My Health Technology for Seniors

My Health Technology for Seniors : Take Charge of Your Health Through Technology

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My Health Technology for Seniors is the first easy guide to today's revolutionary health technologies. Learn to use your computer, smartphone, and other devices to manage your health and get help when you need it. Whether it's sleep, exercise, diet, heart health, diabetes, or asthma, this book shows you how to stay healthier, happier, and in charge of your life.

With step-by-step instructions, full-color screen shots, and an easy-to-read design, this shows you how to:

* Succeed at eating right and staying fit with help from new technologies that are fun and easy
* Sleep better and manage stress more effectively
* Manage chronic conditions and save money on medications and costly medical procedures
* Transform your smartphone into a powerful glucose monitor, blood pressure monitor, and medication usage tracker for asthma and COPD management
* Track, protect, and improve your heart health
* Use in-home technology to stay safer and prepare for emergencies
* Get valuable advice and support from online communities
* Choose online health resources you can trust
* And much more
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 180 x 231 x 25mm | 908g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • 0789758210
  • 9780789758217

Table of contents

Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Choosing the Right Technology to Support Your Health Goals 5
Using a Smartphone to Aid in a Healthy Lifestyle 6
Explore Android Devices 7
Check Your Version of Android 10
Choose an Android Phone 10
Consider an Apple iPhone 14
Check Your Version of iOS 16
Keep in Touch with the Jitterbug Touch3 17
Consider the Snapfon ezTWO3G 19
Finding Health Apps for Your Device 21
Perform a Google Search 21
Find a Forum 22
Ask Your Doctor 22
Browse the Play Store 22
Use the Gear Manager App 26
Use the Android Wear App 26
Browse the App Store 29
Use the Apple Watch App 31
Visit a Fitness Tracker's Website 33
Exploring Web-Based Solutions 33
Taking a Look at What Wearables Can Do for You 34
Decide Between Fitness Trackers 35
Determine Your Need for a Smartwatch 43
Consider the Need for a Medical ID 50
Choose a Pedometer to Track Your Activity 52
Exploring Technology for Your Household 53
Smart Bathroom Scales 53
Talking Measuring Cups and Food Scales 54
Medicine Adherence 54
Anti-Scalding Devices 56
Turn On Lights Remotely 56
Medical Alert Services 57
Chapter 2 Maintaining a Healthy, Balanced Diet 59
Knowing Your Body Measurements 60
Calculate Body Mass Index (BMI) 60
Track Your Body Fat Percentage 61
Watching Your Weight 61
Measure Weight with the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale 62
Monitor Weight with the Weight Gurus Bluetooth Smart Body Fat Scale 63
Track Your Weight with the Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer 64
Watching Your Food Portions 65
Weigh Food Portions with Digital Scales 65
Work with Talking Measuring Cups 67
Tracking Your Daily Hydration 69
Monitor Fluid Intake with HydraCoach 69
Monitor Fluid Intake with the Thermos Connected Hydration Bottle with Smart Lid 75
Making Better Food Choices 82
Track Calorie Consumption with the MyFitnessPal App 82
Learn What's Really in Your Food with the Fooducate App 87
Lose Weight with the Lose It! App 94
Getting Groceries Delivered to Your Door 100
Explore Peapod Home Delivery 101
Use Schwan's Home Delivery Services 104
Order from AmazonFresh 106
Consider Instacart Grocery Delivery 107
Exploring Diet-Specific Resources with Recipes 110
Explore All Natural, Gourmet Farm-to-Table Deliveries from Blue Ribbon Foods 111
Receive Special Diet Deliveries from Schwan's Home Delivery 111
Consider Diet-Specific Grocery Delivery from Instacart 112
Eat Better by Planning Your Meals Using Edamam 113
Get Designer Recipes and Delicious Groceries at PlateJoy 115
Chapter 3 Keeping Active and Fit 117
Tracking Your Daily Activity 118
Tracking Steps 119
Apple Health App 119
Fitbit 123
Google Fit 128
S Health 131
Tracking Flights of Stairs Climbed 134
Apple Health App 134
Garmin vivosmart HR 137
Monitoring Walking and Running Distance 138
Apple Health App 138
Fitbit 141
Google Fit 142
S Health 145
Withings Activite Pop 149
Tracking Biking Activity 151
Apple Health App 151
Fitbit 153
Google Fit 154
S Health 156
Creating a Fitness Plan 158
Achieving Health and Fitness Goals with More Apps 159
Get Fit with FitStar Personal Trainer 160
Access More Than 200 Free Fitness Workouts with Fitnet 162
Get the Most from Your Workout with Nike+Training Club 164
Personalize Your Workout with Sworkit 166
Maximize Your In-Home Workouts with Wello 170
Log Activity with MapMyFitness 172
Improve Your Posture with the Lumo Lift App 175
Getting to Know High-Tech Canes 177
Secure Folding Walking Cane 178
Trusty Cane 178
Chapter 4 Sleeping Better and Managing Stress 181
Exploring Sleep Monitoring 182
Forming Consistent Sleep Habits 183
Tracking Your Sleep with Devices 183
Track Sleep Patterns with the Withings Activite Pop 184
Get Insight with the Beddit Sleep Tracker 188
Focus on Sleep with the Fitbit Flex Band 190
Monitor How Well and How Long You Sleep 191
Set a Silent Alarm 192
Improve Sleep Patterns with the Jawbone UP3 Tracker 192
