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4 Neurology Apps to Empower Older Patients

4 Neurology Apps to Empower Older Patients

  • These apps are designed to improve treatment adherence, language skills, symptom tracking, communication, and other helpful functions. Scroll through the slides for descriptions and links to each app.
  • Language Therapy and Language Therapy Lite

    Language Therapy is a speech therapy app designed to improve reading, writing, speaking, and listening for patients with aphasia after, for instance, stroke, brain injury, autism, etc. The activities are customizable and designed for clinical and home use. Included are four apps in one: comprehension therapy for improving listening and reading comprehension; naming therapy for improving word-finding skills; reading therapy to strengthen literacy; and writing therapy to improve spelling skills. Interfaces are easy to use for all ages and abilities. Language Therapy Lite includes all four functionalities but has fewer words. Available in Spanish, French, German, and English. Cost: Language Therapy for iOS or android: $54.99; Language Therapy Lite: free

    Language Therapy Links: iOS. Android • Language Therapy Lite Links: iOS. Android

  • Medisafe Pill Reminder and Medication Tracker

    Medisafe is one of the top-rated medication managers. It provides reminders about appointments as well as when to take and refill medications. The app has a medication tracking function and provides information about drug interactions and dosages. It can be synced with other health apps that track blood glucose, blood pressure, weight, pulse, etc. And, it allows report sharing with providers, and synchronizes family medications to one place. The Medisafe Premium upgrade provides unlimited Medfriend supporters, unlimited family and friend profiles, more than 20 health measurements, choice of a dozen Medtone reminder voices, and the ability to pick color themes and pillbox shapes. Available in several languages. Cost: MediSafe: free; MediSafe Premium: $4.99/month, $39.99/year. Platforms: iOS, Android

  • CareZone

    CareZone is a caregiver app intended to make caring for others easier and simpler. The app allows users to take pictures of meds, automatically adds medication names, dosages and other details, and provides medication and refill reminders. There’s a journal for tracking symptoms, and a calendar for tracking appointments. It also has a contacts section for recording information about doctors, pharmacies, insurance providers, a notes section for hard to remember details, and a to-do list that can be used to assign tasks to others and get support. Users can share access with others in case of emergencies or to coordinate care. English only. Cost: Free. Links: iOSAndroid

  • MindMate was designed to empower people with AD and other dementias and help them stay independent. It features an intuitive and easy to use chat interface to simplify communication, and help sustain relationships between patients and others. There are games to stimulate gray matter, My Life for storing memories, Food & Exercise for staying active, TV & Music for daily learning, and Tools for routine daily tasks (with to-do lists and customizable reminders about things like grocery shopping and birthdays).      The app is used by the NHS, Winner Converge Challenge 2016, Winner of the Young Innovators Challenge 2015, and Winner at the European Telemedicine Conference 2015 in Denmark. Available in English, German, Russian, Spanish. Platform: Android, iOS. Cost: Free. Link to app: MindMate

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