Patients and caregivers are increasingly tapping into the power of mobile apps to support them in their difficult journeys. These apps provide mental stimulation to those affected by neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and traumatic brain injury, as well as assisting caregivers in carrying out daily tasks for patients. These resources are often free-of-charge and offer a wide range of activities for patients and advice and support for caregivers.
From listening to music, to GPS tracking, to medication management, the following are 10 apps that could benefit both patients and caregivers.
Awesome Memory – Featuring a selection of memory games that can be enjoyed by patients and caregivers, this app provides entertainment and challenges designed to strengthen memory ability and recall.
Finger Paint – Patients can experience finger painting in this doodle-style art app. With simple finger movements on the screen, patients can work on their hand-eye coordination — stimulating their visual as well as spatial senses.
GPS TRACKER – The GPS TRACKER allows caregivers to know the location of a patient or loved one at any time. The GPS technology on an iPhone provides peace of mind to caregivers, letting them know where a patient is currently located (and where he or she has been).
Lumosity – Lumosity creates a personalized training program that challenges an individual’s brain by using games. Games include those that focus on memory, attention span, and more.
Matrix Game 3 – Matrix Game 3 helps patients suffering from neurological disorders develop visual perception skills such as visual discrimination. The game also helps to develop attention, concentration, and spatial orientation.
MIND – This app features art, dance, and music exercises to appeal to the visual, physical, and auditory capacities of patients affected by neurological disorders. Users can create their own music, watch dance and exercise videos, and enjoy music from different countries. The app also features a virtual art gallery, where users can observe great works of art such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, create their own version of masterpieces, and play matching game activities.
RXmindMe – RXmindMe is a reminder app that allows users to enter dosage information for medications, vitamins, and supplements and to set up reminders to ensure adherence.
Spotify – The app allows users to access music at any time. Music can sometimes evoke strong memories, benefiting those with neurological disorders, while also providing an uplifting emotional boost for caregivers.
Unfrazzle – The Unfrazzle app allows caregivers to keep track of all caregiving tasks, including medications, chores, therapies, and appointments, while also staying in touch with family members and friends.
WebMD – The NEW WebMD app offers on-demand, medical information, in addition to physician-reviewed health content. It’s useful for caregivers and patients who want the latest news about their neurological condition from a trusted resource.