Traditionally, we tend to accessory technology with the adolescent generation, yet, beforehand adults are decidedly accomplished with a ambit of avant-garde technology. For example, 59% of Americans age-old 65 and aloft go online and 77% of this citizenry use cellphones.
In fact, 23% of this citizenry actively play amateur application cellphones, computers or gaming systems.
Not alone do these abstracts announce cogent technology use, but the numbers are aswell continuing to grow.
In particular, tablets are an archetype of avant-garde technology that abounding seniors can use actual effectively.
The appellation book refers to touchscreen-based computers that tend to be ablaze and calmly portable. The iPad is one of the added acclaimed examples of these, although there are abounding others.
Because they are a blazon of computer, tablets accept their own operating arrangement and can run a ample amount of applications (apps), including abounding altered games.
Tablets may ambit from a awning admeasurement of about 5 inches all the way up to about 10 inches, with awning sizes from 7 to 10 inches accepting the a lot of common.
Most tablets will run either an Apple or an Android operating system. Abounding apps will be present in the food for both types of tablets, but some will alone be offered by one of the stores. A lot of of the apps I’m discussing actuality are present in both stores, and I specify the cases area this isn’t true.
The blow awning interface of these accessories tends to be almost simple for seniors to apprentice and abounding of them tend to aces up on what to do actual easily. Beyond tablets plan best for seniors, abnormally those with poor eyesight, as these accept beyond chantry sizes and the onscreen buttons tend to be bigger.
Many humans try to acquisition the best Apple or Android apps for seniors, but with so abounding options out there, it can be a ambrosial ambagious task.
THE APPEAL OF TABLETS
For caregivers and for seniors, tablets can be ambrosial in a amount of ways.
One important aspect is that the amateur on tablets can accumulate seniors mentally active, abnormally as some amateur can be challenging. Research has adumbrated that cerebral action may be one key basal in allowance to abatement the abrogating furnishings of crumbling on cognition. Addition address is that book amateur can accord seniors something to do with their additional time, befitting them entertained and engaged.
With so abounding altered types of amateur accessible for tablets, you should be able to acquisition amateur that plan for any senior, with a little bit of searching. This can be decidedly important for caregivers who wish a little bit of a break.
In some cases, book apps can even be a way of befitting seniors socially engaged, as some amateur acquiesce for assorted online players or abutment advice amid individuals.Likewise, seniors may play the aforementioned amateur as one another, alms them the adventitious to allocution to anniversary added about the games.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
As you adeptness expect, there is a bit of a acquirements ambit with tablets.
Some seniors will be able to aces up on how to use tablets and amateur easily. Others will charge added teaching.
The capital affair that you may charge to advise seniors is the basics of interacting with a tablet.
Tablets use blow screens, which are simple to understand. However, seniors do charge to apprentice how to blow the awning to get the adapted aftereffect and apprentice the impacts that their accomplishments accept on the device.
Seniors generally apprentice to use the blow awning almost easily, but may sometimes acquisition specific tasks challenging.
For example, one aged woman I apperceive can use a book for a amount of amateur after any assistance, but still has agitation unlocking the tablet.
Likewise, you may acquisition that you accept to advise some concepts assorted times.
Some seniors may be able to amount out amateur intuitively, but others may charge to be accomplished how to play specific games. This may be a amount of sitting down with them and dispatch them through any new bold they start.
At the end of the day, this is something you’ll accept to amount out on a case-by-case basis. As seniors get bigger at application tablets, you’ll acquisition that they aces up new amateur added calmly and charge beneath advice in general.
PICKING TABLET APPS AND GAMES
The ambit of apps and amateur for tablets can be daunting.
For example, some of the categories cover puzzle, word, casual, agenda and lath amateur – and that isn’t even counting the added applied apps, like audiobook players and eBook readers.
This can be ambrosial cutting even if you alone wish to acquisition a few acceptable apps. The recommendations in this commodity appear from talking to seniors and their families, and aswell from searching online, to amount out which apps are a lot of acceptable for seniors.
While abounding seniors can play any game, the accent actuality is on apps that are almost simple to aces up and apprentice – to accommidate seniors who may attempt with some elements of application a tablet.
This column will present a amount of altered brawl and applied apps for Android and Apple devices, and aswell altercate the assorted appearance that accomplish some apps added acceptable than others for the chief in your family. All apps discussed are chargeless unless contrarily noted.
While there are abounding added apps out there, this account can act as a acceptable jumping point for accepting seniors into tablets.
Angry Birds Rio (for Apple and Android) is a addle game, but the simple controls and fun cartoon accomplish it a acceptable aces for seniors. The basal aim of the bold is to use a ballista and beating down barrio and there are abounding added amateur in the Angry Birds range, and they are all ambrosial similar. As with abounding games, this app is hit or miss, some seniors will adulation it, others will not be absorbed at all.
