Posted: August 18, 2021
Understandably, many older adults greatly cherish the homes they’ve lived in most of their lives. And no wonder, their homes are the places where they get together with their families for various celebrations, tend to the gardens that bring them so much pride, and where they do many other wonderful things to create memories.
Technology can also serve to make their homes just a little bit more wonderful. In order to do that, we, at Rhythms Home Care, have put together a list of apps for older adults that we think are worth trying!
Enjoy books without having to read
This app is great for older adults living with vision trouble, but who still desire to be entertained and educated by fictional stories, autobiographies, books on history, etc. Thankfully, they can listen to high-quality audio versions of their old favorites as well as exciting new titles. There are a few different ways they can access Audible’s humungous catalog, we’ll mention two: they can pay $7.95 a month and get UNLIMITED access to hundreds of thousands of audiobooks, or they can buy each audiobook individually and keep it for life.
Hear and see your loved ones from anywhere
Gone are the days where older adults could only hear their loved ones’ voices over the phone if they lived far away; no more having to imagine what their friends and family are doing or talking about, they can see everything with their own eyes. What’s more, if an older adult and their loved one both have Skype, they can chat for free from anywhere in the world.
Grocery shop, without leaving your house
Instacart is for the days when older adults don’t feel like going grocery shopping, or for some other reason, they can’t. With this app, they can shop from some of the most popular grocery outlets like Costco, Walmart, and CVS. After they choose all their items, Instacart will send a personal shopper to get everything they’ve requested and then deliver their items right to their door. The benefit of this is that older adults can conserve energy for the things they’re passionate about.
Just speak, and your favorite music will play
The Alexa app can do many things, but we put it on this list because of its great music feature. It’s really simple to use and has a gigantic catalog of great music for older adults. If they’re ever in the mood to listen to a particular style of music from their favorite era, all they have to do is say, “Alexa, play pop music from the 1950s,” and ta-da, their music will fill the room. They’ll enjoy the freedom of listening to what they want when they want!
Age at home, with help
This last item isn’t an app, however, it’s something that can greatly enrich the lives of older adults: the assistance of a personal caregiver who understands and goes with their rhythms of life. Rhythms Home Care has been around for 22 years and has many happy customers in the Denver Metro Area. Whether an older adult needs medical or non-medical assistance; physical, mental, or emotional support; 2-hour or 24-hour assistance, Rhythms Home Care is ready to help older adults age in their own homes.