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

Digital Art on Display Using Artsy App

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the Natural Museum of Korea, thousands upon thousands of works of art across various mediums fill galleries worldwide. The Artsy app eliminates the requirement of traveling extensively across the globe to experience museums by placing entire galleries at your fingertips. Senior caregivers can see art as a form of stress relief as well as a way to connect with senior clients. 


When users first download the Artsy app, they are greeted with a homepage featuring a slideshow across the top and featured "Current Shows" below. For its design, the app gives off a modern art museum guide feel with a clean cut black and white navigation area and a single rotating thin black bar when a new page loads. The content-heavy app feels easy to navigate with the static bottom bar listing the different categories. 



The app features almost too many different ways to access content, including search by name or city of the museum, viewing a list of current shows or the top 50 shows of the moment, and browsing the in-app version of the magazine. Caregivers might find it easiest to start with a museum familiar to his/her senior client, such as one near a city where he/she grew up. That way senior clients can share commentary on installations they've seen before in the permanent collections as well as flip through an exhibit they might not be able to visit in person. 


The level of detail within the app is nearly unparalleled. As users delve into the specific exhibits at a particular museum, they will find much of the same descriptive information about a painting that they would from standing next to it in the exhibit. Individual museums have a list and summary of "All Shows" that have been part of the app, specific "Works" featured, items from their "Shop," "Articles" about the installations and "Contact information." 


The level of content may seem overwhelming, but senior caregivers and their clients can make a hobby to "visit" a different city within the app each month. You'll quickly find you've gone on a cultural trot around the globe and through time from the comfort of your own couch. If caregivers create a free account within the app, they can save works and artists to their favorites to revisit later. Senior caregivers could even put together a virtual gallery of a senior client's personal favorites within the app to share with loved ones. 

The Artsy app is available for free for Apple and Android platforms. 

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




-Paige Krzysko



Sleep Better Using Natural Sleep Cycle App

Waking up in the morning after sleeping the whole night and feeling tired anyways feels like you've been cheated by nature somehow. Understanding your natural sleep cycles along with the proper amount of sleep you should get in a night helps senior caregivers feel more refreshed and prepared for the day. The Sleep Time app provides users with the ability to set an alarm to wake them up during the lightest part of their sleep cycle. 

When caregivers first create an account, the Sleep Time app tracks their sleeping patterns for the first few nights and establishes when the user is in their deepest sleep. The app uses movement detected by the phone to help determine this so users need to keep their phone on their mattress. The alarm portion of the app is set for a half an hour window. The app determines when you are in your lightest sleep cycle within that half an hour and wakes you up gradually then. 

A main page displays the current time and the alarm options for users to choose from. Users indicate if they've had caffeine, ate late, worked out, had a stressful day, consumed alcohol or are not sleeping in their bed before setting their alarm so the app can make informed conclusions about their sleep cycle. 

To help users who live in noisy environments fall asleep peacefully at night, the Soundscapes feature provides noise such as Gentle Waves for a user selected period of time. Additional Soundscape options are available in the paid version of the app. Users also may adjust volume level and settings such as whether or not to start a Soundscape when the alarm is set. 

Getting enough sleep contributes to stress relief as well as mental and physical wellness. For caregivers in particular, taking time to unwind and get full rest every night plays a big part in maintaining a stressful lifestyle. If you're having issues sleeping through the night or waking up tired regularly, try to avoid caffeine and other stimulants too close to bedtime. 

The Sleep Time 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

Summer Exercise Through Swimming App

Summer is right around the corner and with it comes the opportunity to get outdoors, enjoy the sun and get fit. Swimming offers an effective cardiovascular workout while being gentle on the joints. Senior caregivers and their senior clients can enjoy the activities together or senior caregivers can track time spent before or after work taking a few laps in the pool with the Speedo Fit app. 

