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Best iPad Apps for Senior Citizens

Written by OurParents Staff
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5 minute readLast updated April 21, 2023

Seniors have been quick to adopt Apple’s iPad, a device that in their childhood would have seemed like a science fiction fantasy. This powerful but lightweight touchscreen computer is the size of a notepad and so intuitive that even children can use it. We conducted an informal survey of older family members and friends to learn their favorite iPad apps.

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Memory aids

1. Mint (free):This app helps to track and organize bills and even supports online bill pay.
2. BugMe! Stickies ($1.99): BugMe! lets you setup notes and reminders for birthdays, doctor’s appointments, and so on.
3. Find my iPad (free): Use a smart phone or a standard computer to quickly locate a lost iPad.

Socializing and staying in touch

4. MyPostcard (free): Designed for seniors, this simple apple allows your older loved one to easily view photos and videos that family members have shared.
5. Skype (free): Skype is for face-to-face video conferencing. Seniors can chat with grandchildren and other loved ones anywhere in the world.
6. Words with Friends (free): Play a clone of the popular board game, Scrabble, with friends across the world.
7. Zoom(free): Similar to Skype, Zoom allows video calls with friends and family.

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Lifelong learning and staying mentally fit

8. Crosswords ($9.99): Seniors are known for their love of crossword puzzles. This app puts a limitless number of puzzles at your loved one’s finger tips.
9.Wikipanion (free): Wikipedia is becoming a virtually repository for all human knowledge, and Wikipanion is one of the best apps around for browsing Wikipedia.
10. Luminosity (free): Play popular brain games designed to help people exercise their mind and stay sharp.
11. TED Talks (free): Watch free lectures and talks by scientists and thinkers of the 21st century.
12. BBC News (free): The BBC has been the voice of the Free World since 1922. Read the latest world news or listen to the BBC World Service.
13. Virtuoso Piano 3 (free): Virtuoso is the perfect app for an older musician. Play piano and other instruments with the touchscreen.
14. WeatherBug (free): WeatherBug is among the most outstanding weather apps. Get forecasts, view the local radar, and get alerts from the National Weather Service.
15. iBooks (free): iBooks turns an iPad into an eBook reader. Font size and brightness can be easily adjusted for seniors with vision problems.
16. StockFish (free): Chess, known as the “game of kings” has been popular since the middle ages. Your chess-playing loved one will never have fret about finding an opponent with StockFish. Difficulty and playing style of the computer can be easily adjusted.
17. NPR (free): Public radio fans are sure to enjoy the NPR iPad app.
18. National Gallery of Art (free): Art is a virtual art museum and an art history course in one. View high resolution images of thousands of classic paintings and learn about the artists.
19. Goodreads (free): A book lovers dream. Users can read reviews of books they are considering reading, rate and write reviews of books they’ve read, keep a log of books read, and receive recommendations about books that match their interests.

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20. WebMD (free): Get health information and news from WebMD.
21. MediSafe Medication Management (free): This app can help a parent or other old loved one keep track of their medicines.
22. Blood Pressure (free): This is a great app for seniors who want to take control of their own health.

Adaptive Aids

23. Magnifying Glass (free): This app turns an iPad into a digital magnifying glass.
24. Big Calculator (free): As its name implies, this is a pocket calculator with really big buttons.
25. Dragon Anywhere (free): This is an undemanding text recognition app that’s an excellent tool to help seniors dictate emails and other messages.
26. Penultimate(free): Use your finger as a  pen on the iPhone screen. Notes that you write in Penultimate are transcribed into digital text and can be saved.


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