Seminars Explore Smart Homes, Brain Health

Remember those kitschy “Clap on! Clap off!” commercials of the 1980s? (See one below). Who would have guessed that “The Clapper” device they advertised to turn your lights on and off with a clap of your hand was ahead of its time?

Now we have entire homes with smart devices and voice assistants. Instead of clapping, we say, “Hey, Alexa,” “Hey, Google” or “Hey, Siri.”

If you’re still stuck in the ’80s and clapping to turn on a light or manually using light switches, AARP is offering a free seminar just for you at the Generations Magazine Aging in Place Workshop on Aug. 3, Saturday, this year.

An instructor from Senior Planet, an AARP affiliated charity dedicated to helping older adults thrive in today’s digital age, will teach participants about smart homes and how they can help caregivers and kūpuna age in place. Smart homes can do so much more than just control your lights. Using technology, you can monitor your body health, visit with doctors and nurses through telehealth, detect falls or wandering, detect fires or unsafe situations and call for emergency assistance.

Other seminars AARP is offering will cover the importance of sleep in keeping your brain healthy and strategies to fight insomnia, streaming and smart TVs, how to use a digital wallet, transportation alternatives and more.

There’s no pre-registration and seating is first come, first served. You don’t have to be an AARP member, nor of AARP age to attend the Aging in Place Workshop or AARP’s seminars.

Learn more about Senior Planet classes and resources:

AARP HAWAI‘I (nonprofit)
1001 Bishop St., #625, Honolulu, HI 96813
808-545-6000 | |
AARP is a non-partisan organization dedicated to empowering
Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age.


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