Diabetes Monitoring App for Health Maintenance

Senior caregivers or their senior clients who live with diabetes know how difficult balancing healthy eating with maintaing healthy blood glucose levels can be on a daily basis. The Diabetes in Check app helps users with Type 2 or Pre Diabetes with logging their daily activity and blood glucose levels for health maintenance.  

The app asks basic questions upon account creation, such as what type of diabetes the user is managing: Type 2, Pre-Diabetic, Type 1 or Gestational. A disclaimer states that the app design suits Pre and Type 2 Diabetes but the tracking can be useful in managing the other two types as well. The next question inquires about other health conditions that the user may be managing in conjunction with the diabetes, such as depression or high blood pressure. Then once users enter their activity level, age, weight, height, etc. their profile is complete and they can begin logging daily activity. 

Users can set a weight loss goal in the app. Based on current weight and height, the app will recommend a daily calorie intake as well as a carb count for each meal to help users reach their specified goal. Users can log their meals in the app using frequently added foods or by scanning the bar code on the food item they're eating.

The Recipes area of the app also suggests meals for users to make to fit into their nutritional guidelines for healthy living with diabetes. Additionally, the Food Guide section shares nutritional information on a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, etc. and details how they affect blood sugar levels. Users can quickly search the alphabetized list while comparing meal options. 

The Diabetes in Check app is available for 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

Teriyaki Bowl Makes for Surprisingly Quick Dinner

Senior caregivers spend long hours at work and once they come home, the idea of cooking dinner from scratch can seem like a daunting and time consuming task. Many home cooks don't realize how easy making their own sauces from scratch can be nor how little time it takes. Myfamilydish.com shares with us their homemade teriyaki sauce recipe, which they say can be made in less time than it takes to pick up an order from your local Chinese restaurant. 

Teriyaki sauce from Myfamilydish.com

 

The basic ingredients for the teriyaki sauce include garlic, ginger, soy sauce, water, Mirin and vinegar. Health benefits of creating your own sauce include being able to control the specific ingredients that make up the final product. If you or a senior client have a dietary restriction limiting your daily sodium intake, then that need can be accommodated with a homemade sauce recipe by using low sodium ingredients or a salt substitute. In this particular recipe, take note of the amount of sodium in the soy sauce you plan to use before purchasing. 

Once the safe is made, combine your favorite Asian noodle with vegetables of your choice. Try broccoli, snap peas, eggplant or cabbage and add some cooked shrimp or chicken in for additional protein. Top with your teriyaki sauce and serve. The recipe overall shouldn't take more than twenty minutes for a healthy customizable dinner.

 

Salmon Cooking Secrets for Easy Dinner

Fish makes for a popular dinner option with plenty of nutrition benefits, but knowing how to cook it well can be challenging. Salmon in particular is full of omega-3 fatty acids which help lower triglyceride levels. Lowering the level of triglycerides in the bloodstream helps prevent heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids also have been linked to prevention of depression and dementia, something that seniors may struggle with as they age. 

According to Myfamilydish.com, one of the biggest frustrations in cooking salmon comes in the "white goo," a type of protein, that leaks out of the fish in the baking process. While fine to eat, it can muck up the appearance of a dish and make it unappetizing. Blogger Sally Mathew shares her trials with different baking times and methods to reduce the "white goo" and not overcook your fish. 

Once cooked, caregivers can pair the Baked Salmon with a favorite steamed vegetable and a whole grain couscous or pasta for a complete meal. Myfamilydish also suggests their own pesto butter as a topping for the salmon once finished cooking, but any favorite sauce can be used as a dressing. Try dijon, lemon sauce, or dill sauce as alternate toppings.  

The results of this recipe will hopefully be quite tasty and nutritionally beneficial for healthy aging for both caregivers and their senior clients. Senior care companies are looking for passionate caregivers to apply for caregiving jobs. Develop further skills as a caregiver through Caregiverlist's online training course

 

Baked Salmon from Myfamilydish.com

Garden Plate App Provides Healthy Recipes for Summer: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

For senior caregivers and their senior clients, eating healthy may not be as easy as it seems. The Garden Plate app offers healthy recipes in several different categories, such as salads, snacks and desserts, to help users eat well.

Seniors may be on particular diet restrictions such as gluten free, low sodium or low fat as orders from their doctors to help them continue to age well. Senior caregivers may not be familiar with many recipes to go along with these diets. The Garden Plate app has you covered- recipes range from categories vegan, gluten free and raw to cover dietary restrictions, and then general recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. With over 20 recipes in each category, there's something for everyone.

The recipes themselves display prep time and cooking time at the top so caregivers know exactly how long it will take to make. It also shows how many servings the dish makes. If it shows 4-6 servings and you're only making food for two people, try halving the ingredients or freezing half of the final product for a quick reheated meal later. Another feature lets users add recipes to their in-app shopping list, so that you can make sure you buy what you need for a great, healthy meal. 

 

The Garden Plate 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

Argus App Builds Overall Health Snapshot: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Building a healthy lifestyle for senior caregivers and their clients comes from eating well, exercising and adjusting daily habits. The Argus app builds an overall daily health snapshot to help users see how their lifestyle serves their overall health. Over time, users can compare data from different days to see trends in their behavior and decide if they can alter it to live a more healthy lifestyle. 

