Amazon has announced Care Hub, a new set of U.S. features designed to help older adults age in place by providing a way for them to communicate with others and for others to check in on them.  

Through a one-time set-up, two Alexa accounts can be connected so that Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices can be used for the Care Hub. Family members can use the Alexa app on their smartphones to set up alerts for detecting a loved one’s first activity of the day, or no activity by a certain time of day, such as noon.

Also, if a family member is set up as an emergency contact, if help is needed, the older adult can say, “Alexa, call for help,” and Alexa will call, text and send a push notification to alert the family member.