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2017 Best Apps for Seniors

42% of seniors ages 65 and older say they own a smartphone. So we scoured online reviews and app stores to find the latest apps that help seniors make the most of their phones, keep up with their relationships, monitor their health, and maintain an active lifestyle. Unlike other “best of” lists on the web, the apps below are all specifically designed with seniors in mind.

 

Winners - Judge’s Selection

Our judge, Carol O’Dell, has selected the following apps as the best apps for seniors.

 

Best Daily Living App: My Kin

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Most of us choose to be independent for as long as we can, and yet it’s crucial that your loved ones know you’re okay—and that you’re more than okay! My Kin app tracks how active you are, how well you slept, and how much you get out and about—and sends this information to those who care about you. My Kin also tracks long term trends so that you can make sure your loved one isn’t declining or is progressively recovering from an illness or set back.

With a 4.7 rating My Kin a helpful app that’s easy to navigate for many seniors and family members who are beginning their caregiving journey and want to stay in touch with their loved one’s well-being.

My Kin and other technology can aid an individual to live in their home environment safely while thriving.

My Kin can also go both ways! You can send this information to other family and friends, so why not set a challenge to stay active as well!

Another great feature of My Kin is the “Find Me” locator. If your loved one gets disoriented or needs assistance this feature is of great help.

 

Best Health App: Good Rx

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Did you know that your local pharmacies can charge different prices for the same mediation? Have you ever tried to shop for the best price for the meds you or your loved one needs?

Medication costs are a major concern, especially for seniors and their loved ones. Finding the lowest price for medication takes time and energy and is just a plain ole’ hassle. Good Rx compares drug prices with pharmacies nearby and helps you locate the medications you need at the most affordable costs.

Good Rx gets a 4.7 star rating and with over 42,000 users this app is easy to use and offers many great features such as a coupon discount for being a Good Rx app user, pill identification if your medications spill or you get confused, pharmacies that offer the lowest combined prices on your prescriptions, and alerts for when it’s time for a refill.

GoodRx is not only a great app for seniors, but doesn’t everyone want to know where to get the best prices on their medications?

 

Best Entertainment App: Free Oldies Radio

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Hands down, Free Oldies Radio is a mood lifter. Music is great therapy, aides relaxation, sparks memories and is an effective method to reaching those with dementia and cognitive decline. Your senior loved one will enjoy hours of the music they grew up to, fell in love to and tunes that are the soundtrack to countless good times. With an extensive library, this free app is worth downloading. With a 4.5 rating, over a million downloads, with lots of fun stations such as Elvis Presley radio, Make Out Memories, Big Band, and Flower P9er,Free Oldies Radio is a pick me up your family and friends can enjoy together. (Perfect for road trips and errand day)!

Judge: Carol D. O’Dell is the author of Mothering Mother: A Daughter’s Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir, about her experience caring for her mother through Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and coronary diseases. She also curates the list, Best Caregiving Apps of 2017, for Caring.com. Carol is a featured speaker at caregiver workshops and conferences for health care and geriatric professionals.

 

Winners - People’s Choice

The people have spoken! These apps received the highest number of votes from users.

shouter Most Popular Daily Living App: Shouter
doescast Most Popular Health App: Dosecast
Stimart Scarlett, memory games Most Popular Entertainment App: Scarlett
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Most Popular App Launcher: Large Launcher

 

Finalists

Congratulations to all our finalists with notable apps that improve the lives of senior citizens:

 

Daily Living Apps

clock-yourself Clock Yourself
Daily Senior Fitness Exercise Daily Senior Fitness Exercise
smart-magnifier Smart Magnifier

 

Health Apps

eyeonapp EyeOn
medisafe Medisafe
healthy-reminder Healthy Reminder

 

Entertainment Apps

Luminosity Lumosity
Senior CorrespondentM Senior Correspondent
SeniorMatch Senior Match

 

App Launchers

logo-oscar-senior Oscar Senior
Frienderly Frienderly
Phonotto Phonotto Simple Phone Launcher

 

Nominees

 

 

About Senior Living Awards

Since 2011, SeniorHomes.com has been highlighting the best resources and services for seniors through our Best Senior Living Awards program. We aim to feature websites, products, and organizations that help seniors lead healthy and vibrant lives.

 

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