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9 Apps to Stay on Top of Your Health As You Age

19 March 2015
Aged Care Reviews

We’re sure you are aware that stimulating the mind as you age is a fantastic way to keep the mind active and healthy. Health professionals recommend continual learning and one great thing to learn if you haven’t already is how to navigate the world of apps.

Australia is home to hundreds of senior computer clubs that will happily guide you through using apps on desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Once learnt, you can browse the extensive range of apps available to seniors, including applications that pride themselves in keeping you healthy.

But what exactly is an app?

An app (short for application) is a self-contained program or piece of software designed to fulfil a particular purpose. An app allows you to perform specific tasks, opening within the operating system until you choose to close it. Typically they are designed for use with a mobile device, but “web apps” and “online apps” allow people to access software via a browser, instead of the app residing on your computer.

A great health app for seniors will allow you to monitor health, stay in touch with the latest research and keep a sharp mind. You can keep track of medications, doctors appointments, blood pressure and more. So what are you waiting for? Learn the art of apps and then browse our top 9 health apps.

WebMD

WedMD provides health news, advice and expertise via the internet, and now you can access it from your smartphone or tablet. The application makes it easy to browse slideshows, read articles, and find answers to your questions. You can check the severity of pollen, the harshness of UV rays, the side effects of medicines, and what your symptoms may mean. You can also find local physicians, hospitals, and pharmacies based on your current location, and create healthy habits by tracking your progress daily.

Pill Reminder

Pill Reminder by Drugs.com is a flexible and easy to use application. It allows you to keep track of personal medications, vitamins and supplements. Using flexible scheduling options, you can set up any type of recurring pill reminders in a matter of seconds and it offers a pin lock for privacy and security. You can also set script reminders to notify you when to get your prescription refills.

Lumosity

Used by more than 60 million people worldwide, Lumosity creates a training program that challenges your brain in order to help it to stay healthy. Designed by neuroscientists, the app aims to train memory and attention and should you choose to purchase an in-app subscription, Lumosity will create daily workouts to reflect your choices. Exercises are fun and entertaining, meaning exercising your brain is a breeze.

Instant Heart Rate

Instant Heart Rate won the Best Health and Fitness App on Mobile Premier Awards 2011, describing it as the most accurate heart rate monitor app for any smartphone. It has no need for external hardware and the accuracy is continually monitored by fitness coaches, nurses, doctors, EMTs and the five million users that swear by the app. All you have to do is place the tip of your index finger over the camera eye and you’ll receive your heart rate in a matter of seconds.

My Medical

My Medical is a comprehensive record-keeping app for all of your personal medication information. Say goodbye to paper records and keep everything together so that should you need it, you have quick and easy access to every record. Track and chart test results and vital signs, communicate quickly with your healthcare provider, store emergency contact details, make note of appointments and use it for the whole family.

TED

TED features some of the best talks from the most riveting healthcare professionals, as well as education experts, tech geniuses, music legends and business gurus. Browse the extensive library of talks any time of day and curate your own playlist. The TED app updates every day and using the settings, you can opt to be notified of any new talk on your chosen subject. Have a health condition? Stay on top of the latest breakthroughs with TED. Or, you could use it to keep your mind active by learning new things daily.

My Pain Diary

My Pain Diary allows you to track and monitor chronic pain, symptoms and triggers, while creating detailed reports that will keep your doctor happy. Tailored to your needs, you can make it as simple or as complicated as you want and can suit your tracking need regardless of your condition. The interactive graph and colour-coded calendar makes it easy to spot patterns and trends and can track everything from migraines and headaches to Fibromyalgia and CRPS.

Blood Pressure Monitor

Blood Pressure Monitor turns your device into a personal blood pressure and weight health monitor. Housing a lot of features, Blood Pressure Monitor can track all of your health and medical readings, compare vital signs with varying medications and show you how your blood pressure differs on different arms. The graphical charts display visual trends and offer warnings when something is up. The import/export feature lets you email and easily communicate with your healthcare provider.

Headspace

Headspace uses proven mindfulness and meditation techniques to help you train your mind for a healthier, happier and more enjoyable life. Research has shown that regular meditation can have a physical effect on the brain, causing the areas associated with learning and memory to grow, and those areas generating stress responses to shrink. This one is great for keeping your mental health in top shape.

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