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 


Caregivers and Senior Clients Bond Over the Olympics Using App

Tonight the eyes of the world will be on Rio de Janeiro as athletes from 206 countries enter the opening ceremonies and prepare to compete in the games over the next two weeks. Senior clients may have a lifetime of fond memories of watching the Olympics every two years. Now senior caregivers have the opportunity to bond with their clients during the Rio games. Senior caregivers and their clients can keep up with the Olympic games over the next two and a half weeks using the NBC Olympics app. 

When users first download the app, they need to select whether or not they'd like to receive push notifications. For the more casual user, push notification might get annoying, but for someone looking to keep up with breaking news as the games progress, push notifications would be useful. The homepage of the app features Videos and News from Rio. Here users can read or watch the latest with Team USA, whether that be highlights from recent events or interviews. This area also includes a medal count which shows how many medals each top country competing has, and who has the most medals overall. 

Ask your senior client what their favorite few Olympic sports are and then navigate to the area marked, "See Today's Schedule." Here the list of events for the entire Olympics is broken down by day, with icons showing the various sports being played. If users click on a sport, they can see the specific event breakdown and the time it starts. For example, when clicking on "Swimming," it shows the list for that day including Men's 400 Freestyle Heats or Women's 100m Butterfly Semifinals. 

When users find an event they'd like to remember to watch, the app offers an alert button to flag it to remember to come back later. For the Schedule area, users can pick between listings for the online schedule or the local TV listings. It appears that the creators of the app have not yet pulled the TV listings into the app, but it does link users to the website in the time being. Users can even link their cable information into the app and stream games directly to their device. 

Use this as an opportunity to have fun with your senior clients. Ask them what their favorite events are or discover a new one that you've never watched before together. Ask about their memories watching the Olympics when they were younger, and how that experience might be different now. 

The NBC Olympics 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 

App Provides Basics of Braille for Senior Caregivers

Caregivers with clients who have impaired vision may need to coach them extra through specific activities. If a senior client can read Braille, they might be more independent. However, a senior caregiver would benefit from also being able to read basic Braille to help them through daily life when they encounter it. For senior caregivers, the PocketBraille app provides a learning and reference tool. 

The app provides basic categories for learning Braille, such as Alphabet, Numbers and Punctuation. Senior caregivers who want to learn the language might benefit most from sitting down with a notebook, pulling up individual letters and copying the specific symbol repeatedly. The alphabet section includes the symbols for both lower case and upper case letters. 

The app also provides reference for Contracted Braille, which is when one figure stands for a whole word. It breaks these down into One Letter Word Contractions or One Symbol Word Contractions. When people read or write Braille, they simply need to write this one letter or symbol to communicate the whole commonly used word, instead of spelling it out letter by letter. Examples of words represented by contractions include for, his, this, not, etc. 

The app also includes a section focused on Braille History, which explains that Braille was created in 1829, why it's represented as a series of dots and more. According to this section, the use of Braille has subsided in the past 30 years, but plenty of people with vision impairment still use it. 

Senior caregivers don't need to memorize everything in the app, but can rather use it as a reference if a senior client who is new to Braille gets stuck or they want to learn a few basics to read along with their senior client. A phone screen lacks the ability to raise the Braille characters and feel them in the same way a deaf person actually uses them to read. However, the app is useful for those with good vision to pick up the basics. 

The main capability that this app lacks is the ability to attempt to string together whole words. It would be nice if caregivers could practice writing a word or two, even if only to learn how to spell a senior client's name or write a simple sentence. 

The PocketBraille Reference 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 


Stay Hydrated All Summer Using App to Track Water Intake

One of the key factors in beating the heat during the summer and staying healthy is drinking enough water to prevent dehydration. Particularly for senior clients, drinking water frequently throughout the day can mean the difference between a trip to the emergency room or a peaceful afternoon. The PlantNanny app helps senior caregivers track how much water their senior clients drink to keep them hydrated. 

When users first open the app, it requires them to create a profile detailing their weight and activity level. The app uses this information to determine how much water the user should be drinking in a single day. Caregivers who would like to use the app for a senior client should enter their client's information. 

Caregivers need to select if they'd like to measure the water in oz or ml. For caregivers in the United States, it will probably be easiest to select oz as most glasses and bottled water uses this measurement. Then, users receive their daily recommended water intake and select their plant. 

The plant within the app offers a visual representation of how much water you need to drink. As users drink more water each day, their plant grows more. Each plant has a fun little description, and users can customize the pot its planted in as well. Beginning choices for the plant include Devil's Ivy and Dandelion. Other options require users to trade in seeds within the app, which they can do at a later point. 

Once caregivers are ready to start tracking water, they need to create a new cup in the app. The app presents several different cup shapes and as users scroll through, they estimate the number of ounces each cup would hold. If users know the exact number on ounces in their cup, they can use the slider at the bottom to select that number. 


Throughout the day, as senior clients drink water, caregivers can hold down the water glass and it will record how much water they've drank. As users drink enough water each day, the plant grows accordingly. The app also presents a warning if you record too much water in too short of time to make sure users understand that drinking too much water too quickly can be dangerous. 

The PlantNanny 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 

Learn the Basics of Spanish to Better Communicate Using App

The Spanish-speaking population in the United States continues to grow at a rapid rate. For caregivers whose senior clients might not speak English as their first language, learning some of their language may help them feel better connected with you. It also may help you communicate better with them. The Breaking the Barrier app offers caregivers the ability to learn how to speak Spanish. 

