Social interaction for seniors is a key part of maintaining good health and well-being. When circumstances make it difficult to socialize in person, technology can be a good tool for combatting senior loneliness. Here are some of the best apps seniors can use to stay connected to family and friends – and maybe even make some new friends.
Video Chat Apps for Seniors
- FaceTime/Google Duo
FaceTime comes installed with Apple phones and iPads. For Android users, Google Duo is available for free. (It also works on iOS devices.) Both apps let you make group video calls with up to 32 people.
Skype video chat is available for iOS and Android devices, as well as your desktop computer.
Zoom is a popular way to join group video calls and virtual get-togethers like book clubs, happy hours and other events. Available for iOS and Android devices.
Social Interaction Apps for Seniors
This is a social media space like Facebook, but it’s for seniors who don’t want to be on Facebook. It’s a free, ad-free way to share photos, videos and messages with family. Available for smartphones and tablet devices.
For seniors less comfortable with technology, the GrandPad tablet can be helpful. It’s a simple tablet computer that’s easy to use for video calls, messaging and more. There’s a GrandPad Companion App that can be used to set up a private family network to make communication easy. This is a subscription-based service.
Dating Apps for Seniors
eHarmony has a 20-year track record for helping people find real relationships. There’s a senior dating section, and they recently introduced video dates, so you can meet virtually if you wish. Available for iOs and Android devices.
Promoting itself as the “#1 senior dating site for singles over 50 since 2003,” SeniorMatch lets you search for companionship, travel mates and activity partners, in addition to dating and relationship searches. Find the app on Google Play and the App Store.
Senior Mental Health Apps
Talkspace provides access to licensed therapists via text, audio and video messages. This is a subscription service, with monthly, quarterly and annual plans. A la carte video sessions are also available. Available for Apple and Android devices.
- Grief Support Network
This is a network of resources and community support for those navigating grief. You can find articles, message boards and both online and local grief support groups. Currently available on Google Play and the App Store.
At The Heritage at Brentwood, we understand how important it is to stay connected to family and friends. Read more about how the lifestyle here makes it easy to develop meaningful relationships with friends and neighbors.