Are you running out of gift ideas for your older loved ones? No need to fret. We here at Assisted Living Today pride ourselves on providing valuable information for seniors or those who need assisted living.
With that, we’ve interviewed a panel of technology and gadget experts who may be able to help. Technology or gadgets don’t necessarily have to be complicated for an older crowd. That’s why we chose the best experts who are happy to share their recommended gifts suitable to a senior. We asked them:
What’s the #1 gift you’d recommend for seniors?
Take a look at this comprehensive guide on tech senior-friendly gift ideas. See what our experts say below:
Meet Our Panel of Experts for Senior Products:
Ferdinand Poon is the Founder of earlSpeak and a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Moving to New York, he earned his CPA designation while working for Deloitte. In order to be closer to his family, he returned to his native Canada, became an attorney and clerked for the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver. Then in 2000, Ferd’s father passed away suddenly. He decided it was time to do something that was (and still is) deeply meaningful to him – working to Bridge the Digital Divide. Thus, earlSpeak was born and since then Ferd and his staff have instructed thousands of older adults and computer novices as they took their first steps into the world wide web.
When it comes to the best tech gift ideas for seniors, my idea is to gift them…
An online lesson with one of our Technology Guides to help them make the most of their existing computer/Internet connection. Teaching a senior (especially a techno-phobic one) how to successfully integrate the hardware into their daily life.
David Inns is the President and CEO of GreatCall, Inc., the leader in creating mobile health and safety solutions for active aging. Since the launch of the Jitterbug cell phone platform in 2006, GreatCall has been innovating health & safety services, including mobile personal emergency response, telehealth, caregiver tools, medication adherence and wellness coaching. GreatCall’s services are available on proprietary devices designed for simplicity as well as on iOS and Android platforms. David holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario. He has an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and is also a licensed member of the Association of Professional Engineers.
The perfect gift for older adults this holiday season – especially if they are not comfortable with technology is…
The Touch3 smartphone.
The large screen and the easy-to-use interface are just two of the factors that help reduce the intimidation factor. Not only does the Touch3 keep older adults connected to friends and family, but with built-in health and safety apps, the device is able to connect them with the health resources that they need, when they need them. So it’s not just a smartphone with a convenient plan – it’s a health network in the palm of their hand.
Derek Mikulski is a NASM and NPTI Certified Personal Trainer and the Inventor of ActivMotion Bar Disruptive Training™. He also is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA and holds a B.S. in health education and promotion from Central Michigan University. Curious and inventive his whole life, Derek has always followed the road less traveled. Derek started taking an interest in fitness at the age of 18 when, through self- education and hard work, he lost 80 pounds! Derek now looks to inspire and help as many people – of all ages -to lose weight and better their fitness with his engaging personality and new ActivMotion Bar Disruptive Training™.
The best tech gift idea I would recommend for seniors is…
The ActivMotion Bar.
ActivMotion Bar Disruptive Training™ improves your core strength, balance and flexibility in a fun and dynamic way. The workouts it provides help you stay functionally fit, mentally sharp, lean, toned and active leading to life-long longevity. Appropriate for any fitness level, this innovative fitness tool keeps you moving and ready for any activity. Multiple weight options to match your fitness level. Flexible workout programs that fit your lifestyle and schedule. Burn calories, build lean muscles and tone your entire body.
Ricky Buchanan is the Founder and Writer for ATMac, a blog about using Apple products to empower users with any type of special needs, including seniors.
My top gift ideas, especially for seniors who have an iDevice, is…
A quality iPhone/iPad dock, such as Belkin’s Express Dock for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, which is a great investment.
Plugging a cable into an iPhone or iPad to charge it can become tricky or painful as bodies age. A good dock allows the user to just sit the device on it and it will charge automatically, with no need for fiddling with cables. Extra suggestion: Set the dock up beside the senior’s bed or favorite comfortable chair so they’ll see it and be reminded to charge their device!
