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5 apps I put on my mother's phone and tablet

5 apps I put on my mother's phone and tablet

One of the best things about my job is the fact that I'm always hearing about new gadgets and apps that can help you, my listeners. But, as I find these new tools, I also enjoy sharing them with my family.

Recently, I shared an app with you that I had my mom, Ian and Barry start using in case of an emergency. It's called Medical ID. Click here if you missed why I feel it's so important that you start using it.

My mother loves receiving recommendations from me on apps she might enjoy using. That's why I put together this little list of five apps I just put on her smartphone and tablet. I think you'll really enjoy them, too!

1. Crosswords Classic

Crossword Classic

We all know that puzzles and games can keep your brain sharper for longer. So make sure you leave time in your day for one of the most famous brain-expanders anywhere: The crossword puzzle.

Crossword Classic for iOS lets you play all the newspaper online crosswords right on your phone or tablet! New crossword puzzles are available daily and the app could track your progress. It will even give you hints if you are stuck or have a tip-of-the-tongue moment.

For Android users, get your crossword fix with the Crosswords app.

2. Med Reminder Pro

Med Reminder Pro

If you take more than one pill a day, keeping track of which pill you take and when can be tough, even with a fancy pill organization holder. But don't worry, there's an app that can help you or a family member keep everything straight and organized.

The Med Reminder Pro app helps you manage medications and refills and helps you keep track of doctor's appointments, too. The app also stores your notes after each medicine intake and organizes them in your own "History Table" for reference.

For Android users, don't worry, check out Medisafe.

3. Magnifying Glass

Magnifying Glass iPad

Even if you aren't a detective, a magnifying glass is still something great to have around. You never know when you'll need to read tiny print on a document, minuscule instructions in a cookbook, microscopic writing on a computer part or some equally inconvenient text. Unfortunately, you might not have a magnifying glass just lying around. However, you probably do have a smartphone within arm's reach.

Turning your smartphone or tablet into a magnifying glass just takes the right app. I recommend the Magnifying Glass for iPad gadgets and Magnificent Magnifier HD for Android users. Both apps have the zoom feature as standard but the iPad version has added exposure control, rotation and freeze framing. These apps are definitely much more versatile than your average magnifying glass!

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