If you're like most people, you're probably on your iPhone a lot. Why not put it to good use and have it help manage your lifestyle and symptoms of Parkinson's disease? There are medicine trackers, puzzles, social media sites, reminder apps, speech aids, symptom trackers, and information apps, all of which can be useful to those with Parkinson's or their caregivers. Check out our list of the best Parkinson apps for the iPhone.
The best iPhone apps for Parkinson's Disease
28 Jan 2017, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
Parkinson's Central is an app that exists to help empower the people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's and their caregivers as well. The developers wanted to be able to answer questions you have about your diagnosis, symptoms, life with the disease, medications, and more. They understand there are some cases when you can't speak to your doctor right away, or forget to ask at your appointment; that is what this app is for. There are nine categories to choose from: About PD, Symptoms, Treatments, Doctor Visits, Living Well, Research, Index, About NPF, and Near Me. There is basic information as well as links to more in-depth details.
- Filled with information about the disease
- Easy to navigate and read
- For those with PD and their caregivers
- Free iPhone app for Parkinson's
Peak - Brain Training will work your brain into top shape using more than 30 fun games. The games were all developed by neurosurgeons and are meant to challenge your cognitive skills. Play this app every day in short sessions and help improve your cognitive skills. The app adjusts to your skill level and provides you with in-depth performance analytics so you can track your progress. The games will challenge your Emotion Control, Attention, Memory, Mental Agility, Language, Creativity, and Problem Solving. The app is free but you can upgrade to a Pro account and get personalized workouts, more stats and insights, and unlimited access to all of the games.
- Challenge your brain
- Learn where you excel and areas you need to work on
- More than 30 fun games
- Works with Apple Watch
- Free with in-app purchase to upgrade to Pro
Whether you are a nurse, in-home care provider or someone who wants to learn more about health conditions and scenarios, this app is a great and safe way to practice medical decision making skills with proper feedback that even provides some key learning points. There are over 400 scenarios to practice and learn from. New scenarios are released each week, often dealing with various medical trends. Some of this information can be very technical and may require a medical background to understand.
- Practice medical decision making in a risk free platform
- Over 400 medical scenarios, New ones each week
- Comprehensive discussion, Diagnostic reasoning, Key learning points
- Great for medical students and medical professionals
- Highly popular medical app
This app provides several training modalities to help those who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. The first modality is a daily hand dexterity training that also helps improve coordination. Another section of the app is focused on speech and language difficulties. In this section, there are daily exercises, the ability to tailor exercises for personal needs, real-time feedback, track progress and historical reports. The pioneering treatment found in this app is groundbreaking and may be a quality resource for your loved one who suffers from Parkinson’s.
- A mobile app designed to help treat Parkinson’s
- Hand dexterity training exercises
- Speech and language exercises
- Get real-time feedback, Individualized exercises
- View progress made, See historical reports
Movement Disorders is the app version of “Movement Disorders, the official journal of the Movement Disorder Society.” You will get a mix of original peer-reviewed articles, case reports, commentaries, descriptions of new clinical syndromes, reviews, and more. You'll be able to share articles with students or colleagues, save your favorite articles, download articles to read later, get notifications when new issues are available, and stay current with the latest articles using Early View. Current subscribers can pair their device with their subscription to get full access to the app.
- Each issue features original research communications
- Stay up-to-date with the most important clinical and research results
- Download articles and issues to read later
- Share articles
- Free with subscription
Amwell: Live Doctor Visit Now will allow you to see a psychologist, dietitian, or doctor any time you want. All of the providers are board certified and have an average of 10 to 15 years experience. You don't have to have an appointment and the doctors are available 24 hours a day. If you have a question, talk to one of the doctors immediately. Depending on the issue, the doctor can diagnose, suggest follow-up options, and prescribe medications when appropriate. You can share your health information with the doctor during your video visit using the Apple Health app.
- HIPAA compliant
- Ask a doctor about weight concerns, sprains and strains, cold and flu symptoms, and more
- Doctors are available 24 hours a day
- Accepted by many major insurers
- No appointment needed
Medisafe is a medication reminder app that will help you remember when to take your pills. Not only will you never again skip a dose, you won't ever double-dose because you couldn't remember if you already took your pills. It doesn't matter what kind of medication you need to take; common use involves fertility drugs, birth control, meds, and other prescriptions. The app has a simple user interface, HealthKit integration, and report sharing. Medisafe also can sync the family's pillboxes to one place so you can manage all of the medications taken by your family in one account. Medtones mean you can have Darth Vader, President Obama, Elsa, Dr. Evil, or other person/character remind you.
- Medtones make it fun
- Don't forget your dose again
- HealthKit integration
- Report sharing
- Free iPhone app for Parkinson's
The Parkinson's Speech Aid app replays the user's speech with a slight delay and change in pitch. It was developed to recreate the “choral speech effect,” which is when one or more people are talking with each other at the same time. This app allows the user to speak in unison with him or herself at a slight change in pitch and with a slight delay, which reduces the rate of speaking and should help reduce the number of repetitions. This is especially useful for those who stutter or struggle with speech problems form Parkinson's, Tourette's, and Autism.
- Meant to recreate the “choral speech effect”
- Provides Altered Auditory Feedback
- Replays the user's speech with a slight delay and change in pitch
- Reduces the rate of speaking
- Free app to help Parkinson's patients who have speech problems
Parkinson mPower study app uses questionnaires, data from your phone, and the optional wearable device data to help you track your condition 24 hours a day. Living with PD means coping with symptoms that change every day. The app will track your symptoms, review trends, and share the information with researchers. Features include the ability to share insights and work with researchers, import daily physical activity measurements through the Apple Health app, and activity-based measurements of symptoms that include voice recording, walking, finger tapping, and a memory game. After you join the study you will be required to sign a consent form.
- Activity-based measurements of symptoms
- Learn about symptom variations
- Import daily physical activity measurement
- Send data to researchers
- Free app to track Parkinson's symptoms
Parkinson's Disease @Point of Care™ is a clinical support platform that is made up of chapters and other learning tools to cover information on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of Parkinson's disease. Users get contextual expansion of content, multimedia offerings, and features like bookmarks, note taking, search, and highlighting functions to help personalize your learning. Some of the chapters include etiology and pathophysiology, diagnosis, epidemiology, and current and investigational treatments. There are embedded hyperlinks to outside multimedia resources as well.
- Clinical support platform
- Links to videos, journal articles, illustrations, and more
- Contextual expansion of content
- Progressive series of chapters
- Free iPhone app for Parkinson's