When users first open the app, they will see that it starts with the very basics. The first module takes users through learning how to say the numbers 1 - 20. They are presented flashcard style, with the English word on one side and the Spanish word on the other. An audio button allows users to hear the pronunciation of the word, and then the app asks users to repeat it using the microphone on their device. 

Once a user correctly repeats a word to the satisfaction of the app, it will fly up to their learned words list. Users can revisit this list at any time using the arrow button in the top right corner of the app. The microphone in the app took a minute to figure out because it's unclear whether your audio is registering if you don't say the word exactly right the first time. Make sure the button at the top has moving bars as you speak and keep trying. Once it registers the first time, users will realize how it works. 

Other beginning categories within the app include: Days, months and seasons; In class and at home; Colors; Weather; Greetings; and Family. These categories provide vocabulary useful for caregivers who wish to engage in light conversation with their Spanish-speaking senior clients. The app has different levels, ranging from Beginner to Advanced, so caregivers can grow in their abilities with the app. 

Caregivers can also ask their senior clients if they'd like to help with learning words around the house and in conversation. If they're not fluent in English, you can have fun with helping one another learn by having conversations dedicated to comparing words for different objects, and even put post it notes with the Spanish and English translations for different words around the house on various objects. 

The Breaking the Barrier: Essential Spanish Vocabulary Flashcards 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 

Add Your Steps Into Miles Using MapMyWalk App

Everywhere you turn these days, people are discussing how many steps they got today and if they've met the main goal of 10,000 throughout the course of their day. The FitBit craze has taken over. For senior caregivers who may not want to spend $100 or more on a wristband to count their steps, the MapMyWalk app offers an alternative to tracking light exercise. 

Going for a walk offers health benefits to senior caregivers and their clients alike. For senior clients who may not have ease of motion any longer and cannot participate in high-impact activities, walking provides a way to still get up and move while setting their own pace. For senior caregivers, walking can help get you out of the house and relieve stress. And, according to Harvard Health, as a form of moderate exercise, walking can improve cardiac risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, etc. 

When users first open the MapMyWalk app, they need to create an account. This allows caregivers to keep historical data of their walks to review and compare over time. Starting a new workout is easy. Caregivers simply need to click the "Record a Workout" button and make sure the proper exercise appears in the upper left corner. 

While the app's main focus is walking outdoors, other exercise types are available to track as well. Users can choose between stairs, walking on a treadmill, running, mountain biking, hiking and more. Once users select an activity, they can click the "Start Workout" button as they begin exercising. 

If caregivers don't have a specific route in mind, they can make it up as they go and the app will track it. Otherwise, if they'd prefer to have a set route ahead of time, the app offers a tool to see nearby routes that other runners have taken to help plan yours. For an additional fee associated with the MVP membership, users can use the Route Genius tool, which analyzes the map in your neighborhood and suggests the best path. 

As users go for their walk, the app tracks distance, duration, pace and calories burned. Don't think of this as a race against the clock, though. Take your walk at a pace that you feel comfortable with, especially if you have a senior client accompanying you. Once a workout is complete, it's stored in the workouts tab for future reference. Users can easily review how far they've walked over time on this tab. 

The app also features challenges that caregivers can opt into, if they so desire. These range in difficulty and requirements, such as walking a certain amount throughout the whole year. Users can also search for friends in the app to view their activity and send them encouragement. 

The MapMyWalk 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

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 Can Experience Life with Dementia Using New App

When it comes to understanding dementia and Alzheimer's disease, we can read about the various symptoms and glean together an understanding from people we know who dealt with them. However, it can still be difficult to piece together the thought patterns of someone with dementia as they navigate through their daily life. A new app called "A Walk Through Dementia" aims to bridge the gap between those living with dementia and those on the outside by giving a glimpse into the thoughts of a person with dementia. 

The app focuses on creating a virtual reality experience for the user. Alzheimer's Research UK created the app after interviewing several people with dementia to understand how their symptoms affect their daily lives. The app features three different environments for the user to navigate through: at the supermarket, on the road and at home. 


The app uses Google Cardboard virtual reality to immerse the user in the experience. For this reason, the app is available exclusively for Android, but the app creators put together a set of YouTube videos to help people without Androids experience the app as well. 

Watching the YouTube videos, we see first-person the narrator walking down the street and encountering a decision point of which way to walk home. As the narrator walks, we hear her inner thoughts change from recognizing her surroundings to deciding to take an alleyway as a short cut. Then, we hear her realize it's not the right way home and increasing panic as she does not recognize her surroundings and cannot find her son. 

As the walk continues, we realize further difficulties in perception as the narrator comes across a puddle, but her mind cannot correctly identify it. To her, it looks more like a gaping hole in the middle of the sidewalk, and only her son's confirmation helps her recognize that it's just a bit of water. We hear her attempt to cover put he fact that she thought it was something else, but from first person it lends us the recognition that she truly could not tell the difference. 

This sort of first-person recognition will help caregivers better understand how senior clients with dementia experience the world around them. By having this app or these videos to watch, we can clearly see how to a person with dementia, a shallow puddle of water can look like a hole in the ground because of the brain's distortion of reality. 

If your senior client has dementia or Alzheimer's Disease, talk to them about their experiences with the world. It can be difficult, but letting them know that you will listen and support them through these situations can only help them feel more comfortable about opening up about their dementia.

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


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