2016 Election Coverage from Fox News App

The 2016 Presidential Election is a little over a year away and both the Democratic and Republican parties are gearing up for the primary elections in the spring to determine which candidates will represent them in the general election. After the first Republican debate last night, now is the perfect time for caregivers and their senior clients to get familiar with the various candidates running for both parties using the 2016 Election HQ Fox News App. 

When users open the Election HQ app, they are greeted by a news page with the day's biggest headlines surrounding the election. Today users can read about various take aways from the first Republican debate, such as an analysis on how different candidates handled different questions. The news stories take the format of video or article, giving caregivers the opportunity to pick if they'd rather watch a clip or read about the topic. 

The debate area of the app offers a timeline for all of the upcoming Republican debates and as they approach the app updates with time and which channel it will be shown on TV. As users watch the live debates, the app also offers a scorecard feature. Caregivers can rank how they feel about specific issues during the debates, and the scorecard will show them how their views align with the views of a particular candidate. Unfortunately the only way to use this feature is to watch the debate live on TV. Users lack the ability to retroactively open the app and complete a survey a day or two after a debate to see their results. 

The final tab displays a list of all of the different candidates running for every party. When a user clicks on a particular candidate's name, the profile page with brief background on the candidate and related articles pop up. Unfortunately the profile pages don't display a summary of where each candidate stands on important issues, but the related articles area is extensive and offers insight into their stance on some of those issues. 

Caregivers and their senior clients should take time to familiarize themselves with the candidates and in the coming months decide who they support for the 2016 election. Health care, compensation for workers and climate issues are just a few of the topics up for debate that affect daily life for a caregiver, so learn about the different candidates to see who take the same stance on these issues as you. 

The Fox News Election HQ 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

Diabetes Management App For Caregivers and Clients

Monitoring sugars and insulin on a regular basis to manage diabetes can seem like a daunting task. The mySugr LogBook app provides caregivers the ability to track their carbohydrate intake, blood glucose levels and insulin therapy for customized diabetes management. 

When users first create an account in the app, it asks that they complete a detailed profile regarding their individual experience with diabetes. Basic fields include type of Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2, Gestational, etc.), year of diagnosis, insulin therapy and body weight. It also verifies measurement units for carbohydrates and insulin for accurate tracking. 

The universal functionality of this app comes in the ability to customize your experience to best meet your personal health needs. If you have Type 2 diabetes and simply need to watch your carb intake but have no insulin therapy in place, you don't have to use the insulin fields. If you have Type 1 diabetes, there's a field to track your blood glucose levels several times a day.  

In addition to simply entering your numbers, the log also offers a multitude of other factors to attach to each entry, such as time of day, whether a reading was taken before or after a meal, if you've been exercising, or overall mood. This will help caregivers notice trends over time in their data, such as consistently low readings after exercising. This data can be shared with medical professionals if needed, too, using the data export to PDF option. 

A chart on the home screen shows blood glucose levels over time in a nice visual so users can see if their readings have dramatically risen or dropped at any point during the day. Other log options include noting when a user is feeling particularly high or low, regardless of their readings. A challenges area also provides activities for users to join, such as the Walk for a Cure or Endurance. Both activities are designed to support research for diabetes to help establish a cure. 

The mySugr LogBook 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

Identify Objects for the Vision Impaired Using App

For caregivers working with senior clients who have visual impairments, tasks as simple as moving around the house to find something can take significantly longer. An app called TapTapSee is designed to offer more independence to the visually impaired by identifying objects using the phone's camera. 

The app design and usage of TapTapSee is basic yet effective. As soon as users open the app, they find themselves at a screen where they can aim their phone camera at an object, take a picture and hear a detailed description of the item using the VoiceOver function on their phone.

The test photos I took using the app came back with accurate and detailed descriptions of the items. Beyond simply identifying that an item in a picture is a watch, the app goes a step further and describes the color, design and brand of the watch all from seeing a photo of the face. Likewise, it correctly identified a brand and color of nail polish when I pointed my camera at that. It even closely described a photo of a ceramic box detailed with skulls around the edges. 

