5 Great Phone Apps for Seniors

March 4, 2015

Smartphones and tablets provide various applications that contribute to independent senior living. Whether you’re looking for a healthy dessert recipe for friends and family or a platform for staying abreast of daily news, there’s an app perfect for seniors. Even if you’re not tech-savvy, most apps provide a friendly user experience that makes them easy to navigate. Before you know it, quality apps have become routine resources for seeking information, playing games, and communicating with loved ones. However, separating the good ones from the crowd can be tricky, with hundreds of thousands of apps available.

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Here are five apps that are particularly senior-friendly:

1. Clevermind

Clevermind is an app specifically designed for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other cognitive impairments. According to the Clevermind website, the app not only provides a variety of memory exercises to increase neuroplasticity but also includes social and entertainment elements. This application is rather robust, and besides games, it includes news, trivia, books, movies, and more. Clevermind currently costs $2.99 and is available at the Apple Store.

2. NPR

The NPR family of applications is perfect for staying up-to-date on all the latest news. The organization has three main offerings: NPR News, NPR One, and NPR Music. The news app allows users to read or listen to recent news and easily share it with friends and family. NPR One takes this concept further by providing a curated blend of local and national news catered to your taste. NPR Music rounds out the organization’s offerings with access to more than 100 public radio channels. The NPR collection of apps is available for free for both Android and Apple devices.

“The TED app provides access to more than 1,400 talks.”

3. TED Talks

There are few things as attractive as a good TED Talk. TED, which stands for technology, entertainment, and design, is a conference that originated in 1984, bringing together innovative and creative thinkers to spread unique ideas. Today, TED Talks take place worldwide and feature a wide range of tech geniuses, brilliant artists, world leaders, and Nobel laureates. The application provides access to more than 1,400 TED Talks, and it’s easy to make playlists to watch multiple lectures in a row. The TED Talks app is free for Android and Apple devices.

4. FlipBoard

FlipBoard pulls together interesting news from numerous reputable sources. The FlipBoard website refers to the app as “your magazine” and conglomerates news based on topics you choose. You can easily save stories when you’re reading on the go, and the app connects to social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter so that users can share with friends and family. This remarkable application is free for both iPhone and iPad.

5. Epicurious

Epicurious apps are perfect for any avid home cook or aspiring baker. Besides having a database of more than 30,000 professionally tested recipes, Epicurious offers an app for food-related games. The Epicurious Recipe app combines a comprehensive menu of delicious dishes from world-renowned chefs, popular food magazines, and internationally recognized restaurants. Whether you are hankering for a specific meal or need to brainstorm culinary ideas for a special occasion, the Epicurious Recipe app can provide a recipe. This app makes it simple to store your favorite dishes, learn about what produce is in season, and create a digital shopping list. Epicurious apps are available for free for both Android and Apple devices.

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