Smart phones and other mobile devices aren’t just for the younger generation. More and more senior citizens have incorporated smart phones into their day-to-day lives and rely on them for a variety of tasks, from simply catching up with family and friends to paying bills to browsing the internet.
Read on for my ten favorite apps to make life easier for the elderly.
1) MyTherapy Pill Reminder
Remembering to take your medication can be tricky. If you have multiple medications to take, it gets even harder. This ad-free, award-winning app reminds you when to take your pills, enables you to track your medication inventory, and helps you track your intake. Other features include refill reminders, a health journal and the ability to connect with family and friends for increased encouragement and accountability.
2) Pocket Physio
Going to the gym can be intimidating and seeing a physiotherapist can be prohibitively expensive, but the benefits of regular exercise, particularly as we age, shouldn’t be underestimated. Use this app to practice real physiotherapy exercises designed by Care UK and enjoy all the benefits of exercise from the comfort of your own home.
Keeping your mind active as you age is crucial, particularly after retirement, and has been shown to lead to a reduced risk of dementia. Lumosity, a brain training app, allows you to improve your memory, attention, reasoning and cognitive abilities through games, helping you to have fun while keeping your mind healthy.
4) Words With Friends
If you enjoy the classic boardgame Scrabble, this app is for you. You can connect with friends to play word-games online, offering a trio of socialising, fun, and brain exercise.
Internet security can be a bit of a minefield. With fraudsters getting more sophisticated and websites ramping up their password requirements in response, keeping on top of your passwords can be intimidating. This is where LastPass comes in. This clever app is a password manager which stores all your passwords in a secure vault, so you can throw away those scraps of paper on your desk!
6) Magnifying Glass + Flashlight
As we get older, it’s normal to become slightly more long-sighted. This leads to trouble reading menus in restaurants, filling in forms, or enjoying books. This app offers a magnifying glass as well as a light function to illuminate whatever it is you’re having trouble reading.
7) Facebook Messenger
Keeping in touch with friends and family members is made so much easier by smart phones and other mobile devices. The Facebook Messenger app enables free text chat, video chat, and photo sharing, helping you keep in contact with old friends and grandchildren alike.
8) Personal Capital
While financial planning can seem daunting, it’s essential to take control of your finances in retirement. This app offers features that enable you to track your savings and monitor your investment portfolios, all in one place. It also includes cash flow tools with easy to understand visuals and projections. You can even become an investment client for access to professional financial advice.
Audiobooks are a great alternative to reading if you struggle with poor eyesight, or if you simply want to enjoy compelling narration instead of sitting in silence. Audible offers the widest selection of audiobooks available on the market, and offers a subscription or pay-as-you-go service. If you’re a bookworm, be sure to check out the free 30-day-trial.
If your phone is clogged up with photos, use the Snapfish app to get those precious memories turned into physical prints, or even mugs, magnets, or pre-made albums. It couldn’t be easier – just a few clicks and this app will take care of the rest.
There are some great apps out there that are helpful for seniors, and the ones listed in this article are just a drop in the ocean. Give them a try, or share them with any seniors you know, and see what a difference they can make to your life.