Latest iPhone 5S Video

In follow-up to our earlier post prior to the iPhone 5S announcement today, we thought you might like to see the latest video’s for both the iPhone 5S and iOS 7.  BTW for the record most of the rumors surrounding the new iPhone were right on point. Enjoy!

Latest iPhone 5S Video

Latest iOS 7 Video

Latest iPhone 5C Video

iPhone 5S and 5C Announcement

ainvite 300x234 iPhone 5S and 5C AnnouncementWell today is the day Apple fans.  Apple’s much anticipated iPhone 5S and 5C are expected to be unveiled today at 10 a.m. PT.  Just 3 questions remain ahead of this morning’s iPhone 5s and 5c announcement.

  1. Anything special about this iPhone?
  2. When will it be available?
  3. What else with they tease us with?

What’s so special about the iPhone 5S?

Rumors have been swirling for months about the iPhone 5S and it’s cheaper cousin the 5C.  The latest (feature) rumors include a dual LED flash, fingerprint scanner, longer lasting battery, faster processor, higher resolution, more color options, more RAM, more (storage) memory, better camera, and these beasts will ship with the new redesigned iOS7.  IF you don’t have an iPhone 5 yet, it’s time to upgrade.  IF you already have the iPhone 5, you might consider waiting for the iPhone 6 (unless you have $200-$300 dollars burning a hole in your pocket).  A new gold colored 5S wouldn’t be enough for me to upgrade from 5 to 5S, but hey that’s just me!

When will the iPhone 5S be available?

Well if Apple follows their traditional pattern, it will be available on September 20th, which would be 10 days following today’s announcement.  They could surprise us with immediate availability in some markets but that’s not likely.  Note: The Apple Store is currently “down” and being updated.

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What will Apple Tease Us With?

It could be on of a few things.  First, wearables are all the rage.  There’s been speculation about an iWatch all over the place.  Samsung recently announced their Samsung Galaxy Gear SmartWatch (a connected iWatch like device) and apple has been rumored to be dabbling in wearables for some time now.  Apple could also announce Apple TV enhancements, larger screen phones coming soon… (Can you say iPhone 6?), and/or an updated iPad line-up.

If you’re interested, click through to read our top 10 iPhone apps for Seniors 2012.  We’ll be following all the action down in Cupertino… Will you?

Backlighting On Tablets May Help Seniors Read

The Senior List has long touted the new e-readers and tablets as being increasingly “Senior Friendly”.  Now a small study out of Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz,  Germany) has shown somestack of books Backlighting On Tablets May Help Seniors Read results that add some science to this notion.  It appears that backlighting from tablets may make it easier for seniors to read on these devices vs. traditional printed materials.  In the study, seniors (age 60-77) AND their younger counterparts (age 21-34) overwhelmingly preferred traditional books over the electronic versions.  But when the researchers looked at the scientific evidence (in this case combined EEG and eye-tracking measures) they noticed some contrary clues worth noting.

Among the older adults, digital measures “showed shorter mean fixation durations and lower EEG theta band voltage density – known to covary with memory encoding and retrieval – for the older adults when reading from a tablet computer in comparison to the other two devices.”  In layman’s terms… The back-lighting from the iPad allowed the older adults to read faster, and comprehend more.  This is quite interesting indeed, considering the built-in bias toward traditional printed materials.  More scientific data is probably warranted, but this certainly raises some eyebrows.

In the rapidly changing circumstances of our increasingly digital world, reading is also becoming an increasingly digital experience: electronic books (e-books) are now outselling print books in the United States and the United Kingdom.” Kretzschmar, Pleimling, Hosemann, Füssel, & Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, et al.

Kindle Fire 150x150 Backlighting On Tablets May Help Seniors ReadCould tablets become mainstream devices or “must haves” for aging adults?  Some would argue (including us) this evolution/revolution is already happening.  Emarketer.com predicts that the highest growth rates among tablet users will come from users under 12 (huh?) and adults age 65+.  With an intuitive user interface (UI), video conferencing capabilities, multi-media at the fingertips, and email… Tablet growth and new applications (apps) will push even more tablets in the hands of aging adults.

New BugMe Pro For Boomers And Seniors

BugMe “Stickies” offer reminder notes for seniors!

