10 best apps for seniors

Sunrise Senior Living  |  September 19, 2016

Stay connected and download these apps for seniors to your smartphone and tablet. These apps, while not specifically designed for seniors, can help older adults manage medication, exercise their brains, participate in their favorite activities and more.

The virtual shelf of apps is nearly endless.Games, social media outlets and educational programs help you make great use of your mobile devices. So whether you're curled up on the couch with your tablet or you're waiting patiently at the doctor's office on your smartphone, download one - or all - of these 10 apps:

1. Nook
Read dozens of your favorite novels on one device with the Nook app. The Nook app allows you to travel with all of your latest reads without the extra weight. With a library of over 4 million best-selling books, magazines, comics and more, you'll always find a great adventure to get lost in. Plenty of fiction, romance, business and sci-fi stories await – so download this app and start reading!

2. The Weather Channel
Do you often find yourself waiting for the local news to report the weather before you leave the house? With the Weather Channel app, the wait is over. You'll receive real-time forecasts, current conditions and detailed weather maps to help you plan your day accordingly.

3. Elevate
Keeping a sharp mind contributes to healthy aging, so download the Elevate app. This brain-training program uses puzzles to improve your attention, speaking skills, processing speed, memory, math skills, and more. You'll even receive your own personal training program that adjusts as you progress. 

4. Skype
Connect with your family members and close friends with your Skype app. You can make voice and video calls, send text messages and share photos and videos with others who use Skype. This app makes staying in touch with loved ones from long distances a simple task.

5. Medisafe
Do you often find yourself forgetting to take your medications, supplement and vitamins on time? With the Medisafe app, you'll never have to worry about missing a dose again. This app helps seniors manage pill usage and can also track your blood pressure and weight to make sure you're always in great health. You can even send your medication progress reports directly to your doctor, nurse or family member.

6. Spotify
Enjoy an eclectic collection of music on your smartphone or tablet with the Spotify app. You can listen to any artist, album or playlist on shuffle mode for free. Or, upgrade your account to Premium and listen to individual songs at any time commercial-free.

7. Words with Friends
Do you enjoy playing Scrabble with friends and family? Now you can try a similar game with your loved ones from afar. Challenge them to a round of Words with Friends, an ongoing crossword game that lets you spell out words with friends from all around the world. Another benefit of this game: It doesn't just work your spelling skills. You'll also need math to plan which squares will yield more points.

8. Food Network in the Kitchen
Need some tasty inspiration for the next family get-together? Download the Food Network in the Kitchen app and find over 50,000 recipes from your favorite Food Network chefs. Healthy, Weeknight Dinners, Quick and Easy are among the many categories you can browse to find the perfect meal for you and your family members to enjoy.

9. Fitbit
Keep track of your fitness and healthy eating habits with the Fitbit app. It's designed to coincide with the Fitbit tracker, but it works just as well as a standalone program. The app can use your smartphone's sensors to record your steps and it's GPS to map your walking routes. Record your meals in the food log and keep track of the progress you've made to stay healthy.

10. Uber
If you don't drive anymore, it's likely that you rely on your family members or public transportation to get you where you need to be. But if you download the Uber app, you won't have to. It connects you with a driver who will pick you up from your front door within minutes and take you to your destination – and it's about the same price as a taxi. And it's easy to use: Just tap the screen to set your location, request the ride, enter your destination and let the driver take care of everything else.