Help simplify your grandparents’ lives by introducing them to these new, comprehensive apps.
Grandparents get a bad rap when it comes to engaging today’s technology, but maybe we’re underestimating our older relatives. After all, they’ve lived through a lot: our grandparents have weathered wars, raised children, and continue to put up with us on a regular basis.
And though it might embarrass you from time to time, their presence on Facebook shows that they can use it — just maybe not in the way you’re used to doing it.
So if Grandma sends you recipes on Pinterest, or Grandpa snapchats his newest projects, here are some apps that they will love.
This app was made for what grandparents care about most — family. Awarded Apple’s “Best New App” and “Best of January 2015” awards, Togethera is a social network for only family and close friends. And the best part? According to Mike Butcher of TechCrunch, it’s “absolutely private.”
Your grandparents can share a secret family recipe, or even your naked baby photos. They’ll feel secure, and you’ll be spared the embarrassment of appearing on a distant newsfeed in all your potty-training glory.
Do your grandparents regularly best you at Words With Friends? Here’s another fun and original game to master. As Dave Wiskus describes on iMore, Letterpress is a “painfully addictive word game.”
With a clean interface and simple gameplay, the app allows players to compete over letters to form words. It will keep your grandparents’ minds active and connect them to family, both nearby and distant.
Grandma wants to paint. Grandpa wants a new table. From crocheting to woodworking, the Craftsy app offers online classes that will suit both of their interests.
While most classes charge a fee (birthday present from you, maybe?), Know Your Apps writes that there is “enough to enjoy” even without the paid lessons. The app features quality videos, PDF materials, and an interactive student/teacher interface.
Surfing the internet can be hard for older people, especially if they have poor vision or dexterity. With the Silver Surf app, age is not an obstacle to exploring the world wide web. According to Senior Tech Daily, this web browser has enlarged buttons, easier zooming, and other features that will make your grandparents’ reading and navigation a breeze.
TuneIn Mobile Radio
We’re not sure if you’ve noticed, but most radio stations aren’t playing Frank Sinatra anymore. If your grandparents gripe about today’s subpar hits, this app is their solution.
According to Trusted Reviews, TuneIn Mobile Radio has over 500,000 radio stations and can rewind, pause, or record entire programs. That means your grandparents can tune out the contemporary and tune in to what they love, wherever and whenever they want.
The Photo Cookbook: Family Recipes
Now you can finally stop bothering grandma to explain her culinary secrets. Instead, she can use this cooking app to send those treasured family recipes to the younger generation of chefs, cooks, and bakers.
Users can even add notes for things like alternative ingredients or measuring tips. According to Know Your Apps, The Photo Cookbook allows you to share and tag favorites, and includes nutritional information for each dish.
If your grandparents easily lose things — like remotes or keys — chances are they might misplace medical records. To declutter the office, help them upload digital versions of paperwork to My Medical. Health eDeals writes that the app also works with Mac calendar and sends reminders for “doctor appointments, prescription refills, and more.”
Still not what you’re looking for? Design your own.
Now, you may be thinking, “These apps are awesome, but I’m looking for something a little more specialized.” If that’s the case, you can always design your own mobile app. With the help of Infinite Monkeys, you can create whatever your heart desires without a developer’s expertise. And you’d better get started soon — grandma’s birthday is just around the corner!