Taking great care of our parents and grandparents is more important than ever, as the world continues to expand and everyone gets busier and busier. These 16 helpful apps for seniors will not just help our senior citizens, but it will also help you help them.
Most generations at this point are living connected lives, which means they are using their smartphones and getting on the Internet and getting information faster than any time before in world history. Living a connected life makes life easier, and it gives us more time to spend with those that we love – like our parents and grandparents!
But our older family members might not be as adept with smartphones and tablets and other mobile devices that help us zip through life. So if we can take the time to help them learn it, and learn how to use some of these apps, then they’ll benefit – and we’ll all benefit – as they live a connected senior life.
Share These 16 Apps for Seniors
We broke down these apps for senior citizens into a few different categories, including entertainment, health and news. Also, many of these apps are for iPhones and/or iPads, while some should also be available for Android devices. Make sure you note which ones you are buying before purchasing it.
4 Helping Hands Apps
These helpful apps should make life a little easier for our senior friends and family.
iPhone — $1.99
All you have to do is hold your iPhone over a book or some paperwork, and it magically turns into a magnifying glass, with a light to help make the text easier to read. The app uses your iPhone’s camera to magnify the text and make it readable in bigger text.
iPhone — $1.99
Once again, this app is useful to make some text on your phone bigger than usual – specifically, it’s for your Contacts list. Just look through the names and numbers in your contact list and you’ll see larger letters and numbers, with high contrast, that helps those with issues with smaller text.
iPad — FREE
Speaking of magnification, this great app blows up the navigation buttons, making it easier for those with less dexterity in their fingers than most other people. Another helpful part of this app, is that it has an Interactive Text Zoom slider that makes text up to 200 percent bigger.
iPhone — $0.99
Is there anything more frustrating than when you walk out to your car after leaving a busy movie theater or a mall or an amusement park, and you can’t remember where you parked? This isn’t even a problem just our senior friends have – everyone goes through this! But it’s more dangerous when seniors can’t find their car because they can get frustrated, have their heart rate and blood pressure rise, and just generally give them more problems than they need.
Type in what floor you’re on and what aisle or spot, and you’ll never roam the parking garage or parking lot aimlessly again. It also has a convenient “Parking Meter” timer, that lets you know when the time in your meter is about to expire.
5 Health Apps For Seniors
These helpful/healthful apps are probably the most important ones to download, since they can possibly help save a life.
Instant Heart Rate
iPhone – FREE
Somehow, this great app uses your iPhone’s camera to feel your pulse through your fingertip. Apparently, an oximeter also uses this same method to check people’s pulses.
iPhone and iPad — $1.29
Nearly as important as taking your medicine is remembering which medications you have to take at different times. This app takes care of that. You or a family member can customize your meds with different combinations of types and colors.
HeartWise Blood Pressure Tracker
iPhone — $0.99
iPad — $2.99
Just take your blood pressure with another piece of equipment, type your blood pressure into your phone after you measure it, along with your resting heart rate and your weight. You’ll be able to track it daily and over the course of months, also.
This is also one of the most popular websites in the world. Use WebMD’s Symptom Checker to find out what your potential issues might be. This awesome app also works as a very good guide to help you through medical emergencies.
My Medical for iPad
Track all of your blood tests and X-rays and other medical information. This app is able to back the information up to your computer, too. You’ll actually be able to keep all of your family’s medical history and information in one spot, for quick access.
4 Free Entertainment Apps
Of course, the iPhone and iPad are practical, but there should also be some play time involved, as well!
iPad — Free
This is a great app to help people dealing with cognitive impairments that come with problems associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. From quizzes and games, to big buttons, voice command controls and a calendar interface.
iPhone — Free
Keep your mind sharp with some of the best mind games around, designed by neuroscientists working to enhance memory, attention and other skills.
iPhone and iPad — Free
Great Internet radio app that broadcasts “old-time radio shows” all day, every day. Harken back to yesteryear with the help of today’s technology.
iPhone and iPad — Free
By typing in any artist, band or song, users will be able to listen to thousands of songs in that same genre. Then they can upvote or downvote each song, which helps Pandora fine-tune which songs you prefer to hear for each channel.
3 Free News & Social Apps
These apps will help keep everyone updated on things they need to know, like what’s happening in the world out there, and what’s happening with your friends and family.
This is one of the best inventions since the invention of social media! Just connect this app with all of your social media accounts, like Facebook and Twitter, and connect it with some of the best news and content sites that interest you. Sites like CNN, ESPN and even some of your favorite newspapers have feeds for this app. Then watch FlipBoard turn everything into a digital magazine, where you “flip” the pages to read deeper into the magazine. When you see an article that you like, you tap it and watch it expand into the whole article. No more “continued on Page 23”! See everything set up like a magazine, including Facebook posts and tweets.
The Weather Channel
iPhone — Free
Get the weather report for your home city or any city of your choosing right now, or every hour. See what the weather is going to look like over the weekend, or over the next 10 days.
What’s better than just talking with your friends and family over the phone? How about talking to them – and seeing them — on a video conference!?! You will never be surprised by how much your grandchildren have changed again!
Bonus Tip: Use Your Phone to Call 2-1-1
By dialing 2-1-1 in many states, people will be connected to several human resources centers, like Physical and Mental Health Resources, Work Support, Emergency Suicide Prevention, and just Basic Human Needs resources, including shelters and utilities.
Hopefully, you found several apps that you found both interesting and entertaining. But most of all, we hope you found some great apps for seniors that make things easier and safer.