Health App Tracks Activity for Caregiver Stress Relief

The job of a caregiver can be unpredictable and stressful. One of the most important considerations for maintaining a healthy lifestyle comes with managing that stress. Caregivers have several options when it comes to stress relief: meditation, exercise and sleep all contribute to wellness. For caregivers with Apple phones, the built-in Health app automatically tracks steps so caregivers can gauge their daily activity. 

You probably don't realize the number of steps that you take each day. For caregivers especially, who might be crossing a room several times a day to get things for their senior clients, 15 steps here and 20 steps there add up fairly quickly. The Health app uses GPS data to track how far your phone moves, and with it, how many steps and miles you walk in a day. Caregivers with Apple phones don't even need to download anything to use this function; it comes pre-installed on the phone and tracks movement automatically. 

When caregivers open the app, they are greeted with a dashboard that shows the number of flights of stairs climbed, number of steps and walking + running distance average for the week. If caregivers also have a device such as a Fitbit that tracks calories and other fitness data, they can connect that with the Health app to produce more data, such as exercise minutes or workouts. 

For each category presented, caregivers can click to see more historical data and compare charts over time. For example, clicking on walking + running distance will show all of the daily data for the week, month or year and display bar graphs across the top to illustrate the data. It will also show your average distance overall. The comparison charts help caregivers realize when they might have a week or month that's particularly low so that they can adjust their routine to add in more exercise.


Consider setting a daily step or distance goal for yourself, or maybe even for you and your senior client if they feel like going for a walk. For senior clients, regular movement helps keep their joints active, even if it's just a leisurely stroll around the block. For senior caregivers, walking or running even an extra mile every day can help relieve stress. 

The Health app comes pre-installed on all Apple 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

Establish New Habits and Track Progress Using App

They say the key to forming a new habit is repetition. Once you've completed a task several times, it becomes part of your daily or weekly routine. For senior caregivers, habits might include working out for 30 minutes a day, checking in with the family of a senior client or something as small as checking in on finances once a week. The Habitify app allows senior caregivers to keep track of new and existing habits. 

When users first download the app, they need to create a profile to keep track of their progress. The app offers the option to sign up using e-mail or an existing Facebook account. Then, users see the home screen of the app, which will be blank. To create new habits, caregivers simply need to click the button with a plus sign at the bottom of the screen. 

To create a new goal, caregivers need to give it a name, select how often it should repeat, a starting date and designate if they'd like a reminder to complete the task. Tasks can be repeated on a daily basis, specific days or non-specific days. For specific days, caregivers need to pick which days of the week the habit should be completed on. For non-specific days, caregivers need to pick how frequently the habit should happen each week, i.e. 3 times a week. 


The home screen of the app then displays all of the habits created and a bar across the top allows caregivers to click between days and see which habits need to be completed on each day. When users complete a task, they can click on it, select Done and then a blue check mark will appear next to it in the app. 

Having a list of habits to complete on a regular basis can help caregivers manage the stressors in their daily life. By seeing a list of habits and regularly check them off, caregivers can more easily establish a pattern and the to-do list may seem less overwhelming. The free version of the app limits the number of habits that can be entered to only three, but if caregivers would like more then they can upgrade to the paid version of the app.

The Habitify 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 

Take a Meditation Break for Stress Relief Using Guided App

As we come into the fall and winter months, the days get shorter and the weather gets worse. As this happens, it's easy to hole up indoors and focus on the stressors of daily life. For caregivers in particular who work in high-stress environments, taking the time to break the routine and relieve stress remain key. The Headspace app offers guided meditation to help caregivers take care of their mental health. 

The Headspace home screen displays different levels of meditation for caregivers to work through in the free version of the app. The levels also display how long that particular guided meditation will last for. Once a user selects the first session they would like to complete, the app opens an introduction animation explanation of how to best complete the meditation. 

As the intro to the meditation mentions, the most important aspect to having a successful meditation is finding a location where you will be undisturbed for the duration. Perhaps in the morning before you leave for work, immediately when you arrive home from work or right before bed would work well. Or, maybe your senior client would be interested in completing a guided meditation session with you. 