The Speedo Fit app features swimming tracking and goals for beginners through advanced swimmers. When users first create an account, they set goals in the app for distance to swim. Beginners can choose to start off with a goal track called "Bathtub to 500m." It features weekly distance milestones that gradually increase until they hit the 500 meter mark. This may be a simple starting point for a more capable senior client or for caregivers new to swimming for fitness. The app also offers milestones and challenges for more experienced swimmers, such as "3K in 6 Weeks." 

The Swim Tips section of the app shares suggestions for how to improve a work out. The Swim Coach area features specific guided exercise plans designed to increase endurance and speed or improve technique. This section also provides informational videos on how to properly complete various strokes, such as the freestyle, backstroke or butterfly. It even includes an area devoted to tips for swimmers new to fitness swimming. The tips vary from pool rules and guidelines about which lane to use to what to bring with you and what gear to wear (googles, swim cap, etc.)

The Gear section expands on what's needed to get started as a new swimmer. Since the app is put together by Speedo, the gear area offers users the ability to view products and shop directly in the app. Caregivers can also take notes on what's presented in the app and shop for the items at a store of their choosing. 

Senior clients can use the app primarily for different stroke demonstrations and adapt to swim at their own pace. Even light physical activity can help seniors maintain mobility. Caregivers can accompany them to the pool and spend a little time doing a few laps on their own to help with stress relief. 

The Speedo Fit 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 and Anxiety Management Using App

Caregiving provides a heavy stress load between caring for senior clients and managing the other aspects of daily life. Caregivers might find that they occasionally feel anxious over their responsibilities, so the Pacifica app provides a tool to track daily mood and help aide relaxation. 

When users first create an account with Pacifica, the app presents three options for an initial goal. Users can ether aim to feel less anxiety throughout the day, feel less anxiety in social situations or reduce anxiety attacks. Once a goal is established, the app takes users through a guided tutorial and set up of the app. Each day, the app sends mood reminder notifications for a users to select how they feel. It uses a sliding scale from "Awful" to "Great" and offers more descriptive words such as "Lonely" or "Inspired" for users to choose from below. The mood tracker allows users to see the fluctuations or patterns of how they feel over the weeks. Tracking mood around the same time every day can help caregivers notice when they feel particularly stressed or anxious and better prepare to deal with what causes that. 

The main area of the app provides Daily Activities for caregivers to complete. The main activity is "Relax" for daily meditation. It guides users through a set of breathing exercises with calming noises in the background. The deep breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth counteracts the short, shallow breathing that occurs with anxiety. Caregivers can use the exercises in the morning or at night to prepare for the upcoming day or let go of the stress from a long day before bed. 

Other features include Thought Analysis, which allows users to record their thoughts when their mind is racing and helps users recognize the thought patterns that contribute to their anxiety. The Daily Experiments area provides small suggestions for actions to accomplish longer term goals when it comes to facing anxiety. 

The Pacifica 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

Sunset in Santorini: Caregiver Stress Relief Photo

The magic of a beautiful sunset seems to captivate us no matter how many times we see it. This week's stress relief photo was taken in the village of Oia on the island of Santorini in Greece. Caregiverlist invites you to enjoy the photo and share it with loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors. 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. Have a great week.

"There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them."  -Jo Walton

Roman Evening Stroll: Stress Relief Photo of the Week

The time when day fades into night is a great time for a relaxing walk. This week's photo was taken in Rome, Italy, at dusk. Caregiverlist invites you to share it with loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work. Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Senior care training briefs help senior caregivers to understand various senior illnesses and keep up with the latest care techniques to relieve caregiving stress. Have a great week. 

"Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer."  -Leonardo da Vinci

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

Relaxing Moment Boating by the Palace in London

This week's Stress Relief Photo takes us back to London, England, to the pond near Kensington Palace. People are enjoying a weekend morning with their boats and the beauty of the park. As many of are together with friends and family this Labor Day weekend, remember to savor that time. Enjoy the photo and feel free to share it with loved ones. Thank you caregivers, for all you do. More caregivers are always needed as seniors in America are living longer. You can learn more about becoming a senior caregiver and apply for a job near you. As summer fades away, we hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend. 
 

"Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections."  -Unknown

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