Taking Care of Aging Parents

Worrying about your aging parents can be a hassle for both you and them. Our top app picks and products for their home will make it easier for your parents to age in comfort.

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These tips will help you keep an eye on aging parents without being a pest.

As parents sail into their golden years, and kids turn into adults, the tables turn — it's the kids who want to keep an eye on their parents' well-being. While our missed curfews were once the cause of their late nights spent pacing the house, we now worry how they're getting by on their own. We have some high- and low-tech remedies for keeping track of Mom and Dad while they live independently.

8 Ways to Stay in Touch With Aging Parents

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Skype

Presto

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Wi-Fi Cameras

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Life360

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Bugging parents about their health and happiness can be a hassle for you and them. So, set them up with an activity tracker that lets you know their basic whereabouts and activities, while also maintaining a sense of privacy. There's also practical safety issues you'll want to consider, like ensuring medications are being taken as prescribed. Use your smart gadget, so you never have to worry about accidental double-doses or forgetting a pill. And for moving around the house at night, motion-sensing lights are so helpful you might want to install them in your own home. Learn how to install a motion-sensing light switch at Made + Remade.

Universal Design for the Home

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Rising Bathroom Wall

Hands-Free Faucet

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Touch Drawers

Different Drawer Pulls

Cabinet Plate Drawer

Door Lever

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Pull-Out Bathroom Drawers

Electric Jar Opener

Your parents always have a mildly embarrassing story to tell about your childhood. Why not create a record of all those stories with a clever service that prompts them to spill all of history's greatest hits? With these solutions, you can help your parents age in place and relax in their own home.

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