7 Senior-Friendly Tech Options to Stay Connected and Engaged

Whether you’re looking for entertainment, ways to easily stay connected with your family and friends, or need help with everyday tasks like managing medication, there is no shortage of senior-friendly tech products that can help. To find the products that best meet your needs, we’ve put together a roundup of seven senior-friendly tech options that could help you or someone you know or care for stay more connected and engaged.

  1. Facebook Portal – $129
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Stay connected with friends and family using the Facebook Portal, a smart video calling device that’s great for video chatting via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Zoom. ​​This device has a camera that automatically moves with you so you can talk freely while multitasking. To use Facebook Portal, a Facebook account is required. 

Additional features:

  • Comes with Facebook’s voice assistant and Amazon Alexa 
  • Ability to turn off camera and microphone
  • Video widens to include everyone in the frame
  • Available in multiple sizes and colors with additional features 
  • Free shipping
  • 1-year limited warranty

  1. Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation) – $34.99
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The Amazon Echo Dot is a compact, hands-free, voice-activated device that works like your own virtual personal assistant by listening to your voice to carry out various requests. In addition to using the device to call loved ones and listen to music, you can also set reminders for medical appointments, medication, and even utilize additional safety features when using your Alexa App through your free Alexa Guard account.

Additional features:

  • Stream music, audiobooks, news and more
  • Check the weather forecast
  • Set reminders, alarms and timers 
  • Create lists 
  • Order groceries 

Additional safety & health features:

  • Call an emergency helpline
  • Alert about potential emergencies
  • Deter unwanted visitors

  1. Tile Stickers – 2-pack $39.99
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Tile Stickers are small, water-resistant stickers that let you track everything from your phone and wallet to keys and other easily misplaced items. To locate lost items, use Tile’s free app to track the object’s location or set off an alarm if it’s within the Bluetooth range. 

Additional features:

  • 150 ft. Bluetooth range
  • Three-year battery life
  • Waterproof
  • Free shipping
  • 1-year warranty

  1. Kindle Fire 7 Tablet – $49.99
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The Kindle 7 tablet is a 7-inch tablet that’s excellent for reading e-books, watching videos, listening to music, and browsing the internet. 

Additional features:

  • Up to 8 hours of battery life
  • Amazon Alexa enabled 
  • Ability to download apps
  • Durable and lightweight
  • 90-day limited warranty
  • Available in 4 different colors (black, plum, sage, and blue)

  1. Lively Smart Phone – $149.99 
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Lively Smart is an easy-to-navigate smartphone that helps you stay connected, safe, and healthy. To find the best plan for your needs, check out the options here

Additional features:

  • A large 6.2-inch screen
  • Easy-to-navigate menu 
  • Voice typing and video chat capabilities  
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Internet access
  • High-quality camera
  • How-to-guides right on your phone
  • Brain games to keep you active 
  • Variety of phone plans available

Additional health & safety features:

  • Urgent Response button for 24/7 help in emergencies 
  • Speak to doctors and nurses 24/7 from the comfort of your home 
  • Lively Link to keep loved ones updated on your health and safety 
  • Access to Lively Personal Operators
  • Lively Ride services at the touch of a button

  1. Lively Flip Phone – $99.99
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The Lively Flip is a user-friendly flip phone that makes it easy to stay connected with family and friends, featuring large buttons, an easy-to-read screen, and other health and safety features. To find the best plan for your needs, check out the options here

Additional features:

  • Amazon Alexa enabled 
  • Easy-to-use list-based menu
  • Magnifier and flashlight
  • Powerful speaker
  • Brain games to keep you active 
  • Variety of phone plans available

Additional health & safety features:

  • Urgent Response button for 24/7 help in emergencies 
  • Speak to doctors and nurses 24/7 from the comfort of your home 
  • Lively Link to keep loved ones updated on your health and safety 
  • Access to Lively Personal Operators

  1. Acer Chromebook 311 – $149
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The Acer Chromebook 311 is a lightweight laptop that makes it easy to connect to the digital world and stay in touch with your friends and family members. 

Additional features:

  • Lightweight with 11.6 inch display
  • User-friendly and portable 
  • 10-hour battery life
  • Strong wireless internet connection
  • Fast boot-up times

Want even more ways to stay connected and engaged, check out our blog post for tips on reducing isolation or head to our online library to download the Connect booklet for additional resources for combating isolation.