Top 10 Must-have Free iPad Apps for Senior Citizens
There are nearly 15 to 20 million iPads out there.
Many of those millions of iPads are owned by seniors. For any senior who has an iPad, there are a multitude of great apps for seniors to make the most of their new tablet device.
The Best Free iPad Apps for Senior Citizens
- iBooks: iPad’s e-book reader, the iBooks app is an essential part of your iPad arsenal that will make reading books easier. You can make the text size bigger or make other adjustments to make the reading easier on the eyes. If you own several devices made by Apple, such as the iPhone or Macbook, you can sync the ebooks you’re reading in all these devices, down to the exact page you last stopped reading. Incredibly convenient.
- Kindle: if you instead buy your ebooks from Amazon.com, then you will need its free e-book reader called Kindle. The Kindle app connects your iPad to one of the internet’s largest catalogues of e-books, so if you find joy in reading, you can’t go wrong with this app.
- Flipboard: we already know how seniors are a growing presence on social networking sites. The Flipboard app makes it much easier for seniors to connect with friends on the internet. Apple itself named it “App of the Year” for the clever way it combines your access to various social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, and any RSS feeds you may subscribe to.
- ABC: if you love watching TV shows, then the ABC app is for you. It lets viewers watch recent ABC shows on their iPads at no charge at all. A reminder, though: you might want to use earphones to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.
- Netflix: on the web, Netflix is a service that allows its customers to order movies and other videos on the DVD format. The app works the same way, but with the addition of streaming video (perfect for those with a good broadband connection). But while the app is free, you will still need a paid Netflix account to order videos.
- Google Earth: This app reminds you—and beautifully demonstrates—the awesomeness of the device’s built-in GPS capabilities. Install it on the iPad and you’ll be able to always know where you are exactly—it is pretty nifty if you’re wondering where to go or just find your way around a new city. Google Earth is usually best when paired with the iPad’s built-in Maps feature.
- Zinio: If iBooks or Kindle are for books, then Zinio are for magazines. Many major periodicals produce content specifically optimized for viewing on the iPad—that’s why reading them is like treating the eyes to some candy. With the Zinio app, you’ll get to read the current feature stories in a number of magazines for free, but being able to read the entire magazine issue will still require you to burn some bucks.
- The Weather Channel: Seniors are vulnerable to sudden changes in the weather, that’s why installing the free Weather Channel app will keep you updated on the latest weather conditions and forecasts. The app provides maps, radar sweeps and even videos—just enter your ZIP code.
- Epicurious: if you love to cook, this app makes it very easy for you to find recipes to your favorite dishes—and even encourages you to discover previously unknown but delightful ones.
- WebMD: based on the popular medical website, the WebMD app is a handy and very useful reference, especially for seniors. Among its functionalities is a symptom checker, a list of first aid essentials for any medical emergency, an extensive database of drugs and treatments, and a tool that helps you identify your pill.
This special list of the top 10 free iPad apps is by no means complete, but this selection basically rounds off the most common needs of seniors—from entertainment, to safety, to medical awareness.