SleepGenius App Uses Guided Program for Quality Night of Sleep: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

For senior caregivers and their senior clients, catching a full night of rest can be difficult. Caregiver stress can cause difficulty falling asleep and affect the sleep cycle, so caregivers may wake up after a night of restless sleep and feel just as tired as when they went to bed. The SleepGenius app uses music scientifically created to soothe the brain into its natural sleep cycles and features an alarm clock specifically designed to ease the user out of sleep instead of jar them awake. 

Falling asleep to music or the calming sounds of nature that some other apps offer can seem soothing, but the sounds in the SleepGenius app are scientifically proven to evoke certain reactions from the user's brain to set them into their natural sleep patterns. The research done for the app originally served to help develop ways for astronauts to fall asleep on trips to space. 

The basic layout of the app makes it easy to navigate. The home screen features two options- sleep and revive cycle alarm. On the sleep screen, users can choose from a 90 or 180 minute program to help them fall asleep and into their first sleep cycles, or the continuous program which plays through the entire night. The paid version of the app also features a power nap option. The revive cycle alarm helps ease the user out of sleep instead of simply playing a loud noise to abruptly wake the user. 

Another section of the app offers tips for a night of quality sleep. It recommends using the same program night after night so that the user's brain falls into a pattern and consistently gets a good night of sleep. Quality sleep helps relieve some caregiver stress and helps make sure caregivers are ready to face the day fully rested. 

 

The SleepGenius app is available for free for Apple and Android platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

2048 Game App Requires Strategy, Exercises the Mind: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

These days half of the games popular to play on smartphones are mindless, requiring the same repetitive action without strategy. One of the most popular games for smartphones now though is 2048, a game comprised entirely of strategy to combine numbered tiles until they reach the target number. Senior caregivers and their senior clients can play this game to help keep clients' minds active. 

The 2048 game concept is basic- at the start, two tiles bearing the number 2 appear. When the user slides the tiles together, they combine into a number 4 and another number 2 tile appears. When any two tiles with the same number are combined, they are added together to make one tile with a larger number. The object of the game is to combine tiles together until the user obtains the 2048 tile, and then they win the game. 

The extra challenge of the game presents itself when every move causes a new number 2 tile to be placed on the board. 16 squares make up the playing board, so if a player runs out of opportunities to slide tiles with the same number side by side to combine them, the board will fill up with extra 2 tiles until it's full and the game will end. 

Senior caregivers can sit down with their senior clients and play this game together. The strategy required to group the same numbered tiles together in order to combine them provides important mental exercise for seniors as they age. Mental engagement plays a large part in prevention of dementia in seniors. Caregivers and their clients also may find enjoyment in strategizing how to win the game together. 

 

The 2048 app is available for free on Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

TED Talks App Shares Insightful Ideas, Inspirational Stories: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Sharing stories allows us to connect with other people through their own life experiences. The TED Talks app allows speakers to share insightful and inspirational content with senior caregivers and their clients by watching videos on their smartphones and tablets.

The organization TED aims to spread "ideas worth sharing" by giving speakers a platform to speak for 18 minutes or less about their idea worth sharing. Many times, the speakers shares a deeply personal story with the audience and relate it back to their larger topic. Disability, Aging and Prosthetics are all category options on the TED Talks app, each with more than ten videos from speakers that senior caregivers and their clients may find value in. 

Under the Aging category, one of the videos focuses on, "how I'm preparing to get Alzheimer's" which senior clients could watch and spark a discussion with their caregiver or family about their own preventative measures for dementia. Additionally, the app features more categories for almost any interest- Art, Climate Change, Education, Law, Philosophy, etc. Caregivers could sit down with their senior clients and search through the database to pick out a few videos to watch together and share their thoughts at the end. 

The app also opens to a Featured page at first, which shows the most popular videos of the moment, and a Surprise Me feature shows users a video at random. If a video particularly moves you, bookmark it and it will save under the My Talks area so you can watch again later or share with a friend. 

 

The TED Talks app is available for Apple platforms and Android

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

App Focuses on Therapeutic Music for Seniors With Alzheimer's Disease: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Working with senior clients affected by Alzheimer's disease and dementia can be very trying for senior caregivers and the families of their senior clients. Coro Health developed an app based around music streaming as a source of calming therapy. The programs within the app are split into to distinct categories- supportive music and sundowning therapy. 

The supportive music category has subcategories called energy, relax and sleep. Once users select the mood category, they can choose a genre of music from classical, country, instrumental, pop, etc. The app features popular songs that senior clients or caregivers may know, such as Here Comes The Sun by the Beatles. The segments are organized into program lengths of about an hour, to prepare senior clients to energize for a day or give them time to wind down and relax or fall asleep. 

