Top iPad and iPhone Apps for Seniors
These are my Favorite iPad and iPhone Apps for Seniors
The Senior lifestyle (and you know who I'm talking about) is different for everyone. We all age at different rates and we certainly change with age. As we grow older, we don't see as well as we used to, we don't remember things like we used to, and we need more medical services than ever before.
We take more pills, see more doctors, and forget where we put our keys. If we're retired, our days aren't as well defined - there is less routine. That means we need to keep track of all our appointments - both socially and professionally - differently than we used to do. And if we're becoming more forgetful, remembering appointments becomes more problematic.
Seniors see more doctors than people who are still raising children. Medical doctors, physical and occupational therapists because we have more physical problems. Eye doctors because our eyesight is going. Dentists because we have more problems with our teeth. The pharmacist knows you by name because you see them often. And then you have no idea what anyone is talking about because you've never heard of that ailment or medication.
As you get older you take more medication and need to know when to take what and how many times a day. Should you take it with meals or on an empty stomach. What happens if you miss a dose. What do you do if you don't remember is you took your medication and what happens if you take too much.
You find yourself in a new financial situation. You are living off your savings, 401K, annuities, Social Security, etc. How do you manage your finances now?
I have found some Apps that can be really helpful and I'd like to share them with you. At the end of this lens, please tell me what you think or if you have any suggestions.
General Healthcare Information
Right at your fingertips
What do you do when you aren't sure what to do when your kid's fever is 101 or your mother is compaining of palpitations. Maybe you go to that huge book that has symptoms and possible causes. You need to flip through the pages to find the symptom that matches best. iTriage lets you easily search for symptoms and causes. After you know what you need treatment for, iTriage will tell you where the nearest doctor or facility is.
This App was developed by a couple of ER doctors. There are thousands of symptoms, diseases, and treatments. Pre-register at select Emergency rooms and Urgent Care Facilities or setup appointments with select doctors.
Keep Track of Your Personal Medical Information
My Medical allows you to store your personal medical history. You can backup all your information by email with the click of a button. You can also print your information if you have an HP ePrint printer. The App can be password protected. There is a calendar for appointments and appointment and prescription alerts that you can set at a time you pre-select.
You can even store medical histories for multiple people on a single purchase. Test results and vital signs can be stored, charted and compared over time. If you are referred to a new doctor, you can share your own medical history easily.
Information You Can Store in the My Medical App: - It's Amazing
- Emergency numbers
- Prescription information
- Tests and Procedures
- Surgical Procedures
- Episodes & Injuries
- Office Visits
- Family History
- Health Insurance Information
- Advance Directives
- Documents Photos (including notes from iDo Senior)
Not Just Another Calendar
This Calendar has some incredible features.
Finally a calendar that lets you see all your appointments by customized time segments such as day, week, mini month, month and more. Appointments can be color coded for easy viewing (Birthdays are in yellow, doctors appointments in red, etc.). You can synch this calendar with other calendars such as Outlook, Google Calendar and more. Recurring appointments are easily added. You can setup alerts such as birthdays (wish Aunt Martha a Happy Birthday today). Searching for an appointment is very flexible and has a customized date range.
Ho hum. Calendar stuff. But there's more. That's right. This is not just another calendar where you put your appointments with your hair dresser, your golf games, or lunch at the club. Yes - you can do all that. But this App has multiple calendars where you can subscribe to specific events such as sports schedules (I have the NY Yankees schedule on my calendar). Subscribe to US Holidays, Weather Forecasts and Moon Phases. Just this alone makes this App worthwhile.
Keep Track of Your Bills
If you have problems keeping track of you bills, worry no more. Bill Monitor is a great tool. You just have to get your bills, accounts and reminders setup in the App. Bills can be one-time payments or recurring. Bills can be categorized using the standard Apps or customize your own. Visually see the status of your bills just by viewing the icons. Information can be emailed to your Financial Advisor. The only thing you need to do is write the check and update the App.
Write or record notes
I love that you can write or record notes, ideas, lists or any other kind of document. You can also use this App as a Journal or Diary. Notes can be formatted for easy reading with lots of font type, font size and colors and organized using folders. You can also categorize each note with standard icons or pictures that you have on your device.
iDo Senior interfaces with the My Medical App. You can find the notes in that App under Documents and Photos. This App is good for writing questions you might want to ask your doctor. You can also record your conversation with your doctor so you can have other people hear your conversation with your doctor without having to be with you at the time of your appointment. You can also look up any information that your doctor gives you in iTriage when you get home.
Write notes and add alerts to them so you can remind yourself to do something including instructions. All your notes can be printed (using an HP ePrint printer), emailed or sent to Dropbox.
A few years ago, I never thought that technology could be an integral part in the life of the Senior lifestyle. All these Apps are iCloud supported.