The market for tech products for aging baby boomers is expected to balloon to $20 billion by 2020. Here are some of the best
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- The number of Americans over the age of 60 will double by 2060 - from 46 million today to 98 million - according to a 2016 report.
- Scientists said people are living much longer than ever before, too. Some tech companies have been tackling aging and conditions like dementia that often affect the elderly.
- It's a nice change from the past, when tech products were aimed primarily at younger users and left many older users confused.
Our elders may be wise in years but they're not always very tech savvy, as anyone who's had to provide tech support to an uncle or grandparent can attest.
But tech products are starting to become more senior-friendly. New innovations, like voice recognition, touch screens and sensors, are making the power of digital technology more accessible to older people. The market for tech products aimed at people aged 60 and over is set to swell by $20 billion in the next two years.
The best tech products for elders need to serve a real purpose in the lives of their users, many of whom may suffer from Alzheimer's or other forms of cognitive impairment - there's no room for superfluous gizmos or useless apps.
This is where apps like Papa and products like Jiobit come in. They answer simple questions like "Where did Grandma wander off to?" and "Who can take Dad to the doctor?" When it comes to tech products for seniors, use will overshadow flash every time.
Check out some the best new, as well as tried-and-true, tech products and services for older adults:
ElliQ, a robot companion
Noomi, a wristband combining artificial intelligence and sensors
Jiobit, a real-time location tracker
Amazon Echo and Alexa
Google Home, voice-activated assistant
Papa, "Grandkids on demand"
Alzheimer Master, an app that lets those suffering from the disease listen to a loved one's voice
Honor, an on-demand care service
Joy for All Companion, life-like pets
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