Wearable Technology for Seniors: 8 Gadgets Baby Boomers Will Love!
Wearable technology like the Fitbit and Apple Watch aren’t just for the young and active any more. Increasingly, older adults are turning to smart wearable gadgets to help them live healthier, happier lives. In a 2015 study conducted by AARP, 45% of participating older adults (50+ years old) reported increased motivation for healthier living after six weeks of using a wearable activity or sleep tracker, and 67% of participants overall felt that such wearables were beneficial or of value.
Wearable tech can also provide family members and caregivers with peace of mind. Some wearables specifically designed for seniors include features like fall detection and emergency monitoring, which means independent seniors still have the freedom and flexibility to do whatever they like with an extra layer of protection in case of an emergency.
Whether you’re looking for a fitness tracker for an active, on-the-go parent or a medical alert device for an aging, independent grandparent, we hope you’ll find what you’re looking for in this short list of wearables suited for seniors.
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Activity Trackers, Smartwatches and Medical Alert Devices for Seniors
Garmin Vivosmart 3
Subtle, stylish and smart, this fitness tracker does it all. In addition to daily fitness monitoring (steps taken, stairs climbed, calories burned, etc.) the Vivosmart 3 also tracks heart rate variability, which is used to calculate and display stress levels. This fitness tracker also features built-in guided breathing exercises for relaxation and stress relief, helping seniors feel more at peace and at ease in their daily lives. Learn more about the Garmin Vivosmart 3.
Fitbit Charge 3
Voted the 2018 Fitness Tracker of the Year, the Fitbit Charge 3 tracks way more than steps. It features automatic sleep tracking so seniors can monitor their sleep patterns and learn how to get better rest, which is important to healthy aging. The Fitbit Charge 3 also sports a large, easy-to-read backlit display, long battery life and connectivity to everyday apps seniors will love, including calendar and weather. Learn more about the Fitbit Charge 3.
Samsung Gear S3
Timeless on the outside, revolutionary on the inside, the Samsung Gear S3 looks and feels like a traditional watch but does so much more to help seniors lead healthier, happier lives. One of the best features we love about the Samsung Gear S3 is the ability to notify emergency contacts. Three presses on the home button and the wearers location will be sent to predetermined people who will then be able to track whereabouts in real time. Learn more about the Samsung Gear S3.
Apple Watch 4
The Apple Watch 4 is a momentous achievement for wearable devices for seniors. For starters, the ECG app can generate an ECG similar to a single-lead electrocardiogram, providing critical data for doctors, caregivers and wearers alike. The resulting ECG waveform is automatically stored in the Health app on the iPhone, so wearers can easily share the results with caregivers and health providers to have a better-informed conversation about their health. The Apple Watch 4 also features advanced fall detection. If the watch detects a fall and the wearer is immobile, it will automatically call emergency services and send a message to emergency contacts. Learn more about the Apple Watch 4.
Reemo Health Smartwatch
“Enjoy your independence as much as possible, for as long as possible.” That’s the mission behind the Reemo Health Smartwatch. Specifically designed for senior living, the Reemo Health Smartwatch makes it easy to manage health data and even share information with family members, caregivers and other healthcare providers. The Reemo Health Smartwatch also features live 24/7 concierge help, giving wearers access to a live operator who can provide product support or emergency services. Learn more about the Reemo Health Smartwatch.
The Freedom Guardian wearable medical alert watch incorporates features that provide day-to-day support for older users, their loved ones and caregivers. Advanced location tracking means help can be sent to the wearer’s exact location, and automatic alerts help manage day-to-day tasks, so seniors don’t forget to take medication or miss a doctor’s appointment. The Freedom Guardian also features oversized icons and a large, high-res touchscreen for seniors with poor eyesight. Learn more about the Freedom Guardian.
The MobileHelp Smart is a discreet medical alert wearable designed with seniors in mind. This feature-rich smartwatch monitors activity, heart rate and diet goals for a healthier lifestyle, but also includes emergency monitoring ($24.95 per month). In the event of an emergency, wearers can connect with emergency operators with a single press of a button using the smartwatch’s built-in microphone and speaker. Learn more about the MobileHelp Smart.
More Gift Ideas for Seniors
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for an aging parent, grandparent or loved one, we’ve compiled a short list of great gifts for seniors. At Senior Lifestyle, we’ve learned that regardless of circumstances, seniors overwhelmingly agree that it’s the thought that counts. The gift of time is also welcomed and appreciated. Whether your senior loved one lives at home or in a senior community, just making time to say hello and spend time can bring as much joy as any gift you can think of.