Smart phones and tablets are everywhere and their use among seniors and their caregivers is growing. A recent Pew Internet survey found that caregivers are far more likely than non-caregivers to consult online resources for assistance.
As the wired population ages, a growing number of apps and online programs are catering to them. Here are some selected resources.
- Balance ($.99). The National Alzheimer Center has developed this smart phone app that allows caregivers to coordinate care with multiple people and keep track of medication, among other things.
- AARP (free). The AARP has several apps with money-saving tips and deals on travel as well content from its Web site and magazines.
- WebMD (free). The WebMD app has information on symptoms, conditions, and drugs as well as local health listings.
- MedWatcher (free). This app was created in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration. It provides information on medical uses and known side effects of a wide range of medications. You can track information about your drugs and report negative side effects to the FDA.
- Over 40 Magnifier and Flashlight ($1.99).This app allows you to use your phone’s flash as a flashlight. It also has a vanity mirror and can magnify text from 1x to 10x.
- Check (free). Check helps you keep track of your bills, so you don’t miss any bill payments. It sends reminders when bills are due and supports online payments.
- Pillbox. A Web site sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, Pillbox allows you to identify unknown medications based on what it looks like. Once a medication is identified, it provides links to drug information and labels.
- CareFamily. CareFamily is designed to help families with loved ones who are far away. The Web site matches caregivers with families and provides tools to help the families keep track of their loved one’s care.
- Comfort Zone. Offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, ComfortZone allows families to pay a monthly fee to remotely monitor a person with Alzheimer’s. Subscribers receive automated alerts throughout the day and night when the person being monitored has travelled beyond a preset zone.
- Lumosity. This Web site has a variety of games that help keep your brain agile and improve cognitive function.