Apps to make life a little easier

More than 60 per cent of adults aged 65 and over own a smartphone. If you’re one of those smartphone owners, you’re probably using mobile apps every single day.

Maybe you are video chatting with the family, playing games with your friends, checking Facebook, or getting directions. A mobile app makes it all possible. 

Sometimes we all need a little help, so here are five apps for your Apple iPhone or android devices that may make it a little easier.

Medisafe – Manage Your Medications

Medisafe helps you manage your medications and set daily reminders. Simply record your prescriptions and timings and Medisafe will create a schedule complete with images of each pill. It will then give you reminders throughout the day when it’s time to take a medication, let you know if a prescription is running low, and even alert a friend or family member of a missed dose.

Magnifying Glass + Flashlight – Read the Menu in a Dim Restaurant

Sometimes it can be difficult to read the small print. If you’ve ever had trouble reading a restaurant menu or a form that needs completing, even labels on food packaging, a magnifying app could be a very helpful tool for you. This app uses your phone’s camera to zoom in on whatever you point it at and you can quickly turn on the flashlight to light up what you need to read. You can also “freeze” what you are looking at, so you don’t have to point it in the same spot the entire time you’re reading.

Audible – Listen to a good book

Cost: Free; however, it requires a paid subscription after a free trial.

For some, holding a book for a prolonged amount of time can become uncomfortable – audiobooks are a great alternative. Audiobooks have never been better; they feature excellent narration, often by the author of the book themselves.

Audible has the largest selection of audiobooks available. The app is free to download, they offer a 30-day free trial period and after that, you pay a monthly fee for a subscription to access the books. 

LastPass – Never forget a password again

Cost: Free

It seems you are asked to create a password to do anything on the internet these days. Creating a unique password each time is important to avoid being hacked. But let’s face it, who can remember all of them? 

LastPass stores all your passwords securely in one place so you can look them up when needed. The only password that you need to remember is the LastPass one!

Words with Friends 2 – Play with Friends and Family

Cost: Free

Calling itself a mobile word game, Words with Friends 2 is very similar to Scrabble. With this app, you can challenge friends and family to a game or get paired with another player, so it’s great for passive playing and connecting with friends and family.

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