- Press Release -

Wye Valley UK, February 26, 2013 –– Contrary to the stereotype of seniors avoiding modern technologies, many are embracing social media, smartphones, tablets and apps. Withiphone BugMe 215x300 New BugMe Pro For Boomers And Seniors Facebook and Skype, retirees can stay in touch with family and friends from afar, and with the BugMe Pro Stickies app, they can jot quick reminder notes to themselves just like they’ve done for decades – but with the benefit of setting alert tones to ensure they remember everything important to maintain their healthy lifestyles.

As more and more seniors embrace technology as part of “aging successfully,” retirement communities have seen the number of residents tapping away on all sorts of apps installed on their smartphones and tablets. Apps are enabling seniors to quickly and easily do their favorite things: enjoy their favorite music, learn new things, stay connected with family, try new recipes, play games with friends, and create fun reminders. Residents at The Stayton at Museum Way, a Fort Worth, Texas community sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), are one such community that has jumped head first into the large pool of apps available to them.

BugMe enables seniors to jot quick reminder notes with alerts

BugMe Stickies is an app popular among seniors because the handy virtual sticky notes it offers enables seniors to create fun reminder notes for themselves – or to share with friends. With BugMe!, the users can either write with their finger or the app’s keyboard, and place sticky notes on a corkboard. From there, they are able to set alarms and reminders, categorize them as urgent, or even stick them to the phone’s or tablet’s home page for an extra visual reminder.

“Our residents just love to learn and grow more every day, and they have the time to really learn and use apps as a way to access personalized content and stay in touch with family and friends,” said Amy Pearce, Lifestyles Director at The Stayton senior living community. “BugMe! Stickies is a great app for seniors because it’s not only fun to hand-write notes on a digital sticky pad, but it’s also a very practical way to set reminders for themselves.”

For the past sixteen years, BugMe! has been putting the utility and simplicity of the common sticky pad onto the screens of mobile devices. Unlike regular sticky pads, BugMe! enables users to share their notes with friends via email, or by posting them to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

“While sharing BugMe! notes is a personal way for seniors to express their thoughts in their own handwriting, its core purpose is to serve as a personal reminder system.”

While sharing BugMe! notes is a personal way for seniors to express their thoughts in their own handwriting, its core purpose is to serve as a personal reminder system. Each note can be assigned an alarm which will sound off at just the moment the user needs to be bugged. A favorite feature with BugMe! users is the ability to quickly choose alarm times from a pick list of time intervals – such as 20 minutes or “in an hour”. This makes the application very effective for informal, lightweight reminders, such as watching a TV show, taking medicine, returning a phone call, or plugging a parking meter.

A free version of BugMe! is available in the App Store and Google Play Store, while BugMe! Stickies Pro, which offers more notes, can be purchased for $1.99. More information can be found at http://bugme.net.

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About Electric Pocket Limited:

Electric Pocket has been developing mobile applications and solutions for over 15 years from its base in South Wales, UK. The company’s award winning product portfolio includes apps for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. Electric Pocket provides engineering jump-start and consultancy services for companies looking to deliver great mobile products. Samsung, Sony and Vodafone are a few of EP’s top flight clients. For more information, visit www.electricpocket.com.

The Senior List is giving away 5 copies of the Pro Version – To see how to qualify click here!

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Product Reviews: iStand Fall Prevention App

HoliVision Logo Product Reviews: iStand Fall Prevention AppOn February 12th HoliVision launched a new iPad app for seniors called The iStand Falls Prevention® Exercise Program.  iStand is a fall prevention/exercise app for your iPad that allows users to follow along AND exercise with… “Brenda” (the instructor).  Brenda leads the user through a number of exercises (including a warm up and cool down) via video modules.  These videos are easy to follow, and the production quality is very high.  (We were quite impressed.)  The iStand App would be a very nice addition to the other iPad apps in your “wellness” folder, and it’s free to folks that can put up with advertisements (we certainly could).  For 99 cents you can buy the Ad-Free-Version, and for $4.99 you can add the iStand Tai Chi module.

About HoliVision:

HoliVision was founded by Mazy Holiday (COO).  HoliVision specializes in falls prevention exercise (and education) for seniors.  They also focus on the latest technology and design in walking aids for rehabilitation and mobility.  Mazy notes that there isn’t a nationwide fall prevention program currently, which is strange because of the number of seniors who are severely injured due to falls each year. This was a driving factor behind the iStand app for iPad.

