10 Apps and Tech Tools That Make Life Easier For Aging Adults
Remember that horrible stereotype of an old guy cursing all forms of new technology (likely with his cane raised in anger)? Well, not only is this stereotype offensive, it’s also flat-out wrong.
Nearly half (42%) of all aging adults own a smartphone, according to a 2016 study. And virtually all of these individuals are skilled at using their smartphones and other tech tools to make their lives easier, safer and more enjoyable.
If you’re looking for some of the best products on the market, we’ve got you covered. After scouring the Internet, we’ve narrowed down our favorite apps and tech tools for aging adults to these 10. Got some suggestions of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments section.
Red Panic Alert
What it does: A medical alert right from your phone, this app allows you to get medical attention with the push of a button — without having to wear one of those clunky necklaces. Users pre-designate people to contact for help, and once the button is pushed the app lets those people know the user is in distress as well as their location.
Price: Free for iOS (i.e., iPhone users) but available for both iPhone and Android
(Note: We can write an entire post all about medical alert systems, and what to look for if you’re thinking about such a system for yourself. This blog post, “Guide to Medical Alert Systems” by Ann Dennon, should answer most, if not all, of your questions.)
What it does: Want to compare the pricing on prescription drugs at more than 60,000 pharmacies and uncover which apothecary offers the lowest drug costs? Then this app is definitely for you.
Price: Free for both iPhone and Android users.
What it does: This app is a must for aging adults who take multiple medications. Not only does this tool allow users to make a customized pillbox, it also creates reminders so folks don’t forget to take those pills when they’re supposed to.
Price: Free. The only downside to this app is it’s only available for iPhone users.
Blood Pressure Monitor
What it does: Yes, this apps does indeed allow you to track your blood pressure, but that’s not all. Blood Pressure Monitor also lets you keep track of your weight and other key health metrics. Plus, the app makes it easy for you to share all of this information with your doctor.
Price: Free, but again, this app is only for iPhone users.
What it does: If you’re on a fixed income, tracking down discounts becomes a necessity — and this app makes that task an easy one. Senior Savings lets you know everywhere — from stores to hotels to restaurants — that offer senior discounts.
Price: The app, which is only available for iPhone users, does cost $0.99 to download, but you’ll recoup that amount the first time you use it.
What it does: The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is go-to organization for aging adults, so there are some high expectations with this app — and it doesn’t disappoint. Not only does it provide a robust calendar of local events in your area, it also offers a listing of all the discounts available with an AARP membership.
Price: Free for both iPhone & Android users
What it does: Sick of using the same old recipes over and over again to cook your meals? Think of this app as your digital cookbook.
Price: Free for iPhone users.
General tech tools
Of course, technology doesn’t have to be relegated to your smartphone. Here’s just a small sampling of the many useful tech gadgets geared toward seniors:
Tile Mate Combo Pack: If you’re prone to forgetting your keys or wallets (and let’s face it, everyone from Wally the UPS guy to Jane Fonda is at times), this product can be a game-changer. According to the company, “… slender white squares can slide right in a wallet, be clipped to keys or can even be placed in a car’s glove box. If you have your phone and an item is out of sight, your phone will lead you right to it. When you can’t find your phone, you just double tap your Tile to make it ring, even if it’s on silent.”
Hamilton Beach Electric Jar Opener: Great for those with arthritis, this device fits onto all types of jars and opens them with the simple push of a button.
LastPass: One of the unfortunate side effects of technology is the myriad of passwords you must create and remember. LastPass offers an alternative. The system allows you to create one master password for all the sites you need to log-in to via a unique password. Plus, it’s available for smartphones, tablets and PCs.
For 23 more tech tools for older adults, visit this site.
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