The Best Jar Opener for the Elderly

The Black & Decker JW200 Lids Off Jar Opener is a thoughtful gift for the elderly and for all those who do not have strong hands.black and decker jw200 best jar opener As folks get older,even something as simple as opening a jar can become quite a challenge. The hands become shaky and lose their strength and grip and stuff goes off the menu because the jars cannot be opened. A good electric jar opener solves the problem. It is like buying a pair of really strong hands! All you do is place a jar in the machine, close the holders on the bottom of the jar, and then lower the top down to the lid. The bottom holds the jar in place and the top engages the lid. Then you push a button and it turns the lid and twists it off. No more banging, prying or using hot water. Let us take a closer look at the The Black & Decker JW200 Lids Off Jar Opener and its variants to see why it would make a perfect gift for grandma.

Black & Decker JW200BM Lids Off Jar Opener, Stainless
It is a little awkward at first but once you figure out how to get the base adjustment to work right there’s nothing to it.

What do we need from a Jar Opener?

and how does the Black & Decker JW200 fulfill these needs?

Black & Decker JW200 Lids Off Jar Opener, White


Some of the basic requirements from a Jar Opener:

  • Open Jars of all sizes easily and safely The JW200 easily opens pickle jars, peanut butter jars, oil bottles, sauce bottles, oregano bottles and insulated coffee mugs
  • Operate with minimum muscle strength The JW200 is an automatic battery operated jar opener with effortless push button operation. It required hardly any gripping or muscle strength and is ideal for the elderly and for those with arthritis
  • Rugged and Long lasting Simple design, very few parts and going strong for more than 12 years since it was released in 2003.
  • Compact – Occupy less spaceMeasuring 8-1/2 inches wide by 7-3/4 inches deep by 10 inches high, the JW200 occupies very little space and can fit into kitchen cabinets easily.

 

Some Alternatives

Best Radio for the Elderly

The Best Radio for the Elderly – Sangean WR-11SE AM/FM Table Top Radio

The Sangean WR-11SE is the best Radio gift for the elderly. A lot of folks from the older generation prefer to listen to the radio – one that has good sound quality and is simple to use. Let us take a closer look at the Sangean WR-11SE and see why it is the ideal choice as a easy to use radio for the elderly .

Sangean WR-11SE AM/FM Table Top Radio
The back lit dial is very handy at night with the lights out..

What do we need from a Radio?

and how does the Sangean WR-11SE fulfill these needs?

Sangean WR-11SE AM/FM Table Top Radio

Some of the basic requirements from a Radio:

  • Good Reception
    With Strong and clear tuning, the WR-11SE picks up even distant FM stations clearly. It gets great reception on both AM and FM all along the dial.
  • Easy to use
    This model is designed for easy usage. It has just three knobs. A volume control, An AM-FM selector and the large Tuner Knob.
  • Sturdy and Simple
    Housed in a wooden cabinet with walnut finish, this unit is well built and can take a few knocks.Its classy and retro looks fit well on any bedside table.
  • Sound Quality
    The Sangean WR-11SE beats the competition hands down when it comes to sound quality. The only model with better sound is the Sangean WR-12 which comes with bass and treble controls.
  • External Antenna
    If you want to pick up distant stations, you may need an external antenna. The WR-11SE has a 75ohm external fm antenna socket and another terminal for external AM antenna. A good choice for an external antenna is the Parts Express FM Dipole Antenna combined with the Parts Express Push-On “F” Type Balun.

Some variants and alternatives of the Sangean WR-11SE

Radio with Bass and Treble Controls


Sangean WR-12 AM/FM Analog Wooden Cabinet Receiver


The WR12 has all the features of the WR11 along with bass and treble controls for better sound quality. It also has a nearly full width tuner.

Ultimate Retro Radio


Crosley CR31-WA Companion Retro AM/FM Radio with 1 Full-Range Speaker


Crosley have made radios since the 1920’s. This model looks almost identical to a 1932 Crosley model 125. It is a simple radio with no tone control and just the on-off-volume knob, a selector switch for AM/FM, and a tuning dial. Another fantastic radio for elderly parents and grandparents. The sound quality is not as good as the Sangean and The light that illuminates the dial burns out fast and cannot be replaced.

