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

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

Yoga for Beginners App Offers Caregivers, Clients Easy Way to Exercise

Relieving stress and staying active play a big part in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but most of the time that seems easier said than done. For senior caregivers whose work is particularly demanding, setting aside time a couple of times a week to exercise and de-stress can make a big difference in mental and physical health. The Yoga For Beginners app offers a way for caregivers and their senior clients to stretch and exercise wherever is most convenient for them. 

The home screen of the app is divided into four different sections: Yoga Plans, Yoga Poses, Health Tips and Instruction. Under Yoga Plans, caregivers will find the different options for yoga programs that they can complete through the guided instructions in the app. The Yoga for Beginners plan is free, while the others such as Yoga to Relieve Stress or Yoga for Better Sleep must be paid for. Starting with Yoga for Beginners will give you and your senior clients a feel for the basic poses and will help with the aforementioned issues. Simply doing any yoga helps bring calm to the mind and stretch the body. 

Once users select a program, they can click start to begin the countdown and launch into their exercise routine. The screen shows the specific pose that caregivers should use, and if a demonstration is needed then caregivers can click on the play button in the upper right-hand corner. This will pull up a video explaining and demonstrating the pose for someone who has never done it before. The videos are embedded directly into the app from YouTube, so they aren't all the same style or instructor. But given the free nature of the app, they do a sufficient job of educating the viewer on how to complete the exercise. 


Under the Yoga Poses area of the app, caregivers will find a list of poses that serve different purposes and instructions on how to complete them. The categories include Yoga Poses, Abs Exercises, Stretch Exercises, etc. Every category includes some free poses and some locked for a paid subscription. These all include a written description of the activity and what it helps with, and then a YouTube video showing the exercise. These YouTube videos appear to be specifically put together for the app, as opposed to the videos in the other portion that differ in instructor and style video-to-video. 

Under Health Tips, caregivers will find several categories sharing tips on everything from Women's Health and Weight Loss Tips to Healthy Eating and Aging & Health. When users read these tips, even in the prose they are reminded to consult with their doctors for expert opinions before changing their habits drastically. Especially when it comes to senior clients, medical professionals will offer a more sound opinion than general tips in an app. However, this section can offer some food for thought, and options to discuss at future doctor's appointments. 

The Yoga for Beginners 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

Caregivers Clean Up Inbox Using Email Organizing App

Over time it's easy to become sick of the barrage of emails cluttering up your inbox, and needing to unsubscribe from a new list every time you buy something off the internet. Sometimes, you might be on the mailing list for companies like Caregiverlist whose e-mails you care about, but don't want to read individually. The Unroll.me app takes the work out of checking emails by allowing caregivers to unsubscribe from unwanted lists and organize their inboxes to get pertinent information in one daily digest. 

When users first open the app, it asks them to log in using their e-mail provider for the account they'd like to manage. Once the app has access to your account, it shows a small tutorial for how to categorize e-mails. Swiping left will unsubscribe you from that particular list, swiping up puts that e-mail into your Daily Digest, and swiping right keeps your subscription as-is. 

Then the app pops up with a notification letting caregivers know how many lists they're subscribed to. The number may surprise you, as it could easily be over 100 subscriptions. Then the app proceeds to pull up individual previews of each unread email in your inbox. This gives caregivers the ability to categorize each one as they go through. 


Caregivers may want to keep any e-mail subscriptions from the industry and roll them up into their daily digest, but unsubscribe from the mailing list of online retailers who they only made a one-time purchase from. However, for personal email addresses or those of your employer, family of senior clients, etc., you may want to maintain individual communication so you never miss an important message. If you roll these into your daily digest, it could mean you won't see a request immediately. 

Once caregivers finish sorting through all of their emails, they can go to the upper right corner and click on the newsletter icon to be taken to their daily digest. The digest won't appear on the first day after users initially sort their emails, but moving forward users can see the daily digest here. Also, users have the option as time passes to go back and look at their daily digests from previous days. 

The Unroll.me 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

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

Caregivers Make Resolution to Organize Finances Using App

The beginning of a new year marks the perfect time to re-examine your personal finances and monthly budget. Especially for senior caregivers who might be on a tight budget to begin with, even finding small spending habits to eliminate can add up to big savings over time. The Clarity Money app offers a free tool for caregivers to examine their spending habits and recognize monthly subscriptions that could potentially be canceled to save more money. 

When users first open the Clarity Money app, they need to create a profile and then log into online banking for any accounts they'd like to track. The app can pull in information from multiple banks to track on one profile. Then users will be taken to the home screen of the app, which displays most of the different features as you scroll down. 

