One of the traditional challenges of these communities is how caretakers and nurses can provide support in an environment where they have many patients, researchers said. Unlike many available apps for seniors that merely track data, the app, developed by the University of Notre Dame's Interdisciplinary Centre for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) and called eSeniorCare, creates a personalised socio-ecological construct around the senior.

It not only helps empower and engage the seniors, but also provides a continuity of care allowing health workers to proactively reach out to at-risk seniors when they need help, while still allowing them to maintain their independence.

A physical health component of the app allows seniors to track a variety of health goals. They can set goals, such as eating less fast food or drinking less caffeine, and maintain a record of various activities in support of such goals and send the records to resident health administrators for guidance, reflection and personal motivation.

The app also features medication scheduling and management, medication history, medication reminders and medication adherence. Medication reminders have textual, audio and video components. One of eSeniorCare's most popular features with seniors is brain games designed to enhance cognitive health and avoid impairment of mental function, researchers said.