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A Gift Guide for Grandma and Grandpa

With an average life expectancy of 85 years, seniors today have more time to enjoy all the things they love. But like the rest of us, home maintenance isn’t at the top of the list. Here are the top gifts for senior homeowners:

Automatic vacuum. The movements associated with vacuuming can be difficult for seniors with arthritis or other mobility impairments. Likewise, poor eyesight can make it easy to miss hidden dust bunnies, which can saturate the air and cause a host of respiratory issues. Consumer Reports tested dozens of automatic/robot vacuums and have narrowed it down to five that offer the best suck for the buck.

Amazon Prime membership. For $99 per year, your senior loved one can have everything from toilet paper to toothpicks delivered right to their door. And if you live in one of the hundreds of areas with Prime Now service, many of these items will arrive within a few hours.

Robotic lawnmower. For the homeowner who hates yard work, a robotic mower is the gift to give. With a substantial price tag, these mowers are a premium present you’ll want to save for the ones you love the most. Husqvarna’s lineup of premium robot mowers starts at $1,999. Less expensive models can be found at your local hardware store.

Voice activated lights. Voice-activated lights are today what The Clapper was in the 80s. Now, your senior loved one can illuminate any room with a simple command. This will add a whole new level of safety at night while giving your gift recipient complete control over the ambiance of their home.

Self-cleaning oven. Gone are the days when grandma has to spend hours cleaning up dried/burnt-on spills from the oven floor. Modern ovens are equipped with hidden elements that make wiping out dirt and debris a breeze. But, over time, gunk collects and, eventually, she’ll have to deep clean the oven. A self-cleaning oven eliminates the elbow grease by burning excess material at a temperature of about 880°F. What’s left is a layer of ash that can be easily wiped away. No muss, no fuss.

Automatic garage door opener. For those with outdated manual garage doors, consider gifting an automatic garage door opener, which will eliminate the need to bend over and potentially pull a muscle.

Smart home security system. Internet-enabled home security systems may be paired with devices that can do everything from control the indoor air temperature to locking the front door from anywhere in the country. These devices will help your aging relative manage their household and allow you to keep tabs on their safety and security from wherever you may be. PC Mag compares the nine most popular smart home security systems for 2017 here.

Slow cooker with liners. Perhaps one of the best gifts you can give for people with medical conditions that restrict the use of their hands is an easy way to clean up after cooking. A slow cooker and liners to fit is a gift that will speed up post-meal cleanup and ensure you get a regular invitation to dinner.

Scheduled maintenance. Depending on where your loved one lives, they may be within the designated service area of the heating, cooling, plumbing, or electrical company that offers annual maintenance plans. This is a gift that lasts all year and keeps your loved one’s systems in tip top shape.

Today, technology makes it easy to age in place without worry. Your elderly loved one doesn’t have to live in one of the top cities for technology-assisted living in order to enjoy their independence. With a little preparation and a few pieces of advanced equipment, your loved one can live alone no matter where they call home.

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