The pillbox, which sorts medications by dosage and day, is getting a digital makeover.
Balance, an iPhone app ($3.99), was released last month by the New York-based National Alzheimer Center as a way to track dosages of medications used to treat Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, which can affect a person’s memory and behavior.
A virtual pillbox, the app lists medications, dosages and the time of day each treatment should be taken. Users can mark a check box when a pill has been swallowed, making the app a useful tool for a caregiver to communicate with a patient or doctor and for multiple caregivers to communicate with each other. The app includes a schedule that alerts users to dose times and doctor’s appointments.
The app also allows caregivers to track a patient’s physical, behavioral and emotional changes, manage doctor’s notes, find caregiving tips and read articles relating to the disease.