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Must-Have Apps for Senior Health

By Rick Cohen, 9:00 am on

For tech-savvy seniors and their in-home caregivers, smartphone apps offer an easy-to-use tool to better manage overall health and wellness. Whether you’re downloading these apps on your phone or your loved one’s, these three apps are ideal for promoting senior wellbeing.

1. Amwell: Live Doctor Visit Now (iOS and Android)

Cost– Free

Amwell puts your loved one in touch with a board-certified doctor any time of day. Choose the topic of concern and select a provider. The doctor can diagnose a condition, prescribe medication, and recommend follow-ups. Licensed nutritionists are also available to assist with weight loss, design meal plans, create grocery lists, and select recipes. If your loved one has the Apple Health app, he or she can share the advice of the Amwell provider with the doctor. Amwell was created by physicians and is the most commonly-used telehealth app worldwide. It’s also the first telehealth service to be endorsed by the American Telemedicine Association.

2. Hot5 Fitness (iOS)
Cost– Free

Hot5 Fitness provides 5-minute video workouts and includes a variety of exercises. Workouts are easy to follow and available for all fitness levels. To create a longer workout, your loved one can combine routines. Personal trainers demonstrate exercises, and specific workouts focus on health and weight loss goals, strength training, cardio, yoga, and Pilates. The pick-and-choose system allows seniors to tailor exercises to their specific fitness needs and make this a favorite among elder care providers in Milwaukee. The app can also track calories burned and weekly progress.

A new option allows users to connect with a personal trainer for exercise guidance. Hot5 Fitness was designed by sports trainers and has received a glowing review by Forbes.

3. Lumosity (iOS and Android)
Cost– Free

Lumosity offers games that exercise your loved one’s mental muscles. Games target memory, attention, speed, flexibility, and problem solving. Users can access a daily training program, customized to individual cognitive goals, or choose specific games to play. Most training programs take 15 to 20 minutes to complete. The app tracks your loved one’s scores and adjusts the difficulty to his or her performance, ensuring that he or she is always challenged.

Lumosity was designed by neuroscientists, and games are based on research obtained through brain studies. The app has been lauded by several periodicals, including Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian. With amusing configurations and colorful graphics, Lumosity will keep your loved one’s brain happily engaged.

Learn more about promoting senior health from the friendly staff at Milwaukee Home Care Assistance. As a leading local provider of hourly, live-in, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and stroke care in Milwaukee, we help seniors of all ability levels maintain a high-quality life in the comfort of home. Call us today at (414) 964-8000 and request a free consultation.