Technology is a big part of everyone’s lives. It not only keeps us entertained but helps improve our quality of life too. There is an app for virtually everything and they make our lives easier, however sometimes they can be hard to grasp.
Apps can make a huge difference to your loved one’s quality of life and help them when you are elsewhere so it is important we teach our loved ones how to use them.
My Ageing Parent has outlined a list of apps you can download so your loved one will be safe and entertained.
Apps are a great way to monitor your loved ones’ health. You can input their health records, add your contact information in case of emergency, check they are eating right, keeping active and remind them when it is time to take a pill.
Apps for better health:
- Spantec Fall Detector
- Geriatric Depression Scale
- iBP Blood Pressure
- Pill Reminder Pro
- Mobility Assessment Tool
- Pocket Physio
Reading and hearing apps
Our ability to hear and see clearly reduces as we age. This does not mean we should stop doing the things we love. Make hearing and reading for your loved one easier with these apps that will assist.
Apps to read and hear:
Help your loved one stay connected with the world around them through social media. Set up some social media accounts for your loved one where they can voice their feelings, interact with people and reduce feelings of isolation. Video chatting apps like Skype are the best to download because your loved one will feel like they are in that room with you no matter how far away they are.
Apps to be social:
Everyone likes some fun so why not download some gaming apps to keep your loved one entertained? Whether they are into racing games, word games, mindful colouring or just a game to pass the time there is an app for it. Word games like Scrabble boost the memory and may reduce the risk of dementia, so download it for your loved one and play it together – a game of Scrabble could make a huge difference to their health.
- Angry Birds
- Words With Friends
Apps and unfamiliar technology may be overwhelming for your loved one, so be patient and understanding with them. It will take time for them to learn how to use these apps but when they do it will make a world of difference to their lives.
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