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Six great smartphone apps for seniors

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Smartphones can be hugely beneficial for seniors who live independently, or with serious, long-term conditions. In fact, there’s a whole world of iPhone and Android programs (apps) designed with seniors in mind. These apps can, for example, help seniors living alone better manage their finances and day-to-day tasks, as well as keep seniors with dementia engaged and active.

Let’s take a look at six of the very best smartphone apps for seniors.

Six top smartphone apps for seniors


TuneIn radio is a free, easy-to-use app that lets users listen to live news, music, sports, talk shows and more on over 120,000 radio stations from across the globe.

Price: Free

Available for: iPhone and Android


Seniors taking multiple medications (at different dosages and times) should check out Medisafe. It’s a free and award-winning app that provides personalized reminders to take meds and get refills. Even better – it’ll also warn against any potential drug interactions and notify caregivers in case a dose of medication gets missed.

Price: Free, but you can upgrade to “Premium” for more features at $7 CAD/month

Available for: iPhone and Android


Mint provides one simple and organized place for all your monthly bills. The app is designed to monitor your bills, bank accounts and credit cards so you’ll never miss another payment and get hit with late fees. Mint also keeps track of remaining funds, so you’re not accidentally spending beyond your budget and going into overdraft.

Price: Free

Available for: iPhone and Android


Here’s a completely free way to access audiobooks and e-books. Libby is connected to most major library systems across Canada, so all you need is a library card to get started. With e-books, you can adjust the type size and line spacing or switch to a more readable font. When you’re listening to audiobooks, Libby lets you pause, rewind, slow down or skip ahead.

Price: Free

Available for: iPhone, iPad and Android devices

Let’s Create! Pottery 

This has become one of the more popular apps for seniors with dementia and it’s fun for anyone to use. The premise is simple: users throw virtual clay onto a pottery wheel and create works of art by dragging a finger across the screen to smooth out and colour the pots. If you need a bit more screen real estate for your virtual pottery, the app also works on iPads and Android tablets. Keep in mind that Let’s Create! Pottery comes in two flavours: a free “lite” version and a full-featured premium version.

Price: Lite version – free; Full-featured version is $5.99 – $6.99

Available for: iPhone, iPad and Android devices


Mindmate is considered to be one of the very best apps for seniors with dementia. The whole idea behind it is to keep seniors healthy and active. This is done through daily workouts, clever brain games that address areas like problem solving, memory and attention, and nutrition advice.

Price: Free

Available for: iPhone and iPad only


That’s six of the top apps for seniors we found but there are sure to be many more. Know of any apps that you think should be included on our list? Leave a comment and let us know!

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