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Apps That Help Seniors Maintain Their Health
Many seniors are struggling to maintain their health as their age declines. Everyday Health notes that not only does being physically active become increasingly tricky as you get older, but finding the right mental stimulation and reaching dietary goals isn’t easy without the proper support mechanisms. Luckily, technology is empowering seniors to sort out their diets and address their health in novel ways. Baby Boomers Attic outlines a few ways that seniors can maintain their health and mental wellness through the use of smartphone apps.
Technology and Fitness
The smartphone may be the single greatest fitness tool ever built. Not only can your smartphone record exercises and help you plan out meals, but it gives you access to health and fitness apps that make exercising and dieting simple and engaging. Apps like MyFitnessPal can help seniors track calories and nutrition, and apps like DailyYoga can help seniors try out new, simple exercise routines.
Of course, there are thousands of similar health and fitness apps that can do anything from tracking walk distances and time to showing seniors how to perform simple anaerobic exercises. It’s important to make sure that you or the senior in your life have access to a smartphone capable of handling all of these applications. Many seniors have outdated devices and may need to upgrade in order to utilize these health and fitness apps. If you’re purchasing a new smartphone, make sure you shield it from damage with a protective case.
Technology and Mental Wellness
Again, smartphones are incredibly powerful tools that can empower your physical fitness journey. But it doesn’t have to end with the physical elements of fitness. There are plenty of apps dedicated to improving mental wellbeing as well. According to the National Institutes of Health, around 40 percent of individuals aged 65 and older have memory impairment due to their age.
Apps like Lumosity can help seniors stay engaged with challenging puzzles and activities that keep their memory neurons firing and active. Seniors can also reap the ample health benefits of meditation with apps like Headspace. And, applications like Calm and Happify can help seniors navigate mental health issues like depression and anxiety, though certainly scheduling an appointment with a primary care physician or psychiatrist is crucial in this case.
While technology like smartphones can certainly be used as tools for procrastination, they can also be incredibly powerful devices that enable fitness goals and mental wellbeing. For seniors, access to a smartphone capable of handling all of these apps can be beneficial for their health, mind, and happiness. Remember to purchase a data plan capable of handling all of these applications. The last thing you want is for your health and fitness goals to drain your wallet or bank account.
This article is for informational purposes only. Please consult a medical professional before making any life changes.
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