The sundowning therapy category can be useful to minimize behaviors such as mood swings, agitation and paranoia that stem from confusion felt by senior clients during the evening. This category features an hour long program and a program that lasts almost two and a half hours. Unlike the supportive category, no further genre choices exist because the programs are designed specifically to calm seniors experiencing sundown syndrome. 

The streaming service is available for a monthly fee of $4.99, but the first three hours of streaming through the app are free so caregivers and their senior clients can try the service before they subscribe. 

 

The Music First app is available for free for Apple platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Pages App Features Templates for Resumes, Letters: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Knowing the correct format for correspondence can be difficult. Creating an easy to read resume that highlights your talents as a senior caregiver and an accompanying cover letter about your work experience makes a big difference in getting hired. The Pages app features resume, letter and other templates for easy creation of professional documents.

As a caregiver, your resume should reflect all of your past work experience and any training you've completed. There are six different resume template choices in the Pages app, so users can select the one that best represents the feel they'd like for the information they're sharing. Most are generally alike. The elegant resume and the informal resume both use the same basic components for the body, offering users the chance to define their professional summary before highlighting work experience, education/training,  skills, etc. 

Once a template is selected, the entire resume template can be edited on the user's smartphone. The template comes with filler text that can be deleted, replaced and customized with the user's experience. If a particular section isn't applicable, users can easily delete it from the template as well. Once all of the user's experience is filled in, the options to print, share via iCloud or e-mail make it easy for caregivers to send their resume whichever way is most convenient for them. The e-mail option includes a conversion to PDF, which is a format that can be opened on virtually any device. 

The other template options include letters, which can be used to create a cover letter detailing why you'd like a specific position as a caregiver. Other templates include envelopes, business cards, greeting cards, etc. for other personal and professional uses. 

 

The pages app is available for free for Apple platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Pinterest App Provides Search, Organization for Projects and Recipes: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Sometimes browsing the internet for a new household project, recipe or fitness routine can result in many great finds without a cohesive way to organize and save them for future use. The Pinterest app and accompanying website allow users to search through their database of user content and "pin" it to various of their own boards for future use. 

The Pinterest database is sorted into different categories for easy browsing. Some categories that senior caregivers may find most useful in finding activities to share with their senior clients are DIY & Crafts, Health & Fitness and Gardening. Finding projects to help senior clients switch up their routines and work their brains hold many positive benefits. Exercising the body and mind on a regular basis helps with dementia prevention. An activity like gardening can get seniors moving as well as stimulate the mind. Additionally, caregivers can use the Food & Drink section to browse through new recipes to make for themselves or share with their senior clients. 

Once a user finds content they'd like to save on the site, they can "pin" it to one of the boards attached to their profile. For example, caregivers can create a board for recipes, another for projects and a third for pictures they find relaxing or funny. When a caregiver comes across a recipe they'd like to make next week, then they can click the button at the top right of the screen that says, "Pin It" and a new screen will pop up asking which board the user would like to pin it to. When caregivers save content to a board, then it will remain there indefinitely for users to come back to and view whenever they'd like.

Pinterest also offers the chance to follow other users and view what they pin, so if you have friends who use the site you can view their boards as well. Users can view the website and the app interchangeably for ease of accessing content.

 

The Pinterest app is available for Apple and Android platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

 

Facebook Paper App Connects Caregivers with Friends and News: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

As a leading social network, Facebook connects us with out loved ones no matter how close or far away they may be. Last week, to celebrate their 10 year anniversary as a company, they launched the Facebook Paper app to combine the Facebook newsfeed with the world of online news. 

Caregivers can use Facebook to help their senior clients connect with their loved ones. Whether a caregiver helps a senior client run their own profile or simply adds a few of their senior clients' relatives on their own profile, they can use Facebook Paper to share updates and pictures just in time for Valentine's Day. Senior clients may be missing their friends and family around this holiday if they're not nearby, so using social media to write a little message and see a few pictures can help them feel the love.

The layout of Facebook paper offers clean and simple browsing. When new users log in for the first time, the app requests that they choose which categories they would like included in the app and the order of importance. The categories include Headlines, Pop Life, Tech, Cute, Flavor, etc. The various options give Facebook Paper the feel of a customizable magazine. Users first see their regular Facebook newsfeed stories from their friends when they log in. Then, if they swipe from right to left, they are taken to their highest rank category, such as Headlines, to read the latest in that area. The stories come from popular and reputable sources, such as TIME and CNN International. As users continue swiping from right to left, they browse through more categories of their choosing.

For the newsfeed section of the app, Facebook will display various recent pictures across the top half of the screen in a slideshow fashion. This gives your senior clients the opportunity to easily view photos shared by their loved ones without having to go directly to their profiles. Senior clients can also set up their own category preferences for the rest of the tabs in the app. One recommended category that's fun and light is the Cute category, which features adorable photos of small animals. Who doesn't love a cute baby elephant? 