The actual session is an audio recording with a man explaining how to relax for the meditation. He explains how to sit and breathe in addition to what to focus on as you meditate. He moves slowly through the instructions, making them easy to follow and comply with. Caregivers with no meditation experience should find this a nice introduction. 

As caregivers complete more meditations, they can also visit the Series area of the app. Here users will see different categories of guided meditation, such as Sport, Health and Relationships. Each category has sub-categories of guided meditations for specific topics. For example, under Health there are meditations for Depression, Self-Esteem, Stress and Anxiety.  

The Singles library likewise contains individual meditations around more focused topics, such as Fear of Flying or Commuting. The meditations in this category last anywhere from 2 to 60 minutes, depending on the topic. Both the Series and the Singles meditations require a subscription to the app after having completed the first 10 free meditations. If caregivers find that the into meditations were helpful and a specific topic sticks out to them, they might want to consider subscribing to the service. 

The Headspace 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 

Stay Fit into the Fall Using Yoga App

Summer is almost gone, and with fall comes the tendency to spend more time indoors and sedentary. For senior caregivers, regular exercise can provide much-needed stress relief. Yoga offers a chance to get moving and improve flexibility while staying indoors. The Simply Yoga app teaches caregivers how to do complete different yoga exercises. 

When caregivers first open the Simply Yoga app, they will find a very basic home screen. One detriment to the app is the lack of labels on the home screen. Across the top, there are simply selections between 20, 40 or 60 minutes and underneath that numbers representing difficulty level. When users select a length and a difficulty number, the video program begins. 

The video introduces a pose by saying the name, describing the pose and how to effectively move your body to complete the pose. Poses in the program include Mountain Pose, Sun Salutation and Chair Pose. Users have the ability to move forward and backwards between the different poses using the buttons at the bottom of the screen, so if they miss part of the instructions they can listen again. 


In the background as the narrator talks, the app also plays background noise of waves in an ocean. This, along with the tone of the narrator's voice, is meant to help calm the user as they complete the exercises. In the settings area of the app, caregivers can turn this ocean waves sound on or off, as well as the pose sound and instructions sound within the app. 

The settings area of the app also offers a reminder day and time for notifications to complete a workout. Caregivers can complete these exercises in their living room, or with a senior client in their living room. Remember to use a mat, particularly if you should be exercising on a hardwood floor or a similar rough surface. 

For senior clients, yoga can offer a low-impact way to keep moving and improve flexibility. However, always check with their doctor before starting a new exercise plan and don't force any poses that might be too challenging for them. Participating in a yoga program together also gives you a chance to bond with your senior clients. 

The Simply Yoga app is available for Apple and Android platforms. While the interface itself leaves something to be desired in design, the videos themselves make for useful beginner educational tools. 

 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 a Place to Take a Hike Before Summer Disappears Using App

As the summer winds down into the upcoming Labor Day weekend, you may be asking yourself if you did everything you wanted to this summer. Did you spend time outside, enjoying some fresh air before winter rolls around again? The good news is that even if you answered, "no" to that last question, you still have time to get out and go for a hike using the Hiking Project app.

Don't let the word, "hike" intimidate you. Some hikes could be considered more of a nice walk, depending on the elevation, ascent and descent throughout. For the flat hikes, a mobile senior caregiver could even join you for a short stroll to connect with nature a little bit. 

The Hiking Project app uses an actual map of your state to show areas where good hikes are available. Users can zoom in and out of different vicinities and see proposed hikes highlighted in green as they browse around. 

Once a caregiver picks an area they'd like to potentially go on a hike, they can click on the highlighted trail for more information. The details listed include: ascent, descent, high and low elevation, overall length and a photo. It also includes ratings from users, if available. A chart even shows the elevation compared to the length of the trail to give caregivers a visual representation of how challenging the walk would be. 

As users scroll down, they will find a detailed overview that lists hours, need to know information such as parking availability, further description of the trail including entrances, etc. Caregivers can check in at the trail within the app to keep track of which hikes they've already done, or add it to their To-do list to remind themselves to go there on a later date. 

Lists are also available to show the best hikes in your state, to help you choose if you have a few in mind. Going for a hike helps relieve caregiver stress. Consider an easy walk with a senior client to help get them moving enough to stay active and potentially prevent the onset of dementia. Then, put together a separate list of longer or more challenging walks that you'd like to go on yourself to relieve some stress. 

