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When thinking about who regularly uses a smartphone, senior citizens may not be the first demographic that comes to mind. However, digital technology has been incorporated in our everyday lives more than ever, and it now seems that seniors are on board as well.
In fact, 4 in 10 seniors aged 65 and older now own a smartphone, a number which has quadrupled in the last five years.
As apps continue to be downloaded on a daily basis, the idea of creating useful programs with the purpose of making our lives easier isn’t going away anytime soon.
With this in mind, below is a list of smartphone applications that seniors can download to their phones today for everything from minor conveniences to life-saving aid.
1. WebMD (Free)
This app is a user-friendly resource for seniors and people of all ages, allowing you to perform functions such as checking symptoms, finding local physicians, and receiving updates on the latest news in the health industry.
2. EyeReader ($1.99)
If you’re in a restaurant and need to read a menu or you’re reading the newspaper and need assistance, you can use EyeReader. This app serves as both a light and magnifying glass for those who need the extra visual assistance. It also offers a zoom feature, allowing you to zoom into the text even further with your fingers.
3. Lumosity – Brain Training (Free)
This app keeps minds sharp with a variety of cognitive brain games that are designed to improve memory, attention, and more. Every time you play, you can log your results into the app so it remembers how you’ve been doing and can show you your overall performance trends.
4. Medisafe Pill Reminder (Free)
Make sure you never forget to take any of your medications by downloading Medisafe, a free app that you can program to give you reminders for daily medication. Other features available within the app include a measurement log of medications being taken and when, as well as family notifications so relatives can also keep track of your med intake.
5. bSafe (Free)
This app allows you to send your location, as well as your video and audio footage, to friends and family. This lets your loved ones know where you are at any given time for emergency purposes. An SOS button, if pressed by the app owner, will automatically send a video and timestamp to those whose information has been programmed into the app.
6. Audible (Free)
If you’d rather listen to a book than read it, or if you’re interested in downloading podcasts, Audible is an app where you can do both of those things. With a database of over 200,000 audiobooks, there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy.
7. Evernote (Free)
Seniors looking for a way to stay organized can download Evernote, a note-taking app that can log everything from your grocery list to a grandchild’s wish list. The app goes beyond just notes, however, as it can store image files, PDFs, video files and more.
8. AllRecipes (Free)
This app has a database of recipes for various dinner meals that will show up on a feed that’s personalized for you, based on your culinary preferences. You can organize recipes into collections, save them for later, watch step-by-step cooking videos, and more.
9. Park and Forget ($0.99)
Whether you’re parking your car in a large parking garage or lot, or you think you might forget where you parked on a street, this app is a helpful resource. Park and Forget will monitor your vehicle’s location and even give you directions to get to your car, so that you’re looking for it later you can find it quickly.
10. Blood Pressure Companion (Free)
This app is a great way for seniors to track their blood pressure and heart rates, with features built in such as comprehensive reports of your past readings and the ability to share your reports with others.
11. Skype (Free)
Skype is a terrific way to video chat with loved ones, no matter how close or far they are from you. Other notable features included in the app include being able to group chat with multiple people at once, the ability to send messages, and the ability to capture photos and videos.
12. Birthday Sweet (Free)
This app allows you to easily keep track of your loved ones’ birthdays, all in one place. You can even send them personalized holiday cards for their special day, directly within the app.
13. FallSafety (Free)
This app uses the accelerometer and sensors built into your smartphone to determine if you’ve taken a fall. If a fall has been detected, the owner has 45 seconds to signal that he or she is okay before the app will contact emergency services.
14. Senior Savings ($0.99)
Those looking for a senior discount at various restaurants and stores can download this app, as it is a database of more than 200 places that offer savings for the elderly. Sort them alphabetically, by age, restrictions, and more.
15. 1Password (Free)
If you’re managing a variety of passwords for various websites, keep them listed in a safe, secure place, such as the 1Password app. Passwords can be organized into categories and custom fields can be added to the app such as additional security questions.
What’s Your Favorite Smartphone App? Let Us Know!
If we missed one of your favorite apps suitable for seniors feel free to let us know by reaching out to our team today. We look forward to hearing from you!