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Best Apps for the Older Generation

There was a time when it was just trendy young people who were tapping away on their smartphones for hours on end – baffling and frustrating their parents and grandparents.

But all that has changed – the older generations are now catching up with their young counterparts and are mastering the world of technology.

The silver generation is now well and truly tech-savvy, buying everything from laptops to smartphones to tablets.

This hasn’t gone unnoticed by tech manufacturers and developers, who are just waking up to the spending power of older people. So with that in mind, what are the best apps for the older generation?

» Dragon Dictation

Forget about Siri, this free app has everything you need for using your iPhone with your voice. Dragon Dictation lets you dictate texts or emails, giving your hands a break.

You can also update your Facebook status or Twitter, and set reminders or notes for yourself – so you’ll never miss another grandchild’s birthday again.

» FixMyStreet

This genius app idea is a community-conscious citizen’s dream. It’s free of charge, and lets you alert your local council of problems in the local area.

It can be anything from graffiti on a wall to an ever-expanding pothole in the road, simply create a report and send it off to the council via your smartphone.

» Idealo

This app is perfect for shoppers looking for a bargain. With pensions being hijacked, there’s never been a better time to start bargain hunting.

Idealo lets you scan the barcode on a product, and tells you where you’ll find it for the cheapest price online – handy for saving the pennies.

» iMutt

With an ageing population sales of everything from the iconic Stannah stairlift to older people’s holidays (more over 50s are off on gap years) are likely to increase.

Pets are also hugely popular amongst older people, helping them to keep fit and active. But they can be expensive and hard to manage, so this virtual pet app is a nice alternative.