Technology can provide a variety of great benefits, and this includes benefits for seniors. According to the Pew Research Center, more than 50 percent of older Americans use the internet, and almost all have cell phones. When it comes to smartphones, nearly 60 percent of those between the ages of 51 and 59 own and use one. 46 percent of those ages 60 to 69 own a smartphone. Some own a tablet of some sort.
With seniors interested in using technology, some apps have been created specifically to cater to their needs, while others might be of some benefit or entertainment to them. If you are a senior or have a loved one who is a senior, here are a few apps that might be of interest.
When it becomes difficult to read small text, this app lights up what the person is trying to read and magnifies the text on the screen of the phone.
HeartWise Blood Pressure Tracker
In order to keep track of daily health, this app helps to easily record your blood pressure, weight, and resting heart rate.
Pillboxie (iPad and iPhone)
This app is designed specifically as a medication reminder. If a senior has a wide variety of medication to keep track of, this can be a good way to keep track of which one needs to be taken at which time.
Red Panic Button
For seniors that live alone or have a tendency to get hurt, this app can be very helpful. All they have to do is click on a big red button on the screen of their phone, and their emergency contacts will be reached. Of course, this app most likely won’t be necessary if that senior is living in a senior living community, whether that is independent living, assisted living, or memory care.
For all the music lovers out there, this can be the perfect app. This can be especially useful for those moving into a senior living community. When a senior moves into a senior living community, he or she will most likely need to downsize. This might mean getting rid of CDs and maybe even a stereo. There is a wide variety of music available, so anyone should be able to find something they like.
This app would be good for the senior that loves a good book but has a hard time reading now because of low vision. Audible has a wide selection of audiobooks available. It might be fun to listen while knitting or working on another activity like that.
Seniors will enjoy having the opportunity to actually see their loved ones while talking to them. This is a great way to keep in touch and have some face-to-face time.