When it comes to seniors, there is such thing as too much technology. Nobody wants to read a 100-page user manual to use their new washing machine or wristwatch.
Rest assured, there are plenty of tech items that truly can make your life easier, and many are available for $100 or less.
These are my five favorite gadgets right now:
Now you can carry your bookshelf with you on the go. The Kindle sells for $79 and is perfect for bibliophiles. It is lighter than even most paperback books, so it is easy to hold for long periods of time. You won’t have to stop reading because your wrists ache.
You can adjust the font size to your own preference. Large print means you don’t have to hold it up to your nose to see. Plus, the screen reflects light just like a normal book. That means it is easier on your eyes than reading on a computer screen.
Easy to use, lightweight, and comfortable for the eyes, the Kindle is great for anyone who loves to read.
Keys and wallets must have legs, because they seem to go missing every day. With Tile, there will be no more frantic searching.
Tile is a small square that you attach to the things you don’t want to lose. When you can’t find your keys, just turn on the Tile app, and it will show you where you left them.
Tile’s most impressive feature uses the power of its community. Simply press a button to report your item missing. If anyone else with the app gets close to your missing object, your phone will alert you so you can go pick it up.
It’s important to stay healthy and active. An activity tracker is a great way to keep yourself accountable. Plus, it makes exercising fun!
Fitbit works with its app to help you keep track of your exercise, food intake, and sleep. You can see your progress towards your goals and celebrate your achievements with others. You can even challenge your friends and family with a goal. At $129.95 for the “Charge” model, it’s a little over $100, but not enough to bust your budget.
In retirement, it’s easy to sit on the couch all day. But staying active will make you happier and healthier. With better posture you will look younger and thinner and feel more confident.
Good health starts with good posture. Lumo Back helps you improve your posture and reduces back pain by vibrating when you slouch. It reminds you to sit up straight and stand tall.
Today’s technology is making aging easier than ever. These items are all easy to set up, easy to use, and none require a second mortgage or cashing in your life insurance to purchase.
Shayne Fitz-Coy is the Co-CEO and President of Alert-1, an aging-in-place technology company. Shayne is a tech enthusiast and an NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Harvard College and a Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.