The iStand Fall Prevention Exercise App:

iStand Product Reviews: iStand Fall Prevention AppWhat:  iStand fall-prevention exercise App for the iPad (you won’t find it for the iPhone yet)

Cost: Free (.99 for the ad-free version, and $4.99 for the Tai Chi module)

Recommendation: Senior List Approved – We think the iStand fall prevention/exercise app is worth downloading.  It’s very professionally done, and has some additional value-TSL checkmark Product Reviews: iStand Fall Prevention Appadds like “If You Fall” tips, “Walking Tips”, and a “Home Safety Checklist”.

iStand screenshot Product Reviews: iStand Fall Prevention App

HoliVision also makes an iStand DVD which is currently available on Amazon.com. Holiday says future plans include making iStand available across multiple platforms, and on a global basis.  Click thru if you’d like to read HoliVision’s press release for the iStand App.

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Product Review: Sure Response Medical Alert System

SureResponse lanyard Product Review: Sure Response Medical Alert SystemProduct Review: Sure Response Medical Alert (from Verizon)

The Verizon Sure Response is one of the newest medical alert systems on the market today.  This entry (which Verizon calls a mobile emergency response system) gets closest to we at The Senior List envision as an ideal offering in this space.  It truly is mobile (cellular network driven), offers GPS tracking, and can connect you to caregivers (or loved ones) if necessary.docking station Product Review: Sure Response Medical Alert System

 EDITOR’S NOTE: This product review has been updated based on actual reports from The Senior List community.  Click here to read the Updated Review: Sure Response Medical Alert from Verizon

Product Info: Sure Response Medical Alert

  • Name: Verizon SureResponse
  • Website Info: Verizon Wireless – Sure Response
  • Auto Fall Detection? : No
  • Equipment Cost: $229.99 (retail) OR 19.99 with a 2 year plan (note: early termination fees will apply)
  • Monthly Cost: $30 per device (also requires a $35 activation fee)
  • Features: Lanyard, Wrist Strap and Belt Clip Accessories Included, Water Resistant Panic Buttons, Untethered 24/7 Monitoring on a Cellular Network (Verizon Wireless), GPS Tracking (must be enabled and shared/volunteered), Convenience Calling, and an Online Portal to help manage lists of caregivers etc. (called Sure Response Online)

Review: Sure Response Medical Alert System from Verizon

wearable emergency device Product Review: Sure Response Medical Alert SystemAs we noted above, Verizon’s SureResponse mobile emergency response system is now at the top of our list when it comes to medical alert systems.  First the criticism; We like the form factor but it looks bulky on the wrist (uncomfortable) and we doubt many people would want to wear it there (until it gets much smaller).  It’s also bigger than some of the other pendant worn alert systems, and it may look like your loved one is wearing a cellular phone around their neck (because they are).  We’re guessing this will be worn on the belt clip OR kept in a pocket for many future users out there, although from an accessibility standpoint we do like the pendant option.  It also lacks fall detection, but devices with fall detection haven’t made the splash we thought they would as yet so maybe down the road IF they can get it right (many have failed).  Finally we probably wouldn’t trust this in the shower with us… Until Verizon discloses a little more about just how water resistant the device is, we’d keep it away from H2O if we could help it.

OK now for the good stuff… The Senior List thinks this looks like a great option for those in need.  The ability to be UNTETHERED is something that many folks have  been looking for (at a comparable price point to the tethered solutions).  It’s backed by a reputable company with relatively transparent terms and conditions. That seems trivial but try to find details from some of the traditional distributors out there and you’ll agree.  Also the (optional) GPS tracking is something that’s been on our wish list for sometime.  I say optional because the user/owner designates (or not) the folks that are able to track them (via SureResponse Online).  If this feature is not activated, it is only used in the case of an emergency (so emergency personnel can locate the person in need).  Here’s another item worth mentioning, and another reason we like what we see so far… IF your loved one needs to go into a nursing facility, under the existing terms and conditions they ARE eligible to opt out of their 2 year agreement.  There are specific details associated with this “second right to cancel” so read the T’s & C’s carefully.

The Bottom Line:

We want to see more given this is new to the market, but we really like what we’re seeing here.  The Sure Response by Verizon would definitely be worth looking into.  It’s near the top of our list (Note; Based on customer feedback, we recommend a wait-and-see approach to this device.  Do your research, and read the comments throughout our site.) and we’ll be looking forward to monitoring their success with this mobile medical alert system.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This product review has been updated based on actual reports by The Senior List community.  Click here to read the Updated Review: Sure Response Medical Alert from Verizon

If you’ve used the SureResponse Medical Alert System or know someone who has, please give us your opinion in the comment section below, and provide a star rating (also below)!

