Technology is seen as a young person’s milieu, but that is just a myth. It is estimated that 25% of all seniors own a smartphone. By 2017 that number is expected to jump to 50%. Makers of applications know full well that seniors are not technophobes, and there are hundreds of apps out there that can provide senior help.
Health is obviously a major concern to seniors, and there are a number of apps that can help you stay healthier. There are apps that can measure your heart rate using your phone’s camera. Other apps that provide senior help require you to enter such things as blood pressure readings and medication schedules, and then the app help you keep track of the vital information, even reminding you when you need to take a pill.
You also want to keep your mind sharp. Apps such as Lumosity provide games that are designed by neuroscientists to keep your mind active. They also improve your memory and other brain-related skills.
Sometimes your eyesight is the first thing that goes, There is nothing you can do to reverse it, but your smartphone is there with senior help. There are apps that act as magnifying glasses. Using your camera, hold your phone up to any printed page and it will make it big so you can read it. There are also several apps that will blow up some of the text on your phone.
Safety is also an issue for seniors. Yes, there’s an app for that. Panic button apps provide a big red button for you to push if you are ever in an emergency situation. A text or phone call will be placed to a predetermined number, complete with your GPS coordinates. Your friend or loved one will be on their way to help you.
Technology is our friend, there to provide all types of senior help and making their lives easier.