Guided Workouts in Spare Seven Minutes with App

For senior caregivers, finding the time to go to the gym or for a run three times a week can be difficult. However, working out doesn't need to take up a lot of time and energy. Caregivers only need seven minutes for workouts using the Women's Health 7M Fitness app. 

When users first open the app, they are greeted with a basic home screen featuring a large start button and a menu underneath with Workouts, Calendar, Track Weight and More Apps. When users press the Start button, it launches them immediately into their first work out. Workouts consist of individual moves repeated for a certain amount of time, such as a No Rope Jump Rope, Squat Lunge or Mountain Climber.

However, the pictures within the app showing during the workout don't always give the user the best sense of how to fully execute the move. Users ideally should spend time in the Workout button on the menu first to view individual videos demonstrating how to execute each move before they start their workouts. In fact, when users first begin using the app, it would be beneficial to spend the first session or two watching the video clips for each move and practicing them. That way, when caregivers are in the timed exercises they can spend time performing the move instead of trying to figure out how to do it correctly. 

When inside the timed workouts, a ticker counts down how long caregivers should spend on each exercise and a voice guides users through when to rest and which exercise is next. The workouts combine 10 moves to help women burn fat in what little time they have available. After users have begun to exercise on a regular basis, they can view the calendar to see which days the completed a work out and plan ahead for when to incorporate workouts in the upcoming weeks. 

The weight tracker component also allows users to enter their weight and see how it changes over time. The More Apps area offers similar apps for download from the same company, some of which target more specific fitness goals such as Fit Abs, Fat Burn or Arms. 

The Women's Health 7 Minute Workout app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

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

-Paige Krzysko

Garden Planning App for Caregiver Stress Relief

Gardening offers a lovely spring and summertime activity for senior caregivers to relieve stress and for their senior clients to get outdoors for an hour or two to get some light physical activity. The process of planning and planting a garden helps keep senior minds active and prevent onset of dementia. Using the Burpee Garden Time app, senior caregivers and their clients can plan out the various plants they'd like to grow in their garden. 

When users first open the app, they are met with a blank white screen with a single button at the bottom reading, "Let's Get Started." The blank screen makes it seem as though something is still loading or missing, but once users hit the button it takes them to the actual homepage to browse plants. The plants are broken into three categories: vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Each plant features its own page with Growing Instructions, Videos and information on Planting Dates. Notably, the Planting Dates information specifies the best way to grow that particular plant, whether it's ideal to begin growing them indoors and transfer them to the garden later or to sow the seeds directly in the garden.

To get the most accurate planting instructions, users should create an account with their location. With a location in place, the app offers a specific range of dates to sow the vegetable based on the needs of the plant. Even caregivers or senior clients who may not have their own designated garden space can grow a few different plants in large pots on balconies, porches or just outside of the door to their house. 

Topics for the in-app videos include information on different types of that plant, caring for that plant, common diseases for that plant and how to sow that particular plant. The My Garden area of the app also offers users the ability to look at all of the plants they've chosen for their garden and the Planner sets upcoming tasks for users to complete. The Weather area also provides the local forecast.

Caregivers can use gardening as a way to get outside, connect with nature and focus on something other than the stressors in their daily life. For their senior clients, gardening provides an opportunity to go outside and flex a few of their muscles in a low intensity way.  

The Burpee Garden Time Planner app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

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

-Paige Krzysko

Book Recommendations and Reading Lists Offered Through App

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

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

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

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

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

The Goodreads app is available for Apple and Android platforms.

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

-Paige Krzysko

Basic Exercise Plan for Caregivers with Run 5K App

Maintaining a consistent workout plan can be difficult in the busy lives of senior caregivers, but exercise plays an important part in caregiver stress relief. For caregivers who have a tight schedule, the Run 5K app offers a chance for a flexible and effective workout, starting at a beginners level and working up to being able to run a whole 5K. 

Cardio workouts help prevent future heart issues and keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels down, among several other health benefits. The Couch to 5K program used in the Run 5K app sets caregivers up for three runs per week over nine weeks total. Users start out with a five minute walking warm up and then during the first week, they alternate between jogging for one minute and walking for a minute and a half.

After the first three workouts, the plan changes to a minute and a half of jogging alternating with two minutes of walking. The length of time spent jogging increases as the users gets further along in the program. Eventually, caregivers work up to being able to run the whole 5K distance without any walking breaks. 

The app uses the GPS system on a user's phone to track how far they've run during the course of their workout. At the beginning, users may not complete a whole 5K distance as they're alternating between walking and running. The app also uses voice cues to tell users when to start or stop walking and it allows users to play music from their iTunes within the app if they like to listen to something while they run.

Caregivers can run outdoors if the weather is amenable to their needs, or on a track at the gym. As an added bonus, the workout data including how many calories were burned can be extracted from the app and sent to the Apple Health app if caregivers use that to track calories for a day. If caregivers own a bluetooth heart rate monitor, they can also allow the app to monitor that during their run for more insight into individual health. 

