ORLANDO, Fla. — The Alzheimer’s Association partnered with Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs to distribute touchscreen tablets from iN2L to nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
What You Need To Know
- Project: VITAL provides tablets to nursing homes and assisted living facilities
- "Senior friendly" tablets are loaded with games and video chat programs
- Several Central Florida facilities are part of the pilot program
It’s called Project: VITAL (Virtual Inclusion Technology for All), and it was created to support seniors through social isolation by connecting them to their loved ones.
The Alzheimer’s Association gave 150 communities the “senior friendly” tablets loaded with ways for the residents to engage with games and easily video chat with family.
Several Central Florida facilities are part of the pilot program, including HarborChase Dr. Phillips.
Executive Director Heather Corton said the tablets help residents, “tremendously, especially our residents in memory care. It’s just so different to see your loved one and just see their smiles and feel that love, it’s been wonderful.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Association Florida, there are more than 580,000 people in Florida living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.