Beleaguered caregivers getting help from apps

April 21, 2013 • Business

This screen grab provided by The Hebrew Home at Riverdale shows an app called Balance meant to help caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. From message boards that provide emotional support to sophisticated apps that manage medications from afar, a variety of online tools cater to the beleaguered caretakers of Alzheimer’s, heart disease and autism patients. (AP Photo/The Hebrew Home at Riverdale)

NEW YORK (AP) — As her mother and father edged toward dementia, Nancy D’Auria kept a piece of paper in her wallet listing their medications.

It had the dosages, the time of day each should be taken and a check mark when her folks, who live 10 miles away, assured her the pills had been swallowed.

“I work full time so it was very challenging,” said D’Auria, 63, of West Nyack.

Now she has an app for that. With a tap or two on her iPhone, D’Auria can access a “pillbox” program that keeps it all organized for her and other relatives who share in the caregiving and subscribe to the app.

“I love the feature that others can see this,” D’Auria said. “I’m usually the one who takes care of this, but if I get stuck, they’re all up to date.”

From GPS devices and computer programs that help relatives track a wandering Alzheimer’s patient to iPad apps that help an autistic child communicate, a growing number of tools for the smartphone, the tablet and the laptop are catering to beleaguered caregivers. With the baby boom generation Login to read more

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