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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.

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Fire HD 8
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Fire HD 8

$180 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

$75 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

$6 and up 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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Hamilton Beach Electric Jar Opener
Walmart

Hamilton Beach Electric Jar Opener

$58 from Walmart 
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Opening a jar can be a challenge for young and old alike. This device fits a variety of jars and opens them with the press of a button. Consider this for any arthritis sufferer in your life.

Amazon Echo Show 5
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Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine B07PJ5Q943
Amazon

Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine

$350 from Amazon
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The Bartesian Keurig-like machine for your home bar was one of Oprah’s favorite things last year, and this year it has another reason to be the favorite of many: The pandemic has kept many people away from bars and restaurants..

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Jitterbug Flip
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Jitterbug Flip

$50 from Best Buy 
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For those who prefer a classic cellphone to a smartphone, there's the Jitterbug Flip. A longtime favorite with seniors craving stripped-down simplicity, this phone has an easy-to-read display, speaker, a simple menu, and a 5Star Urgent Response button.

Snap the Jitterbug Flip up fast if you’ve just got to have one — it’s being phased out in favor of the upgraded Lively Flip, and remaining supplies are limited. The newest of Jitterbug’s basic phones is a tad more “tech-heavy,” with added Alexa capabilities, but its voice-enabled calling and texting can be a particular boon for users with physical or visual impairments. 

Ring Video Doorbell 2
Amazon

Ring Video Doorbell 2

$145 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.

Tile Mate Tracker
Tile

Tile Mate Tracker

$60 for four from Amazon 
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Everyone loses their keys (and other things) once in awhile. The Tile Mate finds them. Its app is easy to use, and the tile itself is small, with a practical design. Simply attach it to a keychain or anything else you're prone to lose. There's also a find-your-phone function.

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MedMinder
MedMinder

MedMinder

Starting at $50 monthly 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.

Philips Somneo Wake-Up Light Therapy Lamp
Amazon

Philips Somneo Wake-Up Light Therapy Lamp

Price: $155 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.

Instant Pot Lux 6-Quart Multi Cooker
Walmart

Instant Pot Lux 6-Quart Multi Cooker

$59 from Walmart
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Walmart has already dropped the price on this 6-quart Instant Pot, so unless you’re looking for a more fully featured model, go ahead and pounce. You can also find it in a cheerful floral print for a little bit more. 

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LastPass
LastPass

LastPass

$36 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

$92 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.

Vizio Sound Bar
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Vizio Sound Bar

$75 from Amazon 
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We all love our HDTVs, but audio quality can leave something to be desired. Simply plug the Vizio soundbar in with the included cable and turn it on for a big quality boost. Customers love this model: Their more than 5,500 reviews on Amazon average out to 4.4 out of 5 stars.

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Apple Watch SE
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Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000
Microsoft

Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

$38 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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Amazon Kindle
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Amazon Kindle

$60 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.

Nixplay
Nixplay

Nixplay Seed Digital Photo Frame

Starting at $230 from Nixplay 
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To use this simple, affordable frame with excellent display, just connect it to Wi-Fi to let loved ones all over the world send all those great photos from their phones immediately using the Nixplay mobile app.

MobileHelp
MobileHelp

MobileHelp Classic

Starting at $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.

QardioArm Smart Blood Pressure Monitor
Qardio

Qardioarm Smart Blood Pressure Monitor

$99 from Qardio
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Blood pressure monitoring is essential to seniors' health, and QardioArm makes taking readings easy, not to mention giving reminders to take those readings in the first place. It saves data to share with doctors or family members and detects irregular heartbeats, and the included app creates charts and graphs of recorded medical data.

Garmin Drive 51 LMT-S
Amazon

Garmin Drive 52

$137 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
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Fitbit Charge 3

$120 from Amazon 
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The Charge 3 has a large display with easy-to-read OLED technology to check results from tracked activities such as steps, stair-climbing, and sleep, and includes a timed-breathing app and an always-on heart rate monitor. It can run for seven days on a single charge.

Arlo
Amazon

Arlo Video Doorbell

$149 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.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 190
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Canon Powershot Elph 190

$180 from Best Buy
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Working with a digital camera can be intimidating, but this affordable, pocket-sized camera with face detection has automatic shooting modes for a variety of situations, frames portraits automatically, and has optical image stabilization to reduce blurring from camera shake. The camera has Wi-Fi and NFC support to transfer photos easily to a computer.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1
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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

$230 from Amazon 
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Samsung's 10-inch tablet has powerful hardware considering its price, a slim design that makes the device easy to hold, long battery life, and an easy-to-navigate interface. A version with an S Pen is $50 more, letting users write, draw, and tap on the tablet.

Eufy RoboVac 11S
Eufy

Eufy RoboVac 11S

Price: $220 from Eufy
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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.

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Loop
Loop

Loop

$249 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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