Play games, order your shopping, track commercial flights overhead, learn a new language … If you can think of it, there’s an app for it. Here we look at five of the best health apps for older Australians. Like stairlifts, these health apps let older Australians enjoy more freedom and independence, a healthier lifestyle, and greater peace of mind.
HealthDirect is a free app that helps you make informed decisions about your health. Supported by the Australian Government and approved by medical practitioners, it gives you the power to find and book a doctor anytime day or night, check your symptoms, and access expert health information on a range of medical issues with ease. HealthDirect is also able to assist in emergency situations if you’re ever in need of assistance and don’t know exactly where you are. The app will display location coordinates and these can be provided to emergency service operators.
Instant Heart Rate
Monitoring your heart rate is important as it can indicate your heart health as well as identify potential health problems. Instant Heart Rate is a free and reliable app that lets you do just that. Simply place your fingertip on your phone flash and you’ll receive an accurate heart rate reading in less than 10 seconds.
TaiChi for Seniors
Master the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi with the TaiChi for Seniors app. Perfect for seniors (or anyone else) wanting to improve their body and mind, the app guides you through a series of Tai Chi sequences with the help of videos and clear step-by-step audio instructions from a renowned Tai Chi master. The app costs $3.99 but given Tai Chi can assist with flexibility, balance, strength, focus and stress, we think it’s worth it.
Active brain training is vital to maintaining mental acuity into our older years, and the earlier the brain training starts the better. Keep your brain on the ball and have fun too with Luminosity, the ultimate trainer for your brain. Designed to test key cognitive abilities such as memory and focus, this free app features problem-solving games, memory tests, and head-scratching logic games to challenge and strengthen the mind.
Pacer Pedometer & Step Tracker
This app will give you the motivation and support you need to get out, get moving, and achieve your fitness goals. Join the Pacer online community and enjoy access to personalised fitness plans and guided workouts.