Current technology is evolving at a rapid pace and not everybody can keep up with the latest trends. But this doesn’t mean that the older generation shouldn’t know about the vibrant perks and apps that can maximize life's greatest conveniences. Here are some of the top 5 apps in 2018 that are an absolute must-have for any seniors and will certainly make things easier than ever.
Medisafe is a convenient app that allows you to keep track of your medications and daily dosage. No more fumbling around calendars or getting your partner to remind you to take your pills. This app can send you reminders, keeps a helpful overview of your daily medication consumption, checks your medication for harmful interactions and tracks health measurements including blood pressure and calories. It can even send notifications to your family members so they’re constantly in the loop. Best of all, the app is free to use (although you can pay for more options) on the App Store for iOS, or the Google Play Store for Android devices.
If you’ve been around your kids or grandchildren, then there's a good chance you've heard of it. Spotify is the latest and greatest trend when it comes to music and isn’t restricted to only the youngins; this popular music-streaming app has millions of songs at your fingertips that span thousands of different genres and time eras. If you're a fan of The Beatles or chunes from the 60s, 70s, 80s, or whatever else, then you're in luck. There are also podcasts and audiobooks that can satiate your boredom or accompany you in the kitchen while you cook, clean, or work in the garden. The app is available for free, but restricts you to limited features (you can only listen on shuffle mode and can’t make playlists) unless you pay a small fee of $9.99 per month. Pick it up now on the Google Play Store or App Store.
Kindle is a free app from Amazon that lets you read dozens of eBooks with customizable settings to ease your reading experience, like the page color and text size, or toggling between portrait and landscape mode. You can also organize your collection of books, magazines and documents into categories or genres for ease of access. Who knows? You might find that you read more often without having to carry around a thick book in your bag. You can purchase new books via the app through the Amazon store, but there are also thousands of free ones available for you to choose from. This handy app is perfect for travelling or if you’re in a waiting room and can hold all of your favorite literature inside of your tiny device. See it first on the Google Play Store or the App Store.
We run into more and more problems and symptoms as our bodies age, but it’d be a hassle to go to the emergency room for a rash or minor headache. WebMD acts as a pseudo-symptom checker that can give you some quick info about anything health-related that may peak your curiosity. It also provides instructions for first aid and can help you identify pills, conditions, or treatments. Of course, you should never substitute the app for a visit to the doctor’s office, but it’s there for ease of access and is a lot quicker than an in-depth Google search. Like any informative encyclopedia apps, this one is free as well. Available now on the Google Play Store or the App Store.
- Big Launcher
The Big Launcher is an Android-only launcher application which provides a larger, simpler Android interface that makes it a little easier on the eyes. It allows you to customize your interface and enlarges everything, from the tiles on the screen to your text messages and notifications. Tiny app symbols become large, recognizable icons without the text for ants. There's even an SOS button in case of emergencies that calls or texts pre-set numbers. Unfortunately the app is relatively popular and retails for a hefty $11.99 price on the Google Play Store, but there is a free demo available for users to try before they buy.
There are tons of other apps that are convenient and helpful available on the market now, but these are some of the more practical ones that are most useful at first glance. Thirsty for more? You can do your own scavenger hunting on the Google Play Store and Apple Store.