5 Useful and Fun iPhone Apps for the Sandwich Generation Issues of Caring for Elderly Parents and Babysitting Grandchildren

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Twitter is so handy for a variety of things, including providing great info and resources for those of us in the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren. A couple of weeks ago, I was enjoying a very interesting TwitterChat for about many of the issues of caring for the elderly, including parents, and someone asked me what caregiving iPhone apps I use. I sent them links to articles I've already written on that topic:

Since I last wrote about my best apps for caregivers, as well as grandparents looking for fun ideas for their grand kids, I've added a few more to my iPhone. (Would you believe I have over 200 apps! Of course, I only actively use a small percentage of those. πŸ™‚ ). Here's a few more I really appreciate:

Apps to help with caring for elderly parents (grandkids too πŸ™‚ )

  • MedPage Today Mobile – Free – The latest medical news headlines and links to the stories. I keep it with my CNN and DrudgeReport apps to get the latest news in a wide variety of areas. You can go to their website and set up your preferences on what type of medical news you are interested in, including geriatric.
Best iPhone apps for grand kids
  • If you have grandtweens or teens, they will LOVE it if you get the Shazam free app. A good friend introduced me to this and my granddaughter LOVES it. If we are listening to a song on the radio and want to know the name of the song or the singer, we just push the button, hold it up to the music, and within a few seconds, it tells us both. Shazam itself is free, but there is a limit to the number of songs you can search each month. (Shazam)RED is $5.99, has unlimited searches, and contributes a portion of the payment to help those affected by AIDS in Africa. Since that impacts so many children and grandchildren, as well as so many other innocent victims, that's a cause near and dear to this Sandwich Generation granny nanny's heart! I am always on the lookout for new and interesting praise and worship hymn songs and music for my grandchildren and for SandwichINK, so I did opt in on that, which thrilled my granddaughter to no end. πŸ™‚

Good all-around apps for the many different Sandwich Generation issues

  • If you are caring for elderly parents or grandkids, near or far, who live in tornado country, you might appreciate TornadoSpy. I paid the 1.99 since my senior mom and I, as well as some of my kids and grandkids live around tornados. So far it's been pretty good. I personally hope I never find out how it does with a BIG tornado close by. You click a button and, using your location settings in the iPhone, it tells you if there have been any tornado sightings in your area and pinpoints where on a map. Turns out the same people also have HailSpy to notify you of hail storms in your area. That's only 99 cents at this point in time and if you live where that's a big issue, it might also come in handy.
  • Dragon Search – Free – I LOVE this app. I can use it to find businesses by just pushing a button and speaking into the phone. It does a google search and, for me, has had about 95% accurate findings. I then click on the phone number that is usually in the listing and voila, free and easy search. I hardly ever use 411 anymore. πŸ™‚
  • The Ultimate Holiday App is fun for those of us who love to say Happy Holidays more than just a few times a year. From Hallmark, it's got things to celebrate every single day! For example, today, March 14, It's Learn About Butterflies Day, National Pi Day, and National Potato Chip Day. Think of all the fun ideas for activities for grandparents and grandchildren you can come up with when you have all these great "days" as your starting point. For instance, grab some cute butterfly clip art, a handful of popsicle sticks, and help the grandkids to add stickers, sparkle, and pizzaz to the clipart, glue them to a popsicle stick, and march around happily celebrating Butterflies day! We'll be the most creative granny nannies and pappies around. And best of all – it's FREE. πŸ™‚

Would you believe it, those are just from my first page of apps! I'll have more handy dandy iPhone apps for the Sandwich Generation from page 2 next week. 

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