Simple Radio with Bluetooth


Tivoli Audio M1BTSLB Model One BT Bluetooth AM/FM Radio


The Tivoli is another radio with excellent sound quality. This model also has bluetooth, so you can listen to music from your phone.

The Best Alarm Clock for the Elderly

The Best Alarm Clock for the Elderly – Sonic Alert SB300


The Sonic Alert SB300 is the best alarm clock gift for the elderly – and others too. Young and old, all of us need a bit of a push to wake up at the right time! A well selected alarm clock can make it a bit more easier to get up on time ( and hit the snooze button and go back to sleep :0( ) . What we need is a simple clock which shows the correct time, is loud enough and as a large enough display. Let us take a closer look at the Sonic Alert SB300 and see why it fits the bill.

Sonic Alert SB300 Sonic Boom Loud Vibrating Alarm Clock with Large Display
If the loud alarm and flashing lights don’t wake you, the earthquake effect of the bed shaker surely will.

What do we need from an Alarm Clock?

and how does the Sonic Alert Sonic Boom fulfill these needs?

Sonic Alert SB300 Sonic Boom Loud Vibrating Alarm Clock with Large Display

Some of the basic requirements from an Alarm Clock:

  • Be Loud enough to wake you up
    At 113 decibels, the Sonic Boom is among the loudest. Perfect for the hard of hearing or hearing impaired. At the same time, the tone and volume can be adjusted. You can set the alarm from soft to extra loud via a dial. You can also change the tone from low to high via another dial.
  • Large Display to show the time
    For those who keep the alarm clock at some distance, peering through the darkness to note the time can be tiresome. The SB300 Sonic Boom has a large 1.8″ LED Display which is visible from a distance
  • Vibrating Alarm to Shake
    A feature many folks look for in an alarm clock now a days is the bed shaker or vibrating alarm to shake you awake. The SB300 has a battery opearated vibrating alarm. As one user put it – “Holy Moly, it’s an earthquake!”
  • Maintain the correct time
    The SB300 has battery backup to maintain the time during power outages
  • Options
    This alarm clock has 4 settings on the right side: buzz/vib – vib – buzz – off.
    You can choose if you only want the vibrator to wake you up or just the buzzing. Or both or none

So what gives?

All gizmos have their plusses and minuses. This one has a not so sturdy base and can fall over easily. Also the sound is quite jarring on the ear. If you prefer a more soothing wake up call, you may not like the SB300. The cord is only 4′, though Sonic Alert provide an additional 15′ extension cord as an add on

Some variants of the SB300

Dual Alarm Sonic Boom

The SB200 has all the features of the SB300 plus a dual alarm feature


Sonic Alert Loud Dual Alarm Clock SB200ss with Vibrating Shaker


Sonic Boom for Girls

The SBH400 is the SB300 in pink and heart shaped.


Sonic Alert SBH400ss Sweetheart Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker


Sonic Bomb

The Sonic Bomb is the original meanie with large red display


Sonic Alert SBB500ss Sonic Bomb Loud Dual Alarm Cock with Bed Shaker


Westclox 81012BT Dual Clock Radio – A Modern Clock Radio for Senior Citizen Geeks

We have reviewed the ICFC1T as a suitable clock radio for the seniors due to its simplicity and ease of use. However, not all elderly folks find tech stuff confusing. Quite a large number of them embrace technology and like to play around with gadgets ( with some help from grandchildren sometimes 🙂 ). These folks expect all the latest bells and whistles in their gizmos. The Westclox 81012BT Dual Clock Radio is a Clock Radio, which, at a budget price, comes with the features found in high end clock radios costing two to three times more!

What do we need from a Modern Clock Radio?

and how does the Westclox 81012BT Dual Clock Radio fulfill these needs?

