Top apps for the elderly

We’ve compiled an extensive list of apps to help care for your parent and to keep your parent entertained. They are available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Apps featured here cover medical, mobility, reading, hearing, help with shopping, social media, games and hobbies.

Medical and Mobility Apps
Apps to help with Alzheimer’ s and Dementia

Clock Face Test/ iPhone and iPad/Free This app is a cognitive test to evaluate for dementia. Users are asked to drag numbers to the appropriate place on the clock and the app assesses their performance

Communication Tool/ iPhone/Free
This app has over 500 pictures, plus you can download your own personal ones, to help someone with dementia to communicate more easily, as well as allowing for reminiscence exercises, memory prompts and other mental exercises

Apps to signal for help if your parent fallsFall Detector

Spantec Fall Detector is a specialized application to alert for falls and extended periods of inactivity. Good for peace of mind.

Dealing with depressionGeriatric Depression Scale/Free
Asks recipients 15 questions and gives an analysis of their possible depression from the results

Blood PressureiBP Blood Pressure/£0.69

Needs a separate monitor, but will track and analyse blood pressure measurements over time

Pill Reminder Pro, 69p
Once you enter the name of the pill, how many to take and when, the app will remind your parent to take the right pills at the right time with a message

Mobility Assessment Tool/IPhone/£0.69Series of tests allowing the user to assess their own perceptions of how mobile they really are

Pocket Physio/ FREEpocket physioCare UK’s Pocket Physio app is an easy to use guide to the physiotherapy exercises you need to do to prepare for, and recover from, hip or knee replacement surgery as well as foot and hand surgery.

Help with reading and hearing
Dragon Dictation, FREEThis app lets your parent dictate text and then send it as an email message. They can also dictate reminders to themselves and post on Facebook and Twitter

Read2Go, £13.99This is an e-book reader which allows people to browse, search and download books and provides a choice of font size and settings. Recommended by RNIB

VizWiz, FREEVizWiz helps partially sighted users to take photos with their phone, ask questions and get spoken answers.

Help with shoppingVOUCHERCLOUD -FREE

This app gives your parent discount vouchers for local restaurants, cinemas and other high street shops offering discount.

IDEALO -FREEThis great app lets you scan the barcode on a product and search for the cheapest place to buy it.

WHICH? Gives advice on your consumer rights, from returning items to what to do with faulty goods. Great sample letters to help you complain

Social mediaThis is such a vital way to combat isolation and loneliness and allow families to keep in touch.


Skype is just fantastic to allow older people to keep in touch with family and friends. Just push a button and call with video as well, so it’s like having a face-to-face conversation

TWITTER – FREE.Twitter is quick and easy to use, and a great way to keep in touch

FACEBOOK -FREELike Twitter, great for sharing news and views with photos of what the family have been getting up to


Animals are proven to be great companions for older people, but not every older perosn is able to keep one. This game from the Dogs Trust allows users to feed, play with and walk with a pretend dog . Perfect and no need to walk in bad weather!

REAL RACING 2 HD £4.99An exciting driving game, with great graphics, so your parent can feel like a real rally driver

ANGRY BIRDS RIO HD £1.99.A great game, once tried, always addicted!

The Scrabble app has its own with multi-player capability and is great for playing family and friends at a distance

EntertainmentBBC iPlayer

iPlayer allows your parent to watch TV programmes they may have missed and watch them whenever they want to. An amazing app

KINDLEFREERead a vast collection of ebooks, on iPad, iPhone and Android, as well as Kindle and helpfully, it syncs across all apps

INSTAPAPER £2.99Catch up TV for newspapers. Allows you to save articles and read them later

PAINTERLY £1.49Allows your parent to paint with more than 60 virtual brushes, as well as importing photos and then painting them


Your parent can mould virtual clay with this extraordinary creative app


READ OUR TOP APPS FOR DEMENTIAIf there are any apps you’d like to recommend, do let us know on SHARE, our forum.

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  1. Happy people live longer | My Ageing Parent says:

    June 14th, 2012 at 2:02 pm (#)

    […] older people access to games, shopping, Skype, reading and the internet and there are so many great apps they can use.  iPods can be pre-loaded with audiobooks and music for your ageing parent to enjoy. […]

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