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3 Apps to Help Older Adults Organize Meds

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3 Apps to Help Older Adults Organize Meds
by Geriatric Scholars Learning Community Team - Thursday, September 3, 2015, 10:54 AM

These 3 smartphone apps may help older adults manage their medications:

(Excerpt from SunRiseSeniorLiving.Com)

1. Medisafe
Medisafe is free for both iPhones and Androids. According to the app's website, more than 1 million people have downloaded it from the Google Play store alone. 

Many adults are better able to remember things when they have the help of visuals. The app copies the physical characteristics, including size and shape, of every pill once each medication is entered into the app, creating what the app creators refer to as a "virtual pillbox." The website also noted that the app sends users alerts when it's time to take their pills and reminds them of the proper dosage. If patients forget or ignore the alert, the app sends a message to a family member or friend.  

2. Adheretech
Adheretech is a truly innovative pill bottle that connects with an app for all smartphones. The bottle collects data entered on the accompanying app and sends real-time alerts when patients miss or take the incorrect dosage of their prescriptions. Older Adults can see how well they're doing by viewing information - when they took their pills, how much and more - on the app's dashboard.

3. Meds Agenda 
Older Adults who have a particularly large number of medications with complex instructions should look into downloading Meds Agenda. According to iTunes, the app is $1.99 for iPhones and makes following medication schedules easy. After entering the pills and their detailed instructions, it will send users reminders that include how much of each medication to take and how to take it. It also sends notifications in areas without Wi-Fi.