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Florida: 150 tablets heading to nursing homes, helping residents stay in touch with family

Action News Jax

by Megan Moriarty

Rick Myers is in his early 60s. He has severe dementia, but recently became a survivor of COVID-19.

His family attributes video chats to part of his speedy recovery, as well as the incredible hospital staff at a hospital in Tampa.

Right now, there are more than 580,000 people in Florida living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association. A big fear for those vulnerable seniors is the negative effects of social isolation due to COVID-19 restrictions on visitation at nursing homes.

Project: VITAL, started by the Alzheimer’s Association, will deliver senior-friendly tablets (with technology provider iN2L) to nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

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