A recent Herald-Tribune article covered the launch of VITAL (Virtual Inclusion Technology for All), an effort between the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Alzheimer’s Association to “help those in senior resident communities connect with what’s beyond the limits of their quarantine.”
The result was the VITAL tablets, which are loaded with content and apps, “inviting residents to connect with their loved ones via video chat, listen to their favorite music, or go on virtual trips.” The tablets have been funded by the CARES Act, and have been given to communities across Florida. Residents have been able to video chat, stream church services, and even do virtual yoga. With such immediate success, officials hope to bring the tablets to personal homes where elders live independently.
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