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The Best Apps and Tools for Older People

The Best Apps and Tools for Older People

While many people think of apps as things that younger people use, there are actually several apps that are ideal for older people, as well as for caregivers of older people. After all, there are all kinds of senior citizens who are very tech-savvy, and are using computers and mobile devices every day. Why not have apps that are specifically targeted towards them? These are not just apps for bingo (although you can find bingo apps) and keeping touch with the grandkids. These apps range from health care to fun and games, and many are inexpensive or even free. Here are 10 of the best apps and tools for older people and anyone who is a caregiver.

1. Fall Detector

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    From ITER S.A., Fall Detector is a special app that lets you know if an older person has fallen. If there is a longer-than-normal period of no movement, the signal will sound so you will be alerted and you can check up on them.

    2. Pillboxie

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      Never forget to take your medications again with this reminder app. It is easy to use, and you will be reminded whenever it is time to take any medications. All you have to do is set it up and it’s all ready to go.

      3. iBP Blood Pressure

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        This app requires you to have a separate monitor, but it is an important app for anyone who has issues with their blood pressure. This app will track and analyze blood pressure over a certain period of time.

        4. VizWiz

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          This app is for iOS users, and it is for those who are sighted. Developed by a team from the University of Rochester, the app lets you take a photo with your phone, ask a question orally, and get many spoken answers.

          5. Comparison of Medical Alert Systems

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            If you are a senior living alone, or you have an elderly relative living alone, it is important that they have a medic alert system in case of a medical emergency. With so many systems out there, it can be tough to know which is best. Get reviews on the best medic alert systems at this website.

            6. WebMD

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              This is a great website where you will find information about anything you need to know about your health. There are loads of great health tips, and you will learn a lot from the archives and daily mini-magazine.

              7. Vouchercloud

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                This app is for Windows Phone, Android, and Blackberry users, and it is from one of the first coupon websites. Here you can find discount vouchers for stores, restaurants, cinemas, garden centers, leisure outlets, and much more. Download the vouchers to get discounts, and you don’t even have to print them out. Be sure to look over the terms and conditions for each voucher. For instance, a movie deal may only be good on certain nights.

                8. Motion Doctor

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                  Anyone can have an injury at any age, and often in order to recover, physical therapy is necessary. This app is a great physical therapy aid, where you will find a reference guide that will help you or a loved one recover from various injuries.

                  9. Dragon Dictation

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                    This voice recognition app will turn anything you say into text. Now, you never have to type out messages again. Just way what you want to say, and the app will type it out for you. This is a good app for anyone who has arthritis in their hands and finds typing painful.

                    10. Words with Friends

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                      If you love Scrabble, you will love this app. This game is similar to Scrabble, and if you use the deluxe version you won’t be stuck watching annoying ads. More than 20 million people all over the world are playing Words with Friends.

                      Featured photo credit: Garry Knight via flickr.com

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