Gadgets / Technology

Technology has passed most of our parents and grandparents by. However, that does not mean they shouldn’t consider some of the genuinely effective and useful gadgets that are out there waiting to assist them. Ten years ago, “larger print” was the biggest advancement – now electronics, mobility aids, tracking services and luxury items for the elderly are some of the fastest growing new products in the marketplace.

Review – Famililink

www.famililink.com – Famililink Empowering family members to provide care support for an older loved one by including them in the “digital loop”. FamiliLink launched its easy- to-use subscription based website for seniors in 2009.  Their mission is to bring peace of mind to family members by including less tech-savvy loved ones into the digital world. Computers  read more …

Review – Safety Tubs

www.safetytubs.com – Safety Tubs Safety Tubs was born when the founders saw a need for a product that would allow individuals experiencing lessened mobility to retain their independence, allowing them to live safely, comfortably and with dignity at home. The Safety Tubs mission is to provide customers with feature-rich, walk-in bathtubs complete with the latest and  read more …

Review – Hearing Planet

www.hearingplanet.com – Hearing Planet Hearing and communication solutions. HearingPlanet is the leading independent network of healthcare professionals in the country and the largest and fastest growing “Direct to Consumer” hearing care provider with over 1,100 clinic locations throughout the country. HearingPlanet is known for providing cutting edge information about hearing loss and hearing aids.  They simplify  read more …

Review – Presto Services, Inc.

www.presto.com – Presto Services, Inc. Your beloved grandfather, in another state, was recently widowed and is feeling lonely and isolated from the family. Frequent flights for visits are not an option; he refuses to move and he refuses to have a computer. How can you and the extended family stay connected with him and enhance his  read more …

Review – WellnessMats

www.wellnessmats.com – WellnessMats Are you a boomer who stands long hours chopping vegetables, baking and doing the dishes for your frequent family gatherings? Do you and your grandchildren love to do crafting and art projects standing at your kitchen island? Do you work out or choreograph dances in your home gym to stay healthy and trim?  read more …

Review (update) – GreatCall (previously Jitterbug)

www.greatcall.com – GreatCall (previously Jitterbug) GreatCall, Inc. CEO, David Inns, announced Jitterbug’s name has changed to GreatCall, Inc., the leader in delivering targeted mobile services to people looking for a high-quality and high-touch service experience. We previously reviewed this handy phone and the service provided. GreatCall offers a variety of ways to stay connected, safe  read more …

Review – miCard

www.miCard.com – miCard According to V U Magazine, increased hospital visits to the ER by baby boomers and their senior parents aren’t just from the expected fragility falls, but are a result of adventure-loving boomers who enjoy their bicycles, motorcycles, and ATVs. Still fit, but with slower reflexes and less agility, their injuries are often  read more …

Review – Home Health Tech by Home Controls

www.homehealthtechstore.com – Home Health Tech by Home Controls Based in San Diego, California since 1989, Home Controls (parent company of Home Health Tech Store) has earned a Better Business Bureau rating of A+. Home Health Tech provides high tech products targeting the senior market; specifically those seniors wishing to age safely and gracefully at home.  read more …

Review – Sonamba

www.sonamba.com – Sonamba “More than 16 million elderly people are expected to be living alone in 2020.” Healthsense Website Sonamba was founded in 2009 by pomdevices, LLC (peace of mind devices) and is based in North Carolina. This innovative company is the result of entrepreneurs who found themselves increasingly concerned about helping and staying connected  read more …

Review – GrandCare Systems

www.grandcare.com – GrandCare Systems “It costs approximately $75,000 annually to maintain one person in a nursing home environment whereas the cost of outfitting a home with sensors that monitor, record and transmit information about location, medications and other key daily necessities would be a fraction of that nursing home annual amount. GrandCare’s system is an example  read more …

Review – Linear Living

www.linearliving.com – Linear Living “Baby Boomers are the first generation in droves trying to stay active in an aging frame.” Dr. Nicholas DiNubile, Havertown, Pennsylvania. Linear Living, based in Hicksville, NY, is an easy to navigate marketplace selling products designed with style, comfort and flair for the baby boomer generation and perhaps their parents. Products  read more …

Review – A-Frame Digital

www.aframedigital.com – A-Frame Digital “Among people turning 65 today, 69% will need some form of long-term care. By 2020 it is estimated that 12 million older Americans will need long term care.” AFrame Digital, Inc. Home Page

Review – Medic Alert+Safe Return

www.alz.org/safetycenter – Medic Alert+Safe Return “As Americans continue to live longer, Alzheimer’s disease is expected to skyrocket from the current 5.3 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050.” Alzheimer’s Association. How do we protect our memory challenged seniors from wandering and becoming lost? The Alzheimer’s Association offers two programs (under Safety Center tab  read more …

Review – GPS Smart Shoe

www.gtxcorp.com – GPS Smart Shoe Founded in 2002 in Los Angeles, GTX Corp, winner of the prestigious 2010 People’s Choice Award for Most Innovative Connected Location Device, presented the GPS Smart Shoe, which houses the GPS (location) in one shoe and the wireless transmitter (cell) in the partner shoe. This allows balanced weight and always-on  read more …

Review – Halo Monitoring

www.halomonitoring.com – Halo Monitoring “Roughly 40% of all seniors will fall each year. In the U.S. alone, this accounts for 12 million seniors each year. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, falls account for 70% of the accidental deaths in the elderly population.” PRNNewswire January 2010 Halo Monitoring Inc is headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama,  read more …

Review – The Scooter Store

www.thescooterstore.com – The Scooter Store “Since 1991 The Scooter Store has helped provide freedom and independence to more than 500,000 people with limited mobility.” ~ website home page. The Scooter Store is the largest provider of power mobility equipment, including power wheelchairs and scooters, lifts, ramps, and accessories, in the nation (48 states) and operates more  read more …

Review – Remember It Now!

www.rememberitnow.com – Remember It Now! eHealth made easy and designed from the user’s point of view. eHealth is a relatively new term introduced in 2000 referring to the use of computers and networks to store and manage medical records electronically, which makes important health information available when and where it’s needed.  RememberItNow! is a web application  read more …

Review – Jitterbug

www.jitterbug.com – Jitterbug Some technology seems to complicate life more. “Simplicity seekers” need to look no further. Jitterbug has cornered the market on making cell phones, cell phone service, and even text messaging and real time updates exactly that – simple. We would like to share just some of the benefits to these sleek phones,  read more …

Review – BeClose

www.beclose.com – BeClose According to Laurie M. Orlov, founder of Aging in Place Technology Watch, 10 million seniors live alone; perhaps your parent(s) is one of them. Technologies that serve the needs of those wishing to stay in their homes as they age are growing exponentially. One new comer to the scene is BeClose, a  read more …

Review – Lifeline System

www.lifelinesys.com – Lifeline System Improving lives through meaningful innovation…elegant solutions in action. Royal Philips Electronics is a world leader in healthcare, cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare monitoring systems. They integrate technologies, human insights and clinical expertise to improve patient outcomes, thus lowering the burden on the healthcare system through better quality healthcare delivery  read more …

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