Denver Senior Care Examiner
As the population ages and lifespan increases, the number of family caregivers grows. Information about caregiving, once the purview of health care and geriatric care professionals, is exploding – in articles, on television talk shows and on the Internet. Now, thanks to two iPhone Apps, caregiving information can come directly to a mobile phone.
Elder 411 and Elder 911 were created and developed jointly by Doctor Marion and Presto Services, two organizations focused on products and services for seniors. Released in December 2009, customer feedback suggests an audience exists for these mobile tools.
Elder 411 contains over 500 tips on caring for an aging loved one, including topics on safety, housing options, mobility and adaptive equipment, and communicating effectively. The application also includes video and audio clips featuring Dr. Marion Somers, a nationally recognized expert on aging and caregiving. A search function and note pad section make the tool useful for researching and tracking information. Elder 411 can form part of a generic tool kit necessary while navigating through general senior caregiving responsibilities. This application can be purchased for $1.99 through The itunes App Store.
By contrast, Elder 911 is designed for the crisis situation regarding care for an aging relative. The makers of the product say that when a crisis hits and a caregiver is on the way to the hospital, for example, there are some critical issues and questions that take precedence. Handling the crisis might include basic questions to ask once at the hospital, tips on managing the health care system, and preparing for release of the individual to rehab or home. Dr. Marion provides steady and confident advice to caregivers in the form of tips and resources to consider. Elder 911 also has an interactive section with checklists, reminders and notes. Purchase price is $.99.
Dr. Marion Somers is also the author of Elder Care Made Easier and founder of the Dr. Marion Foundation, which promotes elder care needs worldwide to create positive difference in the lives of caregivers and their elders.
Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) serves as the region’s Area Agency on Aging, planning and coordinating a continuum of services of services available to older adults living in metro Denver. The agency provides information about transportation and housing, among other topics.
Denver resident and caregiving coach, Anne Togher, offers advice and tools for caregivers at her web site, Toghers.com.
Kathryn writes and speaks on aging, caregiving, disabilities and products for mobility and independence. Contact for inquiries and to suggest future topics. Kathryn is not paid by manufacturers of products she reviews in her articles.