August 7, 2011Kathy
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This app is so handy to use. It’s compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad and there is an Android app you can download. The company also states they are currently working on making it possible to download the app from other phones. I’ve downloaded it to my iPhone. When I go to the grocery store, I look at the ingredients on the back of every box and every can, before I put it into my grocery cart. It used to be very time consuming and sometimes the print is so small I can barely read it.
But now my life has been made a lot easier, at least when it comes to grocery shopping. Now when I go to the store, I go to my app “Fooducate” and when I look at a box of cereal I scan it with my iPhone and Fooducate tells me about the cereal. I find out how much sugar is in a serving, if it is really healthy for me or not and actually has an “alternative” cereal that is more healthy for me.
I’m always amazed at how deceiving a food product really is. The name of the product will make you think it’s really good for us. For instance, the cereal may contain the words “whole grain” in its title but, in reality, it isn’t 100% whole grain. There may be a small quantity but I would have thought it was 100% whole grain. With this app I can find out what it is really made of and how much of the “good stuff” is in there and how much of the “bad stuff” is in there. It tells me if it contains trans fat and/or BHT. Fooducate will even rate the food for you.
The app has about 160,000 products and they update it continuously. It was initially created by dieticians and concerned parents. It appears to be a totally objective analysis. The company claims it is not associated with any food manufacturers and the company doesn’t sell any pills, supplements or diets.
I really recommend trying this app out. I have been amazed at how wrong I am about certain products I’ve been buying for years and the app has done all the hard work. I love this one.
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July 28, 2011Kathy
Well, someone has been working in the government. They have just released 68 mobile phone-based apps. Several of these apps are health-related programs. These are all free apps so please check them out. You could download them to your computer or any smartphone. I checked them out and there are some really practical ones we could all use. One app tells you about any food recalls so if think you heard something but you’re not sure it applies to your city, then just go to your app.
There is also an app to locate the closest health center. So, if you’re away from home or just in an area you’re not familiar with, and you need help, you can use their information to find one.
There is a Medline app that will answer a huge variety of questions and there’s one you can use at a restaurant and you’re not sure which entree or appetizer is the better choice.
Too many apps to mention them all but go to the site I have just linked for you and look them over. There are some interesting ones, practical one and some that are just fun.
As always, I’ll do my best to keep us all informed about anything and everything us babyboomers could benefit from.
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July 22, 2011Kathy
I found another app that all of us could benefit from. It’s a free app for iphones or android users and it will help assist you in all types of medical emergencies. It’s called MedJet Assist and it has received very positive reviews. It tells you how to handle anything from a bee sting to how to set a fracture or what to do if someone has a heart attack. It is a valuable tool to assist you until medical assistance is obtained.
But, it isn’t just for emergencies, it also will give you good advice if you’re have a toothache or a headache. It’s really a medical advice book in an app.
Usually we’re aren’t that far away from help but there are a lot of babyboomers traveling these days, either visiting family or just enjoying life and if an emergency presents itself in the middle of nowhere or anywhere, there might be some great advice contained in this little gem of information.
I have always had a medical advice book in our home but we aren’t always home. I think this might be the next best thing to grabbing the medical emergency book off the shelf.
It’s another app for babyboomers but it’s so good I’d tell your kids about it too!
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July 13, 2011Kathy
Well ya’ll, I’ve been searching for a way to have all my passwords for all my different accounts stored in one place without feeling too nervous about the wrong person gaining access to them. And, I’m happy to report that I believe Splash ID Safe is the answer, I downloaded it for under $10.00, which is the price for iPhones, iPod touch, iPad, Androids and Blackberrys. I am finally able to store my credit card passwords, bank passwords, PINs and all those other passwords I have had to memorize . I had written them on a piece of paper I have hidden, but I’m not always where the piece of paper is. So, now I have everything on one site. You can categorize everything. From bank accounts to charge cards and mortgage accounts, I have it all available to me at one location. I can retrieve the information from any of my mobile devices which include the iphone and ipad.
I called my Dad and had him download it onto his computer, which isn’t an Apple and he is loving it. He put alls kinds of personal information on it, including account numbers for life insurance, combination of his safe at home and the location and number for his safe deposit account at his bank.
The app is called SplashID and I think it is worth your while to check it out. It advertises its security features as being impenetrable but read about it and let me know what you think.
Talk to you soon.
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June 22, 2011Kathy
I have found another free APP for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and BlackBerrys. It’s called BuddyGuard and I just started using it. I am going to download it to my Dad’s phone (he’s 83), my Mother-in-law’s phone (she’s 74) and my husband’s phone.
Ya’ll, I know I’ve been telling you about some good APPs, but this could really, really help. I am always running around, going out of town and I’m by myself fairly frequently. I am always on the search for good APPs when I came across this one. It can sense increased G-forces occurring during a car accident and will automatically call for help. You can also enter a distress PIN to send an emergency alert. Every three seconds the APP recods audio, snaps photos and notes your GPS coordinates.
What a secure feeling to know that at least I don’t have to feel I’m stranded. It’s great for babyboomers living alone or even if you don’t, it sure makes me feel secure. Please, check this out.Tags: apps for babyboomers • babyboomer • cell phone apps
June 19, 2011Kathy
Aarp just finished scouting out some good APPs for us babyboomers and I love this one. It’s called “HeyTell”, and let me tell you,it’s great. It’s a free app you can download from your iphone or droid. Once installed, you make sure your name and number is in your phone directory and then just follow the instructions for adding whomever you want to your list. If you need to speak to them, you don’t have to dial them or text them. All you do is go to your HeyTell and push the name of whom you need to speak to or just leave a message, and then just push the talk button and start speaking. So, if you suffer from arthritis, like I do, it makes speaking on a cell so much easier.
If there is an emergency, just push the button to talk on your HeyTell and you can use it like a walkie talkie. And if you need them to show their location or you want them to know your location, you can add the feature for those you want to. So, don’t worry. The only way anyone knows where you are is if you allow it. There are different privacy levels on the app to allow different people different levels.
I love the way mobile telephones are incorporating all kinds of apps that work so well for us babyboomers. It’s getting easier and easier. Have fun!
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May 19, 2011John
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Thanks for coming to visit Baby Boomer Healthcare. We’re just getting started on the website, but we’ll be posting soon about all the various tools that a Baby Boomer can use for their healthcare needs. At least initially we’re likely going to focus on the various online tools that are out there to help baby boomers with their healthcare needs.
We’re passionate about the needs of Baby Boomers and we’ll be writing from the perspective of a baby boomer working to navigate this ever changing online world.
We’ll be looking at various cell phone applications that can help you find and receive better care. We’ll look at websites which can help you manage your healthcare in a more active way. We’ll do our best to be a one stop shop for all your baby boomer healthcare needs.
If you have ideas on what we should cover, have questions or want to participate in the site, please let us know in the comments below.Tags: Baby Boomer Healthcare • Baby Boomers • mHealth • Mobile Health