15 iPad Apps Every Senior Must Have

by Shanon Woodruff, HousingForSeniors.com Columnist | July 8, 2011 | Comments

iPads are taking the world by storm, and that includes today's tech-savvy seniors. With its small size, easy to read screen, and user-friendly platform, the iPad is the perfect tool for seniors who are looking to stay connected, informed, and entertained.

With this explosion of popularity, there are more and more apps being released everyday. Among them are some must-haves that do everything from helping you stay organized to keeping you on top your health. Which is why we decided to search through the thousands of apps out there and find the must-haves for any iPad-toting senior.

So without further ado, here is our list of the top 15 iPad apps for seniors.



Micromedex Drug Information


Drug Information is a free resource for on-the-go access to the industry’s most trusted clinical reference information, providing users the peace-of mind of knowing the information is from Micromedex, coupled with the ease of use of iPhone and iPad. An internet connection is not required, allowing for access at anytime from anywhere.



SmartMoney Retirement Planner


It’s time to visualize your retirement. Whether in, near or not even close to retirement, The Retirement Planner from SmartMoney helps you see how working, saving and spending decisions can deliver a successful, and affordable, retirement. Test out multiple scenarios to see how they affect your retirement:



AARP

Now you can take the AARP experience with you on the go. With the AARP app, you can save money, stay informed and share favorite content with your friends.



iHealth BPM


First ever Blood Pressure (BP) Monitoring System for iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. iHealth turns your iPhone into a powerful blood pressure monitor. It includes a diary for tracking BP measurements taken by the iHealth BP dock. Its elegant user interface and vivid testing process makes keeping an eye on vital signs more enjoyable than ever before. It also empowers you to see the changes and reasons behind them using simple tools: interactive graph, management, smart World Health Organization (WHO) classifications, and an FAQ. For a complete product tour, see www.iHealth99.com.



Grocery iQ


Grocery iQ includes all the features you’d expect from an intuitive and powerful shopping list application. Build new shopping lists quickly by simply scanning the barcode for any product or using the predictive search feature. Share your lists with others by using the new List Sharing feature. Never buy the wrong item again.



iGrowIt


Quickly find out what vegetables you can plant right now, at the tap of a button! Designed for USA and UK beginners, access all the essential information you need on how and when to grow your own delicious vegetables, from start to end.



WeatherBug Elite


Get the latest weather information, including local current conditions, extended forecast, severe weather alerts, animated Doppler radar, live weather camera images and much more! Powered by the WeatherBug Network – the world’s largest weather, camera and lightning network.



TruPhone


Truphone keeps you in touch with the people that matter to you with FREE Wi-Fi & 3G calls, instant messaging and great savings on international calls to mobiles and landlines anywhere in the world.



Things


Things is a beautifully focused and amazingly intuitive task manager. Other todo applications either oversimplify or are too difficult to use. Things instead offers the perfect balance between ease of use and powerful features. Effortlessly manage to-dos, notes, due dates, and projects. A smart today list and the scheduling feature allow you to work as effectively as possible - every day.



HeartWise Blood Pressure Tracker for iPad


There is a reason our iPhone version is the highest-rated Medical App - with a full five stars! More than 500 ratings and reviews are clear - HeartWise is the easiest-to-use application for quickly recording and keeping track of your blood pressure, resting heart rate, and weight. HeartWise for iPad has buult-in visualization that quickly shows you trends over time, and detailed analysis and statistics show you how your blood pressure fluctuates on a daily basis.



Wellness Calculator Suite

The Wellness Calculator Suite contains 6 standard wellness calculators that are extreamly usefull for nutritional and dietary purposes. Each calculator provides statistical analysis to help you determine what areas you need to work on to be as healthy as you can be.



Motion Doctor

The Motion Doctor app for Physical Therapy is a powerful, easy to use reference and teaching tool for anyone who wants to prevent painful syndromes from developing. Created by Dr. Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT for the general public, Physical Therapists and their patients, Motion Doctor for iPad includes over 60 high quality videos with narrative and written text instructions, along with rationales for each exercise.



Crosswords

Download and play crossword puzzles right on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Each day many newspapers provide their crossword puzzles online; with one tap you can download and solve them, get hints, view clues, and track how quickly you're improving!



Flipboard

Named Apple's iPad App of the Year and one of TIME's top 50 innovations of 2010, Flipboard is a fast, beautiful way to flip through the news, photos, videos, and updates your friends are sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, Flickr, and Instagram. See your social media in a magazine layout that is easy to scan and fun to read. Catch up on the latest stories, videos and posts from popular publications and people such as National Geographic, The New Yorker, Wired, Rolling Stone, Oprah, Forbes, Robert Scoble, and Brain Pickings' Maria Popova. Share articles and photos, comment on posts, and like or favorite anything. Customize your Flipboard with sections created from your favorite news, people, blogs, and topics.



iCookbook


The iCookbook team of accredited food experts and nutritionists selected recipes that use readily accessible (and affordable) ingredients. The recipes will inspire you but are attainable for the busy cook that wants to solve the everyday problem of meal selection. Each recipe has been rigorously-tested either by the iCookbook team or the extensive testing process of your favorite brands, so you know they will turn out perfect each and every time!

Comments:

Phedrick

10/09/2011 04:05 pm

Great resource. Thanks for sharing

Rich Lowenberg

06/21/2012 04:17 pm

Great resource Shannon - if it's not too intrusive I'd also like to add my own to this list. I'm the founder of a little company that makes an app called Postcards, which gives seniors a very easy way to receive photos, videos and messages from their family. It is designed for people with absolutely no computer experience. Family can manage everything in the app remotely, so there's minimal work for the recipient (and you can send things like YouTube videos too). The website is www.postcardsapp.com, if anyone is interested!

Ben Pfeiffer

06/21/2012 04:26 pm

Thanks Rich!

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