Seniors & Stroke Recovery: 5 Apps that Aid Communication

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The ability to communicate is often one of the things affected after an older adult has a stroke. Damage to the part of the brain that controls speech can also contribute to problems with comprehension (e.g., intended words coming out as nonsensical phrases). Below are five communication apps that can help older adults recovering from a stroke.

1. Scene and Heard

Visual scene communication is the method this award-winning app uses to help older stroke survivors with communication-related difficulties. Seniors can work their way through scenes already included with the app or customize their own phrases with matching scenes. It works by allowing seniors to use scenes to:

• Communicate needs
• Tell stories
• Answer questions
• Make choices
• Offer instructions

Skills can also be demonstrated with short videos. For instance, videos can be made to show how to use the restroom or wash hands.

There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to manage if their families opt for professional senior home care. Mesa families can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep their loved ones safe and comfortable while aging in place.

2. TalkPath Therapy

Loaded with more than 10,000 cognitive, speech, and language exercises, this app is often used as a supplemental tool for older stroke survivors participating in speech therapy. The easy-to-follow exercises are presented in a way that allows users to enhance their speech-related skills. As an added bonus, the app also includes news stories that are specially written to allow stroke survivors to practice reading and comprehension at their own pace. Constant Therapy is a similar award-winning app.

Caregivers with experience in stroke care can be a great source of support for senior stroke survivors. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Mesa Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks.

3. Language Therapy 4-in-1

Stroke survivors often become frustrated when they’re unable to communicate basic needs and thoughts. Part of the reason for this is difficulty with articulation. The purpose of this app is to help older adults recovering from a stroke increase their response times, enhance their vocabulary, and alleviate issues with sound delays.

Also, the app can be adjusted based on your senior loved one’s cognitive abilities. As progress is made, settings can be changed, which can also minimize unintentional frustration. The app is so named because it focuses on four aspects of communication: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Featured activities include:

• Recognition of nouns, verbs, and adjectives
• Naming therapy to identify common objects
• Phrase and sentence exercises (e.g., sentence completion)
• Fill-in-the-blank and “spell what you hear” exercises

4. Tapgram

Older stroke survivors sometimes have difficulty using traditional keyboards. Tapgram allows users to tap on various images related to what they want to express as messages. The resulting messages can then be sent to friends and family members in the following ways:

• Email messages
• Texts
• Social media feeds

5. Medlert 911+

Anyone with an older loved one who has had a stroke understandably worries about how he or she will be able to call for help if there’s a need to do so. This app installs a touch-activated big red dot on a smartphone’s home screen that allows seniors to let first responders know their location automatically. It also sends alerts to everyone in the user’s contact list so they’re aware an emergency has occurred.

These amazing apps can stimulate cognition, boost mood, and make communication easier for senior stroke survivors, and so can having a trained caregiver close by. Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality homecare. Trust Home Care Assistance to help your elderly loved one age in place safely and comfortably. If you need professional stroke care for your parent, reach out to one of our Care Managers today at (480) 699-4899.