As technology continues to advance, digital tools are always being created that improve our daily tasks and simplify our life. Many are even available in the palm of your hand! With the press of a finger, you can find resources that provide you with useful tips and tools that can help maintain senior health conditions or concerns.
These digital tools can help store information or be a simple reminder. The internet is full of endless possibilities, and smartphones and tablets are capturing that technology and making it easily accessible to all.
Senior Solutions Management Group, with senior care communities in Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana, wants to share a few digital tools and senior health resources that can help in maintaining or improving your day-to-day life.
Digital Apps for Your Smartphone
There are dozens of smartphone applications that can be downloaded and used to help manage senior health issues or aid in improving health habits.
Some beneficial digital tools and apps for your smartphone include:
Medisafe Medication Reminder - With this free application, the user can set personalized reminders and timers on medication use. The app will provide vital drug interaction warnings to ensure user safety, and warns the user if they are running low on medication, giving them a friendly reminder to refill their prescriptions.
The app also allows a user to add a Medfriend or a family member, friend, or caregiver that syncs their app to the user’s. In case a user forgets to take their medications (after several alerts from Medisafe), the app will send notifications to the Medfriend, which can provide peace of mind to family and loved ones.
Luminosity - This free app includes over 40 specially-developed games, designed to test core cognitive abilities and strengthen the user’s brain.
Sleep Cycle - Sleeping can be a challenge as we age, but this app works as a sleep tracker and morning alarm. It works with the user’s body to find the right time to wake you each day. Sleep Cycle analyzes sleeping patterns and picks an optimal time during your lighter sleep phase to gently wake you, so you're more likely to feel refreshed and ready to take on the day.
Digital Resources on Your Computer
If you don’t have a smartphone, there are still senior health resources available on a personal computer or laptop. These resources still offer convenience and pertinent information that can manage your health.
A few online senior health resources that do not require a smartphone include:
The National Council on Aging - Established in 1950 as the United State’s first charitable organization focusing solely on seniors, the National Council on Aging is a fantastic digital tool that offers news, research, and resources focused on those 60 years and older.
AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) - While an AARP membership can offer additional benefits and discounts, the AARP website offers users local events, health topics and news, and pertinent information regarding seniors and aging.
The National Directory of Home Modification and Repair Resources - If you are looking for advice or resources to help modify or renovate your home, this website can put you in contact with local services and professionals. These home modifications refer to home upgrades that can increase safety and foster independent living for aging adults.
These are just a handful of the many digital tools and resources that can help maintain or manage your senior health. As we strive to be a resource to our residents and their families, our Senior Solutions Management Group website also offers senior resources by state for Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. While national organizations and websites are hugely beneficial, it’s also helpful to find resources that focus on your geographic location (city or state) as they can offer more targeted information that impacts your area.
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