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Smart Home Tech That Will Make Life Better for the Elderly

Smart thermostats, lights, doorbells, and monitors can make life safer and easier for today’s seniors.


By Maricel Tabalba

The aged population is increasing and only getting going to get larger. In fact, the United States’ population of citizens over 85 years old is estimated to be over 19 million by the year 2050.

As people grow older, so does their need for assistance. Even the most capable of senior citizens can benefit from additional help. However, the burden on family members can be immense, as they are often the primary caregivers for aging relatives. There’s been an increase in seniors aging in place, meaning they maintain an independent living situation. The advent of smart home tech has helped make this a more sustainable reality. Here is some smart home tech seniors should consider:

Smart thermostats

These remote and voice-activated thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature of a room from the click of a button or the sound of your voice. Since smart thermostats can be controlled from one’s seat, a senior doesn’t have to worry about straining themselves getting up to adjust the temperature and can ensure that they’re as comfortable as possible. The Nest Learning Thermostat can work in conjunction with Amazon’s Alexa for fully sophisticated voice control and can be controlled via Wi-Fi with devices like your laptop or smartphone.

Smart lights

Smart light bulbs and switches allow you to control the lighting in your home with ease, all from a smartphone app. Smart bulbs, like the Lifx White 800 LEDs, can be controlled via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Smart switches, like the Wink Relay, can be programmed to turn on and off at specific times.

Aging increases one needs for proper rest. While you might think nothing of turning a light bulb or switch on or off, it can be an arduous process for a senior. Additionally, older adults can turn on a light in a room and avoid tripping or falling while searching for a light switch. With smart lights, seniors will be able to keep their homes properly lit or dimmed, without worrying about falling or causing harm to their bodies.

Smart doorbells

These doorbells offer residents a glimpse at who is outside their door, so they can have a better idea about whether or not they should answer, plus other smart features. The Zmodo Greet WiFi Video Doorbell allows residents to record a personalized message for when they’re unable to reach the door.

We want to ensure that our oldest citizens are as safe and secure as possible, whether they’re living independently or with assistance. These smart doorbells help ensure seniors have full awareness of who’s coming to visit them before answering the door.

Security cameras

These high-tech security cameras allow you to keep track of what’s going on in, out and around your home. Their smart device compatibility means you can keep track of what’s going on from your smartphone. Security camera brands differ but most allow you to have clips of activity around your home sent to you on your smartphone.

Similar to smart doorbells, these security cameras provide security in two senses: they keep a sharp eye on a senior’s home and have a sophistication that helps residents feel as safe as possible.

Smart smoke alarms

If a fire breaks out at your home while you’re away, you might not be able to do anything about it. That is, if you have a standard smoke alarm. With a smart smoke alarm, you can also connect it to your smartphone and receive alerts in the event of an emergency, such as a fire or carbon monoxide leak. The Nest Protect is a smart smoke alarm that shows different colored lights depending on its current condition.

The threat of fire is one that everyone should be aware of and safeguarded against proper detection. With these smart smoke alarms, seniors can ensure they can receive the proper alerting.

Smart HVAC

These smart heating, ventilation, and air conditioning allow for the temperature to be controlled on a room-by-room basis, allowing residents to feel comfortable all around their home. Users of the Eco vent line of HVAC systems can save as much as 40 percent of their energy used and let you control the temperature from your smartphone.

Comfort starts with temperature, and an unregulated home can mean a senior can either feel too warm or too cold without any true means of comfort possible. Smart HVAC systems eliminate that worry by providing temperatures that are just right in each room.

Personal emergency response systems

In the case of a medical emergency with no one around to assist, these emergency response systems allow you to signal for help instantaneously. The Bay Alarm Medical and MobileHelp emergency systems have fall detection which works to bring help right away.

A senior living alone can be vulnerable to injury. These personalized systems help make sure that if something does happen, they can receive help as soon as possible.

Motion sensors

Should there be any movement around your home, these motion sensors cast lights so potential intruders know they’re been monitored. The MAXSA Innovations Security Spotlight comes with two lights in each set, allowing you to cast light on as much of your home as possible.

By offering thorough light monitoring, motion sensors allow seniors to feel safe inside their homes. While they rest easy, the power light will act as a guard for them. Combined with smart doorbells and security cameras, motion sensors can significantly reduce fears of outside danger.

These various systems provide a great deal of security and sense of well-being for seniors and their caregivers. If you have an older relative or know of another person who would benefit from this technology, we encourage you to research as much as possible in order to find the right systems for that person. Once everything is properly installed, they and you should be thrilled by the ease it has brought to their lives.