Introducing your loved one to a smartphone or tablet can be hard enough without also having to think about the apps you’re going to load onto them. Nowadays, app stores for smartphones and tablets are a treasure trove of possibility, with apps that can really aid and enrich the lives of elderly people. We know that everyone leads busy lives, and trailing through app after app to find something suitable may not be plausible. We’ve compiled some information which will hopefully make choosing the right apps for your elderly parents much easier.
Elderly people may not be as open to the idea of a smartphone or tablet as the younger generation, but some may find that they can have large benefits. There really is an app for everything these days so you’re bound to find something your loved one will enjoy! Here are some things we think you’re loved one is most likely to use apps for:
- Keeping their minds active and engaged.
- Staying connected with loved ones.
- Reading the latest news.
- Setting reminders.
- Listening to music.
- Reading books.
- Watching favourite films and television shows.
When looking for an app the place you will be checking is in an app store. This will usually be with either Apple or Android (but most apps are compatible with both). We’ve put together a list of the top apps we think could be beneficial to your loved one, to save you doing all the searching!
Top Apps for the Elderly
The Eyereader app is essentially a digital magnifying glass; and it’s great for when you’re caught off guard and only have your smartphone available. It utilises the LED light of a smartphone which provides a solution to reading small print in darker areas. It’s great for the elderly as it means your loved one will be able to quickly grab their smartphone or tablet and use it as a reading aid. Eyesight can worse in older age, so having a magnifying glass directly in a smartphone is helpful, and may make your loved one feel more comfortable whilst reading.
Evidence shows that keeping the mind challenged and the brain active can help reduce the risk of health conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. With this in mind, encouraging your loved one to complete small tasks, games and challenges could help them with their memory. Lumosity is a brain training app which allows anyone to train core cognitive abilities. It also offers the option of seeing how the users results compare to other uses of the same age range, which puts a bit of healthy competition into it!
You may have heard of the Amazon Kindle, well it’s now also available in an app. There’s no need for a whole bookshelf as your loved one could be enjoying hundreds of books loaded onto one app. The Kindle allows for the user to easily change font size, background colour and has the ability to read the book out loud so it’s perfect for an elderly person whose eyes tire easily. The Kindle app is far more convenient than carrying lots of books around and gives your loved one access to hundreds more books they may not have heard of.
This app helps families keep in touch with photo sharing. Each user who has the app can add photos to it at any point and they will be seen by the whole family in a shared album. This is the perfect app for your loved one or elderly parents as it means you can keep them up to date on family events and days out instantly. If you don’t live near your elderly parents it may make them feel closer to you by seeing photos of you more regularly.
Pill Reminder Pro
Pill Reminder Pro is an app which reminds your loved one to take their medication at a certain time. The app will create a notification on their home screen at a designated date and time with a message showing the medication that needs to be taken, what dosage and at what time. It’s an extremely convenient app which means you won’t have to keep checking up on whether your loved one has taken their pills. It also means you’re loved one doesn’t have to worry about taking their medication and accidentally take it twice.
Skype makes calls, video calls and message easy an convenient and it’s all within one app. Skype allows users to make long-distant calls, send instant messages and video-call to any other Skype user. It’s free of charge so will save your family member money and it’s a simple way to keep in touch if you live in different parts of the country.
Netflix is a service which allows you to stream hundreds of films, TV shows and documentaries. A subscription is needed for the service but they start at £7.99 per month so won’t break the bank. Netflix has a huge range of content from old movies to new, so you’re loved one will be able to enjoy some old classics from when they were younger and some new film and television that they may not have otherwise come across.
Park ‘n’ Forget
Parking can be confusing for anyone, especially when it’s in a car park of hundreds of cars. Park ‘n’ Forget helps keep track of your car and assists in remembering where you’ve parked. Sometimes in older age we can become more forgetful so this app is very helpful, it keeps the information of the level the car is parked on, what zone it’s in and even keeps tabs on how long the car has been parked there for car parks with a specific time limit.
If you’re loved one is a music lover then the Spotify app is essential. Spotify is a free music service which gives you access to millions of songs and playlists from a huge range of artists, bands and genres. Spotify holds music from artists all over the world, and from all time periods so whether you’re loved one is into classical music or rock ‘n’ roll there will always be plenty of choice.
Map My Walk
This app is fitness based and helps to encourage people of all ages to get up and do some exercise. The app tracks your walk or workout, lets you speak to other friends who may be using the app and analyses user data in the app to help achieve goals. The app also comes complete with a range of workouts and activities to give your loved one a helping hand in keeping their fitness levels up.
When choosing the right apps for your elderly parents take into account what they like doing the most. If they’re a music lover give them Spotify and perhaps even make them a playlist of songs they love, if they love reading then install Kindle and if they want to keep their mind active and sharp then an app like Luminosity is the one to go for! There’re thousands of apps on the market at the moment so there’s lots to choose from and you’re bound to find something suitable for you loved one.
Technology is a huge benefit to elderly people, which is why we’re so passionate about our Careline Alarms. Our life-saving service provides help for whoever needs it , 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you’re interested in purchasing an alarm for a loved one then why not speak to one of our friendly customer service advisers today on 0800 101 3333 or send them an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our website and purchase an alarm online, where it will be delivered to you on the next working day.