Useful Apps:  Older Adult Perspectives

The Impact Theme series: Longevity Explorers Discuss.

Our Longevity Explorers like to seek out useful Apps and share them with each other and with you.

We are looking for Apps that can help make life as we grow older a pleasure not a burden.

 

 

Hear what Older Adults Think: Useful Apps

More on Video Games - Xbox

By: djcoffey

Wishing for new sights and sounds, I purchased an Xbox One X this week.

Realizing that I was more into games in the 1980's and have been left far behind since, it's quite a leap to try the Star Wars game that was included in my package.

Space Invaders and PacMan were all the rage... Read More. Add your Opinions


 

Gratitude Log - An Alexa Skill To Help You Focus On Your Blessings

By: Bob Kolock

As we socially distance during this time of stress, it is only natural for each of us to think about & be thankful for our true blessings, our family, friends, & the many things in the world around us that make life worth living. Some of you may write these down in a journal... Read More. Add your Opinions


 

Evernote: SF Explorer App of the Month

Explorer Rich reports on Evernote, an app he has found useful for years and especially now when his memory seems not so reliable as in the past.

 


 

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.

 


 

Driving Test for Older Adults: Do We Want It?

This group talks about how to decide that it is time to stop driving. Who should decide? And would an "App for that" be useful?

 


 

Aging in Place MeetUp - September 2016

This Meetup followed our normal format, with the theme of "Smartphone Apps That Older Adults Might Actually Want"

 


 

Do Older Adults Care About Pokemon Go?

The Longevity Exporers are asked their opinions on the Pokemon Go craze that is now so popular.

 


 

Food and Meal Delivery Gains in Popularity

SF Village Explorer Barbara has shown interest in grocery delivery services. Now she updates the group on her latest discovery, Envoy Personal Concierge Service.

 


 

Let a Navigation App Be Your Eyes in the Sky

Explorer Arthur describes his family's recent experience with an online map service when on a trip to Disney World.

 


 

How Apple Brings People and Places Face to Face

Explorer Marilyn answers Lyle's question, 'What is FaceTime'?

 


 

Video Calling Further Discussed @ SSF

Sequoias San Francisco Explorer AnnieScott leads off the discussion by saying that she would like to use Skype, but feels hesitation about the aesthetic aspects of a picture that may be unflattering.

 


 

SF Village Explorer Endorses NextBus App

Explorer Kai expresses surprise that he does not see his favorite app - SF MUNI's NextBus app - prominently displayed in the Tech-enhanced Life graphic for the Useful Apps Club.

 


 

Video Calling Discussed @ SF Village

Explorer Steve reports that he uses FaceTime to visit with his sister, who then uses it to show him something that has broken so he can explain to her how to fix it.

 


 

Explorers Discuss Ordering of Goods and Services Online

Explorer Barbara starts by reflecting on the topic of grocery delivery, which was a popular discussion at a previous meeting and is now being offered by a growing number of local grocery stores.

 


 

Skype at Sequoias, SF

Sequoias Explorers discuss and then participate in an exploration of video calling via Skype, the video call App.

 


 

Keep Losing my Grocery List

Explorer Sarah asks the group if there is a better way to keep track of a grocery list than the slip of paper that often winds up on the floor of the market halfway through the shopping.

 


 

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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