At the top, users simply see a breakdown of their Cash and Debt in the connected account, as the app pulls in checking, savings and credit card information. Then, the app shows how much money the user spent yesterday with an optional drop down menu to review all transactions on the accounts, or only the most recent. 

Below that, a chart breaks down all of the user's spending for the month into specific categories. In addition to establishing monthly patterns, this also helps caregivers see where they might unexpectedly be spending more money than they realize, such as on shopping. If a number seems oddly high on shopping, ask yourself where you can save money at the grocery store, or if you can do without that new sweater. 

The next section of the app offers to create a savings account with Clarity Money to meet goals, such as establishing a Rainy Day Fund or saving for an upcoming trip. The app offers several options for how to set it up, with varying dollar amounts to choose from and customizable frequency. Caregivers can set it up to pull a certain amount of money from the linked account of their choosing weekly on a certain day of the week, or monthly on a specific date, i.e. the 2nd of every month. 

The app also identifies recurring charges to your account for monthly subscriptions for services such as Netflix and displays them all in one area to help caregivers see what they're paying total on a monthly basis. Perhaps you realize that you pay for a Netflix subscription, but you haven't been using it. That makes for an easy decision to cancel it and save $10 per month. 

The app also features ways to check your account balances, credit card activity and your credit score. The app does an excellent job of presenting a snapshot of your overall financial picture from several angles to make planning and budgeting easy. 

The Clarity 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 Teaches Meditation for Caregivers in Time for New Year's Resolutions

Meditation offers a great way to relieve stress and take some time alone to decompress from the trials of daily life. Especially for caregivers, whose work often involves high levels of stress, finding a way to effectively relieve stress is crucial to long-term health and well-being. The Calm app offers caregivers a way to relax, focus and sleep better through guided meditation. 

When users first download the app, they need to create an account and then the app takes them to a home screen. Caregivers will see that a "Daily Calm" meditation is featured prominently on this screen, but when they click on it, they will find that portion of the app requires a paid subscription. Fret not, for the other areas of the app are free and available to use. 

The three options at the bottom of the screen are Beathe, Meditate and Sleep. Caregivers who have never tried meditation before should probably start by clicking Meditate, and then selecting 7 Days of Calm from the menu that appears. The first program in this set is the Basics of Meditation, so those new to the practice can get a complete overview. 

Once users begin a program, a peaceful nature scene will appear on your phone screen with some background nature noises while a woman's voice comes on to explain meditation and the practice. The woman on the app takes users through how to effectively breathe for meditation. Once caregivers understand how to do this, they can take advantage of the Breathe function within the app at any time. 

The Breathe function offers a visual tool to assist caregivers when breathing for meditation purposes. As users breathe, a small dot moves around a circle indicating when to breathe in, hold the breath and then breathe out. The circle also expands upon inhale and skrinks back to the initial size upon exhale. Caregivers can use this function whenever they have a few minutes of downtime and would like to calm themselves. 

The other main area of the app offers assistance falling into a natural sleep. Users can click the Sleep button from the home screen and then choose a sleep story. Remember when you were a kid and you loved having a someone read to you before bed? These stories offer meditation and a story read aloud to help adults fall asleep. Caregivers might also find this useful for senior clients who have difficulty sleeping through the night. 

The Calm 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

Caregivers Use App to Break Spending Habits in Time for 2017

Finding room in a monthly budget for something extra can be difficult, especially for caregivers who may not make as much as they'd like. But, what if you'd like to establish an emergency fund or need some extra cash for a car payment? The Priority app helps caregivers identify spending habits and decide what they can cut out to save cash for a long-term goal. 

When caregivers first download the app, it greets them with a screen asking for three words or less about something they really want. This could be something more general, like an emergency fund, or something very specific, such as a new TV. Users then need to enter the estimated amount of that item. 

The next screen pops up and asks caregivers to consider what they'd be willing to give up to get that item. The example presented by the app is an afternoon cup of coffee, which could run the typical person anywhere from $2 - $4, depending on the location and order. Think about your daily or weekly routine and consider the little purchases you make on a frequent basis. What can be eliminated that you might not miss much in order to save for a larger goal? 

After users decide what they'd be willing to give up, the app asks for an approximate dollar amount and frequency of spending per day or per week. Then the app determines how long it would take for the user to reach their end goal based on the amount saved per week. 