If multiple items appear in a photo, the app also identifies every item in the photo. Users could take a photo of a table top and quickly hear if the item they're searching for is laid out on that table. Most photos seem to take ten seconds or less to identify, making this app effective for real time use in the home. The camera focused the photos well, even during slow movement, so clarity shouldn't be an issue. 

The downside, however, is that the app doesn't store past searches to revisit later. While most users only need the information once in real time, having the photos stored could help them show a caregiver a photo of an item they need again at a later date or recall where a specific item was left the last time they searched for it. 

Users do also have the ability to use their photo library to import a photo into the app for identification. The app offers new users 100 free photo identifications each, and after that point users can purchase packages for more identifications. 

The TapTapSee app is available for Apple and Android products. 

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

Find Recipes and Designated Meal Ingredients Delivery Service Using App

For senior caregivers, planning a nutritious meal can not only be difficult in terms of deciding on a recipe and figuring out the correct portions, but also in shopping for ingredients. We've all had the moment when a recipe calls for two tablespoons of something like buttermilk and the remainder of the half gallon we bought then goes unused. The Blue Apron app includes an optional service that sends users predetermined recipes and the exact measurement of ingredients needed to make that recipe each week. 

When users first open the Blue Apron app, they are presented with the option to create a new user account or browse as a guest. Guests have all of the same options to view recipes, but if they would like to use the meal delivery service then they need to create an account. Even if users have no interest in using the delivery service, they can still see full recipes including ingredients lists and instructions to shop for the ingredients themselves. 

Caregivers can search the recipe catalog by type of food or ingredient, or they can browse the menu put together by the chefs at Blue Apron for that particular week. Once caregivers find a recipe they're interested in making, they can click on the title to read more about it. Directly under the recipe title users can see the number of serving and calorie total for each serving, the amount of time it will take to make the recipe and if it is vegetarian. 

Under the directions for each recipe, the chefs also offer tips and tricks specific to cooking that particular recipe, such as "How To: Hold a Chef's Knife." The directions also include step by step photographs in the app for caregivers to follow along with at home. The recipes are created specifically to feed two or four people, as the subscription service includes three recipes per week.

Users can save favorite recipes and take photographs of their own food once it's made to save alongside the recipe. They can even add fun filters and effects, such as animated steam or a chef's hat graphic, to their photo before sharing it on social media sites. The app is easy to navigate and users who decide to sign up for the subscription service can also manage their upcoming meal choices and delivery preferences within the app. 

The Blue Apron app is available 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

Golf Fans Follow U.S. Open Play Using Official App

Senior caregivers and their clients alike may find an enjoyable pastime in watching or playing golf. The U.S. Open golf tournament is taking place at the Chambers Bay golf course this week through Sunday and senior caregivers can follow along with the games and learn more about the course using the USGA U.S. Open app. 

When users first open the U.S. Open app, a homepage greets them with a list of the overall tournament leaderboard. Each hole on the golf course is assigned a number of hits the player should take to successfully move the ball from the tee to the hole in that round. This is referred to as the par for the hole. The player with the least number of hits overall wins. The Leaderboard shows the players and their score based on if they are over or under par. 

The Leaderboard also features individual player profiles with information on their home country, age and statistics on their playing abilities such as average driving distance and no. of putts. The leaderboard automatically updates every 30 seconds to keep users up to date on the proceedings of the game. 

Users also have the option to watch a livestream of the tournament itself or video highlights and recaps. If users would prefer to read about previous plays, another section called "The Latest" features articles such as "Round 1: Notable and Quotable" to keep users who may not have been able to watch live a recap of previous events. 

Another fun interactive feature of the app gives users the opportunity to learn the specifications of the course through hole by hole maps and flyover videos. The description of the each hole shares the challenges that golfers may face there and the expected strategic shots they will take. The locator portion of the app givers users the ability to keep up with players' movements on each hole in real time by identifying which player is at the hole and their specific location within the course. 

Senior caregivers and their senior clients may find that watching golf a relaxing way to spend a few hours in the afternoon. Since it's a relatively low stress and slower moving game than other sports like basketball or football, it's easy for senior caregivers or their clients to quickly pick up the rules as they watch.

Even if caregivers are watching the game live on TV, the app provides information to enhance their understanding of the players and the course. The U.S. Open started on June 15 and continues through Sunday, June 21. 

