Are you a caregiver for an older adult? Or are you an older adult yourself? If so, you’re in luck. I’ve created a short list of some of my favorite resources to help you and yours. Here are 5 of my favorite websites, apps, and other resources for older adults and their caregivers. And the timing is perfect as this article is being posted on Christmas Day! Be sure to contact me if you have questions about any of the things mentioned in this article.
1.) Elder Talk Podcast
This podcast is led by an elder care law attorney and CPA (Joe Cordell) in Missiouri. Some of the content discussed is related to technical subjects such as elder law, medicare options, or real estate considerations. They cover a variety of other topics too. He and his podcast partner Susan typically have a guest on each episode, and the guests are experts in various different fields related to promoting health and happiness in older adults. Some examples of topics discussed are maintaining healthy mobility, treating and preventing memory loss, and severe weather preparedness for seniors. You can download each episode for free from iTunes, stitcher, castbox, or whatever app you use to download podcasts.
One of my favorite episodes is episode #32 which is titled “Retirement Living Decisions.” In that episode, Joe leads an insightful conversation about a variety of topics.
- Moving to another state when retiring
- Climate concerns
- Proximity to healthcare providers and quality of healthcare depending on location
- Transportation issues
- Health insurance needs
- Qualification for long term care needs
- Home setup considerations
- Housing markets
- The importance of designating a durable power of attorney and having a living will
This is only one of dozens of episodes, but it’s jam-packed with info and it’s a good one to start with in order to decide if you like it. Each episode is easy to listen to, thorough, and thoughtful about some of the most important topics that older adults care about.
2.) Caregiving Tips and Hacks from Care Connection by AARP
I love this website for teaching caregivers how to easily and inexpensively modify items at home to make them more accessible for older adults. They teach “crafty ways to re-engineer simple household items.” Click here to check it out. Here’s a look at what you’ll see on the website.
3.) Silver Cuisine
I’d like to introduce you to a meal delivery service specifically for seniors. They deliver nationwide excluding Hawaii and Alaska. Each meal can be prepared in the microwave in 6 minutes or less and can be stored in the freezer for up to one year.
“At Silver Cuisine, we believe that food is medicine. We are passionate about creating delicious meals that enhance the quality of our customers’ lives. We stand for longer and healthier living through how we eat and how we live. Silver Cuisine specializes in home delivered meals nutritionally-designed for people over 50 years old and conveniently available for supporting caregivers. We handle the planning, grocery shopping, cooking, and delivery. With a wide selection of over 150 meals and snacks starting at just $5.95, Silver Cuisine provides convenience and flexibility on a subscription-free basis. No minimums or memberships required. Experience the freedom and peace of mind knowing that your loved one is eating healthy and delicious, doctor-designed, chef-prepared meals.”
They can provide specialty diets for any of the following:
- Heart Healthy
- Gluten Free
- Low Sodium
- Low Carb
- Dairy Free
4.) Magnifying Glass + Flashlight App
There are many free apps on iTunes or in the Google Play Store. The one that I trialed is called Magnifying Glass Flashlight by Cool Guy. It looks like this.
With over 500,000 downloads and a 4.6/5 star rating, it seems like people really like it. The magnifying glass flashlight is a free app that turns your phone into a lighted magnifying glass. It would be very helpful for reading restaurant menus or medication labels. You can increase the magnification at the touch of a button, you can change the color to make it easier to read, and you can snap a photo of the text you’re looking at to enlarge it even further.
5.) Advocating for the Aging
Of course I have to insert a shameless plug for my own website. The goal of advocatingfortheaging.com is to educate, empower, and equip older adults and their caregivers so they can stay out of the hospital and safe in their homes for as long as possible.
The main focus of Advocating for the Aging is to publish a weekly blog post covering various different topics such as
- Management of chronic issues like diabetes, congestive heart failure, or urinary tract infections
- Tips for air travel with elderly parents
- Ways to improve home safety for older adults
- How to recognize when an older adult is no longer safe to live alone in their home and what to do about it.
We also have a monthly video series called The Must or Bust Gadget lab where older adults try out different household products that may (or may not) make their lives easier. On this monthly show, they try out 2-3 items and discuss whether each item is a must or a bust. That way you don’t waste your hard earned money on something that they’ve found to be too difficult to use. The product testers will demonstrate how to use each item and give an honest review of its effectiveness. Click here to see Episode #1 of the Must or Bust Gadget Lab.
The advocating for the aging community has also become a platform for donating equipment such as walkers and canes to those in need. When items are available for donation, the announcement is made on the Advocating for the Aging facebook page so be sure to click here and “like” the page.
If you have questions about any of the resources mentioned in this article, feel free to reach out to me. I’d love to help in any way I can. And let me know if this is helpful. If so, there may be more to come 😉
One more freebie for you. Consider it a Christmas Gift!