Seniors today have an array of options at their fingertips for staying healthy, and smartphones are a convenient way to keep health monitoring apps close at hand. From checking blood sugar levels to staying on track with nutrition, here are the top five apps for senior health, presented by Home Care Assistance of Columbus.
1. My Medical
Keeping up with all of a senior’s medical information can get difficult when he or she is seeing multiple doctors. This app provides a handy way to organize all of a senior’s health records in an easy-to-access place. Blood test tracking, x-rays, and a list of current medication can all be stored and viewed using this app.
2. Heartwise Blood Pressure Tracker
It is easy to forget a recent blood pressure reading or not notice small changes that occur over time. With this app, seniors can record their blood pressure, resting heart rate, and weight. Then, the results can be tracked over a period of time.
Reading labels in the supermarket can get tricky, yet seniors must be cautious about their diet. This app simplifies food selection by allowing a senior to scan the item, and then the app will rate it on a scale of A to D. Seniors are able to input personal information such as food allergies or dietary restrictions so that each rating is customized.
4. Ontrack Diabetes
Those who monitor their glucose levels can use this app to track their data. Each entry can also be annotated so that a senior and his or her physician can assess what might be causing spikes or drops in the senior’s blood sugar levels.
5. Red Panic Button
Although no one wants to think about the worst happening, this app makes sure that the appropriate caregivers in Columbus and emergency service providers are alerted with a quick touch of a button. Seniors simply enter their personal contacts into the app and an instant text message that includes the senior’s GPS location on a Google map is sent out as soon as a senior presses the red button.
Downloading a few smartphone apps is just one way to help your senior loved one stay healthy and happy throughout his or her golden years. You might also consider a part-time caregiver who can help with nutritious meal planning, regular physical activity, and transportation to appointments, among other things, on a custom care schedule tailored to his or her needs. To learn more, call Home Care Assistance at (614) 481-8888 and speak with a friendly Care Manager today.