Stay in Touch©
One of the greatest challenges for older adults is to make use of new technologies that facilitate communication and information gathering. Having access to the internet changes lives for the better. People who use technology have discovered a variety of ways in which their lives are enhanced, easier, and even more fun. Whether it's better communication with family and friends, online games, online groups specific to their community, or easier bill paying and banking, technology is becoming a part of all of our lives.
Unfortunately, many older people facing financial, health or social challenges, have little access to the internet. Of 46 million seniors living in America today, 50 percent do not own a smartphone, and 33 percent of people 65 and over do not use the internet at all. Further, millions of older adults in need cannot afford to purchase today's technology to access the internet. Many are also too intimidated to learn something new and are terrified by the learning process.
To bridge this technology gap, United We Age has an initiative-- Stay in Touch©, SIT.
The Stay in Touch© program offers voice-activated technology devices and initial set up/installation and ongoing guidance from volunteers, featuring Amazon's Echo Show™ device, to the senior population residing in the United States. The program offers older adults a window into how technology can enrich their lives, providing them the opportunity to communicate from their place of residency and/or care facility.
The primary goal of our Stay in Touch© program is to open lines of communication through the use of intuitive electronic devices for the senior population who are disenfranchised from family and friends, especially during today's coronavirus pandemic. Our program creates an opportunity for seniors to be in constant contact with persons of interest in their daily lives with voice activation and video interface. SIT offers seniors a unique way to embrace internet technology naturally on a daily basis to reach out and explore what the world has to offer them.
Our SIT program utilizes the Alexa™ Amazon cloud-based voice service available on millions of devices from Amazon. The program offers Echo Show devices at no cost to seniors in need (via donations), while offering Echo Show devices to financially able seniors at a UWA quantity discount.
Join us to Stay In Touch©
One Echo Show Device ….........$150 Two Echo Show Devices…….…... $300
Four Echo Show Devices.………$600 Six Echo Show Devices …………...$900
Eight Echo Show Devices.……...$1200 Ten Echo Show Devices……….......$1500
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PRESS RELEASE: May 25, 2021
Contact: Jillian Guerra, Speak2
Contact: Joe Wilson, United We Age
United We Age and Speak2 launch “Stay In Touch” to provide Amazon Alexa to connect Aging Adults
Facilitating communication to help prevent isolation and vulnerability
Newark, NJ (May 25, 2021) - Speak2 is pleased to announce our partnership with United We Age to bring Amazon Echo Shows to aging adults living independently and in senior living communities in Florida. In a world overrun by smart devices and screen-obsessed people, Speak2, an Amazon Business Partner, and United We Age, a nonprofit organization supporting older adults, provide an outlet for aging adults to connect with them.
United We Age launches a bold, new initiative— Stay in Touch—to enhance seniors' lives with technology. Their mission is to inspire a movement where all generations of people are more aware and supportive of people aging. Age should not be a barrier to seniors participating in the online (internet) world.
This exciting partnership enables seniors to communicate and receive services through an Alexa device in their home. They can ask for assistance, get information, and communicate with family and friends, all through Alexa. Matt Smith, C.E.O. for Speak2 points out; “Seniors struggle with screens and phones. Together with United We Age, we plan to reach as many screen-challenged people as possible to connect them with their community.” By enabling seniors to use their voice instead of dealing with screens, the daily interaction level goes up, increasing confidence and engagement. These interactions positively impact quality of life and wellness.
“We are thrilled to launch our program with Speak2 as a partner,” says David Lereah, President of United We Age. “We are impressed by Amazon’s Echo Show devices and we’ve seen how they can improve the lives of seniors. Our goal is for America’s senior population to join the technology revolution by assuring that every aging adult has access to the internet through voice-activated technology devices like Alexa.”
There are millions of seniors living at home or residing in senior living communities, who have little social support, and many of them are financially and/or health challenged. Many seniors are increasingly isolated due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Stay in Touch program gives seniors instant access to video chats with family/friends, music, family photos, real-time news, online games, and interaction with healthcare providers, and so on.
Research has shown that it is far easier for seniors to learn to use smart speakers and voice technology than to use screen-based devices (Telecompetitor). It’s simple to ask Alexa for things like the weather, news, video calls, or sports scores – this habit can be extended to more personal requests with Speak2 Family. For instance, to send a message through Alexa, Seniors say “Alexa, tell Speak2 to send a message.”
The United We Age-Speak2 Family solution can be used no matter what the senior’s living environment – in a private home or apartment, independent living community, assisted living facility, or long-term nursing center. This partnership makes it easy for people to adopt useful technology like voice-driven interfaces to drive better outcomes.
Speak2 changes the way aging adults connect with their screen-obsessed family, friends, and caregivers. We provide accessibility to an entire ecosystem by using the technology that is most comfortable to the person using it. Speak2 allows people to send and receive messages, manage reminders and activities, consume information, and gain assistance in the most natural way possible. A simple user interface is provided to the entire community of trust, making it possible for people to effortlessly engage and share the information they need. Whether by voice, app, web, or assistive smart technology, Speak2 brings people together. For more information please visit http://www.speak2family.com
About United We Age:
United We Age is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to assure social support for older people facing quality of life challenges due to aging, especially older people living alone. Our Friends for Seniors program offers seniors in need, social support. The program allows us to bring a personal touch to seniors by directly providing them with some outside friendly contact as well as birthday and holiday cards, gifts (e.g., clothing and toiletries), and other essentials to let them know they are not forgotten and alone. Our Stay in Touch program offers voice-activated technology devices and initial set up/installation from volunteers, featuring Amazon’s Echo Show, to the senior population. The program offers older adults a window into how technology can enrich their lives, providing them the opportunity to communicate from their place of residency and/or care facility.