Tech the Halls!

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017

By Sharon Whalen, technology associate, Lutheran SeniorLife

Does Grandma really need another sweater? Does Grandpa want another pair of slippers? Why not Tech Their Halls this Christmas?

Gifts of technology can help your aging loved one to live more safely, to be more engaged and active and be connected to the people they love the most.

When selecting a gift this Christmas, consider the needs of your family member or friend and purchase something they can use throughout the year. If you have questions, or need guidance, Lutheran SeniorLife’s SilverSmartTM technology associate can help.

Remaining independent is a primary goal for seniors, but safety is a very real concern.

Personal Emergency Response Devices (PERS) allow the user to request help in an emergency with the push of a button. Some devices can even detect a fall and summon help if the person wearing the pendant is unable to do so. Many seniors will agree to wear a PERS if it allows them to remain in their home safely for a longer period of time.

Aging eyes and decreased hearing can make participating in hobbies and activities much more challenging. Help your family member with gifts of magnifiers, amplifiers, large number clocks or other electronic reminders to keep them involved. A tech device can increase their participation as well as improve their quality of life.

Connecting with family and friends is a wonderful way to brighten the day or lift the spirits of an older adult. There are many telephones available to make this connection special: amplified phones, large button phones, phones with flashing lights or captioning. Jitterbug even makes a flip phone and smart phone designed for senior users.

If your loved one is comfortable using technology, Amazon Echo or Google Home are great gift ideas. The opportunities for information, entertainment, home automation and fun are too numerous to count!

During this season of giving, stray from the path and consider gifts of technology for everyday living.

If you would like to learn more about these or other gift options, please contact Sharon Whalen at (724) 452-3619 or

Above: The SilverSmartTM Technology Center at Passavant Community has dozens of senior-friendly technology items on display for you to interact with. Stop by and see us!

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