Logic Game Helps Senior Clients Keep Brain Active

For seniors, one of the best ways to prevent the onset of dementia is to keep the mind active. This doesn't mean that seniors need to be constantly working on complex projects, though. Brain exercise as simple as reading a book, completing a crossword or playing a brain game will keep the cogs turning. The Logic Puzzles app provides caregivers and their senior clients a way to exercise their minds.

The premise of the games in this app is to read clues and figure out the breakdown of the scenario accordingly. For example, the first game in the app focuses on a bobsledding tournament. The clues at the bottom are designated to help users decide who in the puzzle belongs on the team from which country, which of them are partners and what color bobsled they compete in.

The grid above the clues shows all of the possible combinations and as seniors read the clues, they can mark the boxes below as red for not correct or green for the correct combination. For example, one of the clues says that Ted and his partner are the white sled, so the user would select a green box for Ted and the white sled. They could also select a red box for the white sled column under the other users, but they do still need to figure out who Ted's partner is.


Senior caregivers could work on figuring out the clues with their senior clients. Some of the clues offer straight answers about which boxes are correct, while others offer hints that need to be combined with other clues to solve. 

Once seniors complete the puzzle and think they know the correct answers, they can select "Check Answers" from the menu in the upper left corner of the app and see how well they did. The app contains 10 different puzzles, so senior caregivers can plan to do one each week with their client and then possibly repeat the puzzles after some time has passed. 

The Logic Puzzle 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


Fun Brain Game App Helps Prevent Onset of Dementia in Senior Clients

The task of keeping a senior's brain active to prevent the onset of dementia may seem daunting, but it breaks down to finding small tasks they can do on a regular basis. Many activities will do the trick, such as crossword puzzles, yoga, or reading a book, one option is to pick a brain game. The Six app offers a simple but fun game to activate senior clients' brains and prevent dementia. 

The concept behind Six will be easy for a senior client to pick up in its simplicity. There is a hexagon on top of a tower of blocks of different shapes and sizes. The goal of the game is to eliminate the blocks one at a time from underneath the hexagon without letting it roll off the side of the tower. It sounds easy, but as the blocks fall the hexagon shifts on its five sides.


The challenge lies in determining which blocks will throw off the balance of the whole tower and send the hexagon teetering off the edge. Senior clients will need to examine the way the different shapes underneath the hexagon fit together, and how the weight will shift as they choose which block to eliminate next. For example, in the above scenario, senior clients would need to decide whether or not getting rid of the block on the far right would cause the hexagon to shift and come falling off the right side of the tower. 

As caregivers and their senior clients continue playing the game, they rack up more and more points for eliminating blocks while keeping the hexagon balanced. Once a certain score is reached, the app unlocks the next level for play. Caregivers could easily create a little tournament between themselves and their senior clients to see who can get the high score on the game, or instead play together and strategize about which blocks to get rid of next. 

Another version of the game available is based entirely on speed, and how quickly players can get rid of blocks while keeping the hexagon balanced. Senior clients can give this a try, but many may prefer to take their time on the classic version of the game. Both offer ample opportunity for brain exercise, so whichever they prefer is fine. 

The Six! 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

Reading App Helps Caregivers Form New Habits in the New Year

In this digital age, with the internet and endless numbers of shows to watch on TV, sitting down and reading a book may seem like an old-fashioned hobby. But reading provides a way for caregivers to relieve stress, and a way for senior clients to keep their minds active to prevent the onset of dementia. Using the Bookout app, caregivers can set goals for how often they'd like to read, track actual minutes spent reading and unlock various achievements. 

To get started with the app, caregivers first should pick a book they're currently reading or are ready to begin reading. For those with digital readers, many libraries offer free access to e-books the same way you can check out a physical book. Users can then search for the specific title of the book they select within the app and it's added to their library with the number of pages. As users read the book, they can log the number of pages read, length of time reading and date. 


These minutes can be logged towards specific monthly goals set within the Goals section of the app. Caregivers can pick either a monthly or a yearly goal for number of hours read. The goals section of the app also offers an alarm setting to remind caregivers to read every day. This feature could be particularly useful for senior clients, who might want to read daily for an hour or two each day to keep their minds active. 

The Stats section of the app provides a look at pages read and time spent reading over time with a line chart. It also shows the number of consecutive days users have logged time reading. Caregivers can easily see their own progress on this tab, with more statistics available if they'd like to upgrade to the paid version of the app. 

The Achievements area of the app offers some fun "badges" associated with reading different categories of books or for different lengths of time. For example, the Fledging badge is earned after completing your first book. Others require more in-depth accomplishments, such as the Worshiper app with requires users to add five quotes they enjoyed from a book to the notes on that book's page. 