The Hiking Project app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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 


Caregiver Stress Relief Through Meditation App

Caregivers deal with a lot day to day on the job. Take a break from remembering specific dietary restrictions of your senior clients, coordinating with their family members and worrying about personal matters to meditate. Devoting eight minutes a day to meditation with the Relax: Stress and Anxiety Relief app will help improve caregiver mental health. 

When caregivers first download and open the Relax app, they can choose between nine different background themes. All of the background themes reflect different calming scenes from nature, such as a mountain scene, a flower in a field or a beach. Users also have the option to customize the music playing within the app. 

The app layout and structure may be quite basic, but that makes it easy for the user to click into the meditation session. In the free version of the app, all users have access to the eight minute meditation session. The eight minute session is adequate for meditating to relieve stress, but for longer sessions caregivers need to purchase the paid version of the app.

The narration in the app lays out the basic guidelines for choosing an area to meditate. Caregivers should find a spot where they can lie down on their back, but not on a soft enough surface that they will fall asleep during meditation. The app recommends finding a good spot on the floor or on a firm mat. The room should be quiet and free from the chance for interruptions. 

The meditation starts with the narrator coaching participants through breathing exercises, and then moves on to focusing on specific parts of the body. The narration aims to help users become aware of each part of their body to properly relax it. All the while, caregivers should continue to breathe deeply and focus on inhaling and exhaling deeply at the same rate. 

For meditation beginners, the app also offers exercises to assist in learning to breathe deeply. This portion of the app shows a bar with a sliding dot and a pie chart underneath it. Users can select from different levels and then follow the instructions above the bar to practice meditative breathing. 


For example, one of the first levels has users practice a basic technique to inhale for three seconds and then exhale for three seconds. As the three seconds passes, the dot on the bar slides from left to right and the first section of the pie chart fills up. Once the sliding dot has reached the end of the bar, it pops back to the beginning and the word above changes to say exhale. Users then exhale for the same amount of time as the dot moves across to the right again and the pie chart fills up entirely. 

Having both visuals to look at in addition to an audio clip lasting the length of time for each breath makes training yourself to breathe in sync simple. As users master the lower levels and move higher, breaths get longer and retaining a breath between the inhale and exhale is added to the exercise. Users can practice breathing between sessions to make their overall meditation experience better. 

The Relax: Stress and Anxiety Relief app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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

Use Yoga App to Keep Fitness Resolutions

At the start of every year, gyms are flooded for a few months with new members and the number of diet commercials on TV seem to quadruple. If you made a New Year's Resolution to be a healthier you, try the Daily Yoga app for an easy way to get some exercise at home. 

Yoga provides increased flexibility and muscle strength when practiced on a regular basis. It's also a low-impact exercise, making it ideal to do at the end of a tough day or with your senior client if they have the range of motion needed. 

Users need to create a free account with the app when they first download it, and then they're able to see all of the workout options on the home screen. The default screen shows an option to filter between Featured workouts or All Sessions. Under all sessions, users will see Beginners sessions such as Standing Poses, Lying Poses, Seating Poses, etc. 


Once users select one of these categories, they will see a menu of different poses such as Supine Torso Twist, Dynamic Half Little Boat, or Prone Neck Stretch. The names sound foreign to someone who is new to yoga, but the thumbnail pictures next to the name make it easier to understand what the pose will look like. 

After picking a specific group of poses, caregivers can view a preview of the video for that pose or download the video to complete their workout. The videos per pose last for about 45 seconds and shows a person on a mat completing the moves slowly while a narrator explains each part. All of the poses in a Session last for a set amount of time, i.e. 15 minutes. The videos are easy to follow, stop and rewind as necessary to ensure users complete the moves completely and accurately. 

Users can also read about the poses offered and get more background in yoga by clicking View Details under a session. A biography for the instructor leading that session also appears so users can learn more about the person they're learning from. 

Yoga offers stress relief for caregivers, and often includes a meditative state. Try completing a session when you first wake up before your hectic day, or at night before you go to bed. The app also provides a Community section for users new to yoga to talk about why they started yoga and ask questions about the practice. 

