2019 Best Tech Products for the 50+ Crowd: Aging on Our Own Terms
We all know there are a million products out there to help us manage and improve our lives, especially as we age, but how do we know what’s worth the money, simple to use, and not a fad? Technology should work for us, be affordable, and not create frustration. To put it simply, technology should make life better all the way around.
I travel the world looking for the best technology that will help me, my family and my friends, as we age, to live our best lives. In the last two years, I have been on research trips to Israel, India, Italy, Germany and China to discover the best tech out there to bring back home to you.
So, here are my top picks for 2019:
- Livio Ai
- Human Charger
- Luxury Class A8 Serenity Bidet Toilet Seat
- Heston Cue Smart Cooking System
- iRobot Braava Jet 240 Robot Mop
Loop is the best technology to stay connected with loved ones since the telephone was invented. It reminds me of the small portable TV my grandfather used to take to the garage to watch the baseball game in private before “man caves” were a thing. It’s hipper but the concept is similar.
Loop is a portable screen that allows your tribe to create their own private, secure channels (like a tv channel for your family) to send photos, videos and do live video chats. No more worrying about your family videos, photos or chats on Facebook going public.
The great thing about loop is you only need one, then anyone with a phone can post photos or videos to the family channel of their choice. Its easy to use, cute, portable and durable.
Now my daughter can post photos from her trip to Spain immediately to her grandmother’s Loop, and they can enjoy the experience realtime without the frustration of getting my mother-in-law onto Facebook (trust me I have tried). If she wants to chat with her from Spain, she can do this right from her phone.
Being able to connect quickly, simply and safely allows families and friends to enjoy each other and share in life’s moments no matter the distance that separates them.
Let those you love know you love them by sharing your life with them.
Why would I get so excited about a hearing aid? Because it’s not just a hearing aid. This little, comfortable gadget is the newest wearable.
Forget the wrist to monitor your health; the ear is where it is at. Blood vessels are much closer to the device, so it can easily monitor your body and brain health. It also translates 27 languages, has fall detection, is connected to your phone, and can even be found by GPS tracking when you can’t remember where you left it!
I plan on using mine, not because I have a diagnosed hearing loss, but I do have difficulty hearing in restaurants. I want my health monitored, but I have never been a fan of smart watches. And I can get rid of my blue tooth ear buds. But the biggest win will be confidence when I travel. I will be able to understand the waiter, taxi driver and the hotel clerk.
The Human Charger is a great technology that’s an extremely simple to use, small, and fast way to get better sleep and have more energy.
The human charger uses scientifically developed light therapy “the power of the sun” by introducing blue therapy through ear buds to reach the photoreceptors of your brain. It helps to reset your circadian rhythm to help you sleep better if you travel, or don’t have access to regular sunshine. When I first stumbled upon this technology, I used it for travel and noticed how well I adjusted to new time zones.
I then decided to have my 96-year-old grandmother with Alzheimer’s try it, as she was living with us, staying up all night, and then having more issues than normal, which was hard on everyone. I’m not exaggerating, it was like magic. It did what the melatonin pills no longer did. It restored her to normal sleeping hours, which improved her cognition as much as possible given the circumstances and allowed our family to get back to normal.
I can’t recommend the human charger enough if you travel, have the winter blues, know someone with sleep issues, or just want more energy and alertness.
The start of a new class, the Serenity A8 encompasses all you need in a total cleaning system.
Once you have experienced a bidet toilet seat, it’s hard to ever go back to a regular toilet. The advantages are not only for you personally, but also the environment. 7.7 million trees each year in the US are used to produce toilet paper. Using a bidet is not only cleaner and healthier, but it saves trees.
This bidet seat replaces your normal toilet seat and gets you to the proper height to make it easier to sit and stand from the toilet. A nightlight helps you to better find the toilet. And with a heated seat, blow dryer, splash guard, and customizable settings, this technology will quickly move to the top of your list of must-haves.
From personal experience, for everyone age 5-96, the bidet was a game changer for our family’s happiness and health.
The newest gadget in cooking technology hits all the right elements: it is safe, portable, fun and connected.
Imagine being able to cook with a video guided system to give you the confidence to try new recipes with no stress, no matter your skill level.
You can share what you’re cooking with others, and the temperature controls are automatic so no more burning food when you get distracted by life.
With all of its built-in recipes and step-by-step videos you will find yourself cooking better food, more often with less stress, which means better quality of life.
This incredible little robot will dry and wet mop your floors and is tiny enough to get under cabinets, beds, furniture and even around the toilet! All you have to do is push a button! If you have carpe, too, get the iRobot vacuum and forever say hello to clean floor with no effort.
About Lisa Cini
Best-Selling Author of Hive: The Simple Guide to Multigenerational Livingand The Future is Here: Senior Living Reimaginedand Founder of Mosaic Design Studio, Lisa M Cini is an award-winning senior living design, project management and procurement firm for 25+ years, “Improving the Quality of Life by Design.”Best Living Techis her web destination for curated products from around the world that increase freedom and quality of life so to embrace life while aging