The U.S. Open 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

Bathroom Finder and Review App Offers Help in a Pinch

For senior caregivers who may be out with their senior clients running errands or going to/from an appointment, the need to use the restroom can strike unexpectedly. When those moments strike, trying to find the nearest bathroom can be stressful. Some places you would expect to have bathrooms might not, and others might not be accessible or incredibly dirty. Luckily, the Sit or Squat app offers a location based bathroom finder map along with user reviews to help caregivers find and available restroom easily. 

When users first download the app, they need to give permission for it to use their location and then it brings up the map showing the area they're in. On the map, restrooms are indicated with toilet paper roll icons. Clean or recommended restrooms are displayed in green while dirtier or poorly reviewed restrooms are shown in green. The green icons accompany a message that the toilet is clean enough to sit on, while the red icons warn users it's better to squat when using that restroom. 

Previous users who visited the bathrooms can leave comments and attach pictures to the bathroom detail on the app. A filters setting on the lower right side of the app brings up options to sort by certain specifications, such as For Free, Handicap Accessible, Baby Changing Table or Sits Only. The Sits Only option only displays the green toilet paper rolls, or bathrooms with good user ratings. Caregivers who have senior clients who need a handicap accessible bathroom in particular will find this feature useful so they don't need to go to several locations before they find a bathroom that meets their client's needs. 

When a caregiver decides on which bathroom they'd like to visit, the app also offers the option to transport the address information into a maps app such as Google Maps for easy step by step navigation. Once caregivers visit a bathroom, they also have the option to rate the bathroom, leave a comment, or flag it if there was misinformation or the restroom has closed, etc. 

The Sit or Squat 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

Garden Planning App for Caregiver Stress Relief

Gardening offers a lovely spring and summertime activity for senior caregivers to relieve stress and for their senior clients to get outdoors for an hour or two to get some light physical activity. The process of planning and planting a garden helps keep senior minds active and prevent onset of dementia. Using the Burpee Garden Time app, senior caregivers and their clients can plan out the various plants they'd like to grow in their garden. 

When users first open the app, they are met with a blank white screen with a single button at the bottom reading, "Let's Get Started." The blank screen makes it seem as though something is still loading or missing, but once users hit the button it takes them to the actual homepage to browse plants. The plants are broken into three categories: vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Each plant features its own page with Growing Instructions, Videos and information on Planting Dates. Notably, the Planting Dates information specifies the best way to grow that particular plant, whether it's ideal to begin growing them indoors and transfer them to the garden later or to sow the seeds directly in the garden.

To get the most accurate planting instructions, users should create an account with their location. With a location in place, the app offers a specific range of dates to sow the vegetable based on the needs of the plant. Even caregivers or senior clients who may not have their own designated garden space can grow a few different plants in large pots on balconies, porches or just outside of the door to their house. 

Topics for the in-app videos include information on different types of that plant, caring for that plant, common diseases for that plant and how to sow that particular plant. The My Garden area of the app also offers users the ability to look at all of the plants they've chosen for their garden and the Planner sets upcoming tasks for users to complete. The Weather area also provides the local forecast.

Caregivers can use gardening as a way to get outside, connect with nature and focus on something other than the stressors in their daily life. For their senior clients, gardening provides an opportunity to go outside and flex a few of their muscles in a low intensity way.  

The Burpee Garden Time Planner 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

Navigate and Plan Trips in the City with Mapping App

For a senior or a senior caregiver, navigating a big city and knowing the fastest way to get from point A to point B can be difficult. With cities becoming more congested than ever, knowing the best form of transportation in real time can help senior caregivers and their clients save time. Using the CityMapper app, senior caregivers can see the estimated amount of time it would take to get someplace by walking, riding a bike, taking a cab or using public transportation. 

When users first open the app, the home screen offers a main function option of "Get Me Somewhere." When users click on this button, the app assumes their start location to be their current location from GPS data and asks for an end location. As soon as users begin typing in the name of their end location, the app searches for it letter by letter for quick results. 

