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 

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