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Buying presents for parents is no easy feat, especially those who are getting up there in years. It's not like you can just wrap a bag of Werther's Originals and call it a day. And if you ever watched Everybody Loves Raymond, you know a fruit-of-the-month club isn't a good choice. It's time to get a little more creative — and maybe a little more practical as well. With that in mind, I've rounded up 10 gifts to buy for aging parents, all of them intended to be useful in some way — to make life a little easier, a little safer and maybe a little more entertaining.
Cheap, simple, practical: Greenic's plug-in night-lights activate only when they detect motion, making them ideal for nighttime trips to the bathroom or any other circumstance where a little light is needed. And these glow a pleasant blue, just enough to help with navigation but not so bright as to wake anyone else.
Jars can be hard to open even if you don't have a weak grip or arthritic hands. This simple appliance eliminates the frustration altogether: Just place it over a jar (it can work with just about any size and shape), press a button and voila: Even the toughest lids pop off.
It doesn't have to be this exact one (see below), but some kind of Amazon Echo device is definitely a good idea. Your parent can "ask Alexa" for just about anything: news and weather reports, music and podcasts, jokes and more. Plus, Alexa can control various smart-home devices, including lights and door locks. And Amazon's optional Alexa Together service can handle caregiving services like medication reminders and even fall alerts. This Dot includes a clock, making it an even better bedside companion.
Modern TV is surprisingly complicated, what with all the different streaming apps and services. Roku's interface is by far the easiest to use, and the Ultra makes life even easier thanks to its user-friendly remote. It includes a voice-command button ("start Netflix," for example), a headphone jack for private listening, two programmable shortcut buttons and even a lost-remote finder. The Ultra can easily integrate with any existing cable-box setup, too.
Losing stuff sucks. Losing stuff when you're older and have less mobility is even suckier. That's why I recommend a Tile Pro tracker for every keychain, purse, bag and so on. If something goes missing, just fire up the Tile smartphone app to help located it. Even better, if the phone itself goes missing, just double-press the button on the Tile Pro and the phone will ring — even if it's set to silent. (That incredibly useful feature isn't supported by Apple AirTags.) I speak from experience: Tile trackers are indispensable.
There's no better gift for aging parents, period, end of discussion. Think about it: An endless slideshow of beloved memories, with new photos arriving as if by magic from friends and family. Aura Carver, on sale at an all-time-low price, is the best digital photo frame to give as a gift, because you can not only pre-load it with images but also preconfigure it for the the recipient's Wi-Fi network. That means they can just plug it in, and it should be good to go. New photos can be sent via app or email, and Aura provides unlimited storage with no monthly fees.
The Echo Show 10 offers all the aforementioned Alexa benefits, plus a 10-inch screen atop a rotating (!) base that's also a powerful speaker. That means during video calls with friends and family, the screen can pivot as you move around so you stay "on camera." The Show 10 is also a digital photo frame, YouTube viewer, information hub, security camera and mini-TV, able to stream from Amazon, Netflix and lots of other services. Be sure to wait for a sale, though, like the one that's happening right now.
Does Mom or Dad have a hard time hearing the TV? That could be because the built-in speakers are terrible. Zvox's soundbar not only improves overall sound quality, but it also employs special technology to boost hard-to-hear dialogue. And it works! I especially like the remote, with its large, clearly labeled buttons. This model is designed for smaller rooms and TVs; check out the Zvox AV355 if you want something larger.
Three reasons to buy Mom or Dad an Apple Watch: 1. Irregular-heartbeat detection. 2. Fall detection. 3. Emergency SOS (with a cellular plan). Heard enough? Of course the Apple Watch offers lots of other benefits as well, including notifications (no more missed text messages), reminders (time to take meds!), even real-time navigation to help anyone who might get a little lost while out for a walk. There's a learning curve, as the watch interface isn't super-intuitive, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges.
Aging makes household chores a little tougher as well — especially vacuuming. Roborock's Q7 Max+ to the rescue; it's not only a high-suction vac, one that'll empty its own dustbin when it's done, but also a mop for kitchen floors. An app controls nearly everything, including when and where the robot should go, though you can also set it up to respond to Alexa, Siri or Google voice commands. This particular model is expensive, but right now it's significantly discounted. You can also find more basic sweepers for as low as $200, in case your gift budget doesn't extend quite this far.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey have combined for 50 points but it wasn't enough to prevent Oklahoma City Thunder slipping to a fourth loss in their past five NBA games.Jalen Green had 28 points and a career-high nine assists and Alperen Sengun added 21 points, a career-best 18 rebounds and seven assists as their lowly ranked Houston Rockets claimed a 118-105 home win over the Thunder on Saturday.
