Getting old sucks, but being placed in a convalescent home by your kids sucks even more. For those with elderly parents who still want to maintain their independence comes Lively, a great gadget that connects seniors living alone with their adult children, creating a piece of mind for both parties. The device uses sensors that are placed on various objects around the senior’s house that will monitor everyday activity, thus eliminating for “parent sitting” for their adult kids. The sensors are easy to install and can be placed on objects like the fridge, front door, TV, pill boxes, keys and more. ¬†You can even do it on a custom moveable object that is part of the daily routine patterns of older adults like a favorite chair, bathroom door or outside patio. They’ll then relay activity messages to the main hub via a built-in cellular connection (so no home Internet is required), with an activity report delivered regularly in the mail to their children to update them on what’s happening with their elderly parents. There’s also an app that provides daily activity and allows you to share activity and patterns with other loved ones. Lively costs $149 and comes with two months of free service.

Kristie Bertucci

Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.