Technology is now part of almost every aspect of our lives. From the alarm that wakes us up in the morning to the television we watch in the evening, we rely on electronic devices to do so much. Increasingly, we’ve come to count on our mobile devices, and as smartphones, smartwatches, tablets and the like grow more and more involved, there’s an ever-growing list of tasks they can perform for us. We recommend downloading these — the five best mobile apps for seniors:
Our favorite part of technology is its ability to connect us to those we care about most. Skype is one of the most popular video and text platforms available, allowing you to instantly connect with your friends and family wherever they are. The user-friendly Skype app puts you in a room with whoever you want. Skype can help bridge the gap during housing transitions and bring seniors closer to their loved ones, even if they’re miles apart.
Transcend time and space in the musical world with one of the top music streaming apps available. Also popular with a younger audience, Spotify is a great app for any music-loving senior. With an intuitive, easy-to-use interface and one of the most extensive music libraries around, this simple app paves the way for you to enjoy virtually any song you want to hear. With auditory therapy on the rise, seniors can download this app, crank up the volume and be instantly transported into a world of music and memories.
Not only is tech great at connecting us to the people and things we love, it’s also there to help us when we need it most. Many seniors could use a gentle reminder when it’s time to take their medications. Medisafe does exactly that. It’s a simple app designed for the sole purpose of helping you take the medicine you need when you need to take it. With easy-to-understand alerts, a straightforward set-up process, and a passion for user-privacy, Medisafe is a welcome solution for any senior with prescriptions.
Fitness and nutrition are important at any age, and that’s especially true later in life. Keeping on top of exercise and nutrition is often a difficult task. That’s where the MyFitnessPal app comes in. This app is designed with the user in mind, so it’s easy for you to keep a log of the foods you eat and the workouts you do. With a database of over 5 million food items, you’ll be able to find calorie counts and nutritional information for just about anything you eat. This app is our personal favorite for keeping your health at the top of your mind.
Love books? Then Audible may be your new favorite app! Browse the largest selection of audiobooks available with this user-friendly app. Backed by Amazon, this app allows you to search by title, author and more to locate both new and familiar works. With millions of titles to choose from, you will never run out of options. Just pick the title you want to hear, make your purchase and enjoy! It really is that easy.
Best of all, each of these apps is available in both Apple and Android app stores. There are thousands of other apps geared toward the senior community, so we encourage you to explore the app store and discover new apps that may help you with your everyday life. Whether you’re looking for entertainment options like Netflix or Hulu, or more functional apps like Yelp and Mint, we hope you see technology as the resource that it is. Tell us your favorite app in the comments below!