4 apps that help seniors reduce stress and anxiety
"The elderly often find themselves lonely and experiencing mental duress, such as stress and anxiety, whether out of concern for their family members or out of concern for themselves," says Dr. Yael Benvenisti, CEO of the Mediterranean Towers Ventures
1. Betterhelp - supports through online treatment with millions of users around the world.
2. Pause app - uses games and music to relieve tension.
3. MY MEDI - an Israeli application that deals with guided meditations in Hebrew.
4. XRHEALTH - Another new option that has recently hit the market offers remote treatments with the help of virtual reality. During a series of treatments, that are recognized by insurance companies and health organizationss, the practitioner uses game apps designed to reduce stress and anxiety. In addition, there is an option to participate in a group treatment whereas the participant is represented by an avatar through which he can reveal his feelings but not his identity.“One of the common symptoms in old age is sleep disorders that reach a prevalence of between 50%-60% of the population. There is no doubt that lack of sleep or poor sleep quality is closely related to stress, tension, and anxiety, and digital solutions can be found in this field as well," added Dr. Benvenisti. "One of the solutions available in app stores is a collection of sound/music clips that aim to infuse calm and release tension and anxiety, for example, the sleep sounds app - which offers a variety of 49 scenes to fall asleep to. In addition, there is an option to set a timer so that the sounds are stopped after a certain time without the phone running in sequence all night.” Lastly, it is important to remember that grandparents can be a supportive and strengthening force. In the relationship with their grandchildren, one of the prominent advantages of grandparents is their ability to talk with their grandchildren about topics that are not easy to talk about with parents. "In situations of stress and anxiety, it is important to take advantage of this, talk about mutual anxieties, discuss emotions, tap into a lifetime of wisdom, perspective and experience to strengthen the younger generation," said Dr. Benvenisti. "One of the technological means that allows you to spend time together are apps for shared games available in the app stores (such as the game TAKI). The shared time on the virtual platform will serve as a good basis for strengthening the relationship and starting a conversation."