October 1st marks the United Nations’ annual International Day of Older Persons. Established in 1990, the UN’s International Day of Older Persons aims to increase awareness about issues affecting older people. It also helps celebrate the contribution elderly people make to society. Each year has a new theme, with past themes ranging from Ageing in the new millennium (20006) to The Journey to Age Equality (2019). This year’s theme is “Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing?”.
The year 2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP). This year has also seen an emergence of COVID-19, that has caused turmoil across the world. Considering the higher risks confronted by older persons during the outbreak of pandemics such as COVID-19, it is imperative that digital inclusion is at the forefront of society’s mind. Creating a world where everyone, especially older persons, can maintain social distancing but still be able to communicate with the word and have the best quality of life possible.
With this in mind, below are some of our top mobile app picks to keep your mind active and socially connected at any time, but even more so during these times.
Reasons apps for Older people may help
•Enjoying the golden years through leisure and travel
•Helping to stay entertained and occupied
•Combating loneliness and isolation by keeping in touch with friends and family
•Helping to manage health conditions and medication management
•Keeping the brain active and staying intellectually challenged
•Overcoming a lack of mobility or ability to leave the house
•Saving money and getting the best deals
TV Catchup App – Available on Android and Apple devices
This actually allows you to watch 30 UK Freeview TV channels live on your smartphone or tablet. So whether you’re in the kitchen, hotel or out and about, you’ll never miss your favourite show. We recommend connecting to wireless internet (Wi-Fi) where possible with this app, to avoid extra charges for mobile data. It’s Completely free to download and use and you can watch TV anywhere!
WhatsApp – Available on Android and Apple devices
WhatsApp has undoubtedly brought families closer together. It is the world’s largest messaging app with over 13bn active monthly users. It allows you to share messages, pictures, videos and more with either one person, or multiple people at once in a ‘group chat’. It also allows you to make free video or phone calls with anyone, all you need as an internet connection.
Kindeo – Available on Apple devices and Android very soon
Kindeo is an app that helps older people tell their life story on video, capturing important memories and wisdom built up during their lifetime to share with current and future generations of their family.
The founders of Kindeo came up with the idea after losing relatives and wishing they had asked more about their history whilst they were still alive.
The app has been specially designed to ensure it is as easy to use for older people as possible and it employs a simple question-based design to help tease out stories about someone’s life. The answer to each question is recorded as part of a short video
The free-to-use app is available in the iPad app store and will soon be available on Android devices as well.
Lumosity – Available on Android and Apple devices
Lumosity is a leading brain training program, available on the web and on mobile devices. Lumosity’s scientists take neuropsychological and cognitive research tasks, or design new ones, and work with game designers to transform them into 50+ cognitive games.
Designed to be both fun and adaptively challenging, Lumosity’s training program is accessible to people of all ages — helping them stay challenged to the full extent of their abilities.
There are many other apps that can help you with shopping, banking, and socialising. For more support you can check out our Digital Survival Pack by clicking Here or if you’d like a physical copy please call 0330 088 3005, option two.