We’ve all got gadgets and gizmos a plenty in our homes, but we can’t really shake this feeling that we still want… more. Luckily, for seniors, your time has come! (To get gadgeting. Why, what were you thinking?) If you’re looking for some gadgets to make life easier in your retirement years, then we’ve got all the best handy recommendations ready for the taking below.
An electric jar opener
Coming in hot at #1 on the gadgets chart is an electric or battery-powered can opener. To be fair, jar opening can be difficult for some of us ‘young people’ at the best of times, so this is kiiiiind of an invention that can and should be used by people of all ages. However, it’s also incredibly helpful for those with mobility difficulties, arthritis and disabilities.
A ‘tilt-to-pour’ kettle
We recently stumbled upon the Uccello Kettle (not sponsored!), which is perfect for people who may have trouble lifting a standard water-filled kettle. This everyday (sometimes 5x a day – let’s be real) kitchen gadget is such a game-changer and is specifically designed to be used by tilting (no lifting necessary). Adding this staple to your cart right now? Same.
A fitness tracker or smartwatch
As you get older, it’s important to keep up your fitness. This is why a fitness tracker or a smartwatch is a great investment to wear around your wrist (like a watch) with pride! Some trackers are designed to monitor your heart rate while you move, while others can even take your temperature (no thermometer required!). Wow, technology is really going places.
A mobility grabber & reacher
You know that episode of The Simpsons where Homer purposely gains weight in order to work from home, and he uses a broom to hit the keys on his computer? Well well well. While many of us laughed, Homer actually did a heck of a lot with that thing. The grabber and reacher gadget helps you to pick up items that have fallen on the floor or in hard-to-reach areas (like the bottom of the couch, where potato chips go to die). Additionally, these gadgets are helpful for those unable to bend, such as post-surgery, c-section or when on bed rest. Not just a senior’s gadget, this one!
A smart speaker
“Alexa, can you help me with life?” Yes, she can. (Okay, but you don’t need to choose Alexa – there are plenty of other smart speakers to choose from!) Use yours to set a timer, check the weather, play music or ask who starred in that Western film from the 1960s. (Probs Clint Eastwood. Next question!) You can even integrate other smart tech like your TV or lighting, but if that’s a little too complicated, just get started with the basics.
As we age, life can get a little harder. Of course, there are so many amazing things to look forward to, like retirement, cultivating your hobbies or even becoming a grandparent. (Exciting!) However, as time goes by, it’s only normal to notice bodily changes. You know – aches and pains that weren’t there before, or realising that we don’t have as much energy as we did in the past.
Eventually, we all exit the denial stage and admit that okay, maybe we’re no spring chicken anymore! (However, keep in mind that only you know your body! So if something doesn’t feel right, visit your healthcare professional.) Alas, there are tools to help make life easier as you age. Thanks to this bite-sized guide, you can go forth with your gadgets and gizmos plenty and live your best, most wholesome life!
All tuckered out from your afternoon of online gadget-shopping? (Never!) Now could be a good time to think about creating or updating your Will online. Contact the Willed team whenever you’re ready to get started.