16 Helpful Apps for Seniors

Written By: Guest Contributor - Dec• 10•13

Have you started your holiday shopping? Gifts should be practical and thoughtful because you want the person receiving the gift to know you spent time thinking about what to get them. If you are having a difficult time thinking of the perfect gift, then look no further. Here are 16 helpful apps (just for seniors), which will make their lives a whole lot easier.

17 Helpful Apps for Seniors

These apps are broken down into a few different categories, ranging from health to entertainment. Some of the apps are for iPhones and some are for iPads, so note which ones you’re buying beforehand.

5 Health Apps 

These apps might be the most important ones around to download, since they can possibly help save a life.

HeartWise Blood Pressure Tracker


iPhone — $0.99

iPad — $2.99

Easily record your blood pressure, your resting heart rate and your weight, and you’ll be able to track it on a daily basis and over time.

Helpful Senior Apps - Heartwise

Instant Heart Rate (iPhone) – FREE

This app uses your iPhone’s camera to detect your pulse from your fingertip, which is similar to what pulse oximeters already use.

Pillboxie (iPad and iPhone) – $0.99

Remembering you have to take your medication is important – but just as important is remembering, which medications you have to take at which times. You can even customize your meds with different combinations of med types and colors.

Helpful Senior Apps - Pillboxie


iPhone – Free

iPad — Free

Use WebMD’s Symptom Checker to help what your potential issues might be, and this app can also work as a handy guide for medical emergencies.

Helpful Senior Apps - WebMD

My Medical for iPad

iPhone – $3.99

iPad — $3.99

Keep all of your family’s medical information and medical history in one spot, for quick access. Track blood tests and X-rays, and have the ability to back the information up to your computer, too.

4 Helping Hands Apps

Here’s a handful of apps that should make life a little easier.

EyeReader (iPhone) – $1.99

Hold your iPhone over a book or some paperwork, and your phone turns into a magnifying glass, with a light to help brighten the text.

EyeReader - Helpful Senior Apps

BigNames (iPhone) – $1.99

Browse through the names and numbers in your contact list much easier, with large, high-contrast text that helps those with some issues with small text.

Silver Surf (iPad) – FREE

Blows up the navigation buttons and makes it easier for older users with less dexterity in their fingers than most people. It also has an Interactive Text Zoom slider that enlarges text up to 200 percent.

Park’n'Forget (iPhone)  - $0.99   

Never forget where you parked your car again! Input what floor you’re on and what aisle or spot, and you’ll never roam the parking garage again. It also has a convenient “Parking Meter” timer, that alerts you when you’re parking meter is about to expire.

Helpful Senior Apps - Park-n-Forget


4 Free Entertainment Apps

The iPhone and iPad are practical, no doubt, but there also should be some play time involved, too!

Clevermind (iPad) – Free

This is a great app to help people dealing with cognitive impairments that come with problems associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. From quizzes and games, to big buttons, voice command controls and a calendar interface.

Lumosity (iPhone) – Free

Keep your mind sharp with some of the best mind games around, designed by neuroscientists working to enhance memory, attention and other skills.

Helpful Senior Apps - Lumonisty

Yesterday USA (iPhone and iPad) – Free

Great Internet radio app that broadcasts “old-time radio shows” all day, every day. Harken back to yesteryear with the help of today’s technology.

Pandora (iPad and iPhone) – Free

By typing in any artist, band or song, users will be able to listen to thousands of songs in that same genre. Then they can upvote or downvote each song, which helps Pandora fine-tune which songs you prefer to hear for each channel.

3 Free News & Social Apps

These apps will help keep everyone updated on things they need to know, like what’s happening in the world out there, and what’s happening with your friends and family.


iPhone – Free

iPad — Free

This is the greatest invention since the invention of social media! Connect this app with all of your social media accounts, and connect it with some of the best news and content sites that interest you. Then watch it turn everything into a digital magazine, in which you “flip” the pages and see everything set up like a magazine, including Facebook posts and tweets.

Helpful Senior Apps - Flipboard

The Weather Channel (iPhone) — Free

Get the weather report for whichever city you need right now, or every hour, or see what it’s going to look like over the weekend, or over the next 10 days.


iPhone – Free

iPad — Free

What’s better than just talking with your friends and family over the phone? How about talking to them – and seeing them — on a video conference!?! You will never be surprised by how much your grandchildren have changed again!

Helpful Senior Apps - Skype


Hopefully, you found several apps that you found both interesting and entertaining. But most of all, we hope you found some helpful apps for seniors that make things easier in 2014. 

About the Author:

David Gonos is the Digital Content Manager at DigitalLanding.com. The company helps users learn about the latest in TV, Internet and phone services. The Digital Landing Deals page tracks down the best offers on digital services in your area.

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