Retirees, Transform Your House Using Smart Home Technology

Going high-tech allows you to control your lights, locks and many appliances with voice activation and can help you age in place. Here's what to consider when deciding on the different options.

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Hank Norsworthy was tired of having to walk down a dark hallway to get to bed. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis about 40 years ago, he uses a rollator (a walker with wheels) to get around. After several friends adopted smart home technology to automate certain features, he decided to give it a try.

A few months ago, he bought an Echo Dot as well as some smart lightbulbs and smart plugs to help automate his lighting. With these adjustments, he can now ask Alexa to turn his lights on or off without having to walk down a dark hallway. Norsworthy has been so happy with the results he's considering getting a smart lock for his front door and more smart lights for his garage. "This beats the little motion detector lights I was using before," says Norsworthy, 77, of Jacksonville, Fla.

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Senior Retirement Editor, Kiplinger.com

Jackie Stewart is the senior retirement editor for Kiplinger.com and the senior editor for Kiplinger's Retirement Report.