Apps for Over 55s


As we get older picking up a new device and using apps on it can seem daunting for many people, but as we become more comfortable with how they work, we can see that these useful apps benefit our daily lives.

We have put together a short list of apps we think can help elderly users.

Communication Apps

These are a great way of getting used to using a phone or tablet, as the rewards can be incredible. To be able to send messages, or video chat to family and friends around the world can really encourage people to get over the fear they have of a new device. We are listing the popular ones, as people are likely to know other users already.

Skype has been around for several years now and allows it users to communicate via video or audio calls. It is cross platform, meaning that whatever device you us it on you can still chat to other users, no matter what device they use. It works on computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets and even games consoles.

Skype can be downloaded for computers and laptops here:
https://www.skype.com/en/

Android app here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skype.raider&hl=en_GB

Apple app here:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/skype-for-iphone/id304878510?mt=8

 

 

Messenger was originally a element of Facebook, allowing users to text chat, however as this feature became more and more popular it was released as a stand alone app. Again this is a cross platform app and supports both video and audio calls, however is primarily used as a text service by most of its users.

Android app here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.orca

Apple app here:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id454638411

 

Whatsapp is another cross platform messaging service that allows users to communication via text and voice. The app you choose from this list depends on the apps the people you want to chat with use, so ask around to see what family and friends use. Using one does not exclude you from using others, you can install all three if you want.

Android app here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapp&hl=en

Apple app here:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/whatsapp-messenger/id310633997?mt=8

Medicine reminder app

Even without memory problems people have hard time keeping track of what medication they need to take when, especially if there are several to take.

Medisafe is a mobile app that reminds it users when each dose of medication is needed and what to take. It can also be used to record other medical data such as blood pressure, glucose and other measurements.

Android app here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.medisafe.android.client&hl=en_GB

Apple app here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pill-med-reminder-medisafe/id573916946?mt=8

List and note app

The smartphone can be used to replace pen and paper in a variety of situations. Why write a shopping list when you can put it on the phone you will be taking with you anyway? Has someone told you about an interesting day out, recipe or website? Make a note of it so you can look later.

Evernote allows you to create notes in a variety of media styles, from text to audio and video. You can take these with you and share them with other users.

Android app here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.evernote&hl=en_GB

Apple app here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/evernote-stay-organized/id406056744?mt=12

Audiobooks

For people with poor eyesight reading can be a difficult and exhausting process. Using audio books takes this away as you have the books read to you.

Audible is a paid for service that allows it users to download audiobooks to their smartphone and listen to them whenever they want. It includes features like a sleep timer so you can listen in bed and not miss part of the story. The have a large library of books and once you have downloaded them they are yours to keep and listen to again.

Android app here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.audible.application&hl=en_GB

Apple app here:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/audiobooks-from-audible/id379693831

Games and brain training

Smartphones can be used for other fun activities such as puzzles and word games.

Lumosity is a puzzle/brain trainer. Evidence shows that seniors who keep their minds challenged and their brains active mitigate their risk for Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia. Health claims aside, many puzzle-lovers enjoy Lumosity just for the fun it provides.

Android app here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lumoslabs.lumosity&hl=en_GB

Apple app here:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/lumosity-daily-brain-games/id577232024?mt=8

 

Words with friends is a game similar to scrabble, with a social aspect connecting people wherever they may be. It allows users to play with family and friends around the world. This is another popular app, so you may already know other people that use it.

Android app here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zynga.words3

Apple app here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/words-with-friends-2-word-game/id1196764367

 


About Steve

Volunteer Digital Champion and part time web designer.I love helping people discover the joys of being online, we live in a more and more connected age and people need to know how to use the internet to access services, as well as communicate with friends and family.

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