Today’s grandparents are nothing like ones in the past. Most of them lead active professional and personal lives, and are often struggling with finding time for all of their their tasks. This is why I put together this list of useful apps for busy grandparents to help them make room for important things during the day.
Essential apps for busy grandparents
From daily news to fitness and health, these apps seem to be most useful for active grandparents.
This app writes and sends emails for you! All you need to do is dictate the message and it will type it out. Moreover, it can turn your voice into Facebook statuses, tweets, SMS, personal notes and reminders, too. No more struggling with the small smartphone keyboard when typing something out!
Dragon Dictation allows hands-free text input, which makes it the perfect tool for getting things done while you’re on the go. It quickly recognizes and transforms your voice into text, giving you the flexibility to do something else at the same time. You can send voice-to-text transcriptions as SMS, email, or paste them into any application using the clipboard. Its editing feature provides a list of suggested words.
Instapaper will change the way you read. It’s the simplest way to save and store articles for reading offline, on the go, anytime, anywhere. The app provides a mobile-optimized text in order to make the reading on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod a delightful experience. It also has a text-to-speech feature which can be controlled through an Apple Watch.
This app lets you choose from various fonts, spacing options and color themes. You can organize articles in folders and sort them by date, popularity and length. And if there’s something that you want to remember, you can easily highlight text in any article.
There’s also an Instapaper Premium membership option which comes with additional features: full-text search for articles, unlimited speed reading, use of third-party apps that plug into the app’s API, and much more.
If you are into reading, Kindle is another app you’ll love. It lets you buy e-books and borrow downloadable copies from the local library. While you can’t buy books directly from the app, it automatically synchronizes all the books that you buy from Amazon.
The app provides an option for reading and listening to the book simultaneously, as well as switching between reading and listening at any time. This way, you won’t have to put down your favorite book when it’s time for some exercise. If you stumble upon a new word while reading, you can define it by simply tapping and holding that word on the screen. You can also keep track of characters and places in case you can’t remember them with a single tap on the screen.
For a better reading experience, Kindle lets you change the backgrounds, font size and typeface. Also, with only a few taps, you can sort all the saved books, magazines, and documents into different categories.
4. TED Talks
If you want to go a step further and expand your world with inspirational and educational stories, TED Talks is the right app for you. You can learn about things you might not find in another place. Elders who love intellectual conversation can use this app as a tool for further education.
Using this app, you can explore more than 2,000 talks from some of the best and brightest minds in the world, with subtitles in over 90 languages. You can bookmark talks to watch them later. You don’t even need an internet connection to enjoy a talk – you can download it and watch it offline. The app lets you build a custom talks playlist, and listen to an on-demand playlist of TED Talks audio.
5. My Medical
My Medical is a comprehensive tool that keeps record of your personal medical information. It helps you keep away all those unreliable paper records, while still having access to important health information.
The app automatically puts doctor appointments and upcoming lab tests on the calendar of your device, so you’ll never miss one. You can add all your test results there – from blood pressure and blood sugar, to photographs, labwork, and x-rays. It is especially handy in cases of emergency – even if your app is password-protected, certain important information can be accessed by first responders.
Still, you don’t have to worry about the security of your health information. All data is stored right on your device, not remote servers. The best of all is that you don’t get only one medical record with My Medical – you can also use it for your spouse, children, and grandchildren.
For busy grandparents, each day is a balancing act. Work, family, health issues… they all need to be handled with care, which can be very time and energy consuming. This usually makes it hard to throw in a healthy lifestyle into the balance, too. MyFitnessPal is an app that helps you keep track of your exercise and count the calories on a daily basis.
You can track your fitness goals and connect with friends to create a motivational community. The app has a database of more than 350 cardio, strength, yoga, and pilates exercises, and shows how much everyone burns during each activity. These estimations are based on specific height, weight, and gender information.
MyFitnessPal also provides access to nutritional information on more than 3 million foods. You can change your personal diet profile to fit your specific needs.
Probably one of the most practical apps for busy grandparents – a restroom finder. As we grow older, our bladders are becoming less flexible and we may often find ourselves in a bathroom emergency. This can be a big issue for active people that are always on the go. You may also need to act fast on your grandchildren’s bathroom emergency while on a walk with them.
SitorSquat is super-easy to use. Simply log in and get access to a map with pins that indicate bathrooms that are close to your location. The pins hold a picture of a roll of toilet paper in green or red. Green indicates a restroom that is rated as clean to sit on, while red indicates that the restroom is not clean enough.
Once you click on the chosen location, the app provides a link with directions. You can also see photos of the restroom, see if the access is free, handicap accessible, as well as get information on baby changing table availability.
At the end of the day, there’s nothing more important than nurturing those precious family bonds. The Sherish app has been developed with this idea at its core – To provide a safe and secure tool where families can store and exchange photo memories without the world watching.
It’s like having your private social platform, where everyone in your family can add and see photos on their phones or tablets. You can control the audience for each album you create. As soon as someone adds a new photo, all the chosen family members get notified about it. You can also add photos instantly from a computer, email, and social media platforms to your Sherish account.
With its unlimited storage space, Sherish lets you keep and organize photos by date, location, subject, and more. The app even lets you bring your photos to life by adding voice messages and comments. You can keep the photos in their original resolution and easily print them in the form of photo gifts for your loved ones.