The Run 5K 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

Caregiver Stress Relief With 7-Minute Workout App

Finding the time to exercise on a regular basis can be difficult in the busy schedule of a senior caregiver, but maintaining your health doesn't necessarily mean you need to always find an hour to spend at the gym three times a week. The 7 Minute Workout App coaches users through a series of exercises for less than a minute each that add up to a whole body workout that can be done in your living room. 

Exercise can help caregivers burn off some of their extra stress from the day and these workout are simple enough that they can be done before or after a long day on the job. The app features one basic whole-body workout routine for free, and then users can pay for access to additional workouts if they like the first one. The whole-body workout includes crunches, jumping jacks, wallsits, squats, lunges and side planks for less than a minute each with quick rest periods between each. 

A narrator talks users through each activity so that they don't have to stare at their phone screen for the duration of the activity. If a user is unfamiliar with a specific exercise, such as triceps dips, then a multipart image on the screen shows the activity. For triceps dips, it shows a person balancing on a diagonal with their arms on a chair, back to the floor, and then a second image shows them lowering their arms so their elbows are bent. Caregivers can do these quick exercise routines at home, on a break while on the caregiving job or anywhere else that they have ten minutes free and access to a wall and a chair to use. 

As an added bonus, upon successfully completing the exercise the app shares a celebratory coupon with users at some levels. After the first workout, it shared a coupon for nutritional granola bars. 

The Seven Minute Workout app is available for Apple and Android 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

Book Recommendations App for Caregiver Stress Relief

Stress relief for senior caregivers plays an important role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. One good way to take your mind off a tough day and relieve stress is to sit down with a good book and read for a while. The GoodReads App asks users to rate books they've already read and suggests similar titles for them to read next. 

When users first create an account, the app asks them to select from existing categories of the types of books they enjoy reading. Popular options include classics, contemporary, fantasy, fiction, non-fiction and young adult.

The next step asks users to rate different titles on a scale of one stars through five stars in the selected genres so the app can get a sense of which books the user enjoys and make suggestions to read next. The more books a user rates, the better matched the suggestions for what to read next become. If users don't rate the suggested 20 titles to start off with, then they can still browse through the most popular titles and fun lists such as "Best Women-authored Books."

Other areas of the app include "My Books," which allows users to keep a running list of titles they've read previously, are currently reading or would like to read in the future, "Scan," which pulls up book info easily with a quick scan of the bar code on the back, and "Challenge," which asks users to set their own 2014 reading goal for number of books they would like to read this year. 

Senior caregivers can use the app to find books for themselves to read for stress relief, whether it's before bed, in a waiting room or on a quick break from caregiving. They can also try sharing book recommendations with their senior clients. If a senior client particularly likes to read, create them their own account on GoodReads and become friends with them on your own profile so you can share recommendations between one another. 

The GoodReads app is available for Apple and Android 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

Happier App Logs Positive Moments for Stress Relief: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Stress relief for senior caregivers plays a large part in living a healthy life. Caregiving can be quite stressful both physically and emotionally, so after a day of working with senior clients the Happier app gives caregivers a chance to reflect on the positive moments of the day and see what others in the community post as being positive, too. 

The Happier app is comprised of three basic sections: Learn, Share Happy and Community. The Learn section features several video lessons designed to improve your life by making small changes in your daily routine. Professional coaches worked on the courses on topics such as yoga, meditation and learning to be grateful in everyday life. The self paced courses all require in-app purchases and range in price based on the activity and the length of the course, but they come with a money back guarantee and can be accessed via mobile or on the web. 

The next section titled Share Happy allows caregivers to track the happy moments of their day in a log to look back on when they're feeling stressed. Caregivers can share a happy moment they shared with a senior client, a story about a compliment they received while at work or something as simple as seeing some flowers in bloom that made them smile. The log allows users to add a photograph to each entry and connect to social networks to share the entry with their friends or lock it for personal viewing only. 

The community section of the app allows Caregivers to view what their friends have entered as public in their Happier logs. Caregivers can connect with other senior caregivers they know who use the app and create a support community to use the app and give each other encouragement by commenting on one another's entries. If none of your social media friends are on Happier, users also have an opportunity to see Featured entries and Nearby entries. If you're having a bad day or need a moment for stress relief, open the app and scroll through what's making other people happy. 

 

The Happier 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

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Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week's photo was taken in Hawaii, featuring friendly dolphins. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors and please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools.

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Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers during the holidays to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week's photo was taken in Hawaii, featuring cheerful waterfalls. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors and please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools.

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Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers during the holidays to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. This week's photo was taken in Yosemite National Park, California, featuring beautiful mountains and green grass landscape. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors and please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools.

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