It’s true - the over 50s are using social media and mobile devices more than younger people. Here are five useful iPad apps for you.
It’s true – the over 50s are using social media and mobile devices more than younger people. Here are five useful iPad apps for you.
1. Brain Jog – this is specifically designed for the over 50s and Queen’s University in Belfast has been conducting a study to investigate whether this and similar apps can help to prevent cognitive decline and dementia. This ‘brain-training’ app is ideal for those who like puzzles and is free to download so it’s worth giving it a go.
2. Kindle for iPad – whilst this may sound like an obvious choice, I (as an over 40) have tried most of the readers available for iPad and the Kindle app outshines them all. Text size can be altered for those with poor eyesight and you can choose to read with a black background and white text so that reading in bed at night needs no light, thus disturbing nobody but you. Plus of course, there are thousands of books to choose from, including many of the classics for free.
3. FlightTrack Pro – this is a paid for app and not one of the least expensive out there, but for travelling it’s extremely useful. The app syncs automatically with TripIt so that you can forward flight details to the above and see flight details on zoomable maps, find out real-time departure, delays and gate number information. This is a great app for those over 50s who love to travel or have family in various locations around the world.
4. Ancestry – also available for iPhone and iPod Touch, this genealogy app is perfect for those who want to build, update and share their family tree. Users can build a tree from scratch or interact with the Ancestry website. Photos, life events and documents can be added and the app automatically sends hints that lead to historical records about your ancestors.
5. Family Album for iPad – this is a great way for sharing family photos easily and quickly through Facebook. Photos can be saved directly to the iPad and the app allows for easy interaction and photos can be viewed just like it’s a ‘real’ album. Comments and likes can be added easily from family members, wherever they may be, making the world a smaller place for families which live in different countries.
There are a plethora of apps available for iPad that are suitable and very useful for older people. Skype, for example, allows you to make calls for free worldwide, as long as the person you’re calling also has a Skype account.
There are plenty of travel apps, hobbies and puzzles and everything an iPad user could possibly need to make life both more fun and interesting.
Whilst we’ve given you something of a start here, browse and search the App Store directly from your tablet and you’re sure to find even more to suit your individual lifestyle.