Applications, or Apps for short, can be a great way for older people to interact with others and keep entertained. Phones and tablets have become the technology of choice for many; from games and activities for the kids, to online tours for travellers, to free video calling for families. There are literally millions of Apps out there, so where to start?
Whether it’s card games, virtual travel or escaping with a good book, we’ve compiled our favourite entertainment apps for older people. And yes, we’ve included Wordle, whether you love it or loathe it, and Uno – something for all generations!
Words with Friends is one of the most popular games on the app store. It is a word-game similar to Scrabble, which allows you to play with – or against – friends. It is a relaxed and fun game that you can dip in and out of, and a good way of keeping sociable with your friends and family!
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2. Elevate - Brain Training
Elevate is a brain-training app that is designed to improve a range of cognitive skills, including memory, attention span and processing speed. The app provides a rotation of different ‘sessions’ and games, personalised to every person that uses it. Elevate is a great app for older people looking to keep their brains sharp!
Spotify lets you listen to any song you want, when you want, from your home. There is a free version of the app with adverts, or you can pay a monthly fee for an advert-free version. And if having all of the world’s music in one place wasn’t enough, Spotify is now also full of podcasts.
4. Fun Bridge
Fun Bridge is a great app for Bridge players who aren’t currently able to meet up with their friends to play. This easy-to-use app allows you to play Duplicate Bridge from your phone or laptop, and you can challenge your friends or play in online tournaments. This app is also suited to Bridge newcomers, teaching you the rules and strategies of the game from scratch – maybe this is a great time to learn a new game!
Many older people are using this uncertain period at home as a chance to learn a new skill, including new languages. Duolingo is a free, fun and interactive app allowing people to learn a language from scratch, building up from basic vocabulary to using sentences confidently.
If you want to look at more options for learning a language you can check out Age Space's guide to The Best Websites & Apps to Learn a Language Online in Older Age.
Don’t have a pack of cards at home? Solitaire, the classic one-player card game can also be played on your phone or tablet! This free Klondike Solitaire app also has a range of daily challenges for when you fancy something a little different.
Audiobooks are becoming more and more popular with elderly people, and Audible has established itself as having the very best collection of books to listen to. Audiobooks are a great way to unwind, and let you enjoy a story while you are cooking your dinner or getting ready for sleep. Audible offer a 30 day-free trial for new customers, and also has a range of free audiobooks to trial.
8. Word Brain
Word Brain is one of the most popular word game Apps in the world thanks to its simple gameplay but increasingly-challenging puzzles. You play by finding the hidden words in grids of letters, and swiping the letters in the correct order to complete the level.
Uno is another classic family-friendly card game that now has a dedicated App. You can add your friends and family on the App so that you can play Uno together whilst all in your own homes. This makes it a great game to keep the elderly and the young interacting! The game is also suited to people who have never played before thanks to its simple tutorial, so this is a good time to learn a great new game.
Wordle is an online 5-letter word game. Each day a new word is released and players have six attempts to guess what the word of the day is. During the guesses, tiles will change colour to help players get the word.
It’s a great game to play with family and friends – who gets the best score each day etc. You can even post your results on social media….