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Ten Apps Every Senior Should Know About

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Here at StoneGate Apartment Homes, we strive to provide technical advantages for members of our community here in Williamsville, NY with our online resident portal and online payments. In this day and age, technology is the name of the game. While it may feel a bit intimidating to explore, once you get into it, it’s actually quite user-friendly and intuitive. We’ve rounded up ten apps we think you will like using. If you have a smartphone or tablet, a few of these apps may already be installed on your device. To add the others, just find the icon on it or download it from your app store, set up an account or log in to it, and let your fingers do the walking!

Entertainment and news

1. Lumosity

Scientists and app designers have designed the games in this app to enhance memory, attention span, and other factors that can improve cognition. Download this for hundreds of games at your fingertips!

2. Spotify

If you like listening to music, this app will open up a whole new world of songs, artists, and radio stations for you to discover. You can craft your own personal library, sort songs into playlists for you to listen to by topic or genre, and follow other people to see what they’re listening to. If you use the free version, you’ll have to occasionally put up with ads, but for a monthly fee you can forego those and skip as many songs as you want.

3. The Weather Channel

Save yourself some time in the morning waiting for the news to tell you the weather by checking it as soon as you wake up on this app! Just put in your location to stay informed on the weather.

4. Flipboard

This app is a personalized magazine, catered to your interests. After setting up your account, choose categories you want to read about. You can choose as many as you want, ranging from news to business, science, politics, technology, and more topics.

Connecting with others

5. Skype

Skype is a great application that people use in all settings for business or personal purposes. You can video call your friends and family, set up group calls, or send text messages to your contacts. Just know your username and your friends’ so you can know how to find them.

6. Instagram

Instagram is one of the best social media platforms around. You can follow your friends, get recommendations on who to follow based off of your Facebook friends, comment on and like the photos that show up in your feed and share your own photos. Make it your own type of art and way to connect with people by editing your photos in the app, tagging your friends and your locations, using hashtags, and crafting captions.

Health and safety

7. Medisafe

Keep track of your medications and when you’re supposed to take them by logging them in this app. Medisafe also gives you tips for your medications and can connect you to prescription coupons, too.

8. MedCoach for Apple or Android

Similar to Medisafe, this app is a convenient way to remind you to take your pills. It also links you to your pharmacy so you can refill your medications, so consider taking full advantage of it for extra convenience.

9. Fitbit

The Fitbit app is a great way to help you stay active and on track of your daily steps, exercise patterns, and sleep goals and cycles. You can connect your app to a Fitbit you wear on your wrist and participate in competitions with friends.

10. Uber

If you have ever had trouble getting around WNY, Uber’s usefulness might astound you. It uses GPS information to gather your location and connects you with a driver nearby when you let it know you need a ride. It will then tell you when someone is on their way, including the name of the driver and the car and license plate to look for. You’ll pay through putting your credit or debit card information in the app, so it’s a convenient way to get a ride in a pinch!

What apps do you use on a regular basis? Let us know what your favorite apps are in the comments! Thanks for taking the time to read our post.