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Smart Home Technology Improves The Lives Of Grandparents

By Gene Wang, CEO of People Power 

According to Jupiter Research, baby boomers are one of the fastest-growing demographics online, representing one-third of the 195.3 million internet users in the U.S. Two-Thirds of all baby boomers are grandparents. It’s no wonder that an increasing number of smart home technologies are being designed with their needs in mind.

Forecasted to reach $9.4 billion by 2017, the smart home technology market is thriving, and there are many products that are making life for mature adults much simpler. Below are some examples available now.

Presence Security

TECHNOLOGYSmart home security systems are extremely useful systems for mature adults. With Presence Security, spare smart smartphones or tablets transform into powerful Internet security cameras with motion detection alerts and live 2-way streaming. The Presence Security Pack delivers smart sensors with remote smartphone access and can be set up in five minutes or less. Whether you want to know when a door opens or if there are heating or cooling issues inside your home, you get real-time customizable alerts that give you comfort, independence and protection of your home and valuables.

Additionally, Presence Security gives mature adults the ability to keep an eye on areas of your home that you may not be able to easily access. You can put a leak detector in an attic or under a washing machine, which alerts you when water is detected where it shouldn’t be. Since the app works on Apple and Android smart mobile devices, Presence’s security system can go wherever you are – and you won’t have to invest in any expensive technology or pay monthly subscription fees.

The Ring Video Doorbell

TECHNOLOGYTECHNOLOGYA smart doorbell is another simple connected device to implement in your home. The Ring Video Doorbell functions as a digital butler that can detect motion up to 30 feet away and alerts you when someone is approaching your door. In real time, you can view what’s happening at your door and carry on a conversation with your guest, so you can talk to neighbors and delivery people even if you aren’t able to get to the door. All doorbell rings are automatically recorded so you can keep track of who visits your home while you are out or on vacation. Ring’s camera also has night vision so it will work in pitch black without any issues.

 GE Link LED light bulb

TECHNOLOGYEnergy and electricity efficiency is key to keeping utilities bills down. GE Link LED light bulbs use 80% less power than traditional light bulbs and allow you to use your smartphone to power lightbulbs on and off, perfect for when you forget to turn off a light in another room. It also lets program specific times you want lights to turn on and off, so that when your kids are staying at your home you can wake them up early every morning with bright lights (although they may not love this). Even better, you don’t have to worry about replacing the bulb as GE Link light bulbs last up to 22 years.

Getting older shouldn’t mean giving up your independence and it certainly shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the benefits of new technology. As you age, you should look at all the available technology and use it to your advantage so that you can keep living your life to the fullest.


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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