Google Home, the hands-free smart speaker alternative to Amazon Echo, offers great potential to assist older people in their homes, particularly for those with visual impairments, who find it difficult to move, or who struggle with touchscreen devices.

This guide covers ways in which older people can make use of Google Home (controlling the home, everyday reminders, searching for answers, communication, entertainment, shopping, etc.), benefits of this particular product for older people, alternatives to Google Home, and some watch-outs for older people when using voice-controlled devices.

Would you consider setting up Google Home for your elderly relative or neighbour?

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