Top Tech Solutions for Seniors Living Independently

Asian senior women working with laptop computer and using smart speakers while sitting in living room

Technology is a big part of everyday life for most of us. Today, older adults can choose from any number of tech tools and devices to help them stay safe and independent at home. They are designed for seniors with different levels of comfort with technology, helping them keep in touch with family and handle their daily tasks safely and efficiently. Here’s a look at some of the most popular.

Smart home devices

  • Voice-activated assistants: Devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home offer voice-activated assistance for everyday tasks. Seniors can use simple voice commands to control lights, thermostats, and other smart home appliances, making physical limitations less of a barrier.
  • Automated home systems: More sophisticated systems can integrate security features, such as smart locks and surveillance cameras, which can be monitored from a smartphone or tablet. These systems provide peace of mind to both the seniors and their families.

Health monitoring technologies

  • Personal emergency response systems: Wearable devices like medical alert bracelets or necklaces enable seniors to call for help at the push of a button. LifeCare Advocates offers PacSana, a wristwatch-style bracelet that measures movement and activity patterns in the home. This gives the wearer information about where they can make changes in their routines. It also helps caregivers monitor the wearer’s well-being while allowing for maximum independence.
  • Smart health tools: Tools such as smart scales, blood pressure monitors, and glucose meters can automatically send data to healthcare providers. This ongoing monitoring helps manage chronic conditions and reduces the need for frequent doctor visits.
  • Smart pill dispensers: Smart pill dispensers help individuals manage their medication schedules. They can automatically dispense the correct dose of medication at preset times and often feature reminders, such as alarms or lights, to alert users when it’s time to take their medication. This technology is especially helpful for those with complex medication routines or memory challenges.

Communication tools

  •  Tablets and smartphones: These are designed with seniors in mind, featuring larger icons, simplified interfaces, and voice command capabilities. Apps like Skype, FaceTime, and WhatsApp facilitate video calls with family and friends, helping bridge the gap between generations.
  • Social media: Platforms like Facebook and Instagram offer seniors a way to stay connected with their communities and keep up with family milestones, without needing to navigate complex technologies.

Learning and experiential

  • Online learning platforms: Websites like Senior Planet (from AARP) and GetSetUp offer tailored classes that teach seniors how to use digital devices and apps, ensuring they feel confident and engaged with modern technology. Many museums and other cultural sites offer online experiences, many of them virtual tours.
  • Virtual reality (VR) experiences: VR can offer cognitive and emotional benefits, providing immersive experiences from travel simulations to memory exercises that keep the mind active.

Mobility assistance

  • GPS trackers and apps: GPS devices and smartphone apps allow family members to monitor the user’s location.
  • Smart transportation services: Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft have senior-friendly features, including the option to request rides over the phone and services with extra assistance.

Find the right comfort level

As technology evolves, so does its ability to cater to people’s diverse needs and abilities. We encourage older adults and their families or caregivers to explore options. Technology—at whatever the individual’s comfort level—can help them enjoy a fuller, safer, and more connected life.