8 smart Parkinson’s apps you need to try

Resources & Tools

Author: Geoffrey ChangPublished: 14 April 2015

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Downloadable applications or ‘apps’  for your smartphone can monitor chronic conditions like Parkinson’s and are readily available, often for free or a minimal one-off cost. Here we look at some of the most popular apps – in no particular order – for people with Parkinson’s (PwPs) based on user ratings and reviews. If you’ve tried these or others, please share your experiences by posting a comment below

1. Parkinson mPower app (iOS devices only)

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Using the iPhone’s sensors to measure and track patients’ symptoms, including tremor, balance and gait, the app tracks and stores this information via specially designed activities. Memory game, finger tapping, speaking and walking are some of the ways data is gathered. Read more about it here.

Price: FREE

2. Parkinson’s Central (iOS/Android)

This app from the National Parkinson Foundation provides in-depth information on Parkinson’s, treatment and living with the disease – it aims to empower PwPs and those who care for them.

Price: FREE

3. Lift Pulse (iOS/Android)

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Identifies, records and calculates the magnitude of a person’s hand tremor using the phone’s built-in sensors and cutting-edge algorithms. Designed as a useful research tool, but of interest to PwPs and their families too.

Price: FREE

4. Parkinson Home Exercises (iOS/Android)

A video app that demonstrates over 50 Parkinson’s-friendly exercises and covers a wide range of movement topics like walking, posture, balance and flexibility.

Price: £1.71/£3.99

5. DAF Professional (iOS/Android)

An easy-to-use professional speech therapy app developed to help people who stammer as a result of Parkinson’s. It helps to slow their rate of speech so that it sounds clearer to others.

Price: £1.99/£7.99

6. Parkinson’s Toolkit (iOS/Android)

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A clinical practice guide for treating Parkinson’s. Provides a good summary of the disease covering issues such as planning, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

Price: FREE

7. Parkinson’s EasyCall (iOS and Android)

Introduced by Parkinson’s UK, the app makes it easy to make calls on fiddly touch screens for people with dexterity issues. With a simple and easy interface, you can create contact buttons on speed dial and cut out unnecessary hassle.

Price: FREE

8. myHealthPal (iOS devices only)


The app, endorsed by the EPDA, allows people to manage and track their chronic health conditions, and even though the founder is a PwP himself, its use is not limited to Parkinson’s.

Price: FREE

Download any of the apps from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) depending on what smartphone you own. If you have any suggestions or feedback on these or any other Parkinson’s apps that you have found useful we would love to hear from you, get in touch at: editor@parkinsonslife.eu

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  • Sue Pye

    Your missing one that’s been rated as number 3 best app by the Guardian Newspaper, myHealthPal has been created by someone with Parkinson’s and they have given me great support. I thought it was worth me mentioning.. Check out http://myhealthpal.com

    • Parkinson’s Life editors

      Hi Sue, thanks for the heads up! Please see the update we have made to the article. Thanks again.

  • Hope Lock

    Thank you for the list. I will look into these. What is frustrating is that as an android user I cannot use 2 of the best apps – m-Power and my healthpal. Will these ever be on android?

  • MichealB1969

    Hi Hope Lock, myHealthPal will be made available for Android in the near future once we have completed work on a number of other areas. Follow us on Facebook at http://fb.com/MyHealthPal for news.

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  • saadat rahim

    very useful and great article…

  • nwdude101

    I’m someone living in Seattle with Parkinson’s, and I have also developed an app that can help people with Parkinson’s. I’m expanding it so that the work of many apps can be combined into one single app. Please consider taking a look! http://cnstaptest.com/

    • Nitu Bhargava

      thanks a lot for this, my father is also suffering with Parkionson since 10 years, hope this app will be helpful for him

    • Ema McGInnis

      I’m trying to get to the web you suggested but it asks me what the cn stands for

    • Cathi Winkles

      And…it’s in Japanese!

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  • Tara Conway

    I have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease even though I don’t have the DaTscan until may 22. I was being tested for multiple sclerosis and have been displaying symptoms for around 3 years, shaking, twitching, rigidity, neck pain and anxiety. I am a 61 year old female.
    I started falling a lot when losing my balance and had a hard time walking normal,for the past few years my life hasn’t remain the same,i almost spent all my money on medical treatment not until i found totalcureherbalfoundation@gmail.com online who helped me get rid of this deadliest disease,i then started using a Total cure herbal foundation herbal remedies.i start to use their herbal formula which was the best i ever had,i used this herbal remedies for weeks and i can proudly say i fully cure of Parkinson (PD) disease.

  • nicholas

    hi I was diagnosed wtih PDS 17 years ago and still manage an active ish life
    I feel that encouragement rather than sympathy has been right for me

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