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Seniors and Smartphones

December 14, 2017


According to Pew Research, 42% of seniors now own smartphones, up from 18% in 2013. They use the smartphone for fewer purposes – primarily voice calling, texting and email than young adults.

Start-up companies recognizing the new trend, are creating apps geared to seniors. For instance, Mango Health, in San Francisco, works on apps that are easy to use and can help with such activities as reminding someone to take medication, a reminder to check your insulin, etc.

According to The Cottages, some of the apps good for seniors are:

  • Carely – caregiving app helps coordinate care with the family
  • Clevermind – games and puzzles for cognitive training
  • LowRx – find the lower prescription prices in your geographic area
  • Magnifying Glass Flashlight – hold the phone over what you want to read and the app magnifies it
  • Medisafe – the app notifies you when to take medications
  • Red Panic Button – automatically sends texts and email alerts to a pre-designated medical emergency contacts with your GPS location
  • Wunderlist – app keeps all your various lists be it the To Do List, Grocery list, etc.


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