If users want to start from a different location than their GPS data supplies, all they have to do is type in an address or a landmark. Once users set the start and end points, a "Results" screen pops up with various transportation options. The walking and biking options offer an estimated number of calories to be burned, which can be useful for the caregiver looking to relieve stress and fit some exercise into their schedule. 

The results appear in Classic mode or Live mode. Classic is best used for planning future trips, such as planning how long it would take to get to the doctor for an appointment tomorrow afternoon or estimating how long it will take to get to an event tomorrow. The Live mode offers real time estimates considering current traffic and bus or train tracking data.

Additionally, in the Live tab, the cab option offers real time estimates for the fare cost of riding with nearby Uber drivers. The public transit data in the Live option offers tracking data on the next buses and trains so caregivers know exactly when to leave to catch the next ride on their line. The app even offers a feature that alerts the user when they're nearing their stop so they know when to get off their public transit bus or train. That feature is particularly useful for first time riders of a certain line who might not be familiar with the route. 

The CityMapper 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

Physical Therapy Exercise Guide Through App

Caregivers may have senior clients who need a knee or hip replacement as they age to maintain mobility and reduce pain. Recovery from a joint replacement surgery requires physical therapy as mandated by the overseeing doctor. While not meant to replace exercises provided by a physical therapist, the Pocket Physio app provides a library of images, descriptions and videos to help seniors accurately perform their exercises at home. 

The Pocket Physio app offers four types of exercises: knee, hip, hand and foot. Once a user selects a category, the app provides a choice of exercises based on how long ago the surgery occurred. The first page will explain the type of surgery the exercise corresponds with and the end goal of the exercise.

For example, one of the end goals of hand surgery is to be able to move from a complete extension of the hand to a full fist. A diagram on the main exercise page shows a progression of the movement using a set of four pictures and the videos below show the stages users go through to work towards the full fist. 

Detailed instructions accompany the videos within the app so that users of all learning types can accurately perform the exercises. Additional features of the app include the ability to set Reminders for when it's time to exercise or for a doctor's appointment. An additional Information tab in the app provides other basic tips for the recovery stage of surgery, such as how to walk with crutches up and down stairs, improve circulation, or get in and out of a car. 

The Information tab also contains tips for Pain Management. Senior caregivers should always advise their senior clients to closely follow instructions from their doctor regarding pain management and recovery from surgery, but in addition to pain killers, the app offers breathing relaxation exercises. Caregivers and their senior clients might find the exercises to be soothing when trying to fall asleep. 

The Pocket Physio 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

Quick and Healthy Recipes Featured in App

Healthy eating sounds like an easy task at first, but sometimes can seem more time consuming and expensive than we expected. But healthy cooking doesn't have to complicated or break the bank. Using basic ingredients from your local store and the Healthy in a Hurry recipe app, caregivers and their senior clients can enjoy healthy meals on a regular basis. 

The Healthy in a Hurry app exists as a part of EatingWell.com. When users first open the app, they are greeted with a Recipe of the Day on the homepage. If that dish sounds good, users can click to view the recipe, or they can browse through the other recipes on the app by category. The Recipe of the Day today is Maple-Walnut Tapioca Pudding, a dessert. Their recipe uses low-fat milk, pure maple syrup, one egg, tapioca, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. All ingredients that caregivers likely either already have in their pantry or could easily locate in the store. Right at the top of each recipe, the app notes how much active time a recipe requires for the caregiver to spend preparing it as well as the total time spent preparing and cooking. This recipe takes 20 minutes to prepare and 45 minutes total to prepare and cook.  

The bottom of each recipe also displays the number of servings and the nutritional information for each serving. The Tapioca Pudding makes two servings and has 301 calories per serving and 9 grams of fat, as well as 9 grams of protein. Other recipe categories in the app include breakfast/brunch, dinner, snack/drinks, appetizer, etc. Users can browse through recipes ahead of time and save favorites as they come across them. Icons designate recipes that are High Fiber, Heart Healthy, or Healthy Weight for seniors and caregivers who might be on a specific diet. The app homepage also offers users the chance to browse new collections, implying that new recipes are being added on a regular basis. The only feature missing from the app is the ability to save ingredients to a shopping list. Users might like to download a companion app to keep track of what they need to buy. 

The Healthy in a Hurry 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

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