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10 Useful Apps For Seniors in Assisted and Independent Living

Mar 13 2013 - Posted by: Elizabeth Bemis to Assisted Living

Senior AppsApps for Tech-Savvy Seniors (And for Those Who Aren't)

When picturing tech-savvy smartphone and tablet users, people often think of hip youngsters-largely thanks to the influence of media and marketing. However, thanks to mobile devices' user-friendly interfaces and versatility, senior citizens and their families constitute a quickly growing demographic for functional apps that can improve their quality of life. Listed below are our top 10 picks for senior apps that can benefit those in assisted living facilities or independent living facilities. Many of these programs also apply to nearly anyone who wishes to remain in good health.

1. Tell My Geo

Android  /  $9.95 per month

This app allows any health provider, such as emergency responders, to view personal health records over the smartphone or tablet. In addition, a GPS locator allows caregivers to track down a loved one who was wandered too far.

2. Personal Caregiver

iPhone  /  Free for the light version or $9.99 for the premium version

This handy program can track medications and display recall alerts from the Food and Drug Administration. If desired, this app can also remind the user when it's time to take a medicine or refill a prescription.

3. Pain Care

iPhone, Android  /  Free

Rather than straining to remember exactly what hurt and when, users can electronically log the location and intensity of their pains for accurate reporting to the physician.

4. TheCarrot.com

iPhone  /  Free

Keeping track of preventive health has never been easier. This app tracks fitness, blood pressure, food and weight management.

5. Over 40 Magnifier

iPhone  /  $1.99 for the standard version or $3.99 for the premium version

Users can turn their iPhones into a flashlight and magnifying glass for enhanced reading or vision.

6. Yangutu

iPhone, Android  /  Free

Romantic fulfillment can significantly impact overall self-confidence. This dating service is geared towards the more seasoned generations.

7. New LifeStyles

iPhone  /  Free

This comprehensive app simplifies the search for nearby senior living options ranging from retirement communities to Alzheimer's care.

8. Ancestry.com

iPhone, Android  /  Free

Users can explore and memorialize their family trees with this handy program.

9. Brain Fit

iPhone  /  Free

A number of challenges, designed by a neuroscientist, will measure and promote mental acuity.

10. aSleep

iPhone  /  $0.99

With 65 soothing sounds and an alarm clock, this app helps the user obtain a good night's sleep. Shuffling the soundtrack is as simple as shaking the phone or iPad.

 

Key Takeaways:  

  • As senior citizens explore their living options, such as independent living facilities or assisted living facilities, smartphone and tablet apps can help improve the quality of life significantly.   
  • The functions of these apps include tracking health records and medications, locating new friends, enhance mental sharpness, and soothe users to sleep.   
  • Many of these programs can also be used by healthy seniors or younger folks who want to maintain good health.

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About Elizabeth Bemis

In 1998, I drove past an assisted living community construction site, learned that it was part of United Methodist Homes and realized the next stop on my professional journey was to work for a mission driven organization. Soon after, I joined the team as Executive Director of our Middlewoods of Farmington community and later served as Regional Manager for the Middlewoods properties before accepting my current role as Vice President of Marketing, Promotions, and Assisted Living Operations. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading, walking, and love working alongside our staff, residents, and families to build strong communities that reflect the mission, vision, and values of United Methodist Homes.

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