May 25, 2016
WASHINGTON–On Thursday, May 26, elected officials and leaders in senior affairs will join Connected Living, a Boston-based social impact company, in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building to announce a campaign to "Connect One Million Seniors" and their families. The campaign is dedicated to bringing the benefits of digital social networking to the 17 million seniors nationwide who have been left out of the conversation through the Connected Living mobile app.
The luncheon's speaking program will address the importance of using mobile technology to bring meaningful social connection to an aging population and underscore the fact that everyone deserves a connected life regardless of age, education and socioeconomic background. Speakers will include Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), George Vradenburg, Chairman, UsAgainstAlzheimer's, Rick Grimes, President & CEO, Assisted Living Federation of America (Retired), Larry Irving, Co-Founder, Mobile Alliance for Global Good, and Sarah Hoit, CEO & Co-Founder, Connected Living.
"As a nation, we are facing an epidemic affecting many of our seniors who are aging in isolation. Seniors do want to connect and when they do everyone's life is more enriched with their voice, wisdom, purpose and it also brings incredible peace of mind to the family. We see every day, the ultimate outcome of being connected is a happier and healthier life," said Sarah Hoit, CEO & Co-Founder, Connected Living.
The Connected Living app provides an intimate, secure place for family members to connect and share both social and other important data. Functionality includes:
•Private social networking platform
•Peace of mind features: location monitoring, battery life, steps tracking
•Automatic push notifications
•Geolocation and geofencing
"The Connected Living mobile app is a terrific tool to keep families in touch and intact. It has the potential to make a positive impact on the 5 million individuals, and their families, living with Alzheimer's disease today. By 2025 the number of people 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias will escalate to an estimated 7.1 million with nearly 80% of those people living in their own home," says George Vradenburg, Chairman UsAgainstAlzheimer's.
Connected Living has successfully put mobile devices in the hands of residents in senior living communities across the country, proving how being connected contributes to a happier and healthier life. Now, with the Connected Living mobile app, the company strives to heighten "peace of mind" for multigenerational families by enabling all ages to stay connected despite geographic distance and busy schedules.