More people – older adults included – own smartphones than ever before. In fact, according to a May 2017 report from the Pew Research Center, 42 percent of adults age 65 and older own a smartphone, a figure that jumps to 59 percent for seniors between the ages of 65 and 69. The proliferation of smartphone usage has led to a natural increase in the number of mobile apps that aim to improve health and wellness, from fitness apps to brain-training apps, diet and nutrition-focused apps, and more.
There are ample options suitable for older adults who want to increase their physical activity levels or start monitoring activities and dietary intake to discover how they can make improvements, from exercise videos and equipment that’s well-suited to the needs of seniors to fitness trackers and other wearable tech devices that provide useful data for anyone wanting to improve their health and well-being. Smartphone apps can work with or alongside these tools – or on their own – providing cognitive benefits, access to resources, and other perks for older adults. Here’s a look at a few such apps that are well-suited to the needs of older adults. [Read more…]