Technology has placed texting, emailing, games, and access to medical information right at our fingertips and seniors are taking full advantage of the benefits of a smartphone. Smartphone usage has surged among seniors with over half of adults between the ages of 50 to 64 and 42% of seniors over the age of 65 owning a smartphone.
6 Apps for Seniors
As today’s seniors are more technologically connected than ever, developers have created a plethora of apps designed to bring health and happiness to senior smartphone users. These six apps for seniors can help increase the quality of life for older adults while some even bring peace of mind to family members and friends.
Lumosity is widely considered the leader of the ‘brain training’ industry and this app is full of word games, brain twisters, memory games, and puzzles that will give you and your loved one a mental workout. The app designs brain workouts based on age and skill level and adapts to the strengths and weaknesses of each user. The basic subscription is free, and individual plans vary with family rates available.
WebMD is a free app that gives reliable, doctor-reviewed answers to medical questions. On the app, the user can enter symptoms or search for reliable home remedies. Not to be used as a substitute for medical care, the app can help people understand more about medical conditions, or potential medical conditions while the “Healthy Target” section allows the user to set health goals like weight loss or exercise goals.
3. MediSafe Medication Reminder
MediSafe Medication Reminder is a great app for seniors and caregivers who are managing multiple medical prescriptions. The app reminds the user and specified family members when to take certain medications will alert caregivers if missed, and can even remind the user to refill a prescription. It also tracks blood glucose levels, blood pressure, weight, heart rate, and temperature. The data can be saved and shared with medical professionals.
4. NPR One
This is a newly updated app that brings current events right to your phone. Featuring national, international news, and entertainment, NPR One is highly customizable and allows users to search for topics of interest. The app can also notify the user when their favorite programs are on NPR.
5. Google Maps
A must have for any smartphone user, Google Maps allows users to find locations based on name and share locations with friends via text message. The app also allows users to find nearby hospitals, restaurants, and attractions and can act as a GPS navigation system when driving or walking.
For seniors who love to cook, Epicurious is a free app featuring thousands of recipes. The app has recipe tips, user reviews and ratings, cook times, a seasonal ingredients finder, and featured recipes. You’ll never be bored in the kitchen again!
What are your favorite apps? Share them with us in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!