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.
- Care.com Care.com helps families find and manage qualified caregivers. Among other services, the Web site can handle all aspects of household payroll, tax and labor-law compliance.
- 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.