You might think of apps as a young person's game, but you'd be wrong - there are thousands of apps aimed at enriching the lives of older people.
We'll show you some of the best, whether they help you read, set reminders, or just let you know what the weather will be doing today.
1: Make text legible: EyeReader
Operating system: Apple
Whether it’s legal documents, household bills or newspapers, the world is full of small print. An app like EyeReader can help. It’ll shine the phone’s LED light on the text and allow you to magnify it by spreading two fingers on the screen.
Android users can try Magnifier, or you can perform this same task by using the camera and LED light on the rear of your phone without the need for a standalone app.
2: Get back on your feet: Care UK Pocket Physio
Operating system: Android
This free app features a helpful list of exercises for people recovering from hip, knee, foot and hand replacement surgeries. It also features tips for managing pain, taking precautions, breathing exercises, dressing wounds and getting in and out of cars.
3: Remember to take your pills: Medisafe Medication Reminder and Pill Organizer
If you take more medicine it can be tricky keeping track of when your next dose is due.
The Medisafe Medication Reminder and Pill Organiser app lets you set reminders for your medication, including the dose, time to take it and even pill shape and colour.
Use the app to track measurements like blood glucose, pressure and weight, along with doctors’ appointments and medicine refill reminders.
4: Get lost in a good book: Amazon Kindle
It’s not necessary to have an entire bookshelf any more: the world’s best literature can be accessed from a tablet.
With the Kindle app for Apple Android and Kindle Fire, you can load the device with millions of bestsellers, classics, self-published works and thousands of free titles.
It’s easy to change the font size and background colours for easier reading. If you’d prefer an audio experience, Kindle will even read the book to you.
5: Get a by-the-minute weather forecast: Dark Sky
It’s so annoying when the heavens open the moment you step out of the front door. One of the finest weather apps for Apple and Android is loved so much because it’ll tell you - to the minute - when the rain is about to start and when it will end.
Its ‘hyper local’ reports are tantamount to witchcraft, they rarely fail and they’ll keep you dry throughout the British summertime. Great for planning your day ahead.
6: Train your brain: Lumosity
Price: Free (with in app purchases)
A brain-training app that everyone, no matter what their age, should have in their arsenal. Supposedly better for your cognition than doing crossword puzzles, the daily memory and learning games challenge five core cognitive abilities. Each activity adapts to your skill level, meaning it’ll always be a challenge.
7: Learn a new language: Duolingo
Learning a second or third language is one of those ambitions many of us have but never manage to find the time for. If you’re saving this challenge for retirement then the Duolingo app is a brilliant way to go from novice to fluency in a variety of languages.
As with a brain-training app like Lumosity, the learning is done in bite-sized chunks to keep it fun. Whether it’s French, German, Italian or Spanish, everything’s there.
8: Take a note: Message dictation
Built into Apple and Android phones and tablets
Consumer tech sometimes makes life harder than it needs to be. Rather than spending ages typing a message or an email on a touchscreen smaller than a Post-it note, why don’t we just use our voices?
With this in mind, both the default iOS and Android keyboards have built-in options to dictate messages by pressing the microphone button. Speech recognition has dramatically improved in recent years, so you should see an accurate transcription appear in the message field without having to type.