New Technology for the Old Generation

New Tech for the Old Gen

Gift ideas for the Senior Citizen in your life

Shopping for the elderly can be a daunting task. They most likely have what they need, and don’t have much they really want, and even if you ask your grandparents, you’re bound to get an inconclusive answer. You know you can’t give up easily though, these are the same people who have seen you through everything from your first few words to your latest breakthrough and all that came in between.

With all the technological advancement around them, the elderly in your family might feel behind the times. Yet, most senior citizens are hesitant when it comes to adopting the latest and greatest from Silicon Valley. It’s a fine line to tread when gifting tech to the elderly but here are a few options that are sure to put a smile on grandma and grandpa’s face.

The memories shared with their loved ones are something all senior citizens cherish deeply. While people from older generations don’t feel the same way about digital memories that they do about physical records, a Digital Picture Frame is sure to bridge the gap.

Be it pictures of their children, grandchildren or even their glorious youth, they would certainly appreciate a physical object without having to deal with printing every time you want a change. Memories made better with tech!

Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistant

From Amazon’s Echo line to Google’s Hub, there is an increasing number of digital assistants that can do a great job of helping the seniors. These devices respond to vocal commands or questions. They can tell you the weather, play requested songs or radio stations, set timers and alarms, deliver news reports, look up trivial facts and play games. Many can be paired with “smart” products like lights, locks and even HVAC controls to provide you with the ability to deliver voice commands like, “Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights” saving Grandpa a lot of trips around the house.

Feature Phone

Feature Phone

Using a complex Android or iOS can be a challenge at a later age. Devices like iBall’s Aasaan 4, a feature phone, are designed for senior citizens with simple mobile controls offering features that are easy to use and can be accessed quickly in times of emergency, like louder audio, a larger keypad, and a Long-Lasting battery.

Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Perhaps nowhere has robotic technology been more utilized than to do things we don’t really like doing. Vacuuming is one of those and advancements in robotic vacuums have really improved. There are a couple of models on the market that have proven themselves as efficient machines, capable of handling the chore of keeping our floors dust and dirt free. These devices can be programmed to turn on at certain times, like when you are not at home making your senior’s day to day dealings at their home a lot easier.

Item Locator

With age comes forgetfulness. Elders often complain of misplacing their keys, wallet or purse. The idea of being able to open an app on your phone to find what you lost is now a reality thanks to a variety of item location devices like Tile Trackers. You just pair the locator with your phone then attach it to whatever you want to track. To find a lost item that’s within 100 feet of your phone just use the app and the locator will make a noise alerting you to its location.

All-in-One Remote

All-in-One Remote

A remote control may not seem like a very exciting present but for anyone of age struggling dealing with multiple confusing remotes for home entertainment, it can be a blessing. Choosing one with large, fluorescent buttons would ensure ease of use.

Bluetooth Speaker

Bluetooth Speaker

A wireless speakerphone is a great gift for your grandparents if they love listening to music. Opt for a smart, feature-rich option like the Saregama Carvaan and your grandparents will be treated to a trip down memory lane, with its several thousand vintage songs and old world charm. What’s more, is that a speaker with FM Radio functionality will help stay updated to their preferred form of audio entertainment.

The gift of time, love and respect is integral to a healthy family value system. Respect for your elders, care for their well-being and safety and the desire to fulfill their needs are all gifts greater than all material.

While we can’t always be there, we can do our best to send tokens of our affection and appreciation. Let’s introduce our elders to tech!

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