Technology has become a part of everyday life for all ages, especially the iPad, with its user friendly interface and touch screen keypad keeping tech savvy has never been so simple.
With the elderly in mind, below are some simple to use timesaving apps to assist with day to day life.
Help with medication, reading and hearing:
PILL REMINDER PRO, 69p
- Enter in the name of your pill, dosage, frequency, and what time(s) of day, and Pill Reminder sends a message via PUSH alert. Reviews on the Apple app store are mixed, but one user writes they “can’t do without this”
- This app, developed by a team from the University of Rochester, is targeted at partially-sighted users. It allows users to take a picture with their phone, speak a question and receive multiple spoken answers. Find out more about the app on the www.rochester.edu
- This Daisy (digital talking books) book e-reader allows users to browse, search, download and read books directly from Bookshare, as well as read Daisy books and publications from other sources. The app allows users to control visual choices for font size and colour, background and highlighting colour, and text-to-speech preferences and was a recent app of the month recommendation by the RNIB
DRAGON DICTATION, FREE,
- This voice-recognition application allows users to dictate text, or email messages and see them instantly. Users can also dictate status updates for Facebook, tweets, or send themselves notes and reminders. A user on the Enabled by Design site says: “I’ve been using Dragon Naturally Speaking for about a year now for all emails, letters etc, as my hand mobility makes typing difficult. I have no complaints at all. Dragon constantly surprises me as it ‘learns’ so quickly”
Help with shopping
WHICH? YOUR RIGHTS– FREE
- The mobile guide to consumer rights, from dealing with faulty goods to returning unwanted Christmas gifts. It offers sample letters to send to retailers and two lengthy sections on the Consumer Credit Act and the Sale of Goods Act
- This app from one of the original money-saving coupon websites offers on-the-go discount vouchers, allowing cash-strapped consumers to search for nearby shops, restaurants, cinemas, leisure outlets, garden centres and other high street outlets offering discounts. They then download a voucher to obtain the discount and show it to the vendor without having to print anything out. Just watch out for the terms and conditions – few restaurant deals, for example, are available at the weekend
- An app that allows cost-conscious shoppers to scan the barcode on a product and search for the cheapest place to buy it. The app will find price information on three million products online
JAMIE’S RECIPES, FREE.
- Jamie Oliver’s recipes app is at its best on iPad, with a full-screen mode ideal for propping a safe distance away from cooking mess. Ten recipes and videos are included, with additional themed packs costing £1.69 in-app
VEGGIE LOVE COOKBOOK 69p.
- Better Homes and Gardens magazine has produced over 50 vegetarian recipes, with step by step guides and a shopping list feature
TWITTER – FREE.
- Twitter on iPad is quick and easy to use, and maybe even the best device for tweeting. Great for keeping in touch and venting forth with ideas
- Skype on iPad retains the features that have made the internet-calling service so popular on computers, including voice calls and instant messaging. It’s the full-screen video calls that make the iPad version an essential, though
GOOGLE EARTH – FREE.
- Google’s planet-mapping service is perfect for the iPad, allowing people to zoom your way around the world.
SOLAR SYSTEM FOR IPAD £9.99.
- This rich iPad book-app blends text, 3D planets and moons, videos, images and diagrams across more than 150 digital pages, to impressive effect.
STAR WALK FOR IPAD £2.99.
- This identifies stars, constellations and satellites.
THE WASTE LAND £9.99.
- Faber pulled out all the stops for this iPad app of TS Eliot’s famous poem, with audio and video readings, copious notes and original manuscript scans
BOOK CREATOR FOR IPAD £4.99.
- There are plenty of book-apps for the iPad, but this one is about making your own e-book. It’s simple to combine your own photos and text
BBC IPLAYER FREE
- iPlayer catch-up TV service really comes into its own on the iPad, with a slick tablet interface for browsing and searching for shows, plus full-screen viewing
- This is one of the most creative digital artist apps for iPad, with more than 60 virtual brushes to work with. Its key feature is the ability to import your own photos and then paint with their pixels
- The app lets you save online articles and blog posts to read them later, making them available offline too
123D SCULPT -FREE
- This is a digital sculpting app: you pinch and rub the screen to mould virtual clay, buying in-app theme packs for 69p each including “Medieval” and “Transportation”. A tactile and creative delight
THE ECONOMIST ON IPAD -FREE
- In keeping with the magazine’s brand, the Economist‘s iPad app is a model of elegant understatement, offering digitised issues for £3.99 each or as part of a subscription. The option to have articles read aloud is welcome too for older people
- A large collection of ebooks, including regular discounts and offers. It also syncs your reading position across different devices
- Zinio is a magazine store and reader app with a wide catalogue of publications available, from sport and politics through to music and lifestyle. You can choose to buy single issues or full subscriptions
Help with the community
- An app to help people report problems in their local area, directly to the council, from their phone.