Modern gadgets even the most old-school grandparents will appreciate

Last Updated August 2019

While most gadgets are seemingly made for young people who want to live life on the cutting edge of technology, the truth is that technology can make life easier for everyone, no matter what age.

If your grandparents spoiled you when you were younger, now’s the time to spoil them back. Technology has finally gotten to the point where you can (mostly) set up their tech for them and not have to worry much about it, so take the time to set them up with a gadget or two. Here are our picks for the grandparents in your life.

If you’re worried about your grandparents’ ability to adapt to new technology, give them a chance! You might be surprised by how quickly they take to the tech you set up for them. And what’s not to love about toys that make our lives easier?

Robot vacuum

Your grandparents have been picking up after you and your parents for years — isn’t it about time you returned the favor? If you want to help them keep their house looking good, you don’t have to hire a cleaning service or spend hours pushing a vacuum around their floors. You can get a robot vacuum to do it for you.

Robot vacuums — commonly referred to as Roombas after the company that first popularized the technology — are the future. With a robot vacuum, you can use your smartphone to begin the vacuuming process, and it does the rest for you, cruising the floor and sucking up every last speck of dirt. We love the iRobot Roomba 960 because it makes its own maps of the floor plan, so it can always be certain it’s cleaned every last nook and cranny. Best of all, it’s compatible with Alexa, Amazon’s smart assistant, so it can be operated with voice commands. Grandma and Grandpa don’t even have to get up to use it.

If you need to check in on your grandparents, consider getting a web-connected security cam. You can log in to stream live video from anywhere on your smartphone. You can even use it as an intercom to let your grandparents know you’re okay. After all, they worry about you!


Fitness tracker

Walking is incredibly important for the elderly. A short, brisk walk every day can help them stave off threats like arthritis and osteoporosis while keeping them active. To help your grandparents keep up the habit of walking, and to support any activity goals they may have, get them a fitness tracker. With a fitness tracker, they’ll be able to count their daily steps, keep tabs on their heart rates, and even participate in fitness routines it suggests.

The Fitbit Charge 2 is our favorite option for older users because it strikes a near-perfect balance between simplicity and functionality. The screen is large enough for older eyes, and it isn’t crowded with information. It also works with smartphone notifications, so your grandparents will be able to see when you’re trying to get hold of them, which will provide peace of mind for both of you.

Bluetooth trackers

Real talk: the older we get, the harder it is to keep track of our stuff. Whether it’s a crucial TV remote, car keys, a purse, or a wallet, as life goes on, it gets easier and easier to misplace things, and we lose time trying to remember just where we put our stuff.

With a set of Bluetooth trackers, you can make sure Grandma and Grandpa never lose any of their favorite or most important items. Simply attach the tracker to whatever you want to keep track of, and then set your grandparents up with the smartphone app that will show them the trackers’ locations. You can even attach one to a pet collar.

Our favorite Bluetooth tracker is the Tile Mate, a tiny white tile about the size of a cracker. They’re reliable, and they’re one of the least expensive options on the market. As with any tech, you’ll need to do some setup work and change an occasional battery, but it’s worth it so you’ll always know nothing important can get lost.

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  • Jaime