Our smartphones and tablets give us instant access to information of all kinds, right at our fingertips. They streamline our lives, keep us connected, keep us informed and keep us organized. Read below to learn about eight apps that are especially useful for seniors.

AroundMe (Free) AroundMe helps its users quickly find information about their surroundings. The app uses your location to provide a list of services within a certain mile radius. Users can search for banks, gas stations, hospitals, supermarkets or restaurants and AroundMe will provide a list of what’s nearby, along with step-by-step directions for how to get there.

Around Me

Pillboxie ($1.99) Developed by a registered nurse, Pillboxie helps its users organize their medication schedule and sets alarms to remind them when it’s time to take the next dose. Pillboxie uses visual depictions of actual medications to make the app even more use-friendly. 

Audible (Free with optional purchases) One of the Apple Store’s most popular apps, Audible has a library of over 180,000 book titles. Users can download books (some for free, others that can be purchased) and Audible will read it aloud to them at whatever volume and pace they choose. This app is perfect for someone whose eyesight is limited or someone who prefers to listen to a book while doing another activity, such as exercising. 

Magnifying Glass with Light (Free) –This app turns your smart phone into a magnifying glass and flashlight. Simply open the app, hover your phone’s camera over whatever text you need magnified, and Magnifying Glass will let you enlarge the text to whatever size you prefer. Users can also turn on the flashlight feature, perfect for reading in a dimly lit room.

Find My Friends (Free) The Find My Friends app is now an automatic feature with every new iPhone and iPad. The app allows you to share your location with family and friends in order to see where the other person is located. A great app for caregivers and their loved ones to have, it could help in an emergency situation, or simply help to locate a misplaced device.

Find My Friends

Pandora/Spotify (Both free, with optional paid subscriptions) Two of the most popular apps for listening to music and podcasts, Pandora and Spotify offer an expansive range of musical genres. Purchasing a subscription to either service could be a great gift for a loved one who enjoys listening to music.

Skype (Free) Skype is a video chat service that connects people all over the world. It’s an easy-to-use way for seniors to stay connected to grandchildren who are away at college or family members who don’t live nearby. It can be used on a smart phone, tablet or computer.

Lumosity (Free with In-App purchases) Lumosity was developed by a team of scientists to help its users improve their brain’s cognitive ability through simple, daily brain-training exercises. The scientists take common cognitive and neuropsychological tasks and transform them into fun games that challenge memory, attention, and other core cognitive skills. Lumosity’s games are a fun way to keep the mind sharp. 

These apps are all very useful for various healthcare needs. If you have healthcare questions, call 1.866.KINDRED to speak with a Registered Nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

By Caroline South