  • Standard Features
    The usual features that all good clock radios have – Dual Alarm with Snooze, Brightness Control, Digital FM Radio Tuning with Preset Stations, Ease of use. The 81012BT has them all.
  • Large Display
    This model has 1.2″ backlit LED display which is pretty large and easily visible from a fair distance. The jumbo sized models in the market usually have 1.8″ displays, so this one is almost as big as the largest displays.
  • USB Charging
    Since most people like to keep their cellphones within reach at their bedside, a USB charging port in a clock radio comes in handy to charge the phone.
  • Bluetooth
    In a wireless connected home, even the humble clock radio is not left out! With Bluetooth connectivity, you can Connect & Stream Music Wirelessly from Bluetooth Devices to your Westclox 81012BT. So if the Radio Jockey at your favourite FM Station is having an off day, you can go to sleep listening to your favourite music from your ipod or mp3 player.

Some Alternatives – More Clock Radios with Bluetooth


Soundfreaq Sound Rise SFQ-08WT Wireless Bluetooth Speaker + Alarm Clock with FM Radio and USB Charger
For double the price, this model gives superior sound output, but has a smaller display.


SoundBot SB1010 8 in 1 Multi-Function Station
The SoundBot SB1010 has lots of bells and whistles – Date, Time, Temperature, Bluetooth speaker, Stereo Audio Speaker, Built-In Microphone, Alarm Clock, Thermometer, 2.1A USB Charging port, 3.5mm Audio Port. Unfortunately the alarm clock feature is not all that user-friendly and the sound quality is just about there.


iHome iBN20GC Bluetooth wireless FM Clock Radio
The iHome iBN20GC is a Bluetooth Clock Radio with good looks and good features. But again, like quite a few models on the market, in the quest for extra features, the manufacturers seem to have ignored the basic function – the alarm clock does not have dual alarm and
setting the alarm is a real chore.

The Best Clock Radio for Seniors – Sony ICFC1T Dual Alarm Clock Radio

Sony ICFC1T Dual Alarm Clock Radio is a wonderful clock radio gift for senior citizens. Last year, we had reviewed the Sony Clock Radio ICF-C318 Dream Machine, which was a great product, ideal for all those who prefer simplicity and a no-frills approach. However, the ICF-C318 and C218 have both been discontinued by Sony, I don’t know why. This is a major grouse I have against these gadget companies. They put in the hard yards, create different models of different products. Some succeed, some don’t. You would expect them to drop the models that don’t succeed and continue producing the ones that do. But they discontinue all old models in just a year or two. The consumers who have accepted the good products can’t get the same models a year or two later and have to research and hunt all over again. This is what I have done now to find a new model which fulfills the needs of the elderly – a clock radio which is easy to use, simple to understand and rugged enough to withstand a few unintended knocks

Sony ICFC1T Dual Alarm Clock Radio, White
This is a simple and functional alarm clock, clean and simple with aesthetically pleasing cubical design
 

What do we need from a Clock Radio?

and how does the new Sony Clock Radio fulfill these needs?

Sony ICFC1T Dual Alarm Clock Radio(Black)

Some of the basic requirements from a Clock Radio:

  • Numbers should be easily visible
    The Sony ICFC1T has large, easy-to-read, backlit LCD display with jumbo LEDs, which is easily viewable from across the room even when one is half awake and bleary eyed. You can change the light intensity.

 

  • Dual alarm for two people to use the same clock
    With other clocks, to use the same alarm clock for two people, the one who rises first has to reset the alarm for the second person.The Sony C318 has a two alarm feature which is very easy to program. Set the A alarm for one and the B alarm for another and you are done.

 

  • Maintain Time and Alarm Settings even after a Power Outage
    The Sony ICFC1T has full power memory back up, which is great if you have a short power outage.

    it has a battery back-up (battery is included and already installed) and it loses no time.

    The clock will automatically reset itself after a power outage.

 

  • Beep Volume
    This clock radio has a light beep to start with, but the beeps gradually increase in frequency. No jarring blasts at one go.

 

  • Easy Alarm Setting
    When you set the alarm time on this clock, you can go backward or forward. Some alarm clocks can only go forward and it takes forever; Setting this alarm is a breeze. Setting the alarm times on this radio are the fastest and easiest.

 

Like all stuff, the ICFC1T has its pros and cons. Let us review some other models of clock radios which do not have the disadvantages of this model.


Sony ICFC1 Alarm Clock Radio, Black
If your alarm clock radio is for one person only, you may not need the dual alarm feature. The ICFC1 has all the features of the ICFC1T, except the dual alarm feature, so you get to save a few bucks.