Marco Peluso is the Founder and CEO of Qardio Inc. Prior to founding Qardio, Marco’s career spanned fourteen years in London’s financial industry. He graduated from Bocconi University and by age 28, became a partner at a multi-billion dollar hedge fund. Marco left the finance industry to start Qardio after his father suffered a stroke that’s origin was difficult to determine due to a lack of continuous monitoring devices. Marco Peluso founded Qardio with the determination to improve heart centered healthcare by developing a line of revolutionary, personal monitoring devices.
Since the holiday season is known for a spike in heart attacks and heart related issues, the perfect gift for any loved one is…
It’s a sleek, portable blood pressure monitor that makes the perfect gift for any loved one who suffers from high blood pressure or is tasked with monitoring it. QardioArm allows users to check their blood pressure anywhere, anytime, and works by wirelessly connecting to the user’s smartphone or tablet to sync information to the QardioApp, where concerned family members, friends or doctors can access results.
Greg Edson has always had a passion for coming up with ideas and acting on them so he created Brolly. From starting soda and candy businesses when he was 10 years old to running online marketing companies in his 20’s and 30’s, passion has continued to strengthen over time. Greg build the Brolly brand to reflect his passions and values; affinity for simple design, appreciation of quality-made products and a belief that you can make a difference in the lives of others.
For seniors, I think the perfect gift for this holiday season is…
It features a unique finger hole grip that enables seniors’ thumbs to remain free for safely texting / e-mailing in the rain (something no other umbrella can claim). It’s the perfect umbrella for a tech savvy senior, as well as the everyday senior that is on the go and enjoys texting no matter how wet and windy it is outside. Additionally, the Brolly provides a secure and comfortable hold that is second to none. Because of its unique grip, it relieves pressure on seniors’ hands and is very useful for those that suffer from arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Aaron Block is an Inventor of mobile innovations and has had a long and diverse entrepreneurial history. At the age of 82, he is the Inventor of the HandAble Wearable Holder.
I believe the perfect gift for a senior who has an iDevice this year is…
The HandAble Wearable Holder.
More and more seniors are using smartphones and tablets these days. Many seniors have health issues that affect hand strength and find difficulty in using their devices. HandAble gives a comfortable hold without the need to grip the device. it works with any size hand, and just about every device. HandAble is an accessory that easily attaches to cell phones and tablets to give a more comfortable hold, and to keep you from dropping them.
Seth Baily is the Chief Executive Officer, Founding Member and Co-Owner of iTOK and has more than 18 years of entrepreneurial and leadership experience. He has played an integral part in helping the company become one of the fastest-growing businesses in the Midwest. Prior to iTOK, Bailey served as Vice President of DirectPointe’s Consumer Division and as Vice President of National Services Group. Bailey graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. In Business Management. In 2009, he received the Utah Business 40 Under 40 award.
My recommendation on the perfect gift for a senior who is suspicious of technology is…
The RealPad is aimed at older people who are still suspicious of using technology. The $189 touchscreen tablet computer is 7.85 and has a simplified Android operating system with big homescreen icons and easy video chatting options. The device even includes built-in tutorial videos and troubleshooting guide.
Leor Grebler is a co-founder and CEO of Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation (UCIC), a company dedicated to The Internet of Things (IoT) market space. UCIC’s initial IoT product offering is the Ubi – The Ubiquitous Computer – a voice activated computing device that offers instant access to information and control of home automation devices. Leor steers UCIC towards its goal of making interaction with technology more human and natural.
For seniors who find technology complicated, I would happily recommend...
Ubi is a hands-free device that connects through Wi-Fi, allows people of any age to seamlessly interact with technology without needing to lift a finger. Devices are just plain complicated today. I want to put a new device on your radar that makes managing all your devices through Ubi. You can send emails, text messages, and set reminders all with just your voice. Ask Ubi any question or play any music for free and it will return an answer to you. Some might consider it Siri for your home.
Ho Yin and his team brought to life the iMagnet Mount which helps commuters use their phones safely while driving. Ho Yin struggled to find a car mount that allowed him and his family to easily mount their phones to a car easily without fiddling and any mechanical complexity. A great product for the elderly as it requires little strength and effort to mount a phone, but also small enough to maintain a wide view of the road.
