Technology became an integral part of our lives and no one can deny it. The older people are usually not the first one to adjust, yet they too live with the times. Some see smartphones and tablets as something inevitable and only tolerate their gadgets in order to keep in touch with their friends and families, while others are absolutely thrilled with the new possibilities they discover each day.
Whichever camp you or your older family members are from, you will certainly find each one of these apps a great help and yet another reason to befriend technology.
Although many of us are familiar with Kindle the gadget, there is also a mobile app Kindle that turns tablets into convenient e-readers enhancing them with Kindle functionality. Seniors will appreciate the possibility of enlarging the text, adjusting the brightness of the screen, built-in dictionary, text-to-speech function, and easy access to large selection of new books.
For darker hours of the day, the app also provides an invert mode (white text on a black background) to keep reading without straining the eyes.
This app provides access to more than 15,000 free audiobooks read by the volunteers. You can either stream the books you are interested in or download them for later listening. LibriVox is perfect for older people, who find that reading becomes a more challenging task than it was.
New books are uploaded daily and the entire catalog includes all genres from the timeless classic fiction literature to non-fiction novelties.
This is a handy mobile reminder that will help to schedule medication and exercises. MedWatcher also gives access to drug descriptions, medical uses, and known side effects.
It was developed in collaboration with FDA, and thus allows reporting a side effect of any drug directly to Food and Drug Administration, and it’s functionality is tested and approved.
Even the best of us tend to forget some small, yet important things from time to time. Evernote is an ultimate replacement for all those recipe scrapbooks and shreds of paper lying all over the place. It will save grocery lists and grandchildren’s wish lists, store all kinds of reminders – written notes, voice memos, pictures, videos.
What is even more important: all the lists can always be reached through the variety of interfaces, which means, you can type a list on your desktop and then check it in your phone at the store.
Though this list is by no means full, for there are many other nice and handy apps for senior users, I am sure you will find here new favorites for you and your dear ones.