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Virtual Assistance Creates a Smart Home For Seniors

Posted by Michelle Cemental on Sep 4, 2018 3:07:00 PM

Male hands holding tablet with smart home app controls

Baby boomers are the new seniors—the first boomers are in their 70s now—and have a different take on aging than the previous generation. For one thing, these seniors are familiar with technology. They have smartphones and use social media. So it's no surprise that they are embracing new technology  to remain independent in their homes longer. Learn more about these virtual assistance devices that are helping the senior population. 

Common virtual assistance devices include Google's Home Assistant, Amazon's Echo or Alexa, or Apple's Homepod. These devices can play music, set reminders, announce the weather, and more! They help seniors continue living at home. Let's take a look at the features of these devices to help you determine which is the best fit for your loved one.

Wireless Speakers with Voice Command

Home Assistant, Echo, Alexa, and Homepod are wireless speakers with voice assistant capability. Once set up, you can control by telling it what do. "Call John" or "Play Elvis." If you say "Goodnight" to Home Assistant, the lights turn off as well. 

Platform

One consideration when looking for a smart device is how attached you senior is what platform the device is integrated with—Apple, Google, etc. If google is the primary platform for email, calendar, and the internet, then the Home Assistant could be a better option. It can be difficult to switch to new platforms, especially for seniors. Stick with what they know and what they are most comfortable with. 

App Connectivity

These smart devices can connect to other smart devices and apps on a smartphone. For example, some devices connect to other devices that control the household switches, the thermostat, home security, the television, and more! 

In addition to the smart technology we mentioned, there are many other products that can help seniors stay happy, healthy, and at home. To learn more about other products and new technologies, download our eBook: Senior Care Products of the Future. 

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Michelle Cemental Blog Author

Topics: Technology and Seniors

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