June 22, 2016 — We can all use help in the art of staying youthful for as long as we can. Especially if getting to be 55+ has brought a few physical limitations along with our increased experience.
The list of helpful products reviewed recently by NextAvenue.org runs a wide gamut. Predictably it includes computers, tablets, and smart phones. It also reviews portable music devices (with the advent of wireless, just about anything is possible), smart watches, and cameras. At least one, such as the Garvin Nuvi-Cam, would be great additions to your car when checking out possible places to retire (in addition to navigation, it includes in-dash camera and driver awareness features).
Electric bikes are another innovation that is game changing for many people. We experienced this new product innovation first hand last winter when stopped at a stop light waiting to resume a vigorous bike ride. Beside us was a tandem bike topped by a middle aged couple with ample proportions. When the light changed, and much to our surprise, the tandem bikers rapidly pulled away, picking up speed as they left us in the dust. All the more surprising – they weren’t peddling! Gotcha – electric bike that looks like a normal bike, but it’s not! Although it kind of defeats the exercise function of biking, it is nice for those who couldn’t get out without some extra help, especially on steep hills. The Stromer ST-2 doesn’t come cheap ($7000), but this top of the line model has amazing features (there are less expensive brands, fortunately).
Perhaps the most practical idea is the Ring doorbell. This ingenious device looks like a doorbell (which it is), but it does a lot more. There is a camera and microphone attached, so you can see who is at the door (even if they haven’t rung it yet).
And best of all, it is wirelessly connected so you can see and hear all this from thousands of miles away. So you can respond from your smart phone that you “are busy, come back later”, when in fact you are on vacation in Hawaii.
See all these great ideas and a lot more at The Best New Products for 50+ Crowd
Do you have a favorite tech or non-tech product that helps you adjust to and enjoy life in retirement? Please share your thoughts in the Comments section below.