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Top wearables for seniors

Wearables aren’t just for young folks. In fact, seniors can benefit from using wearables to track their health and location, as well as get help in case of an emergency. Seniors don’t have to be tech-savvy to use wearables like smartwatches either. A range of technology is now available according to seniors’ preferences. Let’s go over the benefits of wearables for seniors and top options on the market that specifically meet senior needs.

Benefits of wearables for seniors

Wearables can give caretakers peace of mind. Because they’re worn 24/7, they can be used for health and safety purposes. In particular, they can give key insights into seniors’ health. Common uses of wearables include: 

  • Fall detection: Some smartwatches have a fall detection feature that when triggered will call emergency services within 60 seconds if the wearer doesn’t deactivate it. This is an important feature for seniors who live alone and may be prone to slips and falls. 
  • Health tracking: Tracking capabilities may include a heart rate monitor, step counter, sleep quality rating, etc. This will depend on the device and what the senior would like to track. 
  • GPS location: GPS wearables can keep seniors with dementia safe. Having the GPS-location sharing enabled will ensure that caregivers can safely locate their loved one.
  • Medication reminders: Seniors can get medication reminders straight to their wearables, which can make it easy to follow doctor’s orders. 
  • Emergency alert system: In case of any emergency, some smartwatches will allow seniors to contact services or a caregiver with the press of a button.

Features of wearables for seniors

As you consider different wearables for seniors, you’ll want to take a close look at the features. Every device is different and you’ll want to choose the one that best fits your needs. Common features you may want to have include:

  • Automatic fall detection: Some devices call a saved contact or emergency services if they detect a fall. For seniors who live alone, this can be a lifesaver. 
  • Health tracking: Different fitness trackers have different measurements. You may want to follow your heart rate, step counter or sleep quality. Some devices might also give information about calories or distance exercised. 
  • GPS sharing with caregiver: GPS location is often included in wearables, but the GPS sharing feature is a nice bonus. With it, caregivers can have access to their senior’s location and get alerts if they leave a set zone. 
  • Medication appointment reminders: Getting notifications about taking medication can help seniors stick to their pill schedule. A wearable makes this notification instantly readable.
  • Voice-to-text messaging: For seniors with troubling seeing or reading, some wearables have voice-to-text messaging, as well as read-aloud features. This can truly help seniors write messages or read information without needing to type it out themselves.
  • Large text and icons: Senior-specific design often involves large text and icons to make the display as readable as possible. Look for devices with the possibility to enlarge display text. 
  • Easy fasteners for arthritic joints: Wearables also have to be comfortable. Check for a wearable with comfortable bands or fasteners. Some companies make senior-specific bands that are easy on the joints. 

Wearables may also differ in their payment methods. Some wearables marketed as medical devices sometimes charge a monthly fee to retain services such as an emergency button. You should check the pricing on your wearable to see whether it’s a one-time or a monthly subscription for use. 

Top wearables for seniors

Wearables come in different styles. You can get started with our top wearables for seniors, whether general smartwatches, medical-specific smartwatches or other medical wearables. 

General smartwatches for seniors

Apple Watch 5

The Apple Watch 5 was named the best wearable for seniors by Safewise. It’s got health tracking features, fall detection and emergency calling. It’s also water-resistant and doesn’t require a monthly fee for medical services. 

Downside: The high price tag, though it may be worth the investment. 

Garmin Venu

The Garmin Venu is another smartwatch with plenty of fitness trackers, including heart rate, oxygen saturation, hydration tracking, stress tracking, breathing rate and sleep monitoring. It’s water-proof for swimming and showering too. Your live location can also be sent to your contacts and it has a built-in incident detector. 

Downside: The high price tag, though it may be worth the investment. 

FitBit Versa 2

The FitBit Versa line has great fitness tracking, such as heart rate, sleep, breathing rate and oxygen saturation. It also has a customized display, text voice replies and reminders to move. Seniors can choose between different bands to find one that’s comfortable. 

Downside: No fall detection.

Medical-specific smartwatches for seniors

Freedom Guardian

The Freedom Guardian is specifically designed for seniors and has features tailored to elderly needs. Some key features include: advanced location tracking, medication alerts, text-to-speech messaging, adjustable watchband and oversized icons.

Downside: Monthly fee for use.

Reemo Health Smartwatch

Reemo’s smartwatch is another great choice for health monitoring. It’s specially designed for seniors and can be personalized to every user’s needs. Its most interesting feature is 24/7 access to health services with two-way comms, alerts, remote monitoring and emergency support, as well as data-based insights. 

Downside: Monthly fee for use.

Tempo Wearable

The Tempo Wearable specifically monitors senior ADLs (activity of daily living). It tracks eating, drinking, bathing, toileting, walking, sleeping, etc. in order to send proactive alerts about potential health issues. For example, it might detect a potential UTI if the senior is using the bathroom more than usual. It also has a touch-button call system and precise location alerts. The Tempo Wearable can be integrated and used as a door key fob as well. 

Downside: Monthly fee for use.

Medical wearables for seniors

Lively Mobile

Great Call’s Lively Mobile is a senior-friendly device with medical alerts, GPS technology and 24/7 medical agents on call. It can be worn on a belt, purse or lanyard. It also boasts of fall detection and a GreatCall Link feature that updates friends and family on your health/safety. 

Downside: No bells or whistles, but good for emergency response. Also, a monthly fee for use.

Bay Alarm Medical GPS Help Button

Bay Alarm Medical has several interesting products for seniors, including a GPS Help Button, In-Home system and SOS smartwatch. The GPS button is the simplest of the suite. It’s an easy-to-use button that connects seniors to emergency services if pushed. 

Downside: Only works to call emergency services. Also, a monthly fee for use.

Quell Wearable Pain Relief Technology Kit

Quell is intended for senior knee, foot or leg pain. This neurostimulation technology is placed around your calf during the day or at night for pain relief. It also connects to the Quell app to personalize and track your pain relief. Ideal for seniors with leg pain. 

Downside: Intended for pain relief only.

GPS SmartSole

Finally, the GPS SmartSole is great for seniors with dementia. These GPS soles can be placed in shoes so that caregivers can know a senior’s location at all times. 

Downside: For GPS tracking only.

Tips for wearables for seniors

Choosing the right wearable also depends on the senior’s comfort level. It’s essential that you or your loved one will enjoy wearing it. Otherwise, it will be difficult to reap the benefits of wearing one. 

After you purchase a wearable, you’ll also want to spend some time getting to know the device. There may be some initial onboarding involved. A caregiver may be able to train you on how to use it. Be sure to ask! 

Ultimately, a wearable can improve a senior’s quality of life and give peace of mind to loved ones.

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