You can download millions of apps to your phone or tablet. Some are wonderful, others not so much. To help you find the best of the bunch, we’ve put together a shortlist of the best apps for seniors. Each app on our list is easy to use and a proven winner with other users. You can learn more about each of our best apps for seniors by following the link in each description.
1. Big Launcher
If your vision is impaired, text and icons on your smartphone can be hard to read. This app replaces the screen on an Android phone with big buttons and big text for easy reading and usability. It also features an SOS button that sends a text alert to family and friends. There’s a free demo version so you can try before you buy from Google Play.
Turn your phone into a magnifying glass with this free app for iOS and Android devices. The app uses your phone’s camera to zoom in on whatever it’s pointed at. With the touch of the screen, you can freeze what you’re looking at so you don’t have to continue holding your camera in the same position while you read. The app also features an adjustable reading light — great for reading menus in dimly lit restaurants or fine print on a prescription container.
This app for Android and iOS devices is consistently rated a favorite among users.
With just a few simple steps, you can add medications, schedule dosage reminders, add medication instructions, and set up refill reminders. You can also record health measurements, such as blood pressure and blood glucose, that are important to track with certain medications. Caregivers can connect with the app to get notifications about when it’s time for their loved one to take their medication, and they can see whether or not it’s been marked as taken.
This app helps you find the best price for your prescription drugs and helps you save more with coupons that can be used right from the app. The app also tracks prices and lets you know when a particular medication drops in price. (If you use Medisafe to manage your prescriptions, you already have savings help powered by GoodRx and don’t need to download a separate app).
This app provides access to more than 15,000 free audiobooks. You can either stream the books you’re interested in or download them for later listening. New books are uploaded daily, and the catalog spans just about any genre you can think of. Everything from children’s books and crime novels to fiction and poetry.
LibriVox is free and available for Android and iOS devices.
You’ve probably got a ton of great photos on your phone or other digital device. Why not turn those digital pictures into a printed photo album? Or use them to create personalized greeting cards? Or put your pet’s mug on a coffee mug? Snapfish makes it easy to do this and more. (For a look at some of our favorite photos, check out our gallery.)
Listen to your favorite music, or let the app curate music for you. Spotify has tens of millions of songs in its catalog, so you’re sure to find something pleasing to your ear. Spotify also makes it easy to share music with friends. And if you like listening to podcasts, you can do that too. There’s a free version of the app, but if you don’t like the ads you can become a subscriber.
Live Your Best Life at Timber Ridge at Talus
We enjoy listening to podcasts and staying connected with mobile apps as much as anyone. But we also know that unplugging from the digital world and engaging with our surroundings is good for our health and well-being. To learn more about our engaging lifestyle in beautiful Issaquah, visit our independent living page.