A Story Before Bed – This App lets grandparents record audio and video of themselves reading children’s classics from the apps library. Their grandchildren can then read along to the story images while also watching their grandparent(s) reading the story in a corner of the screen. Ideal for those who are far away.
ConnectMyFolks – Expressly designed to connect seniors who aren’t comfortable with technology with those of us who are. It closes the digital divide by allowing the tech-savvy user to send email, texts, photos and videos to your senior simply by using a free @connectmyfolks.com email address.
Dragon Dictation – Through accurate voice dictation and a user-friendly interface, this App helps users send emails, texts and surf the web.
Instagram – This free App is now used by millions of people to share nuggets of visual loveliness. Share, view and comment on pictures and short video clips of friends and family far and wide.
Penultimate – This iPad App lets you use your finger as a pen on the screen. Notes that you write in Penultimate are transcribed into digital text and can be saved.
Postcards – Designed for seniors, this simple App allows you or your older loved one to easily view photos and videos that family members have shared.
Senior Citizen App – This App is for pre-retirement and beyond, providing relevant information to the over 50 crowd with a directory of services that are relevant only to the GreyMatterApps demographic.
Shutterfly – Shutterfly allows millions of people to store, enjoy and share billions of photos. Download their App and do more with your photos – anytime, anywhere.
Silver Surf – This free web browsing App features large navigation buttons, text zoom and high-contrast page viewing.
Skype – An essential download for all ages and all devices. The interface is simple and Skype users can call each other for free or make cheap calls to anyone else in the world. If you’re on Pay and Go, this is particularly handy, but the App also enables iPod touch users to utilize their devices for calls.
TouchChat – TouchChat is a full-featured communication solution for individuals who have difficulty using their natural voice whether due to ALS, apraxia, stroke, or any other condition that affects a person’s ability to use natural speech.
Twitter – Download this App for a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about whatever YOU want. Simply find the accounts you find most compelling and follow the conversations.
VizWiz – This iPhone App lets users with fading or minimal eyesight take a picture of an object they can’t identify, then use voice control to ask what the object is. The image of the object is then displayed to VizWiz operators and members of the user’s social network to respond with a rapid answer.
Voice Reading – This App can read aloud texts, files and content from web pages for users with impaired eyesight.
Vtok – This alternative to Skype brings Google video calls to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.