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5 Must-Have Apps for Seniors

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We live in a world where technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, offering countless benefits and conveniences. Older adults who live alone or in senior communities may find navigating the digital landscape daunting and overwhelming.

But the right apps, such as Medisafe, Luminosity, Find My iPhone, Audible, and video calling, can significantly enhance their lives

These 5 must-have apps are designed to help older adults stay connected with their loved ones, maintain their physical and mental health, and live more independently.

1. Medisafe

Medisafe is a free medication management app. It is excellent for those with many medications and treatments that need to be organized and scheduled.

Medisafe has options for adding medication details and important notes about each, including the time and frequency of doses. The app also allows older adults to add additional caregivers, family members, or healthcare providers to their medication calendars. 

It sends reminders to take medication and notify caregivers if a dose is missed. It also sends reminders for refills and appointments.

2. Lumosity

Lumosity is a mental exercise and brain training app designed to improve cognition, memory, and problem-solving skills. It has daily games and puzzles that offer mental stimulation and challenges for those living with cognitive decline, helping keep their minds sharp. 

The app can be tailored to any age and skill level and adapts to individual strengths and weaknesses, helping older adults maintain their mental agility and overall cognitive function. 

3. Video Calling

Loneliness and social isolation can increase the risk of physical and mental health problems. Mobile technologies, like video apps, can help address feelings of isolation and loneliness by making it easy to stay in touch with family and friends. 

FaceTime is Apple’s video calling app preinstalled on iPhones, iPads, and Macbooks. Zoom is a video calling app available to download on any digital device, and Skype is a free worldwide video calling app you can download on any device or computer. 

4. Find My iPhone 

Age-related memory loss can lead to forgetting or misplacing things like your keys, wallet, or phone. The Find My iPhone app is a guardian angel for Apple users, providing security and peace of mind when you lose or misplace your phone.

Find My iPhone allows users to locate their misplaced or lost iPhone, iPad, Mac, or iPod touch with remarkable precision using the built-in GPS, even when the device is off. 

If you’re not an Apple user, a similar app for Android users is called the Google Find My Device. This app can locate your phone, tablet, or other Android device with the current location or last known online location. 

5. Audible 

For older adults who like literature but face challenges with holding a book or reading small print, the Audible app can help. Audible offers a vast library of audiobooks, including classic literature, contemporary fiction, and non-fiction titles that can be listened to on smartphones, Amazon devices, tablets, or computers. 

Older adults can immerse themselves in captivating stories and educational content, all narrated clearly. Audible opens a world of knowledge and entertainment and provides a therapeutic escape through stories. 

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Personalized Senior Living 

As we embrace the digital age, it’s essential to recognize the transformative power of technology in enhancing the lives of older adults. Mobile apps offer numerous benefits for older adults, such as allowing them to stay connected with loved ones, stay on top of their medications, maintain their mental agility, and promote health and wellness.

Apps for older adults are designed with their unique concerns and needs in mind, making them easy to use, effective, and essential. By incorporating these apps into their daily lives, older adults can confidently navigate the digital era and see what’s possible, as it contributes to a fulfilling and enriched golden age. 

If you’re looking for an all-inclusive senior community to meet the needs of a loved one, book a tour with The Villages of Murfreesboro to view our services and amenities. 

Sue Hall

Written by Sue Hall

Sue has been in healthcare for over 30 years as a nurse, consultant, and administrator. Through the years, she has always felt her calling was with seniors, and she feels at home at The Villages of Murfreesboro. Sue serves on the board of the Tennessee State Veterans’ Homes.

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