Ten Apps for Older Adults

Application software more commonly known as ‘apps’ have become increasingly popular since they were first introduced in 2008. Today apps are able to do everything from delivering detailed weather reports to analyzing your sleep patterns. Hence, the popular phrase ‘there’s an app for that’. There’s even a blog to keep you up to date on the latest apps called Today in the App Store.

Here’s our list of ten useful apps for older adults:

  1. Pandora
    Music possesses therapeutic properties that can improve an individual’s well-being. With this app you can ‘create personalized stations that play only the music you love’.
  2. Goodreads
    Studies have shown that lifelong learning offers increased knowledge and critical thinking skills, improved health and well-being, longer life span, greater likelihood of community and civic engagement, increased creativity and greater self-fulfillment. With over 500 million books recommended by 20 million members you will be able to find the perfect book to suit your interests. You may be interested in ‘The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life’ by Dr. Gene D. Cohen.
  3. Medisafe Medication Manager & Pill Reminder
    Reminds you to take your medication on time and manages your medications. Create a ‘med-friend’ to notify you if you don’t check that you took your medication.
  4. Skype
    Keep in touch with family and friends with a video call on Skype.
  5. HeartWise Blood Pressure Tracker
    Keep track of your blood, resting heart rate and weight.
  6. Silver Surf
    Features large navigation buttons to control the browser, dynamic text zoom up to 200%, high contrast mode to make for easier reading and more for the ’50 plus demographic”.
  7. Lumosity Mobile
    ‘Challenge your brain with games designed by neuroscientists to exercise memory and attention.’
  8. TED Talks
    Short (18 minutes or less) talks covering ‘science to business to global issues’ presented by dynamic speakers. Check out the ‘Older People are Happier’ talk by Laura Carstensen, Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity.
  9. Mint Personal Finance
    Manage your money by having Mint organize and categorize your spending.
  10. Eye Reader
    Eye Reader turns your mobile device into a magnifying glass.

Do you have a favourite app? We’d love to hear from you.

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