by Bruno Čondić
Today, there are apps for everything. For entertainment, lifestyle and communication. Apps can make your life easier if you know how to use them. Generations X, Y and Z usually don't have much trouble with that, since we grew up with technology and we today can easily keep up with sudden changes in technology and developments. But what about our elderly? Most of our elderly population can't keep up with us in this modern world. What may seem simple and easy for us, can be confusing and complicated for them. Our younger generations can always help them through life with technological orientations and useful apps. Luckily, we have specifically developed apps for the elderly population, which will help them to get through the day, like helping them to remember to take their medication, to easily step into adequate entertainment, to workout when needed, etc.
One such example is Medisafe. Medisafe is an app that helps you manage your medications and reminders. You just have to input your medication and timing, and Medisafe will create a visual schedule with images of each pill and a list of potentially harmful interactions. It will then send you reminders throughout the day when it's time to take medication and let you know if a prescription is running low. And it can alert a friend or a family member of a missed dose (https://www.medisafeapp.com/ ). Pretty amazing, ha?
Another app for medication is GoodRx. GoodRx helps you by comparing prescription prices at different pharmacies and then finds coupons that can be used right from the app. This is of course rather something for the North American audience, but still. The idea is great. Also, it can send you alerts when a particular medication drops in price and let you know when you may be due for a refill (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.goodrx&hl=en_US&gl=US ).
For entertainment purposes here's an app that's loved by younger generations and it is called Audible. Audible is a collection of audiobooks which is usually for people who don't have time to sit down and read in peace. In the case of the elderly, Audible is a great enrichment, since some elderly people may have sight problems or arthritis, which makes reading and holding a book very uncomfortable (https://www.audible.com/ ).
While listening to an audiobook they can do a little workout with Better Me. Better Me is an app that comes with thousands of free workouts designed especially for the elderly. So no worries! No yoga underdog for you! The app actually includes step-by-step walkthroughs of each exercise, certified training coaches for a better learning experience and Meal plans that are designed to be senior citizens friendly. (https://betterme.world/ )
Now there are many similar apps like the ones I mentioned here. And with these apps, I think we are going in the right direction of making the lives of our elderly friends and family members safer and easier.