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What Are the Best Apps Created for Dementia Caregivers to Help Organize Schedules?

A Massachusetts teenager and his family created an app to help coordinate care for his grandmother after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.1 Named CareZare, the app is now available for free on the App Store and Google Play.

CareZare helps solve a problem that is probably familiar to anyone who cares for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s. It takes a lot of time, energy, and work. And coordinating and sharing information with a team of caregivers can be difficult and time-consuming. Plus over time, caregivers need to do more and more, as a person with dementia’s needs increase. It’s easy to forget to write things down and update your care team when you are managing an emotional outburst or cleaning up a mess.

What does the CareZare app do?

CareZare helps caregivers track medications, chores, schedules, and care instructions. It lets you monitor the state of your loved one and share information. It stores a list of caretakers and their contact information in one centralized place, so everyone can access it. And it allows people to assign tasks, log progress, and send notifications to be sure your loved one has what they need. The app can be even used to coordinate with professional caregivers in addition to your network of family and friends.2

There is a free version of CareZare for individuals, and it is available for both iPhone and Android smartphones. You can also use a desktop version, which syncs with your mobile device.

Dementia caregiving facts and figures

If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and of those, nearly 80 percent receive care in their homes. Each year more than 16 million Americans provide over 17 billion hours of unpaid care for family and friends managing Alzheimer’s and other kinds of dementia. Nearly 60 percent of caretakers expect to provide care for 4 years or more.3

More apps to help manage dementia caregiving

In addition to CareZare, other apps might help you manage the demands of caring for loved ones with dementia.4 Some apps help you refill medications. Others offer tips for managing dementia and difficult behaviors. And still, others provide guidance on reducing your own stress, which is a natural response to the demands that you face when caring for a loved one with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Buddy

Provides support and education about communication, challenging behaviors, and managing daily routines. The app also integrates with the Alzheimer’s Association hotline.

CaringBridge

A secure place for patients, caregivers, and friends and family to share diagnoses, updates, and messages of support.

CareZone

Designed to manage medications and health information, including setting medication reminders as well as automating prescription refills and delivery.

Lotsa Helping Hands

Allows you to coordinate care for your loved one and to organize meal deliveries, rides to appointments, and visiting hours, among other things.

Medisafe

Allows you to manage medications for your loved one. Includes reminders, tips, information on drug interactions, and more. Can also include health care providers on the account.

Pacifica

Offers help for caregivers to manage self-care, including guided meditations, tools to track your mood, and resources for reducing stress.

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