Rachel Cooper
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As our aging population is growing, technology is evolving to make day-to-day life easier for seniors. Here are some innovative products that help families of seniors feel safe and can improve their quality of life.

1. Medical alert systems

The most popular technology for seniors is a wearable call button that dispatches emergency help when needed. These devices are equipped with a range of options, including automatic fall detection, in-home health monitors, fitness trackers, movement sensors and more.

When choosing a system, evaluate your loved one's specific needs and abilities. Consider a base unit located in their home and a mobile system that incorporates GPS technology to call for help when they're away from home.

Before making a long-term commitment to a specific service, ask if a free trial period is available so you can see what works best for you and your family.

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2. Wearable health monitors

Wearable gadgets such as smartwatches, fitness trackers and specialized sensors are available to measure heart rates, track asthma, monitor blood pressure and so much more.

These devices are increasingly integrated with wireless mobile devices and cloud-based data storage, making them a powerful health monitoring tool.

3. Financial alert technology

Unfortunately, with advances in technology, financial exploitation can be a huge concern for seniors and their families. However, technology can also be used to set up alerts to protect you from fraud, scams and identity theft.

Sign up with your bank to receive automatic alerts for withdrawals from your account. Credit card companies also utilize this technology to alert you any time a charge is made to your account.

Use apps such as EverSafe to monitor financial activity within multiple accounts.

4. Online rent payment

Today, most property management companies offer online payment options and the ability to set up automatic payments by electronic transfer, credit or debit card, or cash.

Monthly rent can also be paid through websites like rentpayment.com, cozy.co, payyourrent.com and others. Families can set up online payments for utilities and other recurring bills to make sure that their loved ones pay their bills on time.

5. Smart home technology

Smart home technology, or home automation, provides conveniences such as LED lighting, auto stove shut-off systems, smart thermostats, home security systems, smart outlets, smart smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, and more.

These features are great for families of seniors as the devices can be controlled remotely by an app on their smartphone or any other networked device.

6. Digital Assistants

Amazon's Echo and Google's Home are voice-activated WiFi devices that can be helpful to seniors who are living independently. They can turn on lights or adjust the thermostat, as well as take dictation to help you create reminders that can be set to prompt you to take medication.

Place a few digital assistants around your home and enjoy easy access to information that may be cumbersome to look up on a computer. Note that digital assistants can dial landline and mobile phone numbers but are not reliable to call 911.

7. GrandPad

This customized tablet is a technology designed specifically for seniors who have little technical expertise to make it easy for them to connect with family and friends. No dialing or typing is required.

The GrandPad has a touch screen, large fonts and buttons, and a handy stylus for navigation. There are no wires and the charging cradle is simple to use. A monthly subscription provides the convenience of unlimited 4G LTE data, ad-free unlimited streaming music and mobile access for caregivers and family.



About The Author

Rachel Cooper is a freelance writer and author with more than a decade of online journalism and content creation experience. She has written for About.com, Washingtonian, Federal City Council, Montgomery Parks, Destination Maryland, Conde Nast Traveler, Payscale, Valpak, Grandparents.com, Washington Parent and more. Her books include Quiet Water: Mid-Atlantic, AMC’s Canoe and Kayak Guide to the Best Ponds, Lakes and Easy Rivers; 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington, D.C. and Images of Rail: Union Station in Washington, D.C.