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The Best Apps for Seniors 2012

The Best Apps For Seniors

We’ve had a lot of feedback on an earlier article we wrote about the best iPhone apps for seniors.  There are a good many apps out there for both Android and iOS, so we looked around the web to see what other sources are suggesting.  Here are just a few of our favorites:iOS apps The Best Apps for Seniors 2012

Suggested by Chron.com:

go meals The Best Apps for Seniors 2012

GoMeals (Android);  “GoMeals gives you tools and information to help you succeed at healthy eating.  Three applications in one! A nutritional database, powered by CalorieKing, combined with a restaurant locator and a food tracking tool.” (Google play)

Cognifit The Best Apps for Seniors 2012CogniFit (iOS & Android); “CogniFit is the ultimate brain training app. Play different brain games to challenge your mind and train your cognitive skills like you never did before!” (iTunes)

pillboxie The Best Apps for Seniors 2012Pillboxie (iOS); “Pillboxie is the easy way to remember your meds. Other med reminder apps are either too complicated or just downright boring. Pillboxie is easy because it lets you *visually* manage your meds. Scheduling a reminder is as easy as dropping a pill into a pillbox.” (iTunes)

 

Suggested by AssistedLiving.com:

Words With Friends (iOS & Android); Words with Friends is a multi-player word game developed by Zynga With Friends (formerly Newtoy, Inc.). Players can take turns building words w friends The Best Apps for Seniors 2012words crossword puzzle style with an opponent in a manner similar to the classic board game Scrabble (the rules of the two games are similar, but Words with Friends is not officially associated with the Scrabble brand). Up to 20 games can be played simultaneously using push notifications to alert players when it is their turn.  Players may look up friends either by username or through Facebook, or be randomly assigned an opponent.” (Wikipedia)

find my iPad The Best Apps for Seniors 2012Find My iPad (iOS); “If you misplace your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, the Find My iPhone app will let you use another iOS device to find it and protect your data. Simply install this free app on another iOS device, open it, and sign in with your Apple ID. Find My iPhone will help you locate your missing device on a map, play a sound, display a message, remotely lock your device, or erase all the data on it.” (iTunes)

iBooks (iOS);  “iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest bestselling books iBooks The Best Apps for Seniors 2012
or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a
tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.” (iTunes)

 

Suggested by The Senior List:

iCam The Best Apps for Seniors 2012iCam (iOS); “iCam allows you to remotely monitor multiple live video and audio webcam feeds from your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad over WiFi, 3G and EDGE. Popular uses include baby monitor, pet cam, nanny cam, spy cam, and security camera.” (iTunes)

GasBuddy (iOS & Android); For finding cheapest gas on the go.  Locates gas stations nearest you and see their current gas prices.  “Find Cheap Gas Prices.  Join the more gas buddy The Best Apps for Seniors 2012than 23 million drivers that are saving money every time they fill up by using GasBuddy.  Share gas prices you see to win free gas and help others save money too!” (iTunes)

E 911 The Best Apps for Seniors 2012Elder 911 (iOS); Dr. Marion’s Caregiving app has useful info for caregivers and others.  “You get the call: “Your mother has fallen and is in the hospital. How soon can you get here?” As you rush for the airport, you ask yourself: “What do I do? Who can I call? What do I ask? How do I know? What if they’re wrong? What’s going to happen?” (iTunes)  This app helps the user navigate these tough situations.

 

There are many, many more great apps for seniors (and boomers).  We’d love to hear from you- What are some of your favorites?  Add your suggestions in the comments below.

Also read:

Top 10 iPhone Apps for Seniors

Apple Products: Boxy But Good

Crazy People Poster Apple Products: Boxy But GoodThe Urban Dictionary defines an Apple Fanboy as “A passionate advocate and promoter for Apple operating systems and hardware; also known as an Apple Evangelist”.  Now I never considered myself a Fanboy but I certainly have (at times) advocated, and maybe evangelized their products…  Those of us at The Senior List believe the Apple operating system (iOS) is quite intuitive and ought to be considered a great choice for boomers and seniors looking for tech devices.  We’ve written about tablets and their wonderful utility around the home, and we’ve written extensively about smartphones and dumb phones.