The Daily Yoga app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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


Adult Coloring App Provides Caregiver Stress Relief

Unleash your inner child because coloring is no longer just for the kids. Adult coloring books have taken off this year as a calming and fun way to relieve stress. Take your love of coloring one step further and use the Adult Coloring Book App to fill in different shapes on the go. 

The app does not require users to create an account so they can begin coloring immediately. Once caregivers open the app, they will see the 11 different coloring books to choose from in categories ranging from Flora to Gothica. Users can scroll through the book options on the main screen, and then click on their choice to view all of the images available to color in that book. Every book offers a handful of drawings to color free of charge, but if users would like the option to color every image in the app then they can purchase access for $5.99. 

Once caregivers settle on an image, they can begin coloring the image. The app simply needs users to tap the color they'd like to use and then tap the section of the painting (i.e. a flower petal) to fill. Two color palates come free with the app, called the Essential palate and the Earth palate. Access to the other palates comes at an additional cost. Other ways to customize the drawing include adjusting the texture of the drawing to watercolor, leather or canvas. 



After a picture is complete, caregivers can also view an animated version of their creation which is a sped up version of every stroke they took to color it in. They can also see all in progress and completed pieces in the My Art section of the app. The Gallery area shows pieces that other users throughout the world have finished using the app to browse for inspiration. 

While caregivers color in the app, a background ambience noise plays to enhance the stress relief aspect. Options for ambience include summer rain, crackling fire or babbling brook. Silence is also an option if you would prefer no noise at all. If you take public transportation home from work, using this app on the bus or train with a pair of headphones could be a nice way to unwind from a hectic day. 

Caregivers can also share this app with their senior clients as a fun activity to provide some light brain exercise. Senior clients might want to share this app with their grandchildren or other family members at upcoming holiday celebrations, too. Try picking a drawing for both you and your senior client to color and see whose final piece you like better. And if your senior client would prefer a physical book, adult coloring books can be found in most major book stores. 

The Adult Coloring Book app is available for Apple platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers 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

Fishing App For Caregiver Stress Relief

Fishing offers senior clients a way to get outdoors before summer ends and engage in some light physical activity to keep moving as they age. Meanwhile, senior caregivers may find that fishing brings significant stress relief and being outdoors provides a calming environment. The FishBrain app shares local fishing spots and tips with caregivers.


When users first open the FishBrain app, they need to create a basic profile including the type of fishing that particularly interests them and the types of fish they'd like to catch. If you're new to fishing, there's also the option to pick Unknown or select all of the types listed to see what's local to you.


Once a profile has been created, caregivers can look on the map to find local fishing spots nearby. When users click on a fishing spot, they find a list of recent catches that have been logged by other users in the app. The detailed information on recent catches includes the size and type of fish.

Fishing offers senior clients a way to get outdoors before summer ends and engage in some light physical activity to keep moving as they age. Meanwhile, caregivers may find that fishing brings significant stress relief and being outdoors provides a calming environment. The FishBrain app shares local fishing spots and tips with caregivers.


When users first open the FishBrain app, they need to create a basic profile including the type of fishing that particularly interests them and the types of fish they'd like to catch. If you're new to fishing, there's also the option to pick Unknown or select all of the types listed to see what's local to you.


Once a profile has been created, caregivers can look on the map to find local fishing spots nearby. When users click on a fishing spot, they find a list of recent catches that have been logged by other users in the app. The detailed information on recent catches includes the size and type of fish.


Once a profile has been created, caregivers can look on the map to find local fishing spots nearby. When users click on a fishing spot, they find a list of recent catches that have been logged by other users in the app. The detailed information on recent catches includes the size and type of fish.


As users log their own catches, they can look back at their previous trips and photos of fish that they've already caught. Users can also look at fish that other users have caught recently on the feed area of the app. Caregivers should remember to bring plenty of water and sunscreen should they decide to go fishing with a senior client. Also note any potential heat advisories in the area.


Unfortunately, while the app shares detailed fish types and bait to be used at various spots, it lacks actual information about the parks themselves. Caregivers will need to look up hours, parking information and any local park regulations themselves.


The FishBrain 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

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

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