Track Your Sleep Patterns 193
Track Sleep with the Microsoft Band 2 194
Use the Sleep Tile Function 195
View Sleep Summaries 196
Tracking Your Sleep with Apps 197
Monitor Sleep with the Sleep as Android App 197
Track Your Sleep Cycle and Use the Smart Alarm Clock 198
Use SleepBot to Get the Sleep You Need 201
Improve Your Sleep Quality by Tracking Your Sleep 202
Customize SleepBot Settings 204
View and Share Your Stats Online and from Your Phone 206
Understand Your Sleep with the Sleep Time Smart Alarm Clock App 208
Set Alarms and Measure Your Nighttime Sleep Movements 208
Using Apps to Help Relax and Fall Sleep 212
Use the Ambience App to Pick Relaxing Sounds 213
Get to Sleep Faster with the Relax Melodies App's Zen Sounds and Melodies 217
Make Relaxing Soundscapes with the Sleep Pillow Sounds App 220
Exploring Meditation Apps 224
Relax with the Calm App 224
Find Your Happy Place with the Happier App 226
Get in Touch with Your Inner Calm with Headspace 228
Use the Mindfulness Meditation App 230
Release Stress with the Simply Being App 232
Break Up a Stressful Day with the Take a Break! App 235
Chapter 5 Staying on Top of Your Medicine 239
Considering the Med Reminder App 240
Schedule and Monitor Regimens 241
Considering Reminder Rosie 245
Set Up the Date and Time 245
Set Up Rosie's Activation Trigger and Create Reminders 247
Play and Erase Reminders 249
Receiving Reminders from Pharmacies 249
Taking the Right Medication at the Right Time at the Right Dose with CleverCap 250
Sync Medication Regimens with the CleverCap 251
Use Visual, Sound, and Other Alerts for Medication Reminders 252
Access Medicine Regimen Online Reports 254
Staying on Top of Your Medications with Medisafe 255
Set Up Your Virtual Pillbox 256
Taking Care of Your Medications with the Mango Health App 261
Create a Medication Regimen 261
Check for Drug Interactions 266
Managing Your Medications with PillPack 267
Sign Up for PillPack 267
Add Medications and Set Reminders 272
Staying On Track with Your Daily Medicines Using the MedCoach App 272
Register and Add Your Medications 273
Set Up Pill Reminders 276
Order Refills from Your Pharmacy 279
Chapter 6 Using Social Engagement as Health Support Systems 285
Joining the AARP Online Community 286
Exploring Transportation Services for Getting Around Town 287
Getting a Ride Using Lyft 287
Getting to Know Uber 294
Finding Patient Support Communities 303
Exploring Communities for People with Rare Diseases at Ben's Friends 303
Benefiting from the Wisdom of the Experts at CrowdMed 306
Live Better Together with the PatientsLikeMe Online Community 309
Focusing on Active Living with HealthyAging.Net 311
Combating Social Isolation Through Digital Inclusion 313
Staying Closer and Caring Easier with the Oscar Tablet App 314
Staying Connected with Friends and Family with the grandPad Tablet 316
Keeping in Touch with Friends and Family Using grandCARE 317
Chapter 7 Finding Solutions to Manage Specific Conditions 321
Managing Diabetes 322
Monitoring Your Glucose Using Apps 322
Taking a Look at Heart Health Technology 350
Keeping an Eye on Your Hypertension and Blood Pressure 350
Choosing the Right Wearable Heart Monitor for You 355
Investigating Apps for Heart Health on Your Smartphone 359
Controlling Obesity 365
Making a Lasting Lifestyle Change at Omada Health 365
Keeping a Food Journal and Using Fitness and Dietary Apps 366
Getting Help to Control Your Asthma and COPD 371
Using Propeller 371
Using CareTRx 372
Chapter 8 Being Prepared for an Emergency 375
Understanding the Importance of Medical IDs for Emergencies 376
Create a Medical ID on Your Android Phone 376
Create a Medical ID on Your iPhone 383
Consider the ICE Standard with Smart911 App 388
Using Apps and GPS Tracking Devices as Safety Measures 390
Consider GreatCall 5Star Urgent Response 390
Stay Connected to the People Who Matter with the Life 360 Locator App 391
Get Assistance with Alzheimer's with the Comfort Zone Check-In Web Application 401
Choosing the Right Medical Alert System 402
Use the Life Alert Service 403
Use the MobileHelp Medical Alert System 407
Get to Know the Lively 24/7 Emergency Medical Alert System 408
Understand the grandCare Monitoring System 411
Turning On Lights in Your Home Remotely 413
Control Your Lights with the Clapper 414
Light the Way with the Automatic Sensor LED Night Light 415
Chapter 9 Connecting with Your Health Care Professionals and Saving Money on Services 417
Scheduling Doctor Appointments and Finding Doctors 418
Find Doctors and Dentists, and Book Appointments with the ZocDoc App 418
Find a Doctor You'll Love at BetterDoctor 430
Getting Treatment Online 433
Get a Doctor by Phone or Video with Teladoc 433
Get a Diagnosis and Treatment from Direct Dermatology 439
Accessing Adult Care Resources 444
Search for Adult Care, Reviews, and Resources 444
Discover the Adult Care Options Available at 448
Find Your Caregiver at 453
Preventing Paying Too Much for Health Procedures and Medication 457
Use Medical Billing Experts at CoPatient to Ensure You're Not Paying Too Much for Unpaid Bills 457
Compare Prescription Prices and Get Prescription Coupons at WeRx 461
Gathering Your Health Information 463
Organize Your Life with the Digital Component of AARP/ABA Checklist for My Family 464
Index 465
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About Lonzell Watson

