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Ninety percent of people over age 65 want to stay in their home for as long as possible, and 80 percent believe they’ll always live in their current residence, according to a survey conducted by the National Conference of State Legislatures with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Relying on family and caregivers is one way to age in place, but keep in mind that technology can also give you an edge. You can download an app to help with everything from remembering to take your pills to paying the monthly bills.
If you’re worried about not being technologically savvy enough to take advantage of these tools, we understand your hesitation. And yes, you do need a certain degree of comfort with technology, but don’t let that stop you. These apps are designed with the public in mind, and they’re simple to use once you get the basics down. If you’re not comfortable using apps in conjunction with your phone or tablet, ask one of your children or grandchildren to give you a brief tutorial. Or, stop by cell phone service provider and ask a salesperson to demonstrate. If you’re worried about not being able to read the print on the screen, consider trying out a Samsung Galaxy Note—its large display screen makes viewing easier. These apps can also be downloaded to a laptop or desktop PC, if that’s more your style.
Without further ado, here’s is our roundup of the best apps to help you age in place:
Use Elder 411 to get a doctor’s insight, avoid panic and assess a medical situation. The app gives you tips on what to ask your doctor and what to expect during recovery. There are more 500 pieces of advice in the form of text, audio and video lectures, so you can access information the way you want. If you’re not comfortable using the app, you can also get the content to you.
Med Helper Pro
Med Helper Pro keeps track of your medications and prescriptions in one place. You’ll get alerts to take your medicine, and you can also track your vital signs and export a report for your doctor or caregiver as needed. You can even set up a separate profile to help a partner or spouse manage his or her own health needs.
HeartWise Blood Pressure App
Use HeartWise to track your blood pressure (including systolic and diastolic), heart rate and weight. The app automatically calculates pulse pressure and body mass index and records how your blood pressure changes over time. Despite the complex data, it’s intuitive to use. Just enter the information and let the app compute the details. The app turns your data into a chart, so you can review your detailed statistics. Export the information for your healthcare professional or email it to yourself to keep a copy handy.
Need a hand staying on top of your physical therapist’s orders? Assess and prevent pains and injuries with Motion Doctor and its 60-plus videos. Created by Desirea D. Caucci, a doctor of physical therapy, the app provides exercises for distinct body parts and activity to help prevent pain. There’s also a text area to brush up on how and why to do each exercise.
Stay on top of your bills, expenses and income with Check.me. Log in and pay your bills online through a secure platform, see what checks and annuities have cleared and get alerts when your account is getting low. Check.me keeps your bill paying in one place and lets you see all of your accounts, whether they are utilities, mortgage or investments.