Getting older isn’t easy. Fortunately, if you own an iPhone or iPad there are a number of apps that can simplify your life. Here are a few of the best apps for seniors:
Research shows that you can mitigate the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by keeping your brain active and challenging your mind. Even if you are not concerned about your mental health, Lumosity is just plain fun for puzzle lovers. It is regularly updated with new brain games and puzzles that are sure to get you hooked.
To keep in touch with friends and family, whether from the comfort of your own home or while residing in a permanent care facility, it might cost you hundreds of dollars to regularly make long-distance or international calls. For a fraction of that price (and sometimes for free), you can send instant messages, enjoy video conferencing, and make long-distance calls using Skype. The app is free, but fees come into play when you want to video chat or call landlines or mobile phones.
Seniors often develop different ailments that keep bugging them and they can’t figure out what it might be. Whatever your potential issues may be, WebMD’s Symptom Checker can help. This free app is also useful when you have medical emergencies.
Seniors can have a hard time remembering to take their meds on schedule, the Pillboxie app is perfect for this. For just 99 cents, you can buy the app and customize your medications by color then drag them into the pillbox graphic to organize your prescription schedule. You will never forget to take your meds with this app.
How is your vision? Do you find yourself squinting for long periods of time as you try to make sense of what is on your iPhone? If you have less than perfect vision, use the free Silver Surf app to set higher contrasts, display larger buttons, and zoom in. This will make using your phone more of a pleasure than a pain.
The Weather Channel
The weather should never be a surprise. The Weather Channel app is free and provides constant updates telling you what to expect in the forecast. If your forecast predicts severe weather, mobile alerts will let you know so you have plenty of time to seek shelter.
Park ‘n’ Forget
Where did you park your car? As you get older, this becomes a constant struggle. For 99 cents, the Park ‘n’ Forget app will let you enter the floor, spot, and aisle you parked in allowing you to easily access the information later. It even comes with a parking meter timer.