Carol Ginsberg, 79, has been an early adopter of most technologies. She hopped on the tech train early, when in 1982 she set up an electronic library for Bankers Trust.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Ginsberg has acquired plenty of devices – from tablets to home speakers and smart locks – all aimed at making life at home easier as she gets older.
“I have a speaker in every room,” says Ginsberg, who lives alone in New York City. The one in her bedroom plays music to soothe her to sleep at night. “It’s like a security blanket.”
An automated home can make life easier at any age, but Ginsberg and a growing number of seniors have found that smart home technology offers some key perks.
Below are seven ways seniors are making use of smart home devices to stay safe, secure, and social at home. Getting started can be pretty simple, as many devices give voice instructions to guide setup. And many of them can be managed through the
In Colorado, Kay Bartecchi, 79, uses her doorbell camera to see who’s coming and going, by viewing the camera through the Google Home app on her phone. It’s particularly useful when she’s tending to her garden.
Eileen Crowley, a 94-year-old New Yorker with impaired eyesight, says her new smart speaker is a game changer for keeping in touch with family. Rather than punching numbers into her phone, she asks her smart speaker to
Rather than simply jotting down shopping lists on a piece of paper (and potentially misplacing it on your way to the store), tell your
No need to clap. Simple spoken commands to Google Assistant can turn the lights on or off for
Nest thermostats can be set to certain schedules, and will even learn what temperatures work best for you. These capabilities save energy and money, and also mean you won’t have to change the temperature manually.
Nest Protect smoke alarms detect both smoke and carbon monoxide. And you can turn off alarms through the Google Home app on your phone, which also pinpoints which alarms are going off. These smoke and CO alarms even light up when you walk beneath them, providing an extra “night light” to hallways and rooms.
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