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7 Best Innovative Products for the Elderly

6 minute readLast updated October 2, 2021
Written by Merritt Whitley, senior living writer and editor

In our high-tech society, it’s no surprise that tech products for seniors have become more popular. From assistance with day-to-day life to managing sleep or medication, there are many options to make life easier for the elderly.

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“When designed for the needs and interests of seniors, technology has the ability to empower, instill confidence, and help them stay engaged and active with the things and people they love,” says Julie Ament Gran, chief growth officer at GrandPad, a company known for their senior-friendly tablet design.

Check out these seven innovative products for the elderly that will provide entertainment, simplify chores, and enhance safety. From senior-specific cell phone apps to specialized tablets and speakers, seniors can make their lives simpler with these new technologies.

1. Hero Medication Management Service

Hero reduces the stress of managing medications by providing an all-inclusive service that sorts, dispenses, remembers, and refills seniors’ pills. Hero’s dispenser technology can store up to a 90-day supply of 10 different pills. This in-home medication management system can be customized to fit any medication schedule. The device also connects to the Hero app, which tracks doses and consumption. It can be managed by the user or a tech-savvy family member. Due to contamination risks, the dispenser does not work with gummies, half pills, or sticky dissoluble pills. However, these medications can be tracked separately using the connected app. Another plus is that the Hero subscription includes an optional prescription refill and delivery service. The delivery service sends prescriptions and over-the-counter medication directly to the user’s door with free shipping.

Additional features:

  • Password protection
  • Notifications when medication is missed or running low
  • Free shipping and returns
  • 90-day risk-free trial
  • Free firmware and software updates
  • HIPAA-compliant security for all data
  • 24/7 live support team

2. GrandPad

The GrandPad is an easy-to-use tablet that comes with built-in wireless data. It allows seniors to play games, listen to music, video chat with family, and communicate with no hassle.

To use the GrandPad tablet, you’ll need purchase the comprehensive subscription service. This includes insurance, internet connection, and its own private family network, which allows approved members to add photos, update contact information, and more. There’s no modem to set up or passwords to remember, and GrandPad’s device insurance replaces broken devices at no cost. It can be great technology for seniors who aren’t very tech-savvy but want to stay connected with loved ones.

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  • Protection from scams and spams
  • Unlimited access to a support team
  • Ability to send voice-automated emails
  • Enlarged text for easy reading
  • 1-3 day battery life plus a wireless charging cradle
  • Stylus pen for improved accuracy
  • 4G LTE internet connection

3. Amazon Echo Dot (4th Generation)

The Amazon Echo Dot is a smart compact speaker with many senior-friendly features and abilities. It’s voice-activated and small enough to fit or take anywhere. You will need to have a basic Amazon account to use the Echo Dot. You won’t need an Amazon Prime membership.

With this easy-to-use device, you can:

  • Chat
  • Stream music from your music service account
  • Receive news updates
  • Play games
  • Create grocery lists
  • Check the weather
  • Set alarms to take medications

Guard your home by setting up the additional safety feature in the Alexa app. This subscription-based home security service allows the device to provide alerts about carbon monoxide, smoke alarms, and broken glass. It can also be integrated with Ring doorbell security systems and ADT. Learn how to guard your homeand stay protected.

Additional features:

  • Privacy protection
  • Hands-free calls
  • Voice control to lock doors, turn on lights, and adjust thermostats
  • Fabric design with multiple color options
  • AUX, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Part of Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly program

4. Tile Sticker

Tile Sticker technology prevents seniors from losing everyday items. The Tile Sticker is small enough to be placed on remotes, wallets, keys, and other easily misplaced household items. When you need to find your items, use the company’s app on your phone. The Pro version is ideal for valuable items and has a Bluetooth range of 400 feet.

Additional features:

  • Waterproof
  • Up to 2-year battery life
  • Free shipping
  • 30-day guarantee

5. COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones

For seniors with hearing loss — or for those passionate about entertainment — the E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones can improve listening experiences for music, movies, podcasts, and more. The advanced active noise-reduction technology cancels lower frequencies, while the Bluetooth connectivity enables easy, hands-free listening.

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Additional features:

  • High-quality built-in microphone
  • 30-hour battery life
  • Professional padding and 90° swiveling ear cups
  • Hassle-free wireless design

6. Nest Doorbell

The Nest Doorbell is a doorbell camera system that allows users to see and speak to anyone at their front door. With 24/7 streaming and continuous HD video recording, this product can make your senior’s life easier and help ensure their safety.

With the Nest Aware subscription, users can get automatic alerts sent straight to their smartphone when packages are delivered or if a visitor is detected.

Additional features:

  • Easy installation
  • 3-hour snapshot history
  • 4:3 HDR video
  • 160° field of view
  • Night vision
  • Prerecorded quick responses

7. Fitbit Versa 3

The Fitbit Versa 3 is a versatile watch and health manager. It includes a heart-rate tracker, oxygen saturation monitor, breathing monitor, and easy access to apps and information. Listen to unlimited music by pairing it with your Spotify Premium account, set alarms, track weather, or pay bills on the go.

Additional features:

  • Sleep tracker
  • Personalized clock face
  • Fitbit pay
  • 24/7 heart rate tracking
  • Built-in Amazon Alexa
  • Water resistance up to 50 meters
  • Call, text, and app notifications
  • Up to 6-day battery life
  • Built-in GPS
  • 90-day premium free trial


Meet the Author
Merritt Whitley, senior living writer and editor

Merritt Whitley writes and edits content for A Place for Mom, specializing in senior health, memory care, and lifestyle articles. With eight years of experience writing for senior audiences, Merritt has managed multiple print publications, social media channels, and blogs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University.

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