Caring for an aging loved one? There’s an app for that!

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Smartphones and tablets are putting technology in the hands of millions of Americans. According to mobile researchers and consultants research2guidance, the number of users who download mobile health-related apps will reach 247 million—double the number who did in 2011. Based on those numbers alone, mobile apps have become a go-to source for information and organizational tools.

With 42 million Americans providing in home care for an aging loved one, it’s no surprise more and more of them are turning to an ever-growing number of apps designed to help caregivers manage their loved one’s care. Here’s just a sampling:

 

Balance: for Alzheimer’s Caregivers – Helps you coordinate care among multiple caregivers in real time. Track physical, behavior and emotional changes and share them with other caregivers and doctors; coordinate care and medications; learn about the latest Alzheimer’s research and information.

$0.99 for IPhone, IPad

 

CareZone Senior – Coordinates and helps organize caring for an elderly parent or loved one. Includes a shared calendar, medication list, history, contacts, and journal. Share information and coordinate with family and caregivers, and make your day simpler. This is a great app if you are providing in home care.

Free for IPhone, IPad, Android

 

CareCoach – Record doctor’s visits, get guidance on questions to ask, gather information, and share it all with family or caregivers on the secure website, CareCoach.com. Great for families that live at a distance from one another.

Free for IPhone and Android

 

IBiomed – Provides easy, efficient, portable and reliable record keeping. Includes features such as medication logbook and reminders, daily journal, sharing records access, and more.

Free for IPhone and IPad

 

Elder411 – A geriatric care manager provides advice on 11 different easy-to-browse eldercare topics. Add notes to any piece of content.

Free for IPhone

 

WebMD –  This is a mobile extension of the WebMD.com website. Search for information on medications using the Pill ID function, access health tools like Symptom Checker and research different medical conditions.

Free for IPhone

 

PhotoNote – Snap a quick photo and tag it with a note to use as a picture memo or a diary. Good for documenting activities in a caregiver and loved one’s day.

$1.99 for IPhone; PhotoNote Lite, Free