In the movie Crazy People (starring Dudley Moore and Daryl Hannah), a struggling ad executive creates a truth-in-advertising campaign after he is voluntarily committed to a mental hospital.  His inspiration comes from his fellow psychiatric patients, and the simple (yet attention getting) slogans take the advertising world by storm!  One of our favorite slogans that the “team” came up with was for Volvo, a boring brand but strong on safety.  The slogan went “Volvo – They’re Boxy But They’re Good“.  Sadly, (or maybe not so sadly) Apple’s latest products seem to fit this same mold… boxy but good.  Anyone who’s held a sexy Samsung Galaxy S3 in their hand and compared it to the new Apple iPhone 5 understands what I’m talking about… The iPhone 5 is boxy but it’s good.

iPhone5tall 106x300 Apple Products: Boxy But GoodLot’s of folks (including myself) hoped for more than a taller, lighter iPhone in this latest release.  Perhaps the distraction of being the worlds most valuable tech company (and brand), allowed them to take their eye off the ball.  Perhaps without Steve Jobs at the helm we should give them more time to get their sea-legs under them.  Or, perhaps we’ve just entered a phase where the other guys are going to finally make a big run at Apple.  Microsoft just released Windows 8, Samsung Galaxy phones are outselling Apple iPhones on a number of carriers, and the new ultra books on the market look pretty nifty (at half the cost of the MacBook Air).  Add all this to the disastrous Apple iOS Maps debacle, and Apple suddenly looks vulnerable.  Don’t just take it from me… take a peak at Apple’s stock volatility over the last month or so!

I’m guessing that Apple will continue to be the innovative stalwart that got them where they are today.  They’ll get things right with Apple Maps, and I’ll make a prediction that the next iPhone (iPhone 6?) will be more than just a taller phone with room for “a 5th row of icons“…

Famous slogans that Emory Leeson’s (Dudley Moore) “creative team” came up with in the movie:

  • “Forget Paris. The French can be annoying. Come to Greece. We’re nicer” (for a Greek travel agency)
  • “Come… IN the Bahamas” (for the Bahamas national tourism board)
  • “Jaguar — For men who’d like hand-jobs from beautiful women they hardly know” (for Jaguar Autos)
  • “It won’t just scare you, it will F (sic) you up for life!” (for a new horror film called The Freak)

Apple Announces iPhone 5 Live

iPhone5tall Apple Announces iPhone 5 LiveWe write a lot about how technology can help boomers and seniors as they age.  Staying connected is important to everyone, and the smartphone market for aging adults is rapidly expanding.  That said, today Apple unveiled it’s much anticipated line-up of devices, and by all accounts they didn’t disappoint.  In fact today’s headline reads: “Apple Announces iPhone 5 Live” because that’s how they do it.  They stream their announcements for all to see (and hear) at the same time!

The star of the show was the new iPhone 5 (yes if you voted “iPhone 5″ as opposed to “iPhone 6″ or “The New iPhone” you won) a taller, lighter and faster version of it’s predecessors.  The iPhone 5 is made of aluminum and glass (ya we knew that) and is 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S.  It’s also lighter… 20% lighter than previous models.  When you combine the fact that Apple set-out to build a better phone with a taller display, that is LIGHTER than before, it’s really quite an accomplishment.

The new iPhone 5 will support LTE and together Sprint, Verizon and AT&T will support the faster network (here in the USA).  This phone does have the A6 processor will will allow graphics etc. to load much faster that the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.  As for the battery, Apple reports that the battery in the iPhone 5 will exceed what is capable with the iPhone 4S.  8 hours of talk time or browsing, and 10 hours on WiFi.  The camera sounds like it’s been upgraded a bit as well.  There is better image stabilization and a front-facing 720p camera.

siri Apple Announces iPhone 5 Live

“Siri- What’s the best smartphone on the market today?”

new apple headphones 84x300 Apple Announces iPhone 5 LiveGoogle maps may have a competitor now, as iOS maps will have 3D satellite generated imagery.  It will be interesting to see if iOS maps are ready for the big time, as there’s been some speculation as to the market readiness of the application. Lot’s of folks will be watching this eagerly… Siri (as if I have to introduce her) is naturally on the iPhone 5, but no word on how refreshed she is on iOS 6.  Apple says Siri will continue to get better and better with more languages coming aboard, and even better speech recognition down the road.

iPhone 5 comes in white or black (surprise, surprise) and is the same price as the existing 4S ($199 for 16 GB, $299 for 32 GB, $399 for 64 GB) subsidized by your local carrier.  Expect to see these new iPhones fly off the shelves like never before!  Pre-orders for the iPhone 5 start Friday the 14th with shipping commencing on September 21 (in the US and Canada).  Click through to read about our Top iPhone Apps for Seniors (and add your favorites to the list)!

