“We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.”
― Douglas Adams
First of all, I promise that this list of apps will have nothing to do with managing your health.
I get pretty fed up when I Google "Best apps for seniors" and all I get are apps for managing medication or blood pressure. In fact, it is a bit of a pet peeve for me that our society seems to think that once you enter your senior years you stop being a person. Suddenly all that society thinks you should be concerned about is preventing falls and choosing the best hearing aid. Sure, as we age our health concerns change and some physical aspects naturally decline, but we are still as we were before: interested, engaged members of society wanting to be entertained, educated and informed by the technology and apps that we use. So stop with the ads about estate planning and insurance and show me what is useful on the internet.
Having said all that, I do realize that some seniors are at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to navigating technology. There are over 2 million apps in the App Store, and even if you are confident in navigating and evaluating apps who has the time or the wherewithal to search for that next great app? Many of my friends complain that they get lost or frustrated or simply overwhelmed when searching for something in the App Store, and they are not alone. Many seniors that are newbies to the world of tech don't even venture into the App Store, instead happily spending their iPad time with the pre-installed apps like Safari (web browser), Mail and FaceTime (video calling). But they are missing out! There truly is a world of fantastic apps just waiting to be discovered. So queue the list!
Here is my list of great iPad / iPhone apps for seniors. Check that, great apps for anyone:
Try out the apps and post your comments below and let me know how you like them.