More Helpful Apps For Parkinson’s Patients

More Helpful Apps For Parkinson’s Patients

As a self-proclaimed APP addict, I am discovering the power of a good APP. A good APP keeps you informed,  educates,  entertains,  amuses, makes you think, relaxes,  or expands your consciousness.  

Here are a few of the Apps that I have collected that you may want consider trying:

Epocrates–It’s not just for doctors anymore and the limited version is totally free! Find a thorough list of potential drug interactions with other medications, photos of pills for identification, dosing, black box warnings,  adverse reactions,  manufacturer pricing, and more.  If you want to know what you are taking and are interested in getting a full comprehension of your meds, then this is probably the App up your alley.

Type’n Talk-This App is very similar to a type and talk App that I mentioned in my last App review but this one seems to be noticeably louder than the other one. Granted both are of value but it’s up to you to determine which is of most benefit to you.

Soundhound-Okay, this App isn’t that new and it isn’t really a PD App but it is just too amazing not to mention! If you hear a song and you don’t know the name of it all you have to do is turn on Soundhound and he’ll find it for you. An example:  I was watching a commercial the other day as a test and played 10 seconds of the song off of the television and sure enough, it located the name of the tune and the artist. I was watching a movie and I uncovered a Green Day song that I am adding to my music collection. The best part of Soundhound is I didn’t have to pay anything for this version of this amazing App!

Echo-If your concentration has a tendency  to wander maybe Echo can assist. Reminiscent of a toy from my boyhood that many of us will remember, Echo is very much like Simon, the copycat toy. Remember the sequence of lights and sounds and train the brain to concentrate and remember. Play against yourself or play it with company.

Parkinson’s Drug Trials-I was pleasantly surprised to find this interactive search tool for locating drug trials related to PD. If you are thinking about or searching for information on PD drug trials then this might really interest you.

GameBox-Now, has 35 free games and one of them is Sudoku! It’s free and it’s fun–it builds concentration and gets you thinking. The other games are varied and lots of fun as well but do your brain work first!

Labyrinth 3D-Is not just a visually stunning mock up of a ball game but it is also a great use of eye-hand coordination and a challenging test of hand control.  It’s a simple concept of put the ball in the hole, but sometimes it isn’t that simple.  Labyrinth  3D will test your hand if you tremor and may just help you to have fun  and therapy all-in-one. I know that I find it relaxing, purposeful, and centering to identify the game’s objective and focus on the task. Try it and see what you think!

I want to know what you think. Please let me know if you are reading this and subscribe and comment at Thanks for reading my blog, A Soft Voice In A Noisy World.   I’m not a doctor nor am I a therapist. I am just someone with PD for over 20 years seeking ways to improve myself.  This review  is just my opinion and not meant as medical advice.

About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over twenty-five years. Karl believes he has had PD since he was seventeen years old and was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty, he is a Parkinson advocate, entrepreneur, inventor, writer, blogger, photographer, Reiki Master, and speaker on PD issues. Karl is the author of the book, A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease. He has been chosen as a blogger partner for the 4th World Parkinson Congress being held this September in Portland, Oregon. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing has been featured in The New York Post and he has appeared on BBC radio, the CBS Saturday Evening News, Japanese television, as well as several local Washington, D.C., television stations. Karl is a former board member and a Virginia assistant state director of the Parkinson’s Action Network and a board member of the Parkinson Voice Project. You may reach Karl via email at, visit his blog at, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd.

Posted on August 17, 2010, in Education & Support, Health, Media & Trends, Medications, Parkinson's Disease, Philosophy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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