Senior tablet use has climbed to 27 percent and smartphone use to 18 percent, according to Pew Research. Thanks to the devices' portability, developers are making products that can support healthy living both at home and in retirement communities.
My Medical is an electronic health record organizer, according to its website, but it has many features that make it more than simple information storage. The app can save common medical information as well as test results and create charts to track your health based on the input you give it. For text that's too long to enter conveniently on a mobile device, the service also has a Web app that can be accessed from any computer. Images and long documents can also be added as photos and attached to any part of your record. It can even sync with you calendar to remind you of upcoming appointments.
EyeReader aims to prevent eye strain among people with reduced vision. A press release stated that the app uses the iPhone's screen to magnify anything in front of its camera. EyeReader is specifically made for seniors who may have trouble reading small print or seeing in dark conditions. In addition to its convenience, the app can also help users to read warning labels on pill bottles or ingredients on food packages.
Motion Doctor can help prevent strain in the rest of your body. Tech News World reported that the app was developed by a physical therapist to prevent injuries or complement professional treatment. Keeping joints and muscles strong is a major component of good senior care. Through videos and text descriptions, Motion Doctor offers a number of exercises to stretch and protect various parts of the body. Some routines are organized around activities such as gardening or playing sports.
Lumosity seeks to keep your mind flexible as well. According to a press release, the app uses games to practice a range of cognitive abilities. Users practice exercises such as recalling patterns and navigating mazes to build mental fortitude in areas where disuse may dull it. Though people of any age can benefit from the app, seniors may get the most out of it, especially if they have not worked to maintain hobbies and explore new pastimes. Regularly trying new activities can keep the brain learning at any age.
By Megan Ray on June 6, 2014 @ Sunrise Assisted Living