respond” to messages and pictures “via a video screen.”

Ring Video Doorbell 3

Ring sells security products that can help people protect their homes by monitoring activity inside and outside. I like this company’s tech gadgets for seniors because the doorbells can help seniors see who is at their door and discern if they need to get up. Ring doorbells also feature two-way communication. (Depending on the product a senior chooses, they could also monitor the activity in their home.)

Ring has a variety of products and doorbell models to choose from. You can check out the various models and price points at Ring’s website. Where you live, your income, and if you want to install this product yourself or have someone else do it will help you choose a model.

Tinylogics Memo Box

As we get older, many of us are prescribed medications that help us live happy and healthy lives. The more prescriptions we have, the more challenging it can be to remember to take medications when we need to. That’s where Memo Box’s smart pillboxes come in.

I like the Memo Box 7 Day pillbox, because it reminds seniors (via visual reminders on the boxes and an app) to take their pills. Other alerts include:

  • Double-dose alert
  • Misplace alert
  • Find me alert

“When the time comes for your next intake of pills, the respective box starts beeping and blinking to attract the user’s attention,” GadgetUser.com explained. “If there’s no reaction, the smart box sends an alert to the user’s smartphone.”

iRobot® Roomba® 694

Although you still may be able to clean your home on your own, it doesn’t hurt to get a little help. One product that’s been around for a while that helps people of all ages keep their homes cleaner is robotic vacuums.

In general, I like robotic vacuums because although they can’t clean your entire home like a home aid or yourself, they can lighten the load when you’re experiencing pain or tiredness.

There are many different robotic vacuums to choose from. The photo above is of the iRobot Roomba 694 Vacuum.

Tile Stickers

Tile makes a variety of products that help people find items they use everyday that easily go missing. Tile’s products use bluetooth and can be activated via a smartphone app.

Tile’s stick-on finder seems best suited for seniors because it’s made to adhere to household items that are regularly misplaced (television remotes, glasses cases, etc.).

I like Tile’s “stickers” because they are affordable (they offer a one-year subscription to Tile Premium’s service and free battery replacements for your device every year). Tile’s stickers also are waterproof.

These are some cool electronic gadgets for seniors.

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