Farmville 2: Country Escape (for Apple and Android) is a acreage bold with an accent on growing crops and earning money. Farmville has admiring ample audiences through Facebook and this accurate app is Farmville’s book offering. It is a bold that requires strategy, account and planning, so it adeptness not be acceptable for all seniors. However, I apperceive a amount of seniors who adore the bold and like the way that it keeps them thinking. Additionally, this bold has a amusing element, acceptance players to accompany a co-op, area they can advice one addition and babble to one another. I’ve apparent players get so bent up in the babble that they almost blow the blow of the game.
Peggle Blast (for Apple and Android) is harder to explain, but the bold basically involves application a brawl to beating out pegs. Peggle looks complicated at first, but the bold is simple to aces up and can be a lot of fun after accepting confusing. Peggle Blast is the chargeless adaptation of the game, and has in-app purchases. The aboriginal bold and its aftereffect (Peggle and Peggle Nights) are both aswell accessible on Android and Apple. These versions amount to purchase, but are bigger in the long-run.
The Sims Freeplay (for Apple and Android) is a adaptation of the Sims franchise, although a lot of seniors apparently haven’t heard of the franchise. This is a task-based bold area users body families and forward characters (Sims) on tasks. It requires beneath action than Farmville, but both amateur crave cat-and-mouse for tasks to finish. This is a accepted admission in abounding agnate games, and makes for adequate bold play, area you set it up and appear aback later.
BRAIN GAMES AND PUZZLES
Block Puzzle (for Android) is is a addle bold area users accept to fit blocks aural a shape. It is simple to accept but can get arduous as humans advance through the game. While this specific app seems to be Android only, there are abounding agnate apps in both Android and Apple stores.
Clevermind ($2.99 for Apple) is accurately advised for humans with Alzheimer’s disease. It includes a ambit of functions for entertainment, including games, trivia and a journal. Additionally, the app allows for articulation alternation and can be acclimated to browse the internet in a added convenient manner.
Jigsaw Puzzles Epic (for Apple and Android) is a acceptable book best for puzzles, although there are abounding agnate apps out there. Jigsaw puzzles are a absurd advantage for seniors, and accomplishing them on the book is an easier advantage than demography up the active allowance with a puzzle. Jigsaw Puzzles Epic is a chargeless app that comes with a ample amount of puzzles. Users can accept how abounding pieces their addle is (from 4 to 400) and aswell whether the pieces of the addle can circle or not. Added puzzles can be purchased from the in-game store, but the chargeless puzzles should endure a lot of users for a continued time.
Word Seek Puzzles (for Apple and Android) is one of abounding babble seek apps out there. It has ample argument and is simple to use, authoritative it a acceptable advantage for seniors. However, it does not accept a ambience for difficulty, so it adeptness not plan for everyone.
Words With Accompany (for Apple and Android) is a turn-based amusing bold that plays like Scrabble. The amusing aspect of the bold comes from the way that you play adjoin added people, demography turns with them. The bold aswell gives you the adeptness to babble to the humans you are arena against, which can be acceptable if seniors are arena adjoin friends. The chargeless adaptation has ads, which can be a pain, but the amusing aspect of the bold can be ambrosial to seniors.
Kindle (for Apple and Android) is one archetype of an eBook reader, although there are abounding added apps with agnate functions. Kindle can be a acceptable choice, as affairs books through the app (or online) is almost simple and the prices are generally reasonable. In fact, you can buy Kindle apps from the Amazon store. A lot of apps for eBook account accept options to accomplish the book easier to read, such as accretion chantry admeasurement or altering the contrast. Application this blazon of app can be a abundant way for seniors to apprehend and the app gives you the adeptness to accomplish any book into a ample book book.
Audible (for Apple and Android) is one of abounding apps for arena audiobooks. As with Kindle, this app makes it simple to buy books, and both Kindle and Audible are angry into Amazon. The books can be a bit on the big-ticket side, but Audible offers a account plan that gives users one audiobook per ages and 30% off all added audiobooks. This is a abundant advantage for seniors who accept agitation account (or don’t wish to).
Although it’s associates based ($7.99/month), Netflix is a abundant way for seniors to watch movies and television shows. Its adversary Hulu is aswell a acceptable advantage ($7.99/month for Hulu Plus, chargeless for basal Hulu), as Hulu generally has added archetypal shows than Netflix offers. If you accept arrangement subscription, you may be able to admission added apps, like HBO Go, which let you beck agreeable from specific networks. Both of these apps are for Apple and Android devices.
Big Launcher ($10.00 for Android) creates a new home awning for Android accessories which abundant beyond icons. This can enhance readability for seniors who attempt to see icons on devices, decidedly on abate devices. A audience adaptation of the app is aswell available. This is one of the almost few Apple or Android apps for seniors that has in actuality accurately been advised for this population, with CleverMind (above) accepting addition one.
We’ve talked about a amount of altered apps here, but we’ve alone aching the surface.
Both Apple and Android accept immense food that are consistently adapted with new apps. This agency the options for Apple and Android apps for seniors are ambrosial abundant endless.
LOOK AT CATEGORIES AND INTERESTS
One of the aboriginal things to attending at if acrimonious apps is to analyze the blazon of app the chief may enjoy.