Upon downloading the Argus app, users needs to walk about 30 steps to activate the app initially. The movement tunes the app into how users walk so that it can accurately record the number of steps taken throughout the day, like a pedometer. Once the app is activated, the user sets their target goal for how many steps they would like to take in a day. 

On the main timeline, users can log everything from physical activity to food and water consumption and heart rate (using a companion app). The app also includes a basal calorie calculator. Caregivers can plug in height, weight, birthday and gender and the app will calculate the number of calories burned throughout the day based on metabolic rate. If users also log physical activity, the app will add it to the day's total as active calories. 

The physical activity log includes a GPS option, meaning that if users go for an outdoor jog, the app can effectively track the distance and time run and convert it to calories burned. While the app doesn't explicitly track calories consumed, it does keep track of liquid intake visually on the timeline and it also offers users the chance to take photos of their meals to visually look back at their eating habits. 

 

The Argus 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

 

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

Easy Recipes Featured in App For Healthy Cooking: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Every week Caregiverlist features a new recipe to give our senior caregivers ideas for new meals and snacks to make for themselves or to share with their senior clients. In case caregivers have a taste for something specific or are looking for more recipe ideas, the SparkRecipes app provides a variety of healthy recipes. 

Browsing options for recipes within the app include searching by category or course, type of cuisine, dietary needs or type of occasion, such as a picnic or brunch. The dietary needs section includes recipe choices for gluten free, vegetarian, lactose free, etc. diets, which helps caregivers quickly narrow down potential recipes without needing to examine the individual ingredients in each one. This feature is particularly useful for caregivers whose clients have dietary restrictions set by their doctors. Likewise, the search by category proves useful if the user already has a particular ingredient such as chicken that he/she would like to feature in the recipe. A quick glance at the poultry category shows several chicken dish ideas such as chicken parmesan, chicken and broccoli casserole or orange chicken. Some of the recipes even emulate popular restaurant dishes with healthier twists.

The app also features a conversion section for use while cooking in case caregivers find that they need to measure out pints but they only have a quart measuring cup. Along with the ability to favorite recipes for later use and a section with recipe videos, this app gives caregivers the tools needed to plan delicious meals without needing to spend hours searching for the perfect recipe. 

 

The SparkRecipes 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

Breast Cancer Awareness Apps Display Self Check Methods: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

In case you're wondering why you've been seeing pink everywhere for the past two weeks, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Early detection in breast cancer can mean the difference between surviving the disease or losing the battle. Two specific apps put out by the Keep A Breast Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Foundation focus on helping women learn how to perform self examinations properly and set reminders on a monthly basis to do so. 

Women of all ages should perform a monthly self examination of their breasts to check for lumps as well as attend regularly scheduled mammograms and doctor appointments. A large percentage of senior caregivers and their senior clients are women, so caregivers can use these apps to educate themselves and their senior clients on the detection signs for the disease. Both apps offer instructions on how to perform a self exam but differ in other features. Caregivers can look at the instructions in both and determine which best meets their individual needs.

The Keep a Breast Foundation app offers detailed cartoon diagrams to show visually how to perform the exam. It also gives caregivers the opportunity to set a monthly reminder to perform their self examination. By checking monthly, women are more likely to recognize if something changes in the future so they can bring it up with a medical professional. 

The National Breast Cancer Foundation app offers descriptions of a few different ways to do the exam, so users can pick whichever they are most comfortable with. It also features a Breast Cancer Clinic finder using a caregiver's current location so that a caregiver may schedule an appointment if they need to. There is also an option to donate to the Foundation from within the app.

 

Both apps are free. The Keep a Breast App is available for Apple and Android platforms. The National Breast Cancer Foundation 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

App Developed by Florida Hospitals Promotes "Healthy 100 Habits" for Aging: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Senior caregivers often work with clients to allow them to age in place with some outside support. Florida Hospitals developed a website and an accompanying smartphone app to support healthy aging among seniors by encouraging living to a "Healthy 100" years old. The website boasts 8 secrets to healthy aging, starting with making a choice to improve your health and including looking at how your environment, activity, nutrition, relationships, etc. affect health. A longevity calculator section asks basic questions about your health and family health history, nutritional habits, stress, etc. along with age, activity level and stress level to estimate how old you will live to be with your current habits. It provides personal recommendations to improve quality of life for healthy aging. 

The app is intended to be used in conjunction with the website to track new habits you decide to create based on the results of your longevity calculator test. Taking into consideration how stressful caregiving can be as a profession, one new habit for caregivers might be to "use stress relieving techniques 3 times per week." Stress relief takes various forms for different people, but some suggestions include stretching, going for a casual walk or focusing on relaxing images. The app contains 100 suggestions for new habits, but users can easily make up their own custom habits as well.

Caregivers can create new goals and log when they actively work towards completing existing goals in the app. As an added bonus, the Healthy 100 website offers the chance for Florida residents to get a free rewards card for special deals with local businesses to help support their health goals. 

 

The app is free for Apple and Android platforms. 

"Over 40% of the decisions we make each day are based on habit. Without a plan, it is difficult to create lasting change to live to a Healthy 100 years of age. The Healthy 100 Habits app provides the structure to hold yourself accountable so you can create the life you desire."

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 to relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

 
Log in