28 Products and Services to Make Seniors' Lives Easier
Senior citizens often face challenges that younger folks don't, and they may need a little help to make their lives easier. Whether it's tools to navigate the world or activities to keep the mind sharp, there are plenty of products and services that can help older folks go about their days more easily and safely.
Many grocery stores offer online ordering. Store staffers assemble and pack the order, and it can be picked up or delivered. This service can be a boon for seniors who are comfortable online or have a family member who can help. Costs vary, but retailers including Walmart offer free pickup at some locations. Costco is also moving to expand its delivery options.
For those who need a little more stability, a shower seat may be necessary. One available on Amazon comes in several different styles (about $22). They can be adjusted to different heights and hold about 250 pounds.
Many seniors may not be interested in a smartphone but could use a simple, no-nonsense cellphone. The Jitterbug was designed with seniors in mind, and its relatively low cost (starting at $95 and about $15 monthly) can fit a tight budget. It comes equipped with a one-step emergency contact service.
Since younger folks spend a lot of time using social media and electronic devices, it makes sense for seniors to get in on the act, in order to keep in touch. A senior-specific tablet, like the GrandPad, can be far easier to use than a conventional tablet. The price is steep for a subscription ($75 a month) but reasonable for a one-time purchase as a gift for a parent or grandparent.
It can be hard to keep medical paperwork in order. Although many people are comfortable using online portals for medical records, some senior citizens might not be, or simply may feel better having hard copies at the ready in a dedicated organizer ($30 on Amazon).