In this digital age, even seniors are tech savvy and use tablets, smartphones and laptops proficiently. Technology provides various solutions that can improve your quality of life. Smartphones, for instance, can help you stay mentally engaged and help you feel connected with your loved ones.
But, it is essential to download the right app, so that it converts your phone into a small machine which supports you in daily tasks. According to a study by Pew Research, 82% of the seniors who own a smartphone describe the experience as liberating and ‘freeing’.
So, instead of wasting time in finding the right app to help you out in your senior years, go through the list of 5 apps that we have compiled for you to maximize your use of technology.
According to a research, keeping your mind active through brain exercises improves overall cognition, thus, mitigating the risk for dementia or Alzheimer’s’ symptoms in the elderly. This is why, Luminosity is the perfect app for you to use in your senior years.
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This app has more than 50 million users worldwide and includes a variety of puzzles and brain games that can help improve your brain health and also keep you entertained.
The best part about this app is that it provides customized training programs to all its users. The user can choose from different cognitive skills like memory, attention, speed, flexibility and problem solving. The app will then provide you with customized sessions, so that particular area of the mind can improve and be stimulated. Your performance is scored after each test and you can also share your results on social media with your friends and family.
The app constantly brings in new games and puzzles, so that its users are not bored. Many researches have shown positive effects on short term memory by using the Luminosity app. It is priced at $15 per month, which is not bad for the great results you get to see after using it.
Prismatic is a new app which will help you stay connected with the world. You can choose your interests and this app will keep you updated accordingly. It has a very user-friendly interface and the newsfeed displays hundreds of stories from various publishers, which make it a favorite among senior citizens.
Prismatic also suggests more articles based on your interests and choices; and the more you use this app, the more accustomed it will be with your preferences.
Millions of people have given it positive reviews, and, therefore, you too should definitely give it a try.
Hookt is a free chat app developed by airG that allows you to stay in touch with your loved ones. It works with an internet connection and lets you create private chats and video or voice calls with your friends. It is a simple app with a friendly interface through which you can conveniently share photos, videos, voice messages and even your current location.
This app is extremely beneficial for seniors if they are planning a trip and want to reassure their family at all times. Just share your location using the integrated mapping features.
All in all, it is a must have chat app that should be downloaded on every seniors’ phone.
4- Med watcher
Med watcher is a medical management app that is created in collaboration with US FDA (Food and Drug Administration). This is why, it is the only app that informs you about any negative effects of a medication. It is a great way to be proactive about your health and body, as it allows you to be in control.
It provides an easy interface where all descriptions, uses and developments of all medications are mentioned. This is not only beneficial for the patient, but also for health workers and clinicians. Overall, it is a great app to have in your smartphone.
Many people are only familiar with the Kindle gadget, but you will be surprised to know that there is also a Kindle app that converts your tablet or smartphone into an e-reading device. Just download this app and enhance your smartphone with Kindle functionalities.
Seniors love this app because it has countless options which suit their preferences. You can enlarge text, adjust screen brightness, refer the in-built dictionary, turn on the text-to-speech option and choose from a large selection of latest e-books.
Moreover, if you prefer reading at night, you can turn on the invert mode which provides white text on black background to save the eyes from undue straining. Overall, it is a must have app on your phone especially if you love reading.
This is an age of rapid change, and if you want to live a fulfilling life, you should adapt to these changes. Technology is a powerful medium that can make your life a lot simpler and organized, hence, allowing you to spend more quality time with your loved ones.
Do you have any other favorite app that can benefit our fellow readers in their senior years? If yes, list them down in the comments below.
ABOUT Alycia Gordan
Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness and lifestyle. She is a tech junkie and divides her time between travel and writing. You can find her on Twitter: @meetalycia
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