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Top 3 senior health apps

December 18, 2013

Smartphones and tablets have become a part of everyday life for many seniors. The convenient devices not only help older adults stay connected to friends and family, but the seemingly endless number of apps can have an impact on healthy aging. There are a number of programs that are well-suited for a healthy lifestyle for seniors, here are a few that are certainly worth a download:

Created by the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiologic Health, this program is essential for seniors who are taking several different medications. It provides reminders and push notifications so that users can take their prescriptions at the right time. It also offers the chance to report any side effects directly to the FDA. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 36 percent of adults 60 and older take five or more medications, so this app is particularly helpful. 

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Of course, medication isn't the only aspect of healthy senior living, and it's important for seniors to stay mentally active. This free program offers users the chance to access a wide variety of educational content at no cost, whether it's videos, books, lecture or any other resource they can think of. 

Motion Doctor
At $6.99, Motion Doctor may be more expensive than the other apps on seniors' smartphones, but it is certainly worth it. This useful resource provides users with detailed stretches and exercises that can help older adults alleviate whatever aches or pains they might be feeling. It's particularly helpful for active seniors who don't want their lifestyle to be hampered by discomfort.