For older adults who drive a lot, I believe the perfect gift for the holidays is…
iMagnet Mount is a great tech gift for a senior who drives so they can read GPS directions while driving. No more fiddling complex plastic machinery, or clamps to hold your phone, just effortlessly pop your phone onto the magnet pad and it grips your phone. The first magnetic car phone mount that fits any phone, from a small Blackberry to a large iPhone 6 Plus. Great as a gift for someone who commutes and can multitask safely while driving, or just needs a phone stand at work.
Dr. Wei-Shin Lai
Wei-Shin Lai, a family doctor, is the Inventor and Chief Executive Officer of SleepPhones. She was inspired to design SleepPhones when she was on call for the emergency room. She had a hard time falling back to sleep after being awoken in the night by a phone call. With SleepPhones, she was able to relax her mind and drift back to sleep. She is the organizing and methodical mind behind SleepPhones.
The perfect holiday gift for a senior who has trouble sleeping is…
If seniors are having trouble sleeping, and are thinking about taking medications for better sleep, I generally advise against that as a doctor. One of the major safety issues facing seniors today is medication side effects. Sleep medications increase risk of falls, mental confusion, and drug to drug interactions. Instead, try listening to relaxing music that helps them sleep. Binaural beat technology is a sound technology that gently eases the brain to a more relaxed, state for example. Our SleepPhones Simple are designed specifically for seniors. Relaxing music with binaural beats is built in to our patented and ultra-comfortable headband headphones. With the touch of just one button, you can turn on the SleepPhone Simple to play your favorite sleep track and then automatically shut off when done.
Peter Chin is a Product Designer and his latest creation is the NEET Cable Keeper, which he describes as the world’s simplest cable management solution, offering a guarantee of no more tangles. Chin has been designing and creating products for over 20 years. By understanding production and manufacturing, he specializes in providing the best or most efficient solutions. He works with several Billion Dollar Corporations such as Met Life, Blizzard/ Activision, Bacardi, and Disney to name a few. With several US and World patents, his passion is to create simple products that make people’s lives easier.
I think the perfect hassle-free gift for a senior is…
The NEET Cable Keeper is the perfect gift for seniors because it eliminates the tangle cable frustration for good and the full zipper makes it simple for anyone to use.
Colin Angle is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of iRobot (Nasdaq: IRBT). Angle’s leadership has transformed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology spin-off into a global leader of practical robots. One of the world’s leading authorities on mobile robots, Angle is an industry pioneer with more than two decades of experience. Under his guidance, iRobot is at the forefront of the growing robot industry, delivering home and military robots that are making a difference.
A perfect gift to alleviate housework for a senior is…
iRobot was founded on the notion that robotics can provide practical solutions to real world problems that are impacting people around the globe. As people age, daily tasks become more challenging such as light housework, transportation and meal preparation. Robots like our Roomba robot vacuum help senior citizens maintain a clean and sanitary home with little or no involvement. We believe robots will continue to improve and extend the ability of our senior population, to age happily, live independently and connect with the outside world.
Steve Basta is the CEO of AlterG Inc., a leadership role that he has served since 2011. Steve has led AlterG through the evolution from a premier sports rehab business to a leader in Medical Rehabilitation, establishing the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill and more recently the AlterG Bionic Leg as a core part of the rehab program at over 2000 medical rehabilitation facilities. Steve has led emerging biopharmaceutical and medical device companies for over 20 years in a range of healthcare fields. From 2002 through 2010, Steve served as CEO of BioForm Medical, Inc, leading the company through the successful commercialization of Radiesse, the #3 worldwide dermal filler, and the creation of a worldwide direct commercial aesthetics organization with operations in 16 countries.
A perfect gift for a senior who wants to stay fit is…
AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill.
The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill uses NASA-based technology and has been revolutionary in allowing seniors to get back on the feet and work on their fitness. Mobility problems, injuries, assisted walking dependency; none of these are an issue with the AlterG, which helps people to walk and run safely and comfortably. Found in many senior communities and physical therapy clinics, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill is extremely affordable and accessible, at only $25 per 30 minute session or just $50 for 3 sessions. Get your independence and fitness back with the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill today.
For even more great gift ideas, check out The 50 Best Gifts for Seniors