BC-US--Aging America,ADVISORY, US

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Associated Press

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 19 at 1:46 PM

Editors:

The latest installment of Aging America, the joint AP-APME project looking at the aging of the baby boomers and its impact on society, is scheduled to move Sunday for immediate use:

AGING AMERICA-CAREGIVER TECH TOOLS

NEW YORK — As her mother and father edged toward dementia, Nancy D'Auria kept a piece of paper in her wallet listing their medications. It had the dosages, the time of day each should be taken and a check mark when her folks, who live 10 miles away, assured her the pills had been swallowed. "I work full time so it was very challenging," said D'Auria, 63, of West Nyack. Now she has an app for that. With a tap or two on her iPhone, D'Auria can access a "pillbox" program that keeps it all organized for her and other relatives who share in the caregiving and subscribe to the app. From online trackers that pinpoint a wandering Alzheimer's patient to iPad apps that help an autistic child communicate, a growing number of tools for the smartphone, the tablet and the laptop are catering to beleaguered caregivers. With the baby boom generation getting older, the market for such technology is expected to increase. By Jim Fitzgerald.

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