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No More Missed Pills

Last updated: February 09, 2011

Medicine Series

Whether or not a loved one has taken the appropriate medications at the appropriate times is a common concern. Managing a medication regime can be a complex task, especially for long-distance caregivers. Thankfully, there are lots of great tech tools available today to help you and your loved ones stay on top of medication management:

Medication Schedules and Reminders

MyMedSchedule.com is a free service that allows you to create easy-to-read medication schedules and set up daily text or e-mail reminders. The site makes it easy to print out large text or wallet size daily schedules as well as weekly and monthly checklists. Click here to watch a quick demo of the MyMedSchedule offering.

Medical Alarm Watches

Medical Alarm watches are another great tool for medication management. For example, the Cadex e-Pill 12 Alarm Medication Reminder Watch provides up to 12 daily alarms, which bee



Tech Tools for Long-Distance Caregiving - Part II

Last updated: January 27, 2011

senior man talking on telephone

A common concern of long-distance caregivers is that their loved one will forget something important, like a doctor's appointment or an upcoming outing.

The Snoozester service provides reliable hotel-style wake up calls and reminder calls to any landline or cell phone. No software is required, and calls can be easily scheduled using Snoozester's online interface. For just a few dollars per month, this service provides valuable piece of mind to long-distance caregiver (Plans start at $3.99 per month for 35 calls).

In some cases, long-distance caregivers may want the additional piece of mind that comes from knowing that an reminder call was received and acknowledged by their loved one. To address this need, Databse Systems Corp offers a telephone-based call reassurance service. For less than a dollar a day, the automated service will call the recipient at specified days and times and



Tech Tools for Long-Distance Caregiving - Part I

Last updated: January 13, 2011

Woman talks on the phone

Technology is defined as the usage of tools, techniques, or methods of organization to solve a problem. Today there are many tools, techniques, and methods of organization that can help address the unique challenges facing long-distance caregivers -- and over the next few weeks, I'll be featuring some of my favorites.

Of course, deciding which specific tools and techniques will work best for your family will depend on your loved one's level of impairment, as well as his/her tech-savvyness and the savvyness of those in his/her circle of care (yourself, siblings, children, care providers etc.).

Video Chat

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth at least a million. Although not intentionally created for caregivers, online video chatting services such as Skype and Google Chat are great tools for long-distance caregivers. Not only is video an emotionally rich form of c



An E-tool to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Last updated: December 30, 2010

mature couple lunch

With the holidays behind us and January 1st right around the corner, it's almost New Year's Resolution time. After weeks of holiday parties and tempting sweets around every turn, many people are ready to get their diets back on track "“ me included.

Study after study has confirmed the benefits of keeping a food diary and activity log. Today, there are online tools that make it easy to track what you eat and the activity you do. These tools are helpful for those of us wanting to shed a few extra holiday pounds, but they're also a great tool that caregivers can use to track and manage a loved one's diet.

My favorite free calorie tracker is MyFitnessPal.com. In fact, in preparation for my upcoming wedding, I'm currently using MyFitnessPal to track my food and exercise.

MyFitnessPal is completely free and easy to use. It has a searchable database with nutritional information for more



Tech-Savvy Gift Ideas

Last updated: December 16, 2010

Cheerful mature woman with husband opening Christmas present

Are you looking for a tech-savvy gift for a loved one? Or maybe you're looking for something to add to your own wish list. Here are six great technology products that are fun and easy to use at any age.

  1. The Amazon Kindle wireless reading device can hold thousands of digital books. Weighing just 8.5 ounces, the Kindle is portable, and the high-contrast screen is easy to read. To learn more, watch this quick introductory video about the Kindle.

  2. The Apple iPad is a touch-screen tablet computer that's great for browsing the internet, e-mailing, and much more. It's highly intuitive, and friendly assistance is always available at your local Apple store. Want to learn more? Watch this video about the IPad

  3. Presto is a combination printer and e-mail service that allows you to send e-mail to a loved one who doesn't use a computer. It's simple: You send an e-mail, but your loved one receives



Free Exercise Programs on Your TV

Last updated: October 19, 2010

mature women exercise

We all know that exercise is beneficial for our bodies and minds. But most of us also find it difficult in our busy lives to make time to exercise, especially those of us who can't leave the house due to caregiving responsibilities or physical limitations.

Did you know that if you have On Demand programming as part of your cable package, you most likely have access to free exercise programs from Exercise TV?

Exercise TV provides a wide range of exercise programs, including yoga, pilates, stretching, walking, strength training -- along with abs and cardio workouts. There are programs for every fitness level from beginner to advanced.

Follow these general steps to find the Exercise TV programs:

  1. Click the "On Demand" button on your remote control.
  2. Use the arrows on your remote to navigate the menu. Select the "Sports and Fitness" category (or a similar title).
  3. Clicking on the category

About Tech-Savvy Daughter
  • I'm a thirtysomething engineer and gerontologist. And through this blog, I'd like to be your virtual Tech-Savvy Daughter. My goal is to provide straightforward information to help you and your older family members get the most out of today's technology tools -- in a way that's fun, not frustrating. Let's bridge the generational technology divide together!

    You can reach me at techsavvydaughter@caring.com.

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