Technology Allows the Elderly to Stay in Homes

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More than 76 percent of Americans older than 60 use two or more prescription medications, and 37 percent use five or more. What's disconcerting is that 57 percent of those 65 and older admit that they forget to take their medications, according to the AARP.

Several high-tech gadgets exist to remind seniors to take their medication. For $39.95, the Advanced Alarm Pill Reminder by VitaCarry can be programmed to go off up to seven times per day, and has a display feature that notifies the user when a pill is accidently missed. The display can also be easily removed from the pill storage compartment to take on the go.

Osun Technologies also makes a simple automated medication reminder that takes two buttons to program, for $24.95. Both of these products can be found on Amazon.com.

Make Chores Easier

The Roomba by iRobot.

There are several smaller products on the market that will make everyday tasks easier to get through. House cleaning robots such as the Roomba or Scooba by iRobot can be left alone to vacuum every inch of carpet or wash the floor, leaving seniors with more time and energy to pursue other interests.

"It's amazing how they immediately saw the value in it, pushing a vacuum was hard for them but they still wanted to maintain a clean house," she said.

The various models of the Roomba and Scooba range from $200 to $600, and a new Scooba line debuted in early January that's half the size of the original, and perfect for smaller areas such as bathrooms.

"It can get into all those little nooks and crannies, and can pick up 97 percent of household bacteria," Smith said.

Both models are available online at iRobot's Web site, but the Roomba can also be found at Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, some Sears locations and club stores such as Costco, Sam's and BJ's.

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