Products & Resources: Better living, aging, technology

Below are products and resources our Explorers have found useful or interesting in their search for ways to help mitigate the challenges of growing older.

 

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Big Keyboard iPad app
 
The BigKeys keyboard app is intended to enlarge the font size to enable users with visual disability or poor vision tend to use a physical keyboard with an iPad, since they may tend not to see (or feel) what they tapped on.
 
 
 Hasbro Joy for All companion pets
 
Hasbro Joy for All companion pets are designed to provide company to persons who may be at risk for loneliness or isolation.
 
 
Closed caption phone displays
 
CapTel offers services and equipment for use by persons with hearing loss.
 
 
Kindly Care
 
Kindly Care is an online employment and communication service intended to recruit and vet caregivers who then can be selected, and rates negotiated individually. The older adult or designated family member or friend can make care assignments and receive updates via an app.
 
 
sock puller
 
Despite a number of devices for pulling socks onto the feet, here is one which is designed to do the opposite: remove socks.
 
 
Nike Hyperadapt 1.0
 
Nike Hyperadapt 1.0 sneakers are wearable technology for the feet, especially designed for athletes but also may be a great help for anyone who needs assistance with putting on their shoes and lacing them.
 
 
Senior Rides by GreatCall Lyft
 
GreatCall has teamed with Lyft to offer a ride service using live operators, eliminating the need for a smartphone app.
 
 
ViewClix
 
The ViewClix Smart Frame is designed to be placed in the home of an older adult to display pictures shared from smart phones, PCs or other mobile devices. It is also intended to be used for video calls.
 
 
Skylink Door Opener
 
The Skylink DM-100 Swing Door Opener is intended to facilitate opening and closing entry doors as well as interior doors for persons with physical limitations that make doors difficult to open or close.
 
 
Worst Pills, Best Pills
 
Worst Pills, Best Pills is a reference website with commentary on drug interactions or potentially harmful drugs which may be pending removal from the market.
 
 
Conversation Starter Kit
 
The Conversation Project is a website intended to evoke discussion among family or friends to facilitate talking about values and wishes that often go unsaid.
 
 
American Red Cross mobile apps
 
American RedCross mobile apps are available for emergency preparedness, first aid training, and disaster reporting and recovery as well as other important areas of service organized by the Red Cross.
 
 
Lotsa Helping Hands
 

Lotsa Helping Hands is a care calendar website intended to organize meals and care services for someone in need.

From the website: "With the Help Calendar, you can post requests for support - things like meals for the family, rides to medical appointments, or just stopping by to...

 
 
CareMind App
 
Care|Mind is a smartphone app that is designed to monitor a remote fitbit (and paired device) belonging to a member of the family or a friend.
 
 
Quell Relief
 
Quell Relief is a wearable pain control technology that uses electrical nerve stimulation, similar to the principle behind TENS units, designed to block pain rather than cure it.
 
 
amplifier, hearing aid
 
AUD-1 is an app for smartphone or computer which is intended to allow the hearing impaired user to amplify and fine tune sounds heard through headphones to meet individual needs.
 
 
adaptive clothing
 
Buck and Buck is a site selling adaptive clothing and footwear for persons with disabilities that make dressing and undressing difficult.
 
 
hearing aid buying guide
 
The Hearing Aid Buying Guide is a thoroughgoing tutorial by Consumer Reports informing consumers on a variety of hearing loss related topics.
 

Featured Research

 

Medical Alert Systems: Help

Medical Alert Systems GuideWe kept getting asked "which medical alert system is best?"; and "how do I choose the right medical alert system for me?". This independent, objective, hands-on research tries to answer those questions. If you are looking for a medical alert system, either for yourself or for an older adult such as a parent, this piece of research is for you.

Choose the Right Medical Alert System for YOU

 

Useful Apps Club

Useful Apps ClubUnlock the potential of your smartphone or tablet to improve your life. The Useful Apps Club is for older adults and Boomers who have a smartphone or tablet (or are thinking of getting one) and need help to turn it into a useful tool. We are focused on finding Apps that can change your life, and teaching you how to use them. 

View: The Useful Apps Club

 

Reduce Fall Risk

Avoid FallsRead the "best of the web" on: Avoiding Falling. Our team of clinicians and citizen analysts has scoured the web for the best available answers to a set of questions designed to help you make falling less likely, and make the consequences if you do fall less bad.

View: Avoid the Perils of Falling

 

Guide: Home Sensor Systems

Home Sensor SystemsRead our report on this new category of products, designed to help seniors stay at home longer, and to help their families worry about them less. There are important lessons to be learned about which ones work, and for which types of circumstance they are optimal.

View: Home Sensor System Guide

 

 

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