Useful Apps:  Explorer Discussions

The Impact Theme series: Discussions with Older Adults.

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Essential Apps for Elders @ Providence

Led by Ronda Sciolto, a member of the Steering Committee of the Providence Circle, the June meeting focused on technology, particularly on apps (or applications) that are particularly useful. Ronda worked in technology for many years and is the founder of “Help Me, Ronda,” a business that has the goal of helping non-digital natives thrive in a digital world by reducing barriers to using the tools of technology and making it simple.



Who Prefers a Taxi vs. a Car for Hire?

Explorer Lynn starts the discussion by voicing a preference for the Flywheel taxi smartphone app. 



Show Me Some Useful Apps for Seniors

The group discusses Explorer Joe’s topic: seeking useful apps for older adults.



An App to Meditate, Improve Mindfulness and Focus: Explorer Report

Explorer Karen tells the group about an Apple app she uses at the start of each day to help her relax and get off on a positive footing.



Siri Endorsed for Navigational Skill

Explorer Lynn describes her initial introduction to Siri as a most helpful navigation aid while driving.



Update on Food Delivery Services in S.F.

Explorers report their recent experiences with home grocery deliveries.



Explorer Reports on GoGo Grandparent

Explorer Barbara tells the group about a service that allows people without a smartphone to use a cell phone or a wire line to call to summon a ride from Uber or Lyft.



Food and Dining Delivery Apps: Catching On?

Explorer Kristen asks whether food delivery and dining apps are being used by the senior community.



Things We Wish Our Smartphones Could Do

These explorers brainstorm about things they wish their smartphone could do for them in the future.



What are Some Good Food Delivery Services?

The group discusses online ordering and delivery of food and prepared meals, and compare notes about some they like.



About the Impact Theme Series

Our Longevity Explorers (hundreds of older adults with ages ranging from 60-95 years old) meet regularly to discuss topics at the intersection of aging and technology.

Among the many topics we discuss in these meetings, we have been exploring some specific themes which we think are going to be very important for older adults in the future, and which in our opinion are ripe for innovation. These make up our Impact Themes, and Useful Apps is one of these themes.

In these discussions:

  • We share how we do things today;
  • We explore and critique existing products;
  • We talk about challenges we have that we wish products could solve; and
  • We dream up product concepts we wish someone like you would develop.

If you are developing products or services for older adults in the category of Useful Apps, listen to the Longevity Explorer discussions on this page to get insights about how to develop better products and services for older adults.

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