The Bookout 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

Gardening App Provides Hobby, Light Activity for Senior Clients

Now that it's officially summer, the optimal time for outdoor activities has come. Why sit inside all day when you can head out for an hour and soak up some sun? For senior caregivers looking for low-impact activities to partake in with their senior clients, the Gardening Companion app offers a way to get outside and connect with nature. 

Gardening proves to be optimal for senior clients because it doesn't require much physical labor. There may be some digging and pulling weeds, but a senior caregiver can work with their senior client to take care of the more strenuous tasks. It also offers a way for senior caregivers to bond with their clients, over planning which plants to include and actually planting them. Having a hobby also gives senior clients something to work towards and keeps their brains active while incorporating light physical activity. 

When caregivers first open the app, they must create an account. The process takes a few seconds if you connect an existing social media account to the app. The homepage of the app features popular articles for users to scroll through. The topics range from spotlights on specific types of plants, such as Dogwood, or more general topics about gardening, such as Soil & Fertilizers. 



The articles focusing on specific types of plants go into great detail by introducing the plant and then breaking down what's necessary for its care. Caregivers can search by plant name in the upper right corner if they have a specific plant in mind. Users can also favorite plants and articles to save for later. 

Reading through the profile and seeing the tips for growing that plant will help senior caregivers and their clients determine if it's a good fit for their home garden. The tips even offer differentiation between growing the plant indoors versus outdoors, so senior caregivers can take that into consideration. The only function missing from the app is a suggestion tool for which plants grow well when planted in the same bed.

The Journal and Reminder areas offer tools to stay on track with tending the garden. In the journal, caregivers can record events such as flowers blooming or vegetable plants being ready to pick to keep historical data for future years. And in Reminders, caregivers can set a reminder to water their plants based on its needs. 

Senior caregivers should remember to take into consideration the elements of working outside. Check the weather forecast before planning to spend an hour or two outside. Bring water bottles out for continued hydration, wear a hat with a brim to shade your face from the sun and wear sunblock or bug spray as needed. 

The Garden Companion 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



Brain Games in App Keep Brain Active and Prevent Dementia

One of the best ways to prevent the onset of dementia is to keep the mind active as we grow older. This can be accomplished in many ways, such as crossword puzzles, reading books on a regular basis or playing little brain games. The Peak - Brain Training app gives senior clients a series of games to play to sharpen their memory skills, improve mental agility and keep their brain active.

When users first download the app, they need to create a profile from a Facebook account or with an e-mail address. The app asks which areas they would like focus on from problem solving, memory, language and focus. Caregivers can help their senior clients pick categories, but there's no issue with selecting all four. 

Then, to establish a base point, users need to complete a series of intro exercises. The first exercise shows users a series of three or four tiles with numbers on them and asks them to tap them in order from lowest to highest. This exercise focuses on speed and accuracy. 

Another exercise presents a tiled board and shows spots where little mines are hidden. Senior clients need to remember where the mines are hidden because then it shows two dots and the goal is to connect the dots without hitting one of the squares with a hidden mine. This exercise focuses mainly on strengthening memory. 


As users move through the exercises, they app assesses their skills and gives them a ranking, from beginner or novice up to expert. As senior clients use the app over time, the app creates personalized workouts to improve their skill sets based on prior performance in the games. 

Senior caregivers can sit down with their senior clients a few times a week and take turns playing the games or simply cheer their senior clients on while they complete the exercises. For optimal brain exercise to help offset dementia, use the app about three times a week and pepper the day with other small brain activities, such as reading the newspaper or doing a crossword puzzle. 

The Peak - Brain Training 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

Caregivers May Improve Brain Functions Using Elevate App

It's easy to get stuck in a monotonous routine day in and day out, especially for senior caregivers and their clients. For senior clients, maintaining and using various brain functions on a regular basis helps ensure their mind stays active. Help your senior clients maintain their brain functions and prevent the onset of dementia by using the Elevate app. 

Elevate focuses on improving brain functions in core areas such as focus, speech skills, reading comprehension, etc. When users first download and open the app, they are presented with tests specifically designed to measure their current performance in categories such as reading, writing, math, etc. The base scores give users a benchmark to measure all future performance against. 


As part of the set up, users also indicate what areas they would like to see improvement in skill-wise. Caregivers can use areas such as the writing brevity test to strengthen writing skills for communicating with the family of a senior client. If senior clients enjoy reading as a hobby, they can improve their reading comprehension by taking advantage of the Processing test, which shows various passages at an increasing words read per minute speed and quizzing users on the content afterwards. 

The creators established different levels for users effectively, making sure the introductory quiz matches the content levels of the tests. While a caregiver might fly through a reading test, their senior client may start at a lower level to match their needs. Once users complete the initial set up, the app offers them a weekly learning plan with reminder notifications. After five training sessions, users can visit the Study area of the app to participate in practice exercises in between sessions. 

