By Alison Wood, Contributing Writer
Smartphone use is definitely on the increase among seniors, and the apps available can be a huge boost to their safety. Apps can help make many aspects of life easier and more accessible for older adults.
Introducing seniors to smartphones
If your senior loved one doesn’t yet have a smartphone, it’s worth talking to them about the advantages. If it’s possible, take them to a store where they can try out a few phone models, or browse for phones online so you can show them the features. There are some smartphones that are designed specifically for senior use, with simplified interfaces and larger icons.
Once your senior loved one has a phone, it’s time to start exploring the helpful apps available. Some are available only for the iPhone, some only for Android phones, and some for both, so be sure to take this into consideration when choosing a phone.
We are highlighting a few of the most popular apps here. However, it’s important to do your own research to make sure any app is the best fit for your senior loved one. The online reviews of the apps can also be well worth checking out.
Senior Safety App
The Senior Safety App is available for Android on the Google Play Store. The app does have a free option, although there is a paid subscription for additional features.
The aim of the app is to help keep seniors safe by monitoring their phone’s location. It claims to be able to protect against falls, wandering, and even online scams. It’s also a quick and easy way to ask for help or raise an alarm. You can find out the full details by clicking HERE.
Many seniors have been prescribed medication and need to remember which pills should be taken at what time. Medisafe, which is available for both iPhone and Android, can make this process simpler.
The app sends a reminder when it’s time for medication to be taken, offers drug interaction warnings, reminds you when you need to get a prescription refill, and can even let caregivers or medical staff know when a medication is missed. You can find full details by clicking HERE.
Safe-In-Cloud Password Manager
Apps don’t just help with personal safety; they can also be about data protection. We all know what it’s like to have to remember what seems like countless different passwords, for every website and app we use. Password managers take all the guesswork out of logging in.
This app can be used across Android, Windows, iPhone, and Mac platforms, so it’s perfect if you use different devices. The price also includes lifetime access and can be used by just one person or across a family of up to five people. You can find full details clicking HERE.
ICE — In Case of Emergency
This app for Android allows you to store medical information and contact details on the lock screen of a phone.
In case of an emergency, it can alert first responders to any vital medical information, such as allergies, illnesses, or current medications, plus gives them a way to quickly contact loved ones. You can find full details clicking HERE.
If a senior needs to get to a medical appointment, head to the store, or visit friends, this app can be a real boon to have access to readily available transport.
The Lyft app promotes that it focuses on safety, screening drivers, and giving you access to vehicle and driver details so you can confirm every ride before you get in the car. You can also get a fare estimate before you ride, and various vehicle options are available. You can find full details by clicking HERE.
Of course, despite reassurances, you might still feel uncomfortable with the thought of your senior loved one getting in a car with a stranger. If you live in the Chicago area, check out the services offered by Care & Comfort at Home as a viable option. Our caregivers will perform errands and drive your loved one to any appointments. Learn more about our services by clicking HERE. CONTACT US by clicking HERE.
These apps are just the start!
These apps are just a few examples. There are many more apps available that can help seniors: apps for tracking blood pressure, apps to turn your smartphone into a magnifying glass, apps that give access to audiobooks, and even apps that deliver hot food straight to your door. Browse the Apple and Google Play stores to see what would be most helpful for your senior loved one.
In addition, a smartphone is also a great way for families to keep in touch. Apps like Zoom, WhatsApp, FaceTime, and social media apps make it much easier to check in with your loved one and schedule both voice and video calls. Apps provide reassurance that you can reach out to your senior loved one at any time, day or night, and make sure they are OK.