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Intel-GE Targets Social Isolation in Older Adults

Novel Interactive Technology combines Wellness and Social Networking tools to Transform Senior Care



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SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 19, 2011 – Intel-GE Care Innovations™ is announcing Care Innovations™ Connect, a new product designed to address social isolation in older adults. Developed in partnership with seniors and senior service providers, Connect helps professional caregivers monitor the changing needs of seniors while giving older adults the tools that help them build ties to their communities and avoid social isolation and loneliness. Care Innovations™ Connect includes an easy-to-use digital device that serves as a wellness communication tool and social networking hub.

The result of ten years of in-depth user research, Connect is a customizable offering that combines a range of wellness surveys, brain fitness games, medication compliance reminders, and simple social networking tools for seniors to help them “go digital” and proactively engage in their physical, social and mental health.

Research has shown that loneliness, as a health risk factor, is twice as detrimental as being obese, and equal to the risk of smoking cigarettes and alcoholism,” said Louis Burns, chief executive officer of Care Innovations. “With Connect, we’re helping senior service providers overcome this issue by helping them identify major health deterioration in their members, while enabling seniors to stay engaged and live more socially connected lives.”

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