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Health Apps for the Boomer
Maybe it’s just me, but I really love that there are health apps made with the growing boomer population in mind. Here are a few I would never have found useful in my youth. Let’s face it: We’re all getting older (some of us faster than others), and this snazzy (yes, I said snazzy!) collection of health apps could prove to be just what the doctor ordered to help us do it in style.
Instant Heart Rate (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android free) – Place your finger on the LED camera, and in 10 seconds, you’ll know how fast your heart is beating. No individual hardware is needed. Instant Heart Rate will beep with your pulse and a real-time chart will show you every heart beat. Over 25 million people are using this one.
Eye Reader (iPhone $1.99) – Stop squinting at restaurant menus or trying to read theater programs in the dark. Eye Reader is a unique magnifier that utilizes the LED light of the iPhone 4, providing a solution to reading small print in dark areas. The LED light provides the light source, and the Eye Reader’s zoom capability is activated by placing two fingers on the screen, then separating them to magnify the text to the desired amount.
Silver Surf – Do the buttons on your phone or keyboard seem like they’re getting smaller? This app offers high contrast, text zoom (up to 200 percent) and larger icons, a huge help if you’re tired of holding gadgets at arm’s length.
Sugar Tracker – With such a large portion of the population overweight, diabetes is a real concern. Sugar Tracker offers a way to log your blood sugar levels, target blood glucose ranges and view history. Simple graphs make it easy to identify numbers that are out range.
i-Triage – As we get older, it seems like we develop more mysterious aches and pains. We simply can’t visit the doctor every time a new one occurs. i-Triage is a symptom checker that allows you to punch in your symptoms and view your possible diagnosis. It also allows you to research diseases and provides directions to the nearest hospital as well as emergency room wait times. The app is free for iPhone and Android users.
WebMD – This is a personal favorite. It’s easy to navigate and has loads of resources. WebMD has the most current, reliable information on just about any medical topic you can think of.
These applications may not change your life, but they just might make it a little easier and a little healthier.