When the seniors in our lives act like they’ve got nothing to gain from technology, and they opt out of the help their cell phones can bring. The Apple Watch has a reputation for having biometric sensors so that it can track heart rate and count steps — it’s marketed as a health aid. But did you know that a smartphone, with the right apps, can be a fantastic health aid? Don’t let the seniors in your life miss out. Here are some mobile apps for seniors that can really help.
This app was designed for health-conscious people over the age of 50 with busy schedules. Answer some questions on your diet, exercise, and sleep habits. Flip50 generates a weekly plan for exercise and nourishing meals. It will even find time for you to decompress. The app provides suggested activities and recipes every week; if they aren’t to your liking, touch the screen to see another. If you find a favorite recipe or activity, mark it so you can find it again.
Tai chi is beneficial for adults with joint stiffness and improves strength, balance, flexibility, and range of motion, which can help prevent falls. The series of exercises on 7-Minute Chi uses audio prompts that help coordinate your breathing with your movements.
Supervision + Magnifier
Many people have trouble with fine print as they age. With that in mind, Supervision + Magnifier functions as a microscope and a magnifier. It has built-in stabilization for a more readable copy when text is enlarged. Magnified images can be saved and viewed later. The microscope feature helps with close work, such as sewing or knitting. It’s an app to keep handy for ready the tiny print on menus, especially in low light.
Red Panic Button
Red Panic Button serves as a medical alert on your phone. When properly configured, it sends a message to a list of contacts, indicating you need help. It also sends your current location so they know where you are. With this app, you don’t need a separate device to alert people you need help. This is great for seniors who live alone.
There are apps. for everything, but there are limits. An app. can’t replace a doctor, right? Well, no, of course not, but it can put you in touch with one. And whether you access an online physician by visiting the website or by using the app, either way, it makes getting an online prescription or refilling an old one as easy as picking up the smartphone. What’s more, these services work with your local pharmacy of choice for prescription fulfillment. You can even get same-day appointments and prescriptions, which can help save you a trip to the doctor’s office.
Blood Pressure Monitor
This app is more than a blood pressure monitor. The Blood Pressure Monitor app retains information to provide a health history that includes statistical information and periodic health reminders. It even lets you export data to share with a healthcare provider. This app is an excellent tool for overseeing your overall health.
Flipboard is an app that helps organize your social media interests with the latest news. Instead of going from app to app, launch Flipboard to find online content curated to your interests. Not only does the app put together news, social media, and content sites, but it also arranges them as a magazine that you flip through, stopping at entries that are of interest.
Thanks to advances in modern technology, it’s never been easier to stay on top of your overall health. So, download the apps discussed above — and upgrade your smartphone if necessary — and take control of your well-being.
At Home Senior Services in Pittsburgh understands that senior care is an extension of your family. They seek to bring peace of mind through compassion, companionship, and commitment. Contact us today if you have any questions about mobile apps for seniors!