Free iPhone and Android Apps to Help Seniors
Staying connected with family and friends is an essential part of healthy living for everyone, including seniors. Luckily, there are hundreds of smartphone and tablet apps that make it easier for seniors to stay in touch, learn new things, and so much more.
Designed to connect seniors with loved ones, Tapestry simplifies online sharing and is an excellent alternative to social networking sites. Users are greeted with a simple screen that has icons for messages, photos, people, weather, settings, and help. Seniors can even use the app to receive medication reminders.
To learn more and download Tapestry, visit their website here.
There are a variety of video chat apps, but Skype stands out for ease of use and popularity. The free version includes ads, while the paid version is ad-free.
However, remember that video chatting, social networking, and other forms of online communication aren’t a substitute for spending quality time together. In-person visits with aging loved ones prevent loneliness and make it easier to track health changes. Visits also provide a wonderful opportunity to teach aging parents about technology, which will be helpful as they learn how to use new apps.
Magnifying Glass + Flashlight
Most devices come preloaded with a flashlight, but this app adds another useful feature: magnification. Seniors can use the app to read small print on books, restaurant menus, prescriptions, and more.
The aging process commonly impacts memory, but playing brain games on Luminosity can help users improve memory and increase focus. The app’s founders used research-proven cognitive training exercises to develop games that are easy to learn and fun to play.
Find downloads for both iPhone and Android here on Luminosity’s website.
Easily curate news stories and other articles using Flipboard by choosing topics and outlets to follow. Stories will automatically be displayed in magazine format and users “flip” through the content in their news feed. The simple interface is ideal for seniors who want to stay up to date.
To download the app onto a smartphone or tablet, visit this page and scroll to the bottom.
Music has surprising health benefits, including increased happiness and improved cognitive function, and Pandora makes it easier for seniors to enjoy their favorite tunes. Users can start with a song, musical group, or genre that they enjoy, then click on the thumbs up and thumbs down icons to further customize the playlists Pandora creates.
To download Pandora for the iPhone or an Android device, visit this website or search the app store.
As a local nonprofit, The Argyle has brought high quality and affordable care to Denver’s seniors since 1874. To this day, our caring team remains committed to encouraging independence and preserving the dignity of every resident who calls our community home.