iPad Applications for Seniors

As many of you know, a new iPad hit the market just a few weeks ago. The iPad series is a popular line of tablet computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. The iPad is primarily used as a platform for audio and visual media including books, newspapers, magazines, photographs, movies, music, games, web content, and other applications. One word of caution – I have learned through first-hand knowledge that caution should be used when the iPad is in the hands of a baby or toddler. Our 21 month old son recently dropped his older brother’s iPad into a water filled bathtub. Our baby son thought it was funny, his older brother did not agree.

Application software, also known as an application or an “app,” is software that is downloaded from Apple’s App Store that is designed to help the user perform specific tasks. Depending on the application, the apps are available either for free or at a cost.

The following is a list of four apps, including the app store description, that may be of interest to seniors:

  1. Mint.com (Free)

Mint.com allows you to track, budget, and manage your money all in one place, so you can see where you’re spending and where you can save. Open a Mint.com account, add your bank, credit, loan and retirement account information, and Mint.com will automatically pull in and categorize your transactions. It’s safe, secure, and easy to keep your personal finances organized. If you don’t have an iPad, then you can also use Mint.com on your computer.

  • View all of your accounts including: checking,      savings, credit cards, investments, and retirement.
  • Mint.com automatically pulls in and categorizes      your transactions. No need to enter your own transactions.
  • Easy-to-understand graphs show you where your      money is going, so you get a clear picture of your spending and your net      worth (iPad only).
  • Know how much you have left to spend. Mint.com      creates a customized budget based on your actual spending.
  • Add manual transactions at the time of purchase      so you can track cash spending.
  • Avoid late fees and monitor cash flow – get bill      reminders, alerts, and advice sent right to your device.
  • View your data even without a wireless connection      (iPad only).
  1. AARP (Free)

Now you can take the AARP experience with you on the go. With the AARP app, you can save money, stay informed, and share favorite content with your friends.

  • Easy access to AARP member benefits and discounts      now with a stored copy of your membership card on your mobile device.
  • Read the latest articles from AARP in a      mobile-optimized format and access offline.
  • Watch video clips from AARP’s video library.
  • Share interesting content with your friends on      Facebook and Twitter.
  • Join AARP or renew your membership.
  1. WebMd (Free)

WebMD helps you with your decision-making and health improvement efforts by providing mobile access 24/7 to mobile-optimized health information and decision-support tools including WebMD’s Symptom Checker, drugs and treatments, first aid information, and local health

listings. WebMD also gives you access to first aid information without having to be connected wirelessly – critical if you don’t have Internet access in the time of need. Personalize your app by saving drugs, conditions, and articles relevant to you through secure access and easy sign-in.

4. Health BPM ($99.95 includes      Blood Pressure Monitoring System with Standard Cuff)

This is the first ever blood pressure monitoring system for the iPod Touch, the iPhone, and the iPad. iHealth turns your iPhone into a powerful blood pressure monitor. It includes a diary for tracking BP measurements taken by the iHealth BP dock. Its elegant user interface and vivid testing process make keeping an eye on vital signs more enjoyable than ever before. It also empowers you to see the changes and reasons behind them using simple analytical tools: interactive graph, statistics, smart World Health Organization (WHO) classifications, and a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section.

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