Lonzell Watson, recently honored by the University of Kentucky's 2014-15 College of Communication and Information Outstanding Alumnus Award, has been fascinated with technology ever since he disassembled his first Commodore 64 computer in grade school and then attempted to put it back together. He went on to work a 100-mile paper route for an entire year, just to buy his first Apple computer, and he has been writing about technology ever since. Lonzell helped pay his way through college making house calls to individuals who were 50 years of age and older, helping them learn how to use common software programs, how to use their hardware, how to buy new computers, and even helping them set up home networks. Lonzell went on to work as an IT consultant for clients including the J. Peterman Company, Time Warner Communications, and Verizon Wireless.

Lonzell is the award-winning author of Teach Yourself Visually iPad, for which he won the 2010 International Award of Excellence from the Society for Technical Communication. This work also earned Lonzell the Distinguished Technical Communication award and Best of Show 2010 from the STC. Lonzell was also presented the Award of Excellence for Teach Yourself Visually iPhoto '09 in 2009. He is the author of other popular titles, including My Samsung Galaxy Tab, My Amazon Fire Phone, Teach Yourself Visually iPad 2, My HTC EVO 3D, the Canon VIXIA HD Digital Field Guide, Final Cut Pro 6 for Digital Video Editor's Only, and Teach Yourself Visually Digital Video.

Currently, Lonzell is the owner of Creative Intelligence LLC, an instructional design and technical writing company, whose courseware is being used to train the CIA, FBI, NASA, and all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. With a master's degree in Instructional Design and Development, Lonzell has taught Digital Asset Creation to graduate students at Bellevue University, has been a frequent contributor to, and an author for one of the leading online learning companies, Lonzell's writing has been syndicated, with hundreds of published tutorials and tips that help demystify consumer electronics and software.

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