Magnasonic MAG-MM178K AM/FM Projection Clock Radio
If you want something more fancy, the Magnasonic MAG-MM178K comes with Motion Activated Snooze, Temperature Display and Time Projection. Flip Side – The display is smaller and the snooze control can get trigger happy.



Electrohome 1.8 inch Jumbo LED Alarm Clock Radio
If you want a larger display size, this big boy is for you.It has a couple of additional features too. The battery backup sounds the alarm even during power outages.



Sony ICFC1PJ Alarm Clock Radio
The most irritating problem with the ICFC1T is static interference. Most folks these days take their cellphones to bed ( or bedside :-)) with them. Radiation from these phones causes ugly noises in the ICFC1T. If you are prepared to shell out double the amount, the ICFC1PJ model solves this problem and offers a few other additional features – Time Projection, Nature Sounds and a charging port for your smartphone


The Best Clock Radio for the Elderly

The Best Clock Radio for the Elderly – Sony Clock Radio ICF-C318

The Sony Clock Radio ICF-C318 Dream Machine is the ideal clock radio gift for the elderly and for all those who prefer simplicity and a no-frills approach. With all the technological advances, it can sometimes be difficult to select and use something as simple as an alarm clock. The reason is, a lot of the gadgets and gizmos these days come with many selectable features and settings. One needs to spend a lot of time understanding these features and settings. This is not always easy, particularly for those from the earlier generations who are sometimes befuddled by electronics technology. What they need is something that works right out of the box and serves the basic purpose. Let us take a closer look at the Sony Clock Radio ICF-C318 Dream Machine and its variants to see why it fulfills this requirement perfectly

Note: Sony have discontinued the Dream Machine models, including the ICF-C318. We have reviewed the ICFC1T as a suitable alternative.

Sony ICF-C318 Automatic Time Set Clock Radio with Dual Alarm (White)
The white is really more girly than the blacks and grays of most alarm clocks. This clock radio is small and inexpensive, with no funky extra wires and no external antennae.
 

What do we need from a Clock Radio?

and how does the Sony Clock Radio fulfill these needs?

Sony ICF-C318 Clock Radio with Dual Alarm (Black)


Some of the basic requirements from a Clock Radio:

  • Numbers should be easily visible
    The Sony C318 has a 0.9" green LED display, which is easily viewable from across the room even when one is half awake and bleary eyed. You can change the light intensity and the color of the light.

 

  • Dual alarm for two people to use the same clock
    With other clocks, to use the same alarm clock for two people, the one who rises first has to reset the alarm for the second person.The Sony C318 has a two alarm feature which is very easy to program. Set the A alarm for one and the B alarm for another and you are done.

 

  • Main tain Time and Alarm Settings even after a Power Outage
    The Sony Dream Machine has full power memory back up, which is great if you have a short power outage.

    it has a battery back-up (battery is included and already installed) and it loses no time.

    The clock will automatically reset itself after a power outage.

 

  • Beep Volume
    This clock radio has light beep with no volume control, but the beeps gradually increase in frequency. No jarring blasts at one go.

 

  • Easy Alarm Setting
    When you set the alarm time on this clock, you can go backward or forward. Some alarm clocks can only go forward and it takes forever; Setting this alarm is a breeze. Setting the alarm times on this radio are the fastest and easiest. Also, the alarm clock setting is a dial that is right on top. This is easier than a lot of alarm clocks that have the slide switch, often on the side where you can’t see it.

Some Variants of the Sony Clock Radio ICF-C318


Sony ICF-C218 Automatic Time Set Clock Radio (Black)
This is the same as the C318 Black, but without the dual alarm feature.



Sony ICF-C218 Automatic Time Set Clock Radio (White)
This is almost the same as the above two. Only without the dual alarm feature.



Sony ICF-C318 Clock Radio with Dual Alarm (Black)
The same clock radio in black color



Sony ICF-C318 Automatic Time Set Clock Radio with Dual Alarm (White)
This is what we are talking about. This is the real deal


Sony Clock Radio Instructions and Manual

Sony ICF-C318 Clock Radio with Dual Alarm (Black)

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  • Sony Clock Radio User ManualDownload a free copy of the Sony Clock Radio User Manual User Manual