Growing up in the 50’s-60’s, who’d have ever thought that one day you could connect with someone on the other side of the world, pay your bills, store your medical information, watch a movie or television show, or just play a game by using a device you hold in the palm of your hand? But that’s the world into which over-50 age people have evolved.
Everyday, more and more SmartApps are being developed to make your life easier, healthier, and more social. Now, it may annoy you when you see young kids whizz through the learning curve on them, but hang in there, you’ll get it. After all, you’re a bona fide member of the generation that invented this technology. Here are some of the apps out there created with your generation in mind.
1. CogniFit. This is an app to strengthen your memory – something many over-50 people find starts deserting them at inopportune moments. It’s a series of exercises you can do that target certain memory-boosting brain functions. There are exercises for concentration, memory, mental agility, etc. Available through Apple.
2. EyeReader. One of the things that might annoy over-50 age people the most in trying to read the small print on phone menus or trying to read in low light. The EyeReader app is just for you. It works by holding your phone over what you want to read, turn on the LED light with a shake, then use the zoom feature to magnify. You can also take a screenshot picture by tapping the screen a few times and saving it with the “save picture” option.
3. v.SOS. This is a good app to have if you ever have a medical emergency while you’re out away from home. All you, or a first responder EMS technician, has to do is get your phone and access all your medical information from this app. It stores all of your medical profile – drugs you take, health conditions you have, emergency family/friend contacts to call, your preference for treatments, and much more. It stores the information in both a voice and text format.
4. SilverSurf. Now, maybe you don’t want to be reminded of your age with the word “silver” in the title, but this app makes it much easier to read all that small print that SmartPhone menus and apps contain. It’s a free web browser designed especially for often visually challenged seniors that contains large navigation buttons, text zoom, and high contrast black and white graphics and backgrounds. If you have a little (or a lot) arthritis in your fingers, you’ll find the zoom slider feature comes in very handy. With one quick slide, you can enlarge text to 200%.
5. WordswithFriends. The most popular game app that allows you to compete against other players online. Similar to the board game Scrabble, WordswithFriends can challenge each other as well as chat while they’re playing the game. Available in Apple or Android versions.