Users can measure their progress week after week by viewing their personal scores under the Performance area of the app. Make it into a fun competition with your senior client by seeing who can improve by the most points over an eight week period. Instead of comparing who has the most overall points, see who can earn the most from their starting point to the end date to make it fair. 

The Elevate 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

Prevent Onset of Dementia Through Brain Games

The onset of dementia can come quickly and be incredibly scary for a senior client and their families. Luckily, frequent exercise of the brain helps keep the mind sharp and prevent onset of dementia, or at least lengthen the time before onset. The Wordbrain app provides caregivers with a game for their senior clients to exercise their minds on a regular basis. 

The premix of the Wordbrain app is for users to find scrambled letters on a game board to create a word below. For example, if a board has the letters S, O, P and T on a board, users need to swipe across the letters in the correct order to spell a word. However, these four letters spell out several words, such as STOP, TOPS, POTS and SPOT.

Users must swipe through the various combinations until they find the specific word the app is looking for. At first this may seem frustrating because the first word you swipe may not register as the answer. But this truly forces senior clients to work through all the possibilities and keeps their brains engaged as they move the letters around to find various combinations instead of simply the first one that pops into their head. 

If users get stuck, there's an option to ask for a hint which will help by displaying the first letter of the word in the box below. Users also have the option to hit the button with two arrows in a circle below, which will shuffle the letters in the boxes above to give a new order and help visualize them in a different way. 

As users play, their "Brain Size" within the app grows and accordingly the puzzles get more difficult. The app offers different levels names after types of insects. Users begin in the Ant level and work their way up to unlock the Spider level. Users also have the ability to use their own creativity and create a puzzle to stump their family and friends.

Senior caregivers and their clients could play on this app together and create puzzles for one another to try and beat. Once a user creates a puzzle, they are given a unique code that corresponds with it. When they share that code, all their senior caregiver needs to do is type it in the designated area on the home screen and they're given the puzzle their senior client created for them to solve. 

The Wordbrain 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

Book Recommendations and Reading Lists Offered Through App

Reading books can take us to a different fantasy world with dragons and wizards, to a different time period such as Medieval Times or simply into the lives of people like ourselves living now. Books also provide a nice stress reliever for caregivers who need to spend some time unwinding at the end of a long day. The Goodreads app allows senior caregivers to track books they are currently reading, make lists of books they'd like to read and get recommendations for book titles they would likely enjoy. 

The initial profile creation will ask basic questions and for users to rate 20 books that they read previously. Rating books helps the app make quality recommendations based on what a user has liked in the past. Users can scan through provided categories such as Biography, Music, Fantasy, etc. to find titles that they would like to rate. 

The app also features a barcode scan for books using the smartphone camera. Scanning a barcode allows users to then rate the title if read previously, indicate the book as currently reading, or add to the user's individual shelves. The shelves indicate books users would like to read. 

In addition to simply making lists, caregivers can set reading challenges for themselves or for senior clients. Reading serves as a great way for seniors to keep their brain active and help prevent onset of dementia, even if they only read a few chapters of a book each day. Caregivers can help their senior clients set a reading goal for the year, whether it be several books a month or only one book every two months. 

If users would like further reading recommendations beyond the personalized ones in the app, the Best Books of 2014 list is available at the top of the homepage of the app. Users voted on their favorite books in 20 categories and the results are displayed for easy browsing. Any time a user is considering reading a book, they can read not only the publisher's synopsis, but also user reviews about why they did or did not enjoy a particular title. 

The Goodreads 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

Find Crafts for Seniors to Maintain Motor Skills

Craft projects for senior caregivers and their senior clients offer more than a fun way to pass some time- certain activities such as knitting or crocheting allow seniors to keep up their motor skills. Staying active even in little ways like moving the hands repeatedly through a stitching process or doing some light garden work help seniors engage their body enough to help prevent dementia. The CraftGawker app offers a variety of project suggestions for crafts from knitting to candle making to plants. 

Knitting for seniors in particular makes for an ideal project because it can be done over any time frame and nearly anywhere. Senior caregivers can help their client find a pattern they like under the Knitting category on the app and then set them up with a yarn of their choosing, and the senior client can work on the project while they watch TV, when they're in the waiting room for an appointment or before they go to bed.

Once a senior learns know to knit, muscle memory kicks in to help them repeat the same motion over and over. Particularly with the holidays coming up, for seniors who already know how to knit, the CraftGawker app offers great pattern ideas for gifts for loved ones. Perhaps a hat for a grandchild or a coffee mug sleeve for an adult child. The app makes it easy to scroll through different finished products, then to click on the one you like and download the pattern.  

Other categories in the app that could be fun and easy for seniors include the basic clay and pottery projects, food craft, plants and jewelry. The app is easy to navigate and includes options for the most popular and latest entries if seniors just want to browse without a particular project in mind. 

The CraftGawker app is available for download 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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