Use Yoga App to Keep Fitness Resolutions

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko


Participate in Parkinsons Study Using In-App Tests

Caregivers whose senior clients have Parkinson's disease know that it can affect movement in several ways, most noticeably in the ability to hold objects or walk in a normal stride. The Parkinson mPower study app provides in-app daily tests to gauge abilities of patients with Parkinson's and transmit the data to scientists for research purposes. 

The study is conducted by Sage Bionetworks, a nonprofit, looking to help determine why symptoms differ between individuals who have Parkinson's disease and why symptoms and side effects vary over time. The app uses surveys and tests through the phone sensors to determine daily abilities and track symptoms over time. 

Users first need to set up an account and consent to share the results of their trials from the app. A background survey that needs to only be taken once allows senior clients the chance to give the researchers background on themselves and their individual experience with Parkinson's disease.

The three main abilities the phone sensors test are gait, balance and speaking. For the walking activity, users need to place their phone in a pocket or bag and walk 20 steps in a straight line. The phone uses GPS data to track the results. 



For the tapping speed activity, users must place two fingers on the phone screen and tap back and forth as quickly as possible for 20 seconds. The app records the overall number of taps and the consistency of the timing between taps. For the voice activity, users need to record themselves saying, "ahhhhh" for as long as they can at a steady volume into the microphone on their phone. 

Caregivers should encourage their senior clients participating in the study to take each test three times per day. The app needs users to accurately record whether they are performing the activity before taking a Parkinson medication, just after taking a Parkinson medication or if they don't take Parkinson medication. On the Dashbord within the app, users can see their performance on the tests charted out over time to recognize patterns. 

Other areas of the app highlight the study, the researchers and further information on Parkinson's disease itself. The app offers tips on living with Parkinson's disease to minimize symptoms, such as healthy eating, exercise, and avoiding falls. Senior caregivers can use this section to learn more about the disease if their senior client is newly diagnosed. 

The Parkinson mPower study 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

Create Cards in App to Spread Holiday Cheer

Hanukkah ended earlier this week and Christmas is only a week away. Plus Kwanza and the New Year are within sight. Instead of stressing about writing, addressing and mailing physical holiday cards, caregivers can create cards right in the PaperlessPost app to send to senior clients, family and friends. 

Once users open the app, they will find the home page presents different categories with types of cards available for customization. The app provides templates for cards and invitations for many occasions, including weddings, birthdays and thank you notes. The three main holiday categories are holiday invitations, holiday cards and holiday photo cards. 

Once a user selects a main category, they can scroll through all of the card options available. New users in the app can create a free account and receive 40 "coins" to start with to purchase cards to send in the app. All of the cards are sent over e-mail and cost various coin amounts.On the main screen with all of the options, users can see the number of coins each card costs so comparison is easy. Some of the cards are free to send, but users can also purchase additional coins if needed. 

If users would prefer to design a card online to physically send via mail to their loved ones, they can also see the price per card in the app. Users can import photos into the holiday photo card templates directly from the camera roll of photos stored on their phone. If a senior client would like to send out cards to their relatives, designate an afternoon to take on the project. Get dressed up and do a little photo shoot in the house, then let them pick out a design. 


Other customizable areas of each card include colors, font and the exact phrasing of the text. While the card comes with a pre-populated seasonal greeting, users can change that to make it more personal or applicable to the exact holiday they're celebrating. Likewise, users can send out one group of cards addressed one way and then change the text and send out another group with a different greeting depending on the recipients. 

Once the card is entirely customized, users can click send and their recipients will receive an e-mail letting them know they have an e-card to view. Click the link in the e-mail takes the users to their web browser to view an animation of the card being opened and pulled up and out of the envelope. They can click a swivel button to move between the front and back of the card to read your message as they wish. Alternatively, the physical cards will be mailed to you to address and send to your loved one. 

The PaperlessPost 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


Adult Coloring App Provides Caregiver Stress Relief

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

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

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



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

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

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

The Adult Coloring Book app is available for Apple platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Caregivers May Move Furniture and Request Manual Labor in Dolly App

For a senior, something as simple as moving a bookcase to clear up space in a room can seem daunting. Physically they can't attempt to move it themselves for fear of injury, and senior caregivers may not be able to assist alone. The Dolly app offers professional on-demand moving, delivery and assembly services for senior caregivers and their clients. 

After users initially create a profile, they can schedule their first Dolly appointment. The options for type of appointment are: move furniture, charity donation, labor only, store delivery, craiglist pickup and other. In addition, for the holidays the app provides tree delivery for those seniors who would like a Christmas tree but cannot go out to buy one themselves. 


Each category then breaks down the specifics needed for the assignment, such as number of Helpers need dot complete the job, whether assembly or disassembly of furniture will be needed, if the items need to be moved up or down stairs, etc. The app also provides the option to ride with Helpers from the pick-up location to the drop-off location. If users decide to select this option, the app warns them that Helpers are not required to offer a return ride from the drop-off location back to the pick-up location at the end of the assignment. 

