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Seniors are often not the technophobes some people might think they are. They love tech too, including phones, tablets, and cameras, and there are devices that can make seniors' lives a little easier — help them manage their health, find misplaced items, or manage online passwords. We found plenty of products that are not only easy for seniors to use, but that they are sure to appreciate.


Prices and availability are subject to change.

Tile Mate
Amazon
MedMinder
MedMinder

MedMinder

$50 monthly and up from MedMinder
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Seniors with medications to manage every day will appreciate MedMinder's reminders of when to open a pill compartment. The device's built-in cell service connects to a monitoring station, so no phone or wireless network is needed. You can also buy refill trays that can be swapped in and out as needed.

Fire HD 8
Amazon

Fire HD 8

$110 and up from Amazon
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This is one of the easiest tablets to use, and one of the cheapest. It has speakers and a bright screen, and includes integration with services such as Amazon Prime Video. For this price, it comes with a wireless charging dock.

Jitterbug Smart2
Best Buy

Jitterbug Smart2

$60 from Best Buy
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The Jitterbug Smart2 is a smartphone for seniors based on a simplified Android interface and including a dedicated 5Star Urgent Response button for emergencies. The phone has medical-related apps such as MedCoach, which can give reminders to take medication and refill prescriptions. Seniors can also use the phone to record medical history and other information to share with doctors. A phone plan with exclusive service provider Great Call is required; plans start at $15 a month.


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Cooyoo Touchscreen Gloves
Amazon

Cooyoo Touchscreen Gloves

$11 from Amazon
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Especially for people who live in colder climates, touchscreen gloves can lend a helping hand, and with these you can get one or two pairs of these highly rated bestsellers. These have thumb and index finger functionality, come in 13 color combos, and, with a wool exterior and fleece lining, provide warmth as well as easy device handling. A perfect stocking stuffer for under $20.


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Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine B07PJ5Q943
Amazon
Philips Somneo Wake-Up Light Therapy Lamp
Amazon

Philips Somneo Wake-Up Light Therapy Lamp

$160 from Amazon
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The ultimate gift for your favorite morning grump, the Philips Somneo helps make waking up easier with a simulated sunrise. There's also a sunset mode for relaxing, plenty of soothing nature sounds, and music options, and several light settings including nightlight and reading modes.

Amazon Echo Show 5
Amazon

Amazon Echo Show 5

$80 from Amazon
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This small, nightstand-sized alarm clock and timer does it all: It can show lyrics to songs, give you the news, let you watch movie trailers, check weather and traffic, and lots more.

Ring Video Doorbell 2
Amazon

Ring Video Doorbell 3

$180 from Amazon
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Detect when someone approaches your door, and see who's there without leaving your seat — even when not at home. The device isn't hard to install, thanks to its removable battery, and the battery is easy to recharge. Users can save video for up to 60 days, and share videos and photos for $3 monthly per device.

Amazon Kindle
Amazon

Amazon Kindle

$89 from Amazon
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The popular Kindle is a good gift for seniors who like to read. It's easy to use, and a massive library of books ensures there will always be interesting reading on hand. The screen is quick and responsive, and font sizes are adjustable.

LastPass
LastPass

LastPass

$3 monthly and up from LastPass
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One big challenge for seniors (and the rest of us, honestly) is keeping track of passwords. With LastPass, there's only one master password to remember. LastPass takes care of the rest — password generation as well as automatically logging in. LastPass is available for smartphones and tablets as well as PCs, for protection regardless of the device being used. A six-user premium family package is $48 annually.

Garmin Vivofit 4
Amazon

Garmin Vivofit 4

$97 from Amazon
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One of the most popular fitness trackers, this device has an easy-to-read display with a backlight and exceptional battery life. It's also waterproof, so it doesn't have to come off for showers or wading. The Vivofit 3 can track sleep as well as steps and calories burned, includes a stopwatch feature, and detects when you go from one activity to another for more accurate fitness data.

Eufy RoboVac 11S
Eufy

Eufy RoboVac 11S

$198 from Amazon
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This slender robotic vacuum cleans for up to 100 minutes and is equipped with technology that automatically boosts suction in particularly grimy areas. It includes infrared obstacle and drop sensors, too.

Watch SE
Costco
Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000
Microsoft

Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

$40 from Microsoft
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Video chatting is a convenient way to catch up with the grandkids, or far-flung friends. This super cheap webcam has high-definition video quality and is easy to use, with no drivers to install. It works easily with a number of applications, including Skype.


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MobileHelp Classic
MobileHelp

MobileHelp Classic

$20 monthly from MobileHelp
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Seniors can send an alert for help with the press of a button from a base station, wrist button, or neck pendant with MobileHelp. The base station includes a speaker and mic to communicate with company professionals when needed. No landline, network, or cell contract is required. An optional fall detection system is $10 per month.

Garmin Drive 52
Amazon

Garmin Drive 52

$100 and up from Amazon
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One of the easiest car GPS systems to use also comes with free lifetime map and traffic updates. It has a colorful, easy-to-read 5-inch display and provides driver alerts for a number of events, such as speed changes and railroad crossings. It also comes road trip-ready, loaded with content from History's database of notable historic sites, a U.S. national parks directory, TripAdvisor traveler ratings, and millions of points of interest pulled from Foursquare.


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Fitbit Charge 3
Amazon
Arlo
Amazon

Arlo Video Doorbell

$113 from Amazon
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This video doorbell, which works with Amazon's Alexa, records at high resolution, including in night vision, and can show video even from before its motion detectors go off. It needs to be hardwired like a regular doorbell, but installation isn't particularly difficult.

Loop
Loop

Loop

$179 from Loop
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Share photos and videos with other Loop users right from a smartphone. Simple controls (including voice control) make sharing and video chatting a breeze, and the box can also be used to watch content from the Internet. There's a four-hour battery for roaming.


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