As our society continues to skew older, more seniors are either already tech savvy, or learning just to keep up with the kids and grandkids, and also to stay connected with friends. Among this year’s gifts – a variety of ways to stay connected and entertained.
Smartphone – Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe – One of the things we like most about this phone is its Easy Mode. It reduces the number of icons on the home screen and makes each one larger, ideal for seniors with vision or dexterity issues. This is a phone of firsts. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe is an Android phone featuring a 23-megapixel camera and an aluminum alloy unibody with an invisible-antenna design. Inside, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the world’s first smartphone to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor to offer a massive 6GB of RAM combined with 256GB of UFS 2.0
memory. Unlocked version available for $500.
Weather Watcher – Midland NOAA Weather Alert Radio – See why Midland is the most trusted name in weather alert radios with this reliable weather alert radio. This model features S.A.M.E. localized programming and will alert your senior
parent to over 60 kinds of weather hazards and emergencies.
When a severe weather watch or warning is issued by the National Weather Service, it will automatically alert them, giving them the extra seconds they need to seek shelter. Available for $50.
Gel Floor Mat – GelPro Elite – If the senior in your life spends a lot of time in the kitchen they are going to appreciate this. With advanced comfort technology available for tired, hurting feet, the GelPro Elite mats are 50% thicker than GelPro Classic with a ¾” thick Dual Comfort Core of their proprietary gel and energy-return foam. This revolutionary comfort mat offers maximum support and plush comfort so your senior parent will be able to stand for extended periods of time without experiencing discomfort and fatigue. The GelPro Elite Comfort Mat features reinforced beveled edges, a slip-resistant bottom and a stain-resistant top surface constructed with non-toxic polyurethane. Ideal solution for those who suffer from back, hip, leg or foot discomfort or anyone who wants to enjoy what they do while standing on hard flooring. Available for $125.
Fire Starter Set – Adirondack Firestone FireLighter Starter Kit – There’s nothing quite like the warmth and comfort of a real fire. Let this unique gift bring some warmth into your senior parent’s home. The FireLighter starter kit includes a ceramic vessel, two bottles of the company’s Candle & Lamp Oil, and a FireStone attached to a steel rod. To get started, soak the FireStone in the oil-filled vessel. Next, roll the FireStone lightly in fireplace ashes, ignite it with a match or lighter, and place the lit stone under the firewood in the fireplace. The FireLighter stone will burn for about 15 to 20 minutes, igniting the rest of the firewood. Available for $125.
Air Purifier – Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link – This 3-in-1 purifies all year round and can heat the whole room or cool as a fan. The HEPA filter removes 99.97% of allergens and pollutants and the active carbon layer captures odors and harmful toxins. The smart system automatically monitors and reacts to the room and the Dyson Link app provides real-time air quality reports and allows you to remotely control your machine from your smartphone. The Link also has an auto mode, sleep timer, night-time mode, and an easy-to-clean aperture. Available for $600.
Multi-Room Music Simplified – Como Audio Duetto – The Duetto is designed to be a single smart music system that delivers a world of musical content in a satisfying acoustic, aesthetic, and intuitive experience. It’s a high fidelity stereo speaker that can play music via streaming, Bluetooth, and more all in one stylish system. The exterior is expertly crafted using one of several furniture-grade, real wood veneers, or a multi-layer piano gloss finish. The quality is mirrored inside with state of the art technology supporting playback of hi res files in faithful reproduction of their original quality. Available for $400.
Touchscreen Router – Starry Station – Blinking lights on our routers leave us feeling helpless, not to mention frustrated. Starry Station has changed that forever. Now your senior parent will be able to see their entire network, know how to fix issues, and get all the info they need right from the router’s touchscreen. It will give them blazing-fast Wi-Fi, tell them when there’s an issue and how to fix it, and it comes with a host of other useful features to improve their home WiFi experience. Available for $300.
Fall Detection – Lively Alert Fall Detection & Alert System – Give your senior parent (and yourself) some peace of mind this holiday season. With the 5Star Service and Fall Detection technology on the Lively mobile urgent response device and Lively, they’ll be ready for whatever comes their way. Using advanced technology that senses sudden movement, this device will automatically connect your parent to a certified response agent when a fall is detected. The Agent will confirm their location, evaluate the situation, and get them the help they need. The pendant style device is available for $40 and monthly monitoring plans begin at $15.
Automated Light Switch – Switchmate – Switchmate automatically turns on lights as you arrive home or enter rooms and is installed through a simple one-second installation, so everyone can enjoy the many benefits of smart lighting without the hassle of complicated set ups. It is the first smart home product that can be used with absolutely no configuration, tools, wiring, or Wi-Fi. Switchmate instantly attaches magnetically to existing toggle or rocker switches and is controlled through the free app on your senior’s smart phone. Available for $40.
Tablet – Asus ZenPad 3s 10 – This is a great way for your senior you stay in touch through video chats. This tablet features elegant, modern styling with clean lines and an exquisite metallic texture that feels great to the touch. Its forged aluminum body weighs just 15 ounces and is less than 1/4 thick, making it great for travel. Despite its small size, its brilliant screen and high-quality audio capabilities deliver mobile entertainment like never before. Available for $300.
HDTV – TCL 55″ 4K Television with Roku – This very affordable smart television offers a stunning Ultra HD experience and easy access to over 300,000 movies and TV episodes through a personalized home screen. Easy access to streaming channels, cable TV, on demand movies, and more means no more flipping through inputs or complicated menus or juggling several remotes. And it works with smartphones as a remote or to cast photos and videos to the big screen. Available for $500.
Indoor/Outdoor TV Antenna – Antop Smartpass Amplified HDTV Antenna – This antenna will let your senior parent enjoy TV shows without a subscription or monthly fee. It receives free broadcast High Definition Over-the-Air TV signals such as ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and Fox and is compatible with TV converter boxes or digital TVs. It’s engineered and designed in the USA and features a features a 55 to 65-mile reception range from point of signal origination. Available for $96.
Professional Weather Station – AcuRite Pro 5-in-1 Color Weather Station – No more surprises when it comes to the weather. The AcuRite Pro 5-in-1 Weather Station reports current weather conditions, including indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed, wind direction and rainfall, all visible on a vivid color display. The Weather Ticker streams real-time information including the moon phase, indoor comfort level, “feels like”” temperature, and more. Available for $150.
Sleep Therapy Speaker – iHome Zenergy iZBT10 Bedside Sleep Therapy Machine – If your favorite senior has trouble getting a good night’s sleep, this attractive bedside speaker may help. Your senior can create a calming environment for sleep or an energizing atmosphere for waking with this engaging combination of light and sound therapy. The iZBT10 features 10 different sound therapy tracks designed to calm the mind, lower breathing and heart rate, and prepare the body for sleep. You can also select from 11 different 1000 lux, full-color light therapy and decor lighting modes Dual alarms let you wake to Bluetooth, FM radio or built-in sounds at separate times. Includes 1 amp USB charging port to charge mobile devices. Price, just about $100.