Alex de Minaur's "ultimate dream" of lifting the Davis Cup for Australia is tantalisingly close in his adopted Spanish home - but a charming if menacing figure is blocking his way.Full of firepower and armed with two of the brightest young stars in tennis in Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime, Canada are ready to take it to captain Lleyton Hewitt's team of battlers in the final in Malaga on Sunday (Monday AEDT).
More than 1000 NSW final-year medical students will be working in hospitals in paid positions to reduce pressure on hospitals in the state's latest bid to aid the system battered by COVID-19.Premier Dominic Perrottet said the Assistant in Medicine (AiM) initiative was initially introduced in 2020 as a temporary workforce surge measure during the pandemic but it was so successful, it made sense for it to continue.
A pedestrian is fighting for his life in hospital after being hit by a hearse on Saturday night in Sydney's inner west.The driver of the Mazda hearse allegedly fled the scene before emergency services arrived at about 8.
Protests have simmered in Shanghai as residents in several Chinese cities, many of them angered by a deadly fire in the country's far west, push back against heavy COVID-19 curbs almost three years into the pandemic.A fire on Thursday that killed 10 people in a high-rise building in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang region, has sparked widespread public anger as many internet users surmised residents could not escape in time because the building was partially locked down - a claim city officials d
Three weeks after their failed Twenty20 World Cup defence, Australia can start putting finishing touches on their campaign to return to another world championship final.It's the reality that sums up cricket's problematic, overcooked schedule, while also gifting added meaning to a summer lacking a marquee Test series.
Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan says his party will quit the country's regional and national assemblies.Khan made the announcement during his first public appearance since being wounded in a gun attack.
POTENTIAL CANDIDATES TO BECOME VICTORIAN LIBERAL LEADER:* Michael O'Brien, MalvernThe 51-year-old former barrister was toppled by Matthew Guy in a leadership spill last year after failing to land a blow on Labor over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr O'Brien is reportedly weighing up an attempted return, although it is not considered probable.
Heavy snowfall is expected in Kyiv, with temperatures dropping below freezing day and night, as millions of people who still live in and around the Ukrainian capital remain with little electricity and heat.Grid operator Ukrenergo said on Saturday electricity producers were able to cover only three-quarters of consumption needs, necessitating restrictions and blackouts across the country.
Australian cycling sensation Matthew Richardson will head into the UCI Track Champions League final rounds within touching distance of the title after again taking it up to sprinting great Harrie Lavreysen.Dutch star Lavreysen bested Richardson in the sprint final in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines but the Australian turned the tables by claiming his maiden kierin win over the 11-time UCI world champion.
A NSW police officer will face court next year after being charged with domestic violence-related assault and common assault.The 25-year-old constable's arrest follows investigations into an alleged assault on a man and a woman - who the officer knew - at a licensed Sydney venue on June 22.
First-innings saviour Jake Doran has again come to Tasmania's rescue, helping steer the Tigers to a four-wicket win over Victoria at the MCG and second spot on the Sheffield Shield ladder.After resuming at 4-151 and with 87 runs required for victory at the beginning of day four, Doran's unbeaten 47 guided Tasmania to victory at 6-241 on Sunday.
A key consumer price index will be closely watched for a further inflation spike as the Reserve Bank weighs up yet another cash rate hike.The CPI release on Wednesday will be only the second time the Australian Bureau of Statistics has issued a monthly rather than quarterly inflation figure.
Anthony Albanese has called on his predecessor Scott Morrison to apologise to parliament for secretly appointing himself to multiple ministries.Mr Morrison is facing the prospect of being censured, following the release of a report into him secretly taking on five different ministerial portfolios.
Matthew Guy is set to resign as leader of the Victorian Liberals after steering the coalition to a second election defeat in a row.In the aftermath of Saturday's loss, Mr Guy issued a statement confirming he would not continue as party leader.
Almost 3000 unfilled full-time teaching jobs are on offer in NSW which the union and Labor both see as a failure of Dominic Perrottet's government.Newly released government figures show there were 2963 vacant positions at the end of October - a massive increase from 1148 vacancies in May 2021.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says his country's ultimate goal is to possess the world's most powerful nuclear force, as he promotes dozens of military officers involved in the recent launch of the state's largest ballistic missile.The announcement, reported by state media on Sunday, comes after Kim inspected a test of the country's new Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and pledged to counter United States nuclear threats with nuclear weapons on November 18.