Anyone who's older, or who's helping parents or other loved ones who are elderly, will find that various devices and apps offer solutions to help families stay connected and keep seniors safe.

Here are five types of technology that seniors and their families should check out.

1. Video games

Senior couple having fun at home playing video game holding joysticks in hands sitting cozy on the sofa in bright sunny living room with big windows. Happy retirement concept.
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Video games have many benefits for senior.

Yeah dude, video games are usually associated with teenagers, but the industry offers a wide variety of platforms and games that are good for seniors.

Studies have found that older people who played Wii Fit games a couple of times a week saw improvements in memory skills and other mental abilities, as well as physical health. Games also promote social interaction — with other players.

Seniors are as amazed as anyone else by virtual reality and will enjoy using it to "revisit" places where they've lived or traveled.

2. Tablets

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A tablet is a great way for seniors to stay informed and connected.

tablet can be a remarkable tool for seniors, thanks to its versatility.

An older user will appreciate the adjustable font size and will enjoy playing with brain fitness apps, engaging in video chats with the grandkids, and using various other interactive features.

Adult children setting up a tablet for an elderly mom or dad should remember to record passwords, in case you ever have to deal with the headache of resetting your parent's settings remotely.

3. Wireless home monitoring

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An adult child can keep track of an elderly mom or dad and their home using apps.

For a child or caregiver, one of your worst fears may be that your elderly loved one who lives alone will fall or suffer some other health issue that requires immediate help.

Wireless home monitoring allows you to easily check up senior parents without intruding on their privacy the way an always-on nanny cam would.

At the same time, today’s monitoring technology can allow you to track aging parents' vital signs, detect emergencies and know about any erratic behavior — all from your smartphone.

4. Home assistance devices

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Carbon dioxide monitors help keep seniors safe in their homes.

Home assistive technology takes many forms and helps seniors remain independent and in their homes while keeping them safe.

The types of devices that fall under this category include improved LED lighting, medication-dispensing appliances, stove shut-off systems and carbon dioxide monitors. These gadgets not only protect retirees but also offer reassurance for family members.

5. Hearing aids

Old man's hand showing a CIC (completely in canal) and a BTE (behind the ear) hearing aids
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New, completely-in-canal hearing aid on the left, old-fashioned type on the right.

Hearing aid technology has improved ten-fold over the last decade. With increased connectivity to Bluetooth, today's devices allow seniors to hear conversations and the TV like never before.

Miniaturization has made hearing aids practically invisible, particularly when they can be implanted inside the ear.

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Scott Nordlund

Scott Nordlund

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Scott is a freelance contributor to MoneyWise.

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