January 29, 2016

20 APPS your parents could have fun with



People falling in the age bracket of 60+ have always been kept out from the category of tech-savvy, but with advancement in technology and simple user interface time is surely changing. The elders have had almost an entire decade to comprehend and get used to with computers and technology. Hence, many of them know operating smartphones and others gadgets. Technology can benefit older adults in countless and sometimes surprising ways.


We have compiled a list of 20 Smartphone apps which your parents may enjoy using. These applications have been presented as a slideshow and broken down into categories such as health, entertainment, services, hobby.


Health and Safety APPS

Circle of 6:
Very useful for parents staying independently to reach their children in emergencies.
The APP lets your parents choose 6 most trusted friends and add them to their circle. In the case of any uncomfortable or a risky situation, the App sends a pre-programmed alert SMS to the each one in the circle with the exact location. It’s quick. It’s discreet. Two taps on your device is all it takes.
Home Remedies+ : Natural Cures:
Based on Ayurveda, this APP provides
complete guide to home remedies for 100's of ailments, like acne, common cold, cough, flu, hair loss, backache, stress etc. Your parents can learn these natural cures (alternative medicine or herbal cure) and replace many of the most commonly used over-the-counter drugs in the treatment of common ailments.
Benefits of home remedies include
Made up from herbs, spices, fruits, and vegetables.
Simple to prepare, pure and no side effects on body.

This App has variety of features in order to improve health making decisions and includes features like first aid information, symptom checker, drug and vitamin database, and pill identification tool. A great App for your parents, if they are on a vacation and need emergency room access or find the closest pharmacy when away from home. WebMD App also gives access to first aid information without having to be connected to internet – critical in the time of need.

Medisafe Meds & Pill Reminder:
This App reduces the chances of your parents missing a dosage or taking a double dose. Medisafe is perfect for those in charge of their own med schedule but need a reminder for dosages and the correct med to take. Medisafe can be used to manage hourly, daily, or weekly pill dosages.
Medisafe will also provides the caretaker a reminder if any dose has been missed.
Pharmacists rank Medisafe #1 out of 461 apps they've tested.

This APP turns a smartphone/tab into a magnifying glass when it is held over a book or other reading materials. Immensely useful for your older parents when they forget their glasses and have to read details on medicines or a menu in a restaurant.


Entertainment APPS

Funny Jokes Daily Pictures:
Your elderly parents, to kill their time, could browse through a huge collection of funny jokes and images with this app and share them with their friends and family members. The images and jokes are updated daily to make things interesting.

Saavn Music:
Saavn APP provides free access to Hindi, English, and other Indian regional songs. It also offers access to radio stations. 
Your parents can choose favorite artists, make their own album and listen to music offline. They can even share songs with their friends and chat about it.

Chess Free:
Chess Free is perfect for your elderly parents if they adore playing mind games. 
Chess Free is the best free Chess game on android and is currently the highest ranked from the 120+ free chess programs listed.
They can even play online with their friends making the game more lively and interesting.

Indian Rummy by Octro:
Played between 2 to 5 players, Indian Rummy by Octro offers live tables for rummy and enables its user to play with friends and other real players. This APP
 enables your parents to play with Facebook friends anywhere in the world. They can play in a public room or in a private room where they can invite friends and decide the bet per point.

Kelu :
Your parents will love this APP while they travel within India as it will help them to connect with locals in a fun way. This App is not a language dictionary but frequently used sentences in Kannada, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi are grouped under conversation themes like greetings, shopping etc. The sentences are printed in English and they can also play the sound to know the pronunciation.


Services APPS

Your parents can conveniently order food from the best restaurants in their neighbourhood be it big or small. Whether they fancy some biryani, a pizza, a South Indian meal or even a plate idly, Swiggy does it all.
There's no minimum order value and cash on delivery is available, making ordering easier than ever before. Even if it is late at night, your parents will find it difficult to skip those meals.

Nearify :
With Nearify APP your parents can discover
things to do, events in their city of their choice be it a volunteering event, a religious event or a food festival in a nearby restaurant. All they have to do is to choose the type of events they are interested. Nearify will provide every day personalized list of events for them. Your parents can also find trending events for the weekend, weekdays or any major holidays in advance so that they can plan well.

BookMyShow APP is definitely a one-stop shop for all ticketing and entertainment.  This APP will enable your parents to book for movies, comedy shows, theater, music concerts or a T20 match sitting at home.

Your parents can book services from qualified, background verified professionals for all home needs like deep cleaning, electrical Installation & repair, plumbing, in-home beauty services, laundry, pest control, carpenter services, painting and more. Great APP if they are living independently.

Your parents can recharge prepaid mobile phones, pay bills of postpaid mobiles, electricity, landline, datacard & DTH sitting at home. They can even enjoy online shopping with this APP.


Hobby APPS

If your parents are creative and love saving their ideas then Pinterest APP offers a visual bookmarking facility that helps them to discover and
save their creative ideas.

With Pinterest your parents can:

Plan a project:  Home remodels, garden redesigns and other DIYs.

Get creative ideas: Recipes to cook, articles to read, gifts to buy and ways to save money,
If elders at your place are fond of clicking pictures and sharing them, then Instagram is for them.

Over 400 million people use Instagram to:
  •  Edit photos and videos with free, custom-designed filters.
  •  Find people to follow based on the accounts and photos they already love.
  •  Instantly share photos and videos on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

Sweet ‘N’ Spicy :
Sweet'N'Spicy has more than 12000+ recipes and 1500+ video recipes spread across three major categories vegetarian, non-vegetarian to vegan.
Your parents can search recipes (available in text and video format) by food name, category, diabetic recipes, 30 Min cooking time etc. They can even share, rate and review recipes with pictures.

Like That Garden -Flower Search:
Is it a tulips or a crocus? learning the name and species of the flower or plant is now effortless for your parents with Like That Garden APP, all they have to do is snap a picture and get an instant answer – no setup required. If your parents love outdoors then this APP is a must. A trip to a garden will never be boring again.

Paint Joy – Color & Draw:
If your elder parents are passionate about painting then Paint Joy – Color & Draw APP is here to hone their painting and imagination skill. 
A wonderful drawing program for all ages to free your imagination and inner artist. Paint Joy has more than 20 beautiful brushes, such as glow neon, glow, crayon, chalk, sketch etc. Your parents can draw on a color canvas or decorate any photograph to make them more beautiful and then share the drawing with friends and relatives on facebook, e-mail, twitter, etc.




Most of us have bought smartphones/ipad for our parents to be in touch with them on skype. A tablet could be perfect gift for your parents, particularly if you install a handful of useful APPS first. On the everyday level, APPS can make life more convenient, fun, and safe for seniors.

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Krishna is the originator and the primary contributor of this website. Engineer by profession and a avid reader. The mission of the website is to understand issues and find solutions which 60 plus parents may be facing as they enter the phase of emptynest.

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