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The Best Apps and Tools for Older People

The Best Apps and Tools for Older People

While many people think of apps as things that younger people use, there are actually several apps that are ideal for older people, as well as for caregivers of older people. After all, there are all kinds of senior citizens who are very tech-savvy, and are using computers and mobile devices every day. Why not have apps that are specifically targeted towards them? These are not just apps for bingo (although you can find bingo apps) and keeping touch with the grandkids. These apps range from health care to fun and games, and many are inexpensive or even free. Here are 10 of the best apps and tools for older people and anyone who is a caregiver.

1. Fall Detector

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    From ITER S.A., Fall Detector is a special app that lets you know if an older person has fallen. If there is a longer-than-normal period of no movement, the signal will sound so you will be alerted and you can check up on them.

    2. Pillboxie

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      Never forget to take your medications again with this reminder app. It is easy to use, and you will be reminded whenever it is time to take any medications. All you have to do is set it up and it’s all ready to go.

      3. iBP Blood Pressure

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        This app requires you to have a separate monitor, but it is an important app for anyone who has issues with their blood pressure. This app will track and analyze blood pressure over a certain period of time.

        4. VizWiz

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          This app is for iOS users, and it is for those who are sighted. Developed by a team from the University of Rochester, the app lets you take a photo with your phone, ask a question orally, and get many spoken answers.

          5. Comparison of Medical Alert Systems

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            If you are a senior living alone, or you have an elderly relative living alone, it is important that they have a medic alert system in case of a medical emergency. With so many systems out there, it can be tough to know which is best. Get reviews on the best medic alert systems at this website.

            6. WebMD

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              This is a great website where you will find information about anything you need to know about your health. There are loads of great health tips, and you will learn a lot from the archives and daily mini-magazine.

              7. Vouchercloud

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                This app is for Windows Phone, Android, and Blackberry users, and it is from one of the first coupon websites. Here you can find discount vouchers for stores, restaurants, cinemas, garden centers, leisure outlets, and much more. Download the vouchers to get discounts, and you don’t even have to print them out. Be sure to look over the terms and conditions for each voucher. For instance, a movie deal may only be good on certain nights.

                8. Motion Doctor

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                  Anyone can have an injury at any age, and often in order to recover, physical therapy is necessary. This app is a great physical therapy aid, where you will find a reference guide that will help you or a loved one recover from various injuries.

                  9. Dragon Dictation

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                    This voice recognition app will turn anything you say into text. Now, you never have to type out messages again. Just way what you want to say, and the app will type it out for you. This is a good app for anyone who has arthritis in their hands and finds typing painful.

                    10. Words with Friends

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                      If you love Scrabble, you will love this app. This game is similar to Scrabble, and if you use the deluxe version you won’t be stuck watching annoying ads. More than 20 million people all over the world are playing Words with Friends.

                      Featured photo credit: Garry Knight via flickr.com

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                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

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                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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