Smartphones have revolutionized the way we communicate, shop, and access services. And while many seniors have been slow to adopt this technology, many are beginning to recognize the benefits of using smartphones to stay connected and informed. From transportation and food delivery to monitoring health and wellness, there are a wealth of smartphone apps and services that can help seniors live better and more independently.
At Brandermill Woods, we have a strong focus on independence in all of our neighborhoods. We’re always excited by new technologies, whether that means promoting human connections or simply making their lives easier. Below are some of the most popular smartphone apps and services that help older adults with daily activities.
1. Access transportation and food.
One of the biggest challenges facing older adults is access to transportation and food. Many seniors are unable to drive, and public transportation can be confusing and difficult to navigate. Of course, Brandermill Woods residents enjoy scheduled transportation from our community to medical appointments, restaurant outings and much more. As a bonus, there are smartphone apps that can help seniors get around and order food with ease. Uber and Lyft are popular ride-sharing apps that allow seniors to request a ride with just a few taps on a smartphone. These apps are user friendly and provide an affordable and convenient way for seniors to get around town. Food delivery apps such as Grubhub and DoorDash are also great options for seniors who have difficulty leaving their homes or simply prefer the convenience of delivery. With these apps, seniors can order food from their favorite restaurants and have it delivered right to their door.
2. Monitor health and wellness.
Health and wellness are important considerations for older adults, and there are several smartphone apps that can help seniors monitor their health and stay active. Apple Health is a popular health-tracking app that allows users to monitor their physical activity, heart rate, and other health metrics. Exercise trackers such as Fitbit and Garmin are also great options for seniors who want to stay active and monitor their progress.
Noom is a popular app that can help seniors improve their nutrition and make healthier choices. This app provides personalized meal plans and coaching to help seniors achieve their health goals. When meal-planning at Brandermill Woods, our dining team is always cooking up new heart-healthy options—all part of our commitment to resident wellness!
3. Stay safe.
Safety is a top concern for many seniors, which is one benefit to joining a retirement community with security protocols to keep residents safe. For older adults who live out in the world, there are several smartphone apps that can help seniors stay safe in their homes and neighborhoods. Neighborhood alerts apps such as Nextdoor and Citizen can provide real-time updates on crime and safety issues in the community. News apps can also provide updates on local and national safety issues.
4. Keep up with the latest trends.
Many seniors enjoy staying up to date with the latest news and trends, and there are several smartphone apps that can help them do so. News apps such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal provide up-to-the-minute news coverage on a wide range of topics. Social media apps such as Facebook and Instagram can also help seniors stay connected with friends and family and keep up with the latest trends.
5. Discover the latest entertainment.
Entertainment is an important consideration for seniors, and there are several smartphone apps that can provide hours of entertainment. Streaming apps such as Netflix and Hulu provide access to thousands of movies and TV shows. For a digital spin on some of your favorite games, apps such as Solitaire and Sudoku can also provide hours of entertainment for seniors who enjoy playing games.
6. Alert caregivers.
Many seniors rely on caregivers to help them with daily tasks, and there are several smartphone apps that can help caregivers monitor the health and wellbeing of their loved ones. Medical alert apps such as Life Alert and Medical Guardian can provide instant alerts to caregivers in the event of an emergency. Caregiver apps such as CareZone and MyMeds can also help caregivers manage medications and appointments.
7. Enjoy peace of mind.
Smartphones have become an essential tool for seniors, allowing them to stay connected with loved ones, access important information, and even monitor their health. Smartphones are easy to use and come with a variety of features that can be tailored to meet individual needs. As technology continues to advance, Brandermill Woods is your partner for staying connected, independent and safe. To learn more about our community and how we provide peace of mind with technology and beyond, contact us today to schedule a tour.