Simple, modern devices that make things easy for the elderly

With the increasing age, the elderly are bound to have weak senses like hearing and sight. With the help of innovative technologies, we can help the elderly lead a comfortable life. Here are some devices that may make their life easier.

Motion sensing lights

This is one of the simplest gadgets to ensure the safety of the elderly. It is difficult for anyone, especially the elderly to repeatedly switch on and off lights, while entering and exiting rooms. The switches are located at different locations in different rooms and elderly people are often seen hard to remember things.

A motion-sensing light socket is easy to install, you simply need to screw it on the light socket and screw the bulb on it. The sensor is capable of sensing motion up to 12 feet, 360° around it. The light bulb would switch on as soon as the sensor senses motion and automatically switch off when the person leaves. Along with convenience, you would also save on the electricity bills.

Flowban prevents bath from overflowing

The Flowban will not allow the water to flow outside a bath or a sink. It is common for any elderly person to forget to close the running water, due to the forgetfulness that comes with age. A phone call could deviate the attention of the elder person and they might forget that they left the tap running.

Thanks to Flowban, that would stop the water from gushing out of the taps and spreading all over. Although a plumber would be able to install the device, the money spent on it will be worth it.

Canary security system

Through the smart app, you can monitor your home remotely. You would get the video footage and the audio of your home anywhere. The system is sensitive to motion, you would be able to know of any suspicious activity at your home when no one is there. You will be alerted by notifications to your smartphone.

The system has a feature of sounding the alarm via a command through your smartphone. Along with this, the system also monitors the temperature, humidity and air quality for your home. The smart app is easy to access, even an elderly person will be able to use it with ease. Also, you can check on any elderly person at home with the help of this device.

Belkin WeMo switch

This small device is capable of many things you probably might have not expected of it. It appears to be a simple switch, which would fit into your wall socket and any device can be plugged into the WeMo switch.

The gadget plugged into the WeMo switch can be switched on or off from your smart phone. The app is user friendly and most elderly people will be able to use it. The device also have a motion sensor, using the IFTTT, you can program it to perform a task like alerting you via a message on the detection of motion.

The big remote

This is an everyday device any elderly person will love to use. The device is a giant version of your everyday remote. This remote is compatible with several brands that use an infrared remote.

With the size and the bone like shape, it is easier for the elderly to locate it. The buttons are backlit and make it easier to see them in the dark. You just need four AA size batteries to run the remote.

These simple and smart innovations are sure to make the life of the elderly comfortable and give you an assurance of their well-being.


Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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