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Marilyn Brown's Decision to Leave County Commission Shines Light on the Caregiving Crisis

Traditional ideals of caregiving revolve around providing physical support—cooking, cleaning, driving, dressing, administering medication, shopping. But caregiving comes with a tremendous amount of emotional heavy lifting as well.

That’s Marilyn Brown’s sweet spot.

She splits caregiving for Epstein with her sister, Cindy Levine, who also lives in Cleveland. Given her close proximity, Levine takes on the errands, banking and medical responsibilities for their mother, while Brown manages the more psychological aspects.

One tool she discovered to help her do this more effectively, especially from afar, is the GrandPad, a tabletlike device with large buttons and an intuitive interface that enables even the least technologically savvy seniors to video chat with family members without complex connectivity issues. It allows Brown to have “face-to-face” conversations with her mother using her own iPad every day—something she wasn’t doing when she was in office.

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Survey: Rural communities struggling with mental health amid pandemic

Viola Linderbaum, a resident of the Ossian Hospice Center, has found a unique tool to stay connected during the pandemic—a GrandPad that her family gave her after the death of her husband.

"We did a lot of Zoom calls to my family and I would see them quite often that way," Linderbaum said.

The GrandPad became crucial during her own battle with COVID-19 during the holidays.

"I don't know if she would have survived during COVID-19 without it because we felt very isolated from her," said Dianne Ameling, Viola's daughter. "I could call her on the GrandPad and see how she was looking physically."

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WNY tech program keeps elderly connected to the outside world during pandemic

Stanley Kalata, 83, of Depew is a faithful Bills fan who got a Josh Allen jersey for his birthday last August from his wife of 54 years, Karen, and her sister.

While Karen and Stanley have each other, and a few good books to pass the time, they still felt very isolated the last year and half amid the pandemic, unable to even visit their daughter and grandchildren in Syracuse.

"It's been hard,” said Stanley. “It's very difficult not being able to get in touch with people and stuff like that. Very challenging, I mean, to have that alone feeling."

To overcome that feeling, Stanley was given a GrandPad from Catholic Health's Living Independently For Elders, or LIFE, program in Buffalo.

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Review: GrandPad Tablet for Seniors

"We had trouble contacting my mother-in-law for months during the lockdowns. Like many older folks, she still relied on a landline phone. When she didn’t pick up, my wife would wonder whether she was out, couldn’t hear the phone, or was unable to answer. And when she did pick up, we’d still wonder if she was really OK."

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Elder-friendly technology is a growing market

Between the Cloud, the algorithms, and the litany of icons splayed across our home screens, the rules of living had changed so much in the previous decade. Suddenly, technology as familiar as the telephone became extraordinarily complicated, and we worried whether America’s golden-agers could ever catch up.

One of the people trying to solve that problem is Scott Lien, a former Intuit executive who became an advocate for elder accessibility in 2014 after feeling increasingly “digitally disconnected” from his octogenarian mother in Iowa.

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7 of the Best Smartphones for Older People (2021)

Just because someone is getting up there in years, that doesn’t mean the should internet-connected world need leave them behind. Yes, even the silver-haired among us deserve to make Zoom calls, message on WhatsApp, and play a game or two.

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Medioh Announces Innovative Partnership with GrandPad

Medioh will deploy GrandPad tablets and provide operational support for patients who will benefit from innovative models of virtual care in the comfort of their homes. Medioh’s proven logistics and support service offerings and core mission are a natural fit with GrandPad’s dedication to elevating the healthcare experience for patients, families, and providers.

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Keeping in touch with your dad or grandad on this Father's Day just got a little easier.

GrandPad co-founder and CEO Scott Lein discusses creating the "GrandPad" and why it's the perfect tech savvy gift for Father's Day with Good Day Columbus’ Jackie Orozco and Katie McKee.

