Applications for smartphones or iPads can make life easier and more enjoyable, especially for seniors. But with tens of thousands of apps available (and more every day), picking the best ones that also specifically address the needs of seniors can be a lot of work. Here is a list for you that will ease that burden. These apps are meant to make life easier:
1. AARP Now App (free)
This app gives you senior-specific news, shares events happening locally and tells you what discounts you qualify for with your AARP membership.
2. EyeReader by NetSoft ($1.99 iOS)
If you hate reading restaurant menus by candlelight, you may find this magnifying glass app handy. Simply hold your phone over any text and the EyeReader will magnify it and light it up for you.
3. Find My iPhone (free)
Never lose your pricey iPhone or iPad with this app. If you leave your phone somewhere or it gets stolen, this app will find it.
4. Life360 (free iOS)
No more asking your family to call to ensure they’ve arrived home safely. This app uses GPS tracking to keep track of family members as they attend school, vacations or work. And they can keep track of you, too.
5. Lyft (free to download, but pay as you use)
You’ve heard of the buzz surrounding Lyft and Uber, but did you know these services are particularly useful for seniors? No more calling for a taxi and fumbling with cash or card. With just a couple clicks, you can have a car at your service to take you anywhere: the airport, doctor’s appointments, a party or the theatre. The payment’s already set up, so you don’t have to worry about paying or even tipping (although both Lyft and Uber accept tips now).
Uber’s come under a bit of controversy lately, so I recommend Lyft.
6. Senior Savings ($.99 iOS)
Find out which grocery stores, hotels, restaurants and theaters offer senior discounts in this app.
7. Silver Surf (free for iOS)
iPads and smartphones can be hard to use because of the tiny buttons and text, and it can be impossible for the visually impaired. This app allows you to enlarge buttons and text on iPads and iPhones.
8. Skype (free)
Use Facetime or Skype to visually connect with your children, grandkids or friends in far places. It’s truly like having your favorite people in your living room – without the mess. You have to download Skype, but Facetime comes already applied to all Apple products.
9. Yahoo! Weather (free)
There are 100s of weather apps, but Yahoo! Weather is worth downloading because it has a beautiful design and it’s simple to use. It allows you to track the weather for your location up to five days out and it includes radar maps.