There is no denying the fact that we are living in the digital age where technology is present in literally every area of our lives. Having lived in an age before smart homes and smart cars, isn’t there something we could gift seniors to make their lives a little easier? If you are looking for a gift for an aging loved one, here are 5 techie gadgets every senior really should have.
1. Digital Picture Frame
One of the things that most seniors enjoy is when they receive photos of all the grandkids. They will proudly frame them and display them on walls throughout the home. Perhaps you could gift them with a digital photo frame that would display picture after picture sent as a digital file. This is something that would be especially appreciated for grandparents living in distant cities or states. Imagine how proud a senior in assisted living Memphis TN would be to have that digital photo frame on the coffee table in their living room for all their neighbors to see when visiting!
2. Laptop or Tablet
Of course, they’d also need a laptop so that they could receive those files via email, but laptops and tablets have come way down in price so they are ultra-affordable. You might need to teach them how to download the files and transfer them to the digital picture frame, but for sure one of the caregivers could help them learn to do that.
3. Mobile Phone
Another really important thing for your aging loved one to have would be a mobile phone. These they can take with them on their daily walks, unlike a hard-wired landline that isn’t mobile at all. Why pay for both a landline and a mobile phone when a technology makes it possible to always have a phone within easy reach? It’s far less expensive to talk long distance on a mobile phone as well, so this is a really wise investment for seniors living in the digital age.
4. Smart Watch
A smartwatch connected to their mobile phone could also be a fitness tracker. They can monitor everything from blood pressure to pulse rate and being connected to the phone, they could send out an alert if the senior’s vitals rose or fell to dangerous levels.
5. Amazon Echo with Alexa
Finally, when it comes to smart technology, just think of what an Amazon Echo with Alexa could do for them. They can do everything from setting alarms to reminding them it’s time to take their medicine, and even control the lights and climate control with a single voice command.
While technology is present in literally every area of our lives, we tend to take it for granted. This is something your grandparents didn’t have the benefit of and now, at this time in their lives, it’s something that could be as beneficial to them as it is fun. If you are shopping for an elderly person you love, think about technology and you will have the perfect gift.