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FOX11 | Good Day L.A. | The GrandPad digital tablet makes it easy to connect with seniors

One of the most challenging things about the pandemic is the isolation that so many of our seniors feel. The difficulty connecting with family can be particularly challenging for them. Which is why this new product, The GrandPad became even more popular in the last year. It's a tablet, but it's designed specifically for our older generation. The special design features, include extra security to keep our users that are of the older generations safer and safe from online scammers. GrandPad CEO and co-founder Scott Lien and one of their users, Retha Mattson who is 100 years young, join us to talk about the device.

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WTVR | Mother’s Day gift ideas mom will love

Time to treat some of the most loved women in our lives, our Moms. Today, lifestyle expert, Jasmine Stringer is here with a few gift ideas that will make Mother’s Day special. For more information on Jasmine, visit her website. For more information visit www.thelipbar.com, www.delysia.com, www.grandpad.net.

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Interview with Scott Lien | All Sides with Ann Fisher | WOSU NPR

All Sides with Ann Fisher is a two-hour, daily public-affairs talk show designed to over time touch upon all sides of the issues and events that shape life in central Ohio. Listeners participate via telephone, e-mail, Facebook and Twitter to add to the conversations. As always at WOSU, the coverage is fair and balanced with a civil tone.

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GrandPad digital tablet offers specialized features for seniors

GrandPad CEO and co-founder Scott Lien discusses the digital tablet’s specialized features to meet the needs of seniors looking for simple apps, heightened security and accessible technology.

This segment originally aired on KTLA Weekend Morning News on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

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Thinking Big in Minnesota

Big ideas are nothing new in Minnesota. Earl Bakken’s big idea gave us the battery-powered pacemaker. And Betty Crocker—herself a big idea of the General Mills marketing team—had a big idea that gave us shelf-stable cake mix. Truly, without Minnesotans the world wouldn’t have the supercomputer, the pop-up toaster, or Zubaz. And if these 35 ideas, inventions, and innovations are any indication, Minnesota’s not done thinking yet.

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Senior tablet reconnects families amid pandemic

Living in a tech-savvy world can be difficult when you didn’t grow up in the computer age. But there’s a new device available to simplify the learning curve. Bingo is one of Florence Meier’s favorite games to play on the GrandPad, a tablet for seniors, but that’s not all she likes. “I can see the pictures and the videos. It’s fun,” said GrandPad user Florence Meier.

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Mother’s Day gift ideas with the Muscleman of Technology

The Muscleman of Technology, who also goes by his civilian name, Bruce Pechman, has great Mother’s Day gift ideas for all ages of motherhood.

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St. Louis County Library Introduces Read & Play Kits for Families, Digital Tablets for Seniors and Tutoring Services

Under the Digital Equity Initiative established last year by Dr. Sam Page, the executive of St. Louis County, the library vastly expanded its services by starting to issue 1,500 user-friendly GrandPad digital tablets to patrons over the age of 75 for use for a full year.

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Show Mom How Much You Appreciate Her: 17 Great Gifts

Now it’s easier than ever to give Mom what she wants: more time with you! With GrandPad, she’ll never miss another moment of family time. The GrandPad is purpose-built to meet the needs and interests of older moms or grandmas who have had limited experience with technology, who have no or limited access to the Internet, and who may have physical or cognitive limitations that make traditional mobile devices difficult to use.

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Tablets for Seniors: GrandPad Launches Grand Rewards Leading to Mother’s Day

While finding the perfect gift for a parent or a grandparent has been a meticulously challenging task, American tech innovator GrandPad launches its Grand Rewards program to make the task easier - just in time for Mother's Day this year.

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Never Miss A Moment With GrandPad

At a time when personal contact is more precious than ever, society has turned to technology to stay connected with family and friends. Ironically, despite the ubiquitous nature of mobile devices and social media, many seniors are left behind by technology, causing them to suffer from social isolation and loneliness.