For the sake of example, in this scenario, the user would give up a morning coffee run at $4 a cup five times per week. They are saving for an emergency fund, which they would like to build up to $1,000. According to the app, it would take 250 weeks at $4 per week to reach that goal. 


As caregivers begin to skip their old habit of spending money, they can enter the app and log it on a daily basis. As users log skipped purchases, the app updates their total "Skip amount" as well as the number of skips needed to meet their ultimate goal. Users can update the details of their goal at any time, and see any completed goals or user stats in the main menu. 

The Priority 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

Diabetes Management App Assists Caregivers in Working With Senior Clients

Diabetes can be difficult to manage, especially upon initial diagnosis. For many people, managing diabetes requires not only following instructions from doctors, but also learning how their own bodies respond to a specific diet or doses of insulin. To help make this learning process easier, the One Drop app gives senior caregivers a place to keep daily records of their diabetes management. 

When users first download the app, they need to create a new profile. After inputting their e-mail and creating a password, the app asks what type of diabetes the user is diagnosed with. Options include Type 1, Type 2, Pre-Diabetes, Gestational and others. After answering this question, profile set-up is complete and users are taken to the home screen. 

The main focus of the app is centered around the button in the center bottom of the screen to log different activities. Users can add a record when they check their blood sugar, take a medication, eat something or exercise. All of these factors affect blood sugar levels, which is key in managing diabetes. 

When users record their blood sugar, they can use a slider on a circle at the top to enter the exact number, and then complete optional fields below such as, "How are you feeling?" Under this topic, caregivers can adjust additional sliders to indicate the level of stress, energy, happiness and confidence that their senior client is experiencing at the time of the reading. Other optional fields include photo, tags, notes or a protip. These fields call for a typed entry, so caregivers can enter whatever information will be most useful and leave the rest blank. 


The other fields to log information follow simple formats to the Glucose level entry. For the field to log foods, caregivers can enter either an amount for carbs in grams, or search for a specific food to log from the in-app library. Caregivers can track the information most pertinent to their senior clients, which could be particularly useful for someone newly diagnosed trying to figure out what affects their blood sugars the most. For example, tracking Carbs for a week and following it up by checking Blood Sugars twenty minutes later could offer insight into how your senior client is affected by certain foods. 

One other area of the app tries to create a sense of community by sharing other user's readings. No identifying information is available beyond initials and location to maintain privacy, but users can check the feed to see what other users are sharing and leave encouragement by liking the record or leaving a sticker on it. 

The One Drop 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 



Healthy Recipes in App in Time for the Holiday Season

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and the one with the most calorie-heavy dishes. With Thanksgiving next week and the following month full of once-a-year treats, abandoning healthy eating for indulgence can be tempting. However, caregivers can use the Kitchen Stories app to find new recipes to make at home or for senior clients to eat in moderation, despite the time of year. 

When caregivers download the Kitchen Stories app and open it to their main feed, they will see a rotating set of featured items as well as several recipes below. When caregivers click on "Filter" in the upper right-hand corner, they can adjust the recipes they see on the home feed by category, difficulty, diet or preparation time. The diet preferences include: vegetarian, vegan, sugar-free, lactose-free, gluten-free or alcohol-free.

Under the Search tool, the app features a variety of recipes sorted into several categories, such as 20 minute dishes, low carb, weeknight dinners, vegetarian and under 400 kcal. While not every category represents a "healthy" recipe, caregivers can sort through the options and find a recipe to meet certain dietary needs. However, for other dietary needs such as low-sodium or low-fat, caregivers might need to make their own adjustments and substitutions to the recipes. 


Once caregivers pick a recipe, they can click on it and see how to make that recipe two different ways. At the top of each recipe page, the app provides a video showing each step of making the recipe, from raw ingredients to cooking methods to the finished product. Underneath that, caregivers will see the traditional recipe format, showing the text list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions for how to cook the item. 

Also included on the recipe page is the basic nutritional information for the dish: calories, protein, fat and carbohydrates. A rating system on the recipe also shows what other users thought of the dish after having made it on a scale of one to five stars. The one-star rating says, "I didn't enjoy this," and the five-star rating says, "Absolutely delicious!"

The How To section of the app features short videos showing different cooking techniques for those who are still learning. The topics range from "How to prepare beets" to "How to knead dough (and why)." On average they range from one to three minutes long, so caregivers can watch them and emulate the techniques in their own kitchen. 

Once users find recipes they like, they can add them to their saved recipes for reference. They can also add ingredients to the shopping tab so they know what they need to buy when they go to the store. 

The KitchenStories 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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