Best Apps for Seniors
Apps for improving your health
This app is one of the best for keeping track of all of your medical needs. Get reminders about pills, keep track of your health, and access need-to-know information – all in one easy-to-access place. Never miss a pill again!
This is your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about your health. Though it can’t replace the knowledge of a doctor, in an urgent situation or if you’re curious about something related to your health, you can look it up on WebMD. Just search for your symptoms and you might get some quick knowledge or advice.
3. Pillboxie/My PillBox
Like MediSafe, these are additional apps for Android and iOS that help you to keep track of the meds you take, and send you notifications when you need to remember to take your pills.
Apps that provide enhanced accessibility
4. Magnifying Apps
Apps like these can really help you if you’re struggling with seeing things. It can magnify things such as text or things that you’re having difficulty reading, and make them much larger and easier to see.
5. Big Font/Make It Big
These kinds of apps can increase the size of the font on your device screen, to make everything appear larger. It works for text messages, your settings, articles you read, your zoom ratio, and much more, often including magnifying tools as well.
6. Google TalkBack
This app is great for people with visual impairments, and allows you to interact with your device easily. It adds spoken words, audible, and vibration to your device, and comes pre-installed on most Android devices.
Apps for entertainment
When it comes to entertainment, Netflix is at the top of the list. For a low monthly subscription price, you can stream a huge library of movies and TV shows as much as you want, and get great suggestions for shows and movies you’d love based on what you watch.
Spotify is another app that’s great for entertainment if you like music. For a monthly subscription (or a free limited version), you can search for, listen to, and download all your favorite music by your favorite artists. Spotify has one of the largest music libraries to choose from, and does an amazing job of predicting music you’d like to listen to.
If you like watching videos, including music videos, instructional or education videos, or simple entertainment, you should check out YouTube. You can search for and find absolutely anything to watch, and get lost in hours and hours of endless entertaining videos made by real people just like you. You can even start your own channel!
Kindle allows you to read all your favorite books on-the-go, without needing to carry any books around. Find digital copies of books – new or old – and enjoy them whenever you want!
Audible is similar to Kindle, except all of the books are narrated. You can listen to your books at your leisure, whenever you want, and enjoy e-books on your device at home, or on-the-go.
12. TED Talks
TED Talks are short videos with succinct, informative lessons given by speakers with experience in a particular subject. They are entertaining, educational, motivational – and there are many to choose from.
Apps for saving money
On Amazon.com, you can find almost anything you would want to buy, and have it delivered to you for prices often much cheaper than what you can find in retail stores. You can also get great deals such as free shipping on order over a certain amount, and one-day shipping for things you need quickly!
Like Amazon, eBay.com allows you to buy tons of things you can find in regular stores and have them shipped to you. One of the best features of eBay is its auction-style sales, which allow users to place a bid on items for a dedicated period of time, and then the highest bidder wins the item and pays a price often much below retail price.
Groupon is a coupon-finding app that allows you to search for coupons and deals on your favorite items, for use online, or in real stores. You can use it to find discounts on products you want to purchase, as well as get great deals on outings and activities in your local area.
Apps to help improve memory
Lumosity is one of the best brain-testing apps out there. Do daily exercises to help improve your memory and cognition skills, test yourself, and keep track of your progress over time. This is great for keeping the mind sharp, and continuing your lifelong learning.
17. Park N’ Forget
Can’t remember where you parked your car? This app helps you record it so you’re never trying to remember it again. Simple to use, and it makes a troubling task much easier.
If you need to get yourself organized, Evernote is the place to get started. You can keep your own notes and to-do lists, create notes and notebooks, store images, voice recordings, and even transpose your handwritten notes into text.
19. Find My iPhone/Find My Device
Both of these apps (one for iOS, and another for Android) work in the same way: they allow you to locate your lost smartphone, and lock your device while you’re looking so others (including those who may have stolen it) cannot access it while you don’t posses it. It can also make a noise for you to find your device more easily while you’re looking if you know it’s near you.
Apps for staying social
20. Facebook and Facebook Messenger
Facebook is the most popular online social networking site, and is a great way to connect with people you’ve known throughout your life, and keep up to date on what’s going on with them. With Facebook, you also get Facebook Messenger, which is an Internet-based instant messaging service that allows you to chat, video and voice call, send files, and more.
Skype is an instant messaging, voice call, and video conferencing service that comes from Microsoft, and easily allows you to connect with people you want to talk to – all for free. You can use it to video chat with as many people as you want, anytime, and to talk as long as you want.
WhatsApp is another Internet-based messaging service like Facebook Messenger, but is better suited for those who travel a lot or have many contacts internationally. It allows you unlimited text messaging, voice calling, and video calling all for free – as long as you have a stable Internet connection.
FaceTime is a video calling service from Apple that is compatible with Apple devices only. However, it is very popular among iOS users, so if your closest friends and family have iPhones or iPads, you’ll definitely want to enable FaceTime on your device. Don’t worry – it’s free with an Internet connection too.
Apps for news and updates
24. Google News and Weather
Google News and Weather is a personalized news experience, that combines stories from over 75, 000 publications, so you can find the information you’re most interested in. You can search based on location, keyword and more, and have your news tailored to you the more you use it.
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Flipboard is a great app that customizes your news as you use it. You can choose publications to follow, stories to keep track of, and then view your Smart Magazine, which contains all of the stories you’d be most interested in based on your preferences.
26. Smart News
Smart News is an app that takes its news-related content from publications you love, like NBC News, TIME, USA Today, TechCrunch, and others, and sorts them into tabs that are easy to look through. You can also opt-in for notifications for breaking news or stories you like to follow.
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