In the summer of 2022, SeniorFusion was awarded a collaborative grant to bring innovative technology, educational workshops and group programming to low-income seniors in the San Francisco Bay Area to improve health and wellness.
For the first of three technology pilot projects, SeniorFusion is partnering with Portland-based ViewClix (https://viewclix.com/) to help reduce social isolation and increase social connectivity among 10 underserved seniors “aging in place” or living independently.
While many seniors are tech savvy, SeniorFusion set out to include low-tech seniors who did not use Zoom, Facebook, Skype, FaceTime or other social media. Without the need for usernames, passwords or even touchscreens, seniors can be connected to family members and friends through ViewClix’ hands-free video calls and enjoy uploaded photographs from afar!
ViewClix Frame (photo courtesy ViewClix.com)
SeniorFusion’s subsequent pilot projects in 2023 will focus on remotely monitoring seniors' health and behavior changes, and detecting fall incidences using advanced radio wave technology without the need for "wearables,'' e.g. emergency alert pendants or smart watches.
Through the use of technology, SeniorFusion endeavors to extend seniors’ independence regardless of age, income, or ability level. Moreover, the technology pilot projects will create opportunities for seniors to contribute to society by providing input on product design and functionality. Discounted pricing is made possible through SeniorFusion’s grants and relationships with technology developers.
Beginning in February, SeniorFusion is collaborating with Oakland-based St. Mary’s Center (https://stmaryscenter.org/) to offer a series of in-person and remote group sessions to some of the City’s most vulnerable seniors on various topics, i.e. physical safety, scamming and bodily changes as we age.
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