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Top 10 iPhone Apps for Seniors

We’ve written extensively over the past year about senior friendly cell phones AND the ever evolving smartphone revolutionDumb phones and smartphones alike have a a niche in the digital ecosystem when it comes to active older adults.  For those seniors who have taken the plunge, and bought into the iPhone or iPad, we thought we’d focus on a few of our favorite iOS apps for 2012.  Here are some of those that we love:

The Top 10 iPhone Apps for Seniors

1.  NPR – This is a great (free) app that features current news stories that NPR is following.  You can read stories, listen to them and even share them using the NPR app.  One of the most popular features is the ability to listen to your favorite shows on-demand.  You can catch the latest “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”, “Talk of the Nation”, and “All Things Considered” right at your fingertips.

2.  Facebook – More and more seniors are utilizing social media these days.  Did you know that according to the PEW Internet and American Life Project 1/3 of seniors age facebook2 app Top 10 iPhone Apps for Seniors65 and older are using social media sites like Facebook, and 18% are using them daily!  Older adults want to share just like young people want to share.  They want to share experiences, photos, and interact with family and friends.  This is a free app and fairly easy to use.

3.  The Weather Channel – Another free app that is a must have.  It’s on all of our iPhones, and is very easy to use.  It’s extremely easy to program your favorite theweatherchannelapp Top 10 iPhone Apps for Seniorsdestination cities into the app so you can see how the weather is in Portland, Austin, Denver and Miami (all with the swipe of a finger).

4.  Pandora – Pandora is an app that lets you listen to the music that you want to hear.  This free app lets you create custom Pandora stations that play music in the same genre of the pandora2 app Top 10 iPhone Apps for Seniorsstations you create.  Create a “Neil Young station” and you may get songs from Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Stephen Stills, and maybe a little Fleetwood Mac… You get the picture.  This is one of our very favorites, and it has become a staple for internet streaming music.  This app is to streaming music… what Skype is to video conferencing!  The user interface (UI) is very easy to use.

birthday reminder pro2 Top 10 iPhone Apps for Seniors5.  Birthday Reminder Pro – Birthday Reminder Pro is a paid app ($.99) but it does what it says it’s going to do.  It reminds you of friend’s and family member’s birthdays so you never miss them again!  This app lets you import birthdays from Facebook, or from your contacts.  You can also program in birthday reminders for those that aren’t in your social networking circles yet.  Provides notifications in advance of special days.

6.  MedWatcher – “MedWatcher was created in collaboration with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiologic Health” (iTunes).  This (free iOS) app pushes safety MedWatcher2 Top 10 iPhone Apps for Seniorsalerts for medical devices and for drugs to your Apple driven mobile device.  It also allows the user to report adverse events (and side effects) directly to the FDA.  This feature has the potential to make devices/drugs safer for everyone involved.

magnifying glass Top 10 iPhone Apps for Seniors7.  Magnifying Glass with Light – This (free) app is recommended for those that may need a little extra visual enhancement while reading a menu, or perusing a map.  Acts like a magnifying glass and also has a light associated to help distinguish those little things even more.

8.  CNN – As far as news apps go, this one is very good.  CNN has a free news app that stays up to date and is easy to use.  This app has a live TV option as well as “sharing” capabilities to CNN app Top 10 iPhone Apps for Seniorsemail your friends or post articles of interest on social networking sites. We like apps that just work… and this is one of them.

MyMedicalApp Top 10 iPhone Apps for Seniors9.  My Medical - My Medical is a paid ($2.99) record keeping app that stores your pertinent medical information and history.  My Medical doesn’t just keep one (1) medical record, it allows you to keep multiple records so the user can keep track of a spouse’s info, kids immunization records, and all kinds of medical records.  This app would make sharing medical information with specialists, etc. very easy, and it would give emergency department personnel additional information should they need it.  This app requires users to enter in private information, but we see real benefits to doing so if the app is secure/private.  Interestingly, the data inputs are kept on the mobile device (phone) and not on a remote server (though The Senior List has not confirmed this at this time).

10.  WebMD – A free app that helps with decision support tools that enables the user to obtain information on disease WebMD Top 10 iPhone Apps for Seniorsstates, diagnose symptoms, and improve upon ones health.  It’s an app with a very high rating on iTunes and can provide valuable information to the person that invests time in it.

If you have other favorites please let us know in the comments section.  We’re very interested in sharing other apps that can make a difference in someone’s life!