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7 Best Innovative Technologies for Seniors

Merritt Whitley
By Merritt WhitleyAugust 5, 2020

In our high-tech society, it’s no surprise that tech gifts for seniors have become more popular. From assistance with day-to-day life to managing sleep or medication, there are many products to make life easier for the elderly. Check out these seven innovative products for the elderly to simplify chores, enhance safety, and provide entertainment.

1. Hero digital pill dispenser

Hero digital pill dispenser

Hero dispenses a senior’s medication at the right time each day. This technology for seniors holds up to 10 different pills — all shapes and sizes — and can be customized to any medication schedule.

Hero can store up to a 90-day supply of medication depending on the pill size. The device connects to the Hero app, which tracks pills doses and consumption. Due to contamination risks, Hero does not work with gummies, half pills, or sticky dissoluble pills.

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Hero Fill will also deliver prescriptions and over-the-counter medication directly to your door with free shipping.

Additional features:

  • Password protected
  • Notifications when medication is low
  • Free shipping and returns
  • 30-day free trial
  • Free software updates
  • HIPAA-compliant security for all data
  • 24/7 support team

Price:

  • $99.99 initiation fee
  • $29.99 a month

2. GrandPad

GrandPad tablet

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.

The GrandPad tablet comes with 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 a great tech gift for seniors who aren’t very tech-savvy but want to stay connected with loved ones.

Additional features:

  • Safe from scams and spams
  • Unlimited access to a support team
  • Sends voice-automated emails
  • Enlarged text for easy reading

Price: 

  • Basic plan:$29 setup and shipping; $66 a month
  • Annual plan:Free setup and shipping; $49 a month

3. Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation)

Amazon Echo Dot – Third 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. With this easy-to-use device, you can:

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

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

Additional features:

  • Privacy protection
  • Hands-free calls
  • Voice control to lock doors, turn on lights, and adjust thermostats
  • Fabric design

Price:

  • $49.99

4. Tile Sticker

Tile Stickers

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
  • 3-year battery life
  • Free shipping
  • 30-day guarantee

Price:

  • 4 pack for $49.99

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

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 technology allows easy, hands-free listening.

Additional features:

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

Price:

  • $59.99

6. Ring Video Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell

Ring makes many doorbell camera systems that provide real-time notifications to smart phones when visitors ring the doorbell or trigger motion sensors. This product can make life easier for the elderly and help ensure safety.

Using a Ring Video Doorbell, you can speak to visitors anywhere and anytime, or use the device to monitor doors around the home. Users can also set custom motion settings and receive crime and safety alerts directly to a smartphone.

Additional features:

  • Night vision
  • Advanced motion settings
  • 1080p HD video and two-way talk
  • Works with Alexa

Price:

  • $99.99 one-time fee
  • $3 a month for basic plan

7. Fitbit Versa 2

Fitbit Versa 2

The Fitbit Versa 2 is a versatile watch and health manager. It includes a heart-rate tracker and easy access to apps and information. Listen to unlimited music using Spotify, 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

Price:

  • $199.99
Merritt Whitley
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Merritt Whitley

Merritt Whitely is an editor at A Place for Mom. She developed health content for seniors at Hearing Charities of America and the National Hearing Aid Project. She’s also managed multiple print publications, blogs, and social media channels for seniors as the marketing manager at Sertoma, Inc.

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