Aging comes with its challenges, but with today’s technology, it is easier than ever. Whether you need some help reading, hearing or seeing in the dark, there is a tech solution out there for you.
When you wake up in the middle of the night, it’s easy to stub your toe or trip over a shoe. Falling in the dark is an abrupt wake-up call that you do not want to experience. The easy fix? Motion-sensing nightlights.
These nightlights only come on when it is dark, and they sense your presence. This means you can sleep in the dark, but the light will come on when you get out of bed. They save energy by coming on only when needed, and their lightbulbs rarely need replacing. At only $10 each, you can put them throughout your house, and you’ll never be caught in the dark again.
Do you have a friend who refuses to check her email? Or does Grandma always complain about having to go onto social media to see what you’re up to? You can help your loved ones stay in the loop with computer-less email. You send an email, and it prints out as a letter directly into their home. It’s just like getting snail mail, and there’s nothing new for your loved one to learn. Whether you send over birthday invitations, your latest family photos or an article you want her to read, you don’t have to rely on Grandma checking her email. She just needs to pick up the paper that the printer gives her. Easy!
Do you have trouble hearing your pastor? Do you fight your family to turn the TV up?
You can turn the sound up with personal amplifiers, as much as you need and whenever you need it, without bothering those around you. For $35, you can get a handheld microphone that connects to a headset.
For only $79 you can rediscover your love of reading. With the Kindle you can adjust the font size of your favorite books. The screen reflects light just like a regular book, so it isn’t hard on your eyes. It is so lightweight that you can take it anywhere you go. You can fit your entire bookshelf on the Kindle so that you are never without something to read.
For $25.95 a month, you can get the peace of mind of help being only a button push away. Medical alert systems help seniors stay safe in case of emergencies. When you press the help button, you are connected directly to a trained specialist who will send you the help you need. They stay on the line with you to comfort you and help you through your emergency. Seconds count in an emergency, and medical alerts can get you help fast.
With ‘smart’ fall detection, you don’t even need to press the button. These smart pendants sense when you fall and automatically call for help. As an added bonus medical alert systems are waterproof so that you can wear them in the shower where your phone can’t go.
For most of us, reading glasses are just another thing to lose. But it can be hard to read your text messages without them!
Thin Optics are extremely thin reading glasses that fit on the back of a cell phone. They do not have arms but instead securely and comfortably fit onto the bridge of your nose. With these extremely portable reading glasses, you will no longer have to ask someone else what your text messages say.
How often do you lose your keys or wallet? Leave those frantic mornings behind with Tile.
You can get a four pack of Tiles for $70. Simply attach each Tile to your easily misplaced things. When you can’t find them, open the Tile app. The app uses Bluetooth to locate your lost items. You can see their location on the screen and listen for the tune the Tile plays. You’ll find your keys in no time!
These items will truly make your life better. They are all easy to set up and simple to use, and you’ll wonder how you lived without them before!
Shayne Fitz-Coy is the Co-CEO and President of Alert-1, an aging-in-place technology company headquartered in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Shayne has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Harvard College, a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford, and a keen interest in any affordable tech gadgets that improve the daily life of seniors.