 

The Facebook Paper app is available for free for Apple platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

App Provides Heart Health Information for American Heart Month: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

The American Heart Association deems February American Heart Month to help raise awareness of overall heart health, prevention of heart disease and warning signs of a heart attack or a stroke. Senior caregivers can use the Heart Health Mobile app created by Marshfield Clinic to assess personal risk for heart disease, learn about prevention and find health screening locations.

New users have two options upon first opening the app; they can either choose to use the standard version of the app for quick access to information or use the game version of the app which gathers points to unlock a mini game based on heart health. To assess personal risk, the app asks for age, weight, heigh, cholesterol and blood pressure. Including blood pressure readings and cholesterol levels increases the accuracy of the risk assessment immensely. Once a user enters their information, a scale on the right side displays their heart risk for their age. 

The education resources within the app are divided into four areas: blood pressure control, cholesterol control, tobacco cessation and weight management. All four areas contribute to heart health, and selecting the relevant category provides a brief but informational paragraph or two to help users understand how it affects their health. For example, the cholesterol category explains the difference between LDL or "bad" cholesterol and HDL or "good" cholesterol. 

The game version of the app unlocks the simple game after having gathered points from using other parts of the app, such as the risk assessment. The game itself is simple but confusing at first because there is a lack of instructions on how to play. The setup of the game has three different kids of figures walking across the screen: blue ones who match a "Exercise" category above, red ones who match a "Quit Smoking" category and green ones who match a "Eat Healthy" category. After a few minutes, I figured out that to get points, the user needs to drag a figure from below into their matching category above to save their life. Once I figured out how to play, the game was fairly simple but reiterated three basic ways to prevent heart disease.

 

The app is available for free for Apple platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Brightnest App Provides Tips for Living Healthier, Cleaner, Savvier Lifestyle: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Making small changes here and there in daily routines can add up to a must greater quality of life for senior caregivers. When it comes to cleaning, home maintenance and health, living well doesn't necessarily need to be difficult or time consuming. The Brightnest app offers tips and tricks for projects and daily routine changes to make life easier and more efficient. 

The user experience in the app begins with a series of questions upon account set up- do you have kids or pets in the house, do you maintain a yard or keep a garage or an attic in order and what categories would you like to see tips in? The tips are divided into healthy, clean, green, handy, savvy, creative and hungry. Choosing more categories will yield more results, but selecting all seven may yield too many tips to scroll through and keep up with on a regular basis. 

One of the best categories for senior caregivers to track may be the clean category, which provides information on how to do household chores such as effectively clean out the refrigerator and organize a closet. The handy category delves a little deeper to share information about how to maintain a clean refrigerator and defrost a freezer or reset a circuit breaker. These tips prove particularly useful for caregivers who assist in home maintenance for their senior clients. Signing up for the app also provides the option for weekly e-mail updates featuring four creative and handy home tips. 

Other categories include creative ways of organizing, such as storing home supplies in mason jars, or examples of how to kill two birds with one stone and turn home cleaning into a workout. The layout of the app is clean and simple which makes it easy to navigate and the menu of tips shows exactly how much time each project will take to complete, ranging from 5 minutes to 60 minutes. 

 

 

This app is available for free for Apple platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Yoga Program App Provides Guided Programs for Improved Caregiver Health: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Meditation and exercise provide mental and physical well being for senior caregivers and their senior clients. Even though it can seem challenging to find time to fit yoga into a caregiver's routine, relieving stress and maintaining health is important. The Yoga With Janet Stone app outlines free meditation programs and yoga for flexibility and strength.

Meditation offers a chance for caregivers to relieve stress and let go of any anxious or negative emotions of a day. This app offers a variety of guided meditation programs ranging in focus from centering your morning to prepare for a day to finding calm and letting go of recent stress. The creator of the app, Janet Stone, guides all of the programs herself through in app videos. When a user selects a program, the app downloads the associated video which shows Stone in a yoga studio performing the meditation as she speaks the user through it. The audio combines her voice over with calming music to set an appropriate mood for the meditations.

Similarly, the yoga programs offer guided video for the user to replicate the movements at home. The two core program options focus on yoga for strength and yoga for flexibility, both of which lend themselves to improved overall health. Caregivers can share the basic yoga programs with their senior clients to improve their flexibility and agility as they age. The yoga videos clearly explain how to perform the movements while showing Stone onscreen moving into the various positions herself. This makes it easy for users new to yoga to replicate the actions and understand how they affect overall strength and flexibility. The yoga programs range from beginning to advanced and combine a series of poses to range in time from 17 minutes to an hour.
 

This app is available for free for Apple platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

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