The next screen asks users how many items will be transported or assembled by the team of Helpers. Users can list the items and provide a detailed description of what they need done on the assignment and any important instructions for the Helpers on the day of the move, such as parking information, apartment unit number, etc. Caregivers can also attach photos of the items to the order so Helpers can get a preview of what the move will be like. 

For the Tree Delivery option, caregivers simply need to select the type of tree they would like between a Douglas Fir, a Fraiser Fir and a Scotch Pine and an approximate height between 5 feet and 8 feet. Then, they can indicate whether or not they'd like a tree stand and how many helpers are needed and schedule the exact time of delivery. 

Scheduling appointment times is easy with a calendar view and a sliding bar for time of day. The window to schedule services is from 8 am to 9 pm on most days. Once users have entered in all of the pertinent information, the app will share an estimated price with them before they hit the schedule button. All of the Helpers hired by Dolly have gone through background checks and interviews with the company prior to being assigned tasks. 

In addition to moving, senior clients can use this service to assemble new furniture, move existing furniture from one spot in their house to another or to donate items they no longer need to charity. Senior caregivers may also find value in using this app to move from one apartment or house to another if the need arises. 

The Dolly 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


Coupon App Offers Cash Back in Time for Thanksgiving

My grandpa used to go through the coupons that came in the daily paper to find the best deals at local grocery stores and then take me or my brother with him to go pick up the bread, milk or half a pound of lunchmeat on sale. These days for senior caregivers finding the best deals doesn't require scouring the paper insert, but instead using the Ibotta app to find local deals offering instant cash back. 

The main focus of the Ibotta app centers around grocery shopping and finding deals at chain stores, although other retail categories exist in the app as well. Users can browse by a specific category on the homepage, such as Thanksgiving. Once the category is selected, a list of all participating stores pops up and users can scroll through their specific details. However, even though the app collected my zip code as part of registration, the stores listed don't necessarily all have locations in my area. 


Oncer caregivers weed through and find the stores close to them, they can select an individual retailer and see all of the in-app cash back deals on products offered there. Once a caregiver decides to take advantage of a deal on a product, they need to "unlock" it within the app by pressing the unlock button. This brings up a separate page, sometimes with a promotional video for the product or a common recipe the product is an ingredient for. The bottom of the page displays an unlock button, and only when users click it will the deal be available for them to claim cash back on. 

Users can view all deals they have unlocked deals on under the Shopping List area of the app. Most importantly, users must upload their receipt from the store after their shopping trip as proof of purchase to access the cash back. Once the app accepts the proof of purchase, users will begging to build a total in the cash back area. 

Users have a few options for redeeming their cash back within the app. Once they build up a minimum of ten dollars, they can have it transferred to either Paypal or Venmo or select a gift card for a participating vendor such as Starbucks, Walmart, Express, etc. If users opt to receive a gift card, instructions on redemption are sent to their e-mail. 

The Ibotta app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko


Caregiver Cooking Made Easy With Recipes App

Finding the perfect recipe if you already know what you want to cook can be pretty easy in the age of the internet. However, as a busy senior caregiver, if you don't already know what you'd like to cook, finding a recipe can seem overwhelming with thousands of dishes to choose from. The BigOven app offers caregivers a large selection of recipes and suggestions to help narrow the choices down. 

When users first open the app, they are greeted with a homepage set up with a feed of recent individual recipes and recipe collections to browse. Topics include Fall and Winter Soups, Recent Raves (4 and 5 star reviews), and Pantry Recipes (Make dinner with what you have on hand). Users can click on these categories to see all of the choices and pick one they'd like to make. If caregivers see multiple recipes they like, they can favorite them to come back to at a later time. 

Users can browse other set categories such as Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners in the Collections area of the app. Under Menus, users can drill down to the type of recipe they'd like to see with a few quick clicks. This area offers the best route for users who already know what category of meal they'd like to make, such as Slow Cooker or Kid-Friendly. 



On the individual recipe pages, caregivers can also see how other users have rated the recipes. Most of the reviews also note how other users adapted the recipe by adding or substituting ingredients. As users favorite recipes, they can also add accompanying ingredients they may need to make the recipe to the Grocery List section of the app. 

If caregivers know roughly what the menu will be for a meal and need a recipe or a basic reminder on how to cook an item in particular, they can search by name. A simple search for Asparagus brings up several different recipes for caregivers to choose from, ranging from baking or steaming and basic preparation to adding other ingredients. 

One negative of this app, however, is the inability to filter for dietary needs such as low sodium or gluten free. If your senior client has a specific dietary need, use the search function to pull up recipes that meet those needs. When you type in the words "low sodium" into the search, a lot of recipes appear with those words in the title. However, when you search for "low sodium chicken," only five recipes match the search. For caregivers whose clients have severely restricted diets, this app may not work well. 

The BigOven 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 Save Money and Invest Over Time with The Stash App

Investing for someone who's never done it before can sound intimidating and the number of options might seem overwhelming. And for senior caregivers, there might be a misconception that investing can only be done if you have thousands of dollars to invest from the start. The Stash app takes the difficulty and confusion out of investing and gives users the opportunity to invest starting with as little as $5. 

