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Top five apps for older people

Tech1The number of people aged 65 and over accessing the internet has risen by more than a quarter in the past year. So we invited Puzzler Media Ltd to put together a list of its top five apps for older people

1. TuneIn Radio (TuneIn): TuneIn lets users listen to the world’s radio, including sports, news, talk and music streaming, opening a gateway to entertainment and information from every continent. Great for accessing niche radio stations, as well as providing easy access to local radio channels – favourite stations can be saved in one handy list.
Cost to download: Free

2. Epicurious (Condé Nast Digital): Millions of recipes are contained within this easy-to-use app, perfect for foodies and those who like to experiment with different meal options. The app also includes voice-activated commands to let users follow recipes while keeping hands free for cooking.
Cost to download: Free

3. Puzzler World (Puzzler Media Ltd): Contains the widest variety of puzzles available in a single app, from classic puzzles such as crosswords, codewords, wordsearch and Sudoku to the more unusual Link-a-Pix, backwords, silhouette, pathfinder and many more. Free to download, the Puzzler World app allows users to play puzzles on their travels or from the comfort of their sofa. Plus with flexible in-app purchase pack options users access fresh new puzzle content every time.
Cost to download: Free

4. Skype (Skype Communications SARL): Whilst Skype has been available for some time now, we predict that increasing numbers of older people will start using the communication app to stay in touch with family and friends. Free to download from the app store, users can connect to other Skype account holders at no extra cost via tablet, smartphone or computer. Its video calling function also means older generations can visually connect with children and grandchildren in far places.
Cost to download: Free

5. Pill Reminder Pro (Winkpass Creations Inc): This handy app stores details of the user’s medication and will remind them when to take it, and in what quantities.
Cost to download: 69p

With more and more over 65s accessing apps through tablet computers and smartphones, Puzzler is seeing an increasing number of people tackling traditionally print-based puzzles, such as crosswords and Sudoku, electronically. The company’s new Puzzler World app, which features more than 12 different puzzle games, has been growing in popularity since its launch at the beginning of 2014.

Tony Ablewhite, Puzzler World’s digital manager, said: “With 42 per cent of over 65s now accessing the web, and 17 per cent of them using tablet computers to go online, apps are predicted to surge in popularity amongst the older generations.

"Whilst we are still seeing our core customer base access puzzles through print media, we know that many of our older customers are now choosing to play puzzles via the Puzzler World app. We predict that this will be a continuing trend as we see more over 65s purchasing tablet computers and smartphones to enhance their lifestyles and more apps for older people.”