I’m a busy working mom whose own mother is getting older – in fact, she just moved in with us. I use my iPhone all the time and have found a ton of apps that make my hectic life easier…what about some apps that can make it easier for me to care for my mom?  – Cynthia, 45

Juggling your family and career is never easy – and caring for an aging parent, can make things extra tough. But in this modern age, there are definitely some technological tools that can help. Since you have an iPhone, you already know that there are hundreds of thousands of downloadable applications available – and now, some of those have been designed specifically with the caregiver in mind. I’ve been doing my due diligence on these apps to help the people I work with, and – as you may already know – even created a few myself. Here are a few of the ones I like best:

Personal Caregiver: Make sure that medications are taken at the right time, by sending alerts and reminders. Also, includes a comprehensive database of important drug information such as precautions and interactions.  (www.personalcaregiver.com)
Care.com: Easily search for local caregivers, including job posting functions to help caregivers locate senior and in-home health aides – as well as nannies, babysitters, and more. (www.care.com/press-release-iphone-app-p1186-q58700.html)
Polka; AllOneMobile: Both of these apps store, track and share important medical information (like diet, prescriptions, fitness regimens and blood pressure levels) with doctors or family members, which can be helpful for any caregiver needing to coordinate care for an older loved one. (www.polka.com) (www.allonemobile.com)
Care Connector: Created by Johnson & Johnson, this adds a community/support component to the information tracking process – connecting caregivers with others like them through message boards, video stories, and more. (www.strengthforcaring.com/util/about.html)
Elder 411/Elder 911: These are my apps, designed to “put an elder care expert in your pocket” with quick access to caregiving insights, checklists, and support – for everything from how to deal with financial and housing concerns, to what to do in an emergency or crisis situation, and more. (www.elder411.net)

Don’t have an iPhone? Don’t worry. These apps are also part of a larger trend of technology that’s making life easier for seniors and their caregivers – like Apple’s iPad with its large-print reader, Verizon’s Coupe phone with bigger keys and quick emergency access, and more. The fact is, when it comes to caregiving, knowledge is power.  Even when you’re on the go, it is so important to have the right information at your fingertips, so you’re not without answers when you need them.  Good luck!

Over the last 40 years, Dr. Marion (Marion Somers, Ph.D.) has worked with thousands of seniors and their caregivers as a geriatric care manager and elder care expert. It is now her goal to help caregivers everywhere through her book (“Elder Care Made Easier”), iPhone apps (www.elder911.net), web site, columns, public service announcements, and more. For more information, visit www.DrMarion.com

Dr Marion Somers

Last Modified April 3, 2010 @ 2:47 pm
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