Ten Tech Gadgets That Can Help Seniors Age in Place

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I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

Do you remember that commercial? At the time, wearable medical alert systems, like those featured in those memorable ads, were really the only technologies available to help seniors age safely in their homes.

Not anymore.

 Today, there are many new gadgets and technologies that simplify daily activities and help keep seniors safe at home. Here are some of our favorites:

Digital voice assistant

Devices like Amazon’s Alexa can control compatible voice-enabled devices around the house, such as lights, thermostats and security systems. These devices can also help with medication and appointment reminders as well as emergency calls.


Tablets are an excellent tool for seniors. With an Apple iPad or similar device your loved ones can play a variety of engaging mind games that challenge and stimulate their brains. They can also store their favorite music, family photos, audiobooks and more. Most importantly, a tablet will help them stay in touch with loved ones via text, email or video chat.

Automatic can and jar openers

Regardless of age, opening cans and jars can be difficult, and arthritis can make it more of a challenge. There are a variety of products on the market that can help – most are available on Amazon.

 Robotic vacuums

Over the years, robotic vacuums like the Roomba have become more and more advanced. Your loved one can schedule cleanings, sit back and watch as they move from room to room, dock themselves and even empty debris.

Key finders

Devices like Tile and Apple AirTag can help your senior locate keys, bags, purses, remotes and more.

Automatic pill dispenser

If your senior has trouble remembering when to take his/her medications, this can help. Simply place each day’s medications into compartments and set timers to release pills at certain times. Devices like Med-E-Lert will set off an alarm to alert your loved one that it’s time to take a pill.

Smart plugs

These handy devices are the easiest way to automate your aging loved one’s home. Simply plug them in, pair with your senior’s smartphone and plug in the device you want to control. Once set up, it can be turned on and off remotely from the phone and, in some cases, with voice assistants.

 Smart lighting

With smart lights, your loved one will be able to adjust lighting levels remotely, creating a safe and comfortable environment.

Smart thermostat

Most modern thermostats are now Wi-Fi-enabled. As a caregiver, you or your senior will be able to remotely set the temperature on a schedule, turn up the heat ahead of a major winter storm or turn on the air conditioning during a summer heat wave. These devices also maximize efficiency, which can help lower energy bills.

Video doorbell

With a video camera and two-way speaker, video doorbells are a practical solution for people with limited mobility. They’re also a good way to keep your loved ones save from unknown or unwanted visitors.