The stereotype is that older people are leery of technology and lag behind their digital native grandchildren. But statistics from the Pew Research Center find that 58 percent of those over 65 use the Internet, up from 15 percent in 2000. They are our ‘Super Seniors’! So I thought I would start my first post with some favorite products that stood out while doing research on tech for baby boomers. There is so much tech out there that it is easy to get confused on what to buy and also what we will actually buy, install and set up. If you are like me, I am always looking for ways to make my parents home tech friendly without being intrusive or shy them away from gadgets. I’ve found a few products that I hope you find helpful in researching to see if it fits the ‘Super Senior’ in your life.
Mom Watching Her Novelas
How many times do you get to mom’s house and her novela is on full blast on the TV? Here is an option that will make you and the neighbors at ease.
For many seniors watching television, or more specifically listening to television, can be a real challenge. Often the dialog sounds muffled. Often they have to turn up the volume to the point where it may be annoying to others in the room or nearby rooms. The Sennheiser Flex 5000 system solves both those problems This sleek and elegant transmitter/receiver set uses Sennheiser audio expertise and leading edge digital wireless technology to create a personalized listening experience. With three different hearing profiles to enhance TV, movies or music, to choose from. Plus a unique Speech Intelligibility feature that reduces TV background noise for added clarity. Price is $199.95.
Dead Watch Batteries
Do your parents have a drawer full of watches that need batteries? And when you come over, it’s the “mijo, can you get me batteries for my watch please?” at every visit? Here is a nice solution.
Solar Powered Watch – Armitron Adventure Solar
The best thing about this watch is that your senior doesn’t have to worry about charging it or changing batteries. It charges from any light source. With just one full charge, the watch will continue to work for up to 4 months. It’s stylish with a steel case, leather or nylon strap and outdoor design. Among its features: Mineral crystal lens; matte black easy read dial with white markers and printed outer minute track; date calendar window at three o’clock; silver-tone luminous hands; red sweep second hand. Water resistant to 50m (165ft: in general, suitable for short periods of recreational swimming, but not diving or snorkeling). Price is $95.
The Annoying Loud Alarm
What about the forever ongoing alarm that you’ve heard since you lived at home. Here is a new way for your parents to get slowly woken up and not alarm the entire house.
Help your senior wake up naturally with a simulated sunrise, taking 30 minutes to go from a soft orange glow to bright, room-filling daylight. They can include a choice of 7 different natural sounds such as birds or piano to add to the gentle wake-up experience, instead of being jolted out of sleep by a buzzing or beeping alarm clock. If your senior gets up during the night, this Philips orb will glow a gentle orange to help light the way. The light can also brighten up a dark room for reading, or slowly dim while Dad goes to sleep. There’s also a built-in FM radio if Dad prefers waking up to that, and of course a snooze button. Price is $200.
I look forward in bringing tech for baby boomers to you. Feel free to contact me with any inquiries or requests on type of tech you’d like to see us cover.