Though seniors have a reputation as being technology averse, technology has undoubtedly become an increasing presence in our lives. As a result, more and more seniors are adopting tech trends. Of course, one of the many benefits of technology is that it allows seniors to live independently for longer. Still, with so many options for smart devices on the market, how do you know where to even begin?
Whether you want just the basics or want to totally outfit your home with smart tech, here are some essentials for the modern senior.
Regardless of where you live, you probably have smoke detectors—these are a must-have for any home! A smart smoke detector improves on the classic battery powered smoke detector. Smart smoke detectors can detect carbon monoxide. They’ll also deliver warnings throughout the house and to smartphones, meaning you don’t need to worry about not being able to hear it. Some will even alert emergency contacts, so they can check in on you should something happen.
You have probably seen these in the form of those commercials where someone falls and can’t get up. But smart emergency contact systems have gotten a lot more advanced since then. Whether you go for a less expensive version like Amazon’s Echo Dot or something like the Apple Watch, emergency contact systems don’t look like big bracelets and necklaces anymore. Since the Apple Watch wasn’t designed as a contact device, it also has lots of other features, but as far as safety features go, it can detect falls, help you quickly get in touch with emergency contacts, and share medical information with emergency responders.
If you have other smart devices, a smart screen (essentially a tablet) helps you keep track of them all. If you don’t have a smartphone, this helps you control and receive notifications from smart smoke detectors, video doorbells, security systems, and more from a central device. But even if this is the only smart device you own, it’s still helpful. These devices can help you keep in touch with family members, take advantage of telemedicine services, and contact emergency services.
Video doorbells are helpful because they help you screen any visitors who might arrive at your front door. For seniors with mobility challenges, it can also help you figure out whether you need to get up and greet someone, or whether you just want to answer the door remotely. Smart doorbells notify your smartphone. Some can even distinguish between animals, cars, and human guests so you always know who’s at your doorstep.