When users first create an account, they enter all of their pertinent information and then answer basic financial background questions such as annual income, value of everything owned minus debt and when they plan to use the money they're investing. The app then uses the responses to these questions to suggest a portfolio for the user. 

First time users need to make a starting investment as part of their account set up, so plan to have at least $5 available to transfer from a bank account when you create your profile. The transfer itself requires only an online log in for your bank. Users don't even need their routing and account number which makes it quick and easy to complete. 



The portfolio options vary dependent on risk level and interest. Stash recommends investing options to users based on personal interest sorted into categories such as "I Believe," "I Want" and "I Like." In the "I Believe" category, users can browse through investment options in companies that align with their personal beliefs. Options include small companies, green companies, or companies that support equal rights for all. Under the "I Want" category, users see the traditional investment options ranging from an Aggressive Mix to a Conservative Mix. Under the "I Like" category, users can invest in innovators, entertainment companies, internet titans, retailers and other leisure type companies. 

From the basic home screen, users can scroll through and see their balance history, investment potential and recommended investments based on their portfolio and risk profile. The investment potential area in particular gives users the ability to see how their investments could grow over time based on Potential Monthly Deposit and Growth Potential. 

The Stash app breaks down investing to make it easy for senior caregivers to understand where their money is going and how their investments are performing over time. The easy navigation throughout the app ensures that user experiences are free of any frustrations. 

The Stash Invest 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




Weight Loss and Health Maintenance Using App Helps Caregivers Stay Fit and Healthy

If you've ever said to yourself, "my diet starts tomorrow," or signed up for a gym membership only to go sporadically, you're not alone. Finding the time to go to the gym and stop by the store to stock up on healthy food options can be tricky, especially for a senior caregiver after a stressful day at work. However, caregivers can use the MyDietCoach app to not only track their exercise and diet, but also to set goals and follow through on weight loss and health maintenance. 

When users first open the MyDietCoach app, they are presented with the option to set a goal of how much weight they would like to lose in how much time. However, what sets the MyDietCoach app apart is the ability to list why primarily you'd like to lose weight. Examples include: to look the best I can, to be more active, to reward myself with plenty of new clothes, etc. 


Going along with motivations behind the goal, in the Diary portion of the app users have the ability to track both productive and counterproductive tasks they perform throughout the day. Productive options include: find a gym and sign up, healthy shopping, make time for exercise, etc. Less productive options include: workout laziness, emotional eating and food craving. Noting both the productive and counterproductive portions of each day will help caregivers note habits over time to change their behavior. 

Going along with the counterproductive tasks is the Challenges area, which provides advice to users on how to change their behavior. For example, to Handle Craving Sweets, the app recommends that users, "Combine Multigrain cereals with a banana and strawberries for a tasty crunchy morning treat." 

Based on a user's profile and weight loss goal, the app provides a recommended calorie intake for the day and users can track all the food they eat in the Diary portion of the app as well. In the reminders area of the app, users can set their phones to give them notifications throughout the day to look at a motivational photo, to cook a specific food, to drink a glass of water, etc. 

Overall this app considers every part of weight loss and diet maintenance over time, including the emotional aspects and behavior motivations. Instead of focusing solely on the numbers involved such as current weight and calorie intake, it focuses on the personal motivation for your weight loss, recognizing challenges tied to motivation and daily reminders to help meet the end goal. 

The MyDietCoach 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

Find New Hobby With Night Sky App for Stargazing

For caregivers and their senior clients looking for a new hobby to break up their daily routine, getting outside and viewing the night sky offers a way to connect with nature without needing to leave your porch. As the days get shorter and we prepare to fall back for daylight saving time, the evenings of darkness provide excellent opportunities to stargaze using the Night Sky app. 

The Night Sky app initially presents a user guide to show users the multiple functions of the app, including identifying which constellations users see at a given time and making recommendations for the best time of day to watch the sky. The app uses the camera on a user's phone and location services to set up the night sky view on the homepage. 

As caregivers point their phone towards the area of sky they're looking at and tilt it around, the app shows the constellations on the screen in beautifully illustrations. The constellations in the sky don't actually portray a detailed illustration of a man though, so when users select a constellation and tap it on the homepage, it pulls up a page with more information on the constellation.

The individual constellation pages provide a myriad of details, such as the official name, the symbolism and the visibility, as well as information on the stars that make up the constellation and its place in mythology. Senior caregivers and their clients could take fifteen minutes and learn about one new constellation a day as a way to shake up their regular routine. 

Even if users live in an urban area with light pollution or attempt to look outside on a cloudy night, they will still be able to use the app to find where the stars lie in the sky despite not being able to see them in person. The Stargazing Weather section of the app gives an hourly stargazing conditions rating to help caregivers decide when it's best to step outside and see the stars. 

Despite a handful of requests to rate the app or advertisements to buy accompanying products such as a telescope, the Night Sky app provides comprehensive information and functionality for being a free app. The Night Sky Lite 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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