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Top 3 Phone Apps for Seniors with Impaired Hearing or Sight (Part 3)



This is the third and final part of a mini-series of blog updates highlighting the best nine smartphone applications for seniors, curated by the Professional Medical team. If you missed the last two blogs, you can find the best three apps to save money here, and the best three apps for safety and memory assistance here.


Without further delay, here are the final smartphone application recommendations for older adults that want to keep in touch with family and friends, or for those who have difficulties reading the small text on a screen.




  1. FaceTime and Skype are great apps for any parent, grandparent, or anyone who is looking to maintain relationships with friends and family. Both video chatting services offer intuitively designed interfaces to allow users to easily navigate the features of the app. Both applications can be used cross-platform as well, meaning video chatting enthusiasts can have their uninterrupted conversations via laptop, smartphone, or the device of their choice. For those on Android devices, download Skype here. For those with an Apple device, FaceTime will come pre-installed on your tablet, computer, or smartphone.




  1. Claria Zoom, an Android exclusive application, offers to help the elderly, disabled, or poor-sighted by increasing the visibility of text and images on a screen. If you've ever wished to see your screen more clearly, Claria Zoom is the answer you've been looking for.


  1. Voice Reading (Read aloud), similarly to Claria Zoom, this Voice Reading app is Android exclusive and offers to help those who cannot read the small text on a phone screen. After installing Voice Reading, you can then use it to read aloud any text on any app. The app can also read your websites too, designed to focus on the main content of the web page. To download Voice Reading (Read aloud) on your device, click here.


Continue following PMC's blog to get the latest news, tips, tricks, and updates on maintaining independence, staying healthy, and saving money as an older adult.

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