For example, some seniors adore games, while others adore apps that claiming them mentally.
Knowing the blazon (or types) of app to attending for can advice you to attenuated down what you need. This may yield balloon and error, and patience.
Additionally, if you apperceive the blazon of app, you can generally use the seek action aural the abundance itself to acquisition what you are searching for. For example, you adeptness accept to seek ‘card games’ or ‘word search’, which would accord you a account of apps that abatement beneath these terms. The admission isn’t precise, as it is searching for words in the appellation of the app, but it works able-bodied for accepted categories of apps.
You can aswell attending at categories and subcategories of apps.
For example, in the Google Play abundance (Android’s app store), amateur is one class and some of its subcategories include: board, card, casual, addle and word.
When chief on apps, the brilliant appraisement can aswell accord an adumbration of app quality.
Typically four or 5 brilliant apps are account aggravating while annihilation three stars or beneath is questionable.
In abounding cases though, it may be a case of downloading apps and aggravating them out.
I don’t acclaim this for paid apps, but there is a huge amount of chargeless apps in the apps food that you can accept from.
CONSIDER PHYSICAL AND MENTAL LIMITATIONS
Many seniors will be bound in what apps they can adore because of concrete or brainy issues.
Thinking about these limitations can advice you to amount out what types of apps adeptness be a lot of ill-fitted for them.
For example, seniors who accept problems with their apparition adeptness account from audiobooks instead of eBooks. Seniors who accept declining audition can use a angle with the book (which makes things beneath annoying for you too). This makes it easier for them to apprehend what is traveling on.
From the brainy perspective, some seniors will attempt with amateur that are circuitous or arduous mentally, while others will not accept an issue.
This agency that you may accept to attending for amateur that are simple to play.
This is decidedly accurate for humans with dementia, as they can become balked easily. Yet, they can adore simple games. For example, one abstraction begin that bingo could access brainy activity in participants with Alzheimer’s disease.
Other types of amateur that can plan cover addle games, simple analogous amateur and amateur like the Clevermind app I discussed earlier.
At present, there are few apps accessible that were accurately developed for seniors, but this is changing. Research is alpha to focus on developing amateur for seniors. Hopefully this agency that added amateur will be accessible in the future.
Nevertheless, abounding of the amateur advised for added age groups are still actual acceptable for seniors.
Certainly, seniors absolutely can adore amateur on tablets, even admitting their accomplishment levels can alter dramatically.
For example, an aged woman I apperceive plays Angry Birds, because the controls are almost simple to use. Although she enjoys the game, she doesn’t absolutely accept the physics or action abaft it, so ends up repeating levels frequently.
In contrast, my dad has dementia, yet he is still able to play blackjack online (quite auspiciously too, I adeptness add), which continues to abruptness the family. It accept to be because of years spent arena blackjack in absolute casinos – but it’s a able adumbration that seniors can be able of added than we imagine.
GAMES AND THEIR MODELS
Many book amateur use a archetypal alleged freemium.
This agency that the bold itself is free, but some things aural it may cost. A accepted archetype is items to acceleration up time in amateur like The Sims Freeplay and Farmville Country Escape.
If this is acceptable to be an issue, it is accessible to about-face off in-app purchasing on your accessory to accomplish abiding no one accidentally spends money in games.
Alternatively, you can accomplish abiding apps consistently ask for a countersign if any acquirement is made.
You will aswell acquisition some chargeless amateur abutment themselves through ads – which can get annoying fast.
In some cases, you can pay to accept the ads removed, but not all amateur abutment this.
I’ve begin that in general, paid amateur are generally bigger because they aren’t aggravating as harder to get money out of users (they already got paid if you bought the game). So, if you acquisition a paid bold with acceptable reviews that looks promising, don’t address it off just because it costs.
FINDING A TABLET
Most of the amateur that seniors will play on tablets aren’t decidedly accelerated in agreement of cartoon or processing power.
Because of this, accepting a acceptable book for a chief doesn’t accept to be an big-ticket investment.
In fact, if you accept technically absent humans in your continued family, you may be able to get one as a hand-me-down.
For example, I apperceive a brace who afresh upgraded to newer and faster tablets for claimed use.
Their antecedent tablets concluded up accepting able to their mothers. This provided a absurd addition into tablets for the seniors, after costing anyone any money.
Additionally, a lot of of the apps discussed actuality can aswell be begin for Android and Apple smartphones. Smartphones tend to accept a abundant abate screen, so aren’t acceptable for all seniors, but they do action an another to tablets for seniors who accept acceptable eyesight.
IN THE END
Tablets can be a admirable way of befitting seniors entertained, and there are so abounding altered apps available.
In this column I’ve focused mostly on apps that I accept had acquaintance with and accept apparent seniors using, but there are abounding added out there. If you accept added account for apps for seniors, amuse let me apperceive in the comments below.
More than anything, the ambush to award the absolute apps for seniors is to appoint them in the alternative process.
This will let you see what they are a lot of absorbed in and what blazon of amateur they adore the most.