Tech Gifts for Seniors
Today’s technology can make life easier for everyone, including your loved ones as they begin to age. Below are 5 cool high-tech gadgets to consider when doing your holiday shopping for seniors. But be warned; these gadgets are so helpful, you may want to purchase one for yourself as well.
Ever wish you had a little help remembering where you parked your car? What about the best way to get back to that restaurant you wanted to try when visiting a new city? The Breadcrumbs II Personal Locator is a small, battery-operated device that fits in your pocket or purse and uses GPS (just like in your car) to mark where you are at a chosen moment, track the steps you took away for that spot, and then recommend the best way to return. It stores up to five locations (it can even be used to help find a favorite fishing hole) and tells you the distance to get back to the set location. Ideal for independent seniors whose memory is not as sharp as it once was in daily tasks.
2. TV Buds™ Personal TV Listening System ($99.95)
Battles over how loud to turn up the television can be common in homes where one person hears more clearly than another. The solution is the lightweight, discreet TV Buds personal sound amplifier, a thin collar-like device worn around the shoulders with small, attached ear buds. The amplifier delivers high-quality sound directly to your ears, with adjustable levels to help enhance voice clarity and eliminate sudden loud noises. The set includes a docking station to recharge the batteries that, when fully charged, offer up to 24 hours of listening time.
So many of our photos these days are taken digitally and remain that way; it’s often difficult for seniors to see them or have the chance to browse them as they would a traditional photo album. Digital photo frames, like the Nixplay digital frame, are a great solution; simply load digital photos and videos onto an SD card and insert into the frame. NIXplay frames range in size from 8”-18”, can be mounted on the wall, offer motion sensors to save on electricity, and include speakers so videos can be easily viewed. Every so often, you can easily swap out the SD card for a fresh round of photos, even including digitized photos from the past.
Home entertainment today delivers everything you need to your living room… but getting set up and using multiple remotes to control all the devices can be quite frustrating for anyone, regardless of age. The Doro HandleEasy 321rc is a universal remote for the tv that contains just a few buttons (on/off, channel up/down, and volume up/down) yet still can control a DVD, TV, Video, and set-top boxes. Put away the multiple remotes and enjoy the ease of a single, easy-to-use tool without missing out on today’s entertainment technology.
The senior in your life most likely has a stack of LP records collecting dust somewhere. The LP Saver, cleverly packaged to look like a nostalgic 40s-ear radio, actually allows you to convert the music off of records and cassettes to CDs, no computer required. And even better, you get to listen to the music as it records. You can pause the transfer of music at any time to make a mix CD or include just the songs you truly love. The system plays 45s, 78s, 33s and cassette tapes, and it has a built-in AM/FM stereo radio and a CD player/recorder, all packaged in a classic wooden cabinet.
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