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Shopping Savings: GrandPad Grand Rewards

Finding the perfect gift for a parent or grandparent is a notoriously tall task. But with Grand Rewards from GrandPad, family caregivers can hit the trifecta of gift giving for aging parents, grandparents, and other loved ones by giving them a device built just for their needs; making it easy for friends and family to stay connected everyday; and helping them save money with $100 in Grand Rewards. It’s the perfect solution for Mother’s Day gift giving.

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The GrandPad is looking to simplify technology.

The GrandPad 7″ tablet is a device that is designed to help seniors over the age of 75 remain connected with friends and family. The device, which was designed by a father-son team looking to help the family’s matriarch stay connected, aims to take the complication out of technology while providing a user-friendly product and service to older people who may have a hard time adapting to some of the technical aspects of today’s devices.

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St. Louis County Library distributes 1,500 GrandPads to the elderly

The St. Louis County Library was busy Sunday distributing 1,500 GrandPad tablets bought with CARES Act funds.

The GrandPad tablet is designed to meet the needs of those over the age of 75 to access technology and stay connected to loved ones during the pandemic.

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Gift Guide 2017: What to Buy for Hard-to-Shop-for People

Up Grandma’s selfie game with the GrandPad, the first tablet computer designed for older seniors. It's perfect for a video-chat with family, using voice email in real time, sharing photos, playing games, making phone calls, go shopping, and more. No confusing buttons, passwords or pop-up ads, and wireless connectivity is built-in.

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Dr. Kerry Burnight Discusses Benefits of Generations Aging Together

Late-life risk factor, loneliness, can be reduced when aging parents live with their adult children.

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How GrandPad makes communicating easier for the elderly

Isaac Lien had trouble communicating with his grandmother as she got older. She had difficulting using smartphones, which were designed for people who grew up with them. She found them complicated, and the interfaces were confusing.

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Tablet device for older people launched in Ireland

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Ireland’s number 1 resource for science and technology news featured the European launch of GrandPad.

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GrandPad Named in Tech Tribune's List of Best Tech Startups in Orange 2018

Leadership, brand, and competitive advantage earned GrandPad a spot on the Best Tech Startups list.

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How to feel less lonely if you can't visit family for the holidays

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has made happiness more elusive than ever (an impressive feat in a world where so many already struggle with emotional health) and the inability to see loved ones for the holidays feels like a punch in the gut. Grappling with loneliness is never fun, and feeling lonely during the holidays sparks a special kind of sadness.

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Balancing Work and Elder Care Through the Coronavirus Crisis

For these working daughters and sons, setting boundaries, employing technology and routines, asking for flexibility (and some forgiveness), and managing well-being will be critical. And while many of these recommendations are similar to what working parents can and should do, others are unique to working sons and daughters.

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Dr. Kerry Burnight Highlights Technologies that Help Seniors Connect

GrandPad is the one product on the market that has engineered out all points of frustration for seniors.

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GrandPad’s Incredible Tablet for Super Seniors with Scott Lien

Logan chats with Scott Lien, CoFounder and CEO of GrandPad about the Grandpad’s tablet for super seniors and how effective it has been during the COVID -19 crisis. Super seniors, defined as anyone 75 or older, “have the most life experiences, have lived through so much and are the wisest amongst us as a group,” Lien notes. However, he adds, many of the super seniors suffer from physical, cognitive, and mental health issues, and thus have unique needs when it comes to technology. GrandPad developed its product with the advice of a board that included 10 super seniors.

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New Telehealth Bill; Remote COVID Care Outcomes; Up Next: Telesurgery?

Many older patients are unable to participate in telemedicine, Kaiser Health News (KHN) reported, but solutions are emerging.

One solution is GrandPad, a tablet with apps designed for people 75 and older, KHN noted. These devices have been "remarkably successful" in facilitating video-streamed interactions and allowing nurses and social workers to address patient needs, said Roger Anderson, director of operational support and innovation of the PACE Southeast Michigan program for older adults.

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A Senior-Friendly Tablet … With A Streaming Radio Feature

Music is a powerful thing: Not only does it help people of all ages preserve and enjoy memories, but studies have also shown that music can help manage conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and reduce depression and anxiety in older adults.

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GrandPad Partners with Home Instead Senior Care to Provide Integrated Care Solution

Home Instead Inc. — the international franchise company behind the Home Instead Senior Care network — is joining forces with senior-friendly tablet startup GrandPad in an attempt to reduce client loneliness and improve connectivity.

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Her Nursing Home Got 5 Stars, but She and Dozens More Got Coronavirus

Nina Brown, 87, is feisty and always has been. She chats up everyone around her, won't put up with nonsense and is quick to share an opinion or dole out orders. It's why her son Michael, who used to care for her in his home, calls her “the mayor of her facility.”

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How to Give Thanks and Celebrate Community This Thanksgiving: Donations, Volunteering and Virtual Hangouts

Thanksgiving will most certainly look different this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As the epidemic worsens and the number of cases in the United States continue to climb, the CDC is recommending that people only celebrate with those in their immediate household. For many of us, this means that our annual plans - complete with family visiting from out of town, crowded "turkey trots" and conversations around the table - will turn into a much more intimate in-person gathering with some virtual elements.

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Dr. Kerry Burnight, Ph.D: Let’s talk about you: COVID-19 self-care tips for caregivers

Caregivers are truly unsung heroes. As frontline workers, you provide an invaluable service to the elders you care for, as well as to broader society. Just as we are instructed to do in airplane emergencies, put your own mask on first. This refers not only to your literal coronavirus mask, but also the metaphorical mask of self-care, self-forgiveness, recovery and rejuvenation.

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New Technologies Are Ushering in the Biggest Revolution in Senior Care in Over a Century

COVID-19 has put a spotlight on a fragile senior care system, but a vibrant health-tech ecosystem is laying track for a technology revolution that is centered on the homes—just in time for the ‘Silver Tsunami’—of aging baby boomers.

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The 10 best phones for seniors

You need to find the best phone for seniors if you want them to be able to communicate easily, because for how important they are for keeping in contact with loved ones, they can sometimes be a bit confusing for an elderly relative to set up and use.

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How to Have a Fully Remote Family Thanksgiving

Because of the relentless pandemic, many people are staying home for Thanksgiving this year. No technology can ever fully replace an in-person holiday gathering. But it is possible to recreate some family traditions online or even learn new skills — like roasting turkey.

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Prospero Health Partners With GrandPad to Improve Access to Care for Vulnerable Seniors During COVID-19 Surge

Prospero Health, a team-based home health care company, has partnered with GrandPad, the first purpose-built tablet for people over 75, to improve access to care for vulnerable seniors during the COVID-19 crisis.

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5 tips for gifting tech grandma will love - and actually be able to use

iPads and apps like Skype are great - until grandma forgets the wifi password, or needs help finding “the Zoom button” amid a crowded sea of apps.

The 2020 holiday shopping season is upon us and technology will be at the top of many gift lists. But when it comes to buying mobile devices or tablets for older loved ones — many of whom may still be experiencing visiting restrictions or facing upcoming holiday celebrations alone — how do families determine which device will best meet their needs and interests?

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GrandPad's users stay socially connected with Orange Belgium and Ericsson IoT Accelerator

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), GrandPad, and Orange Belgium have partnered to make connectivity more accessible for the elderly to stay socially connected with family, friends, and caregivers. GrandPad creates connected tablets and services for seniors with managed connectivity from the Orange Belgium IoT service, powered by the Ericsson IoT Accelerator platform.

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Keep the Whole Family Connected.

Put this Lab-tested tech tool on your what-to-buy-for-the-holidays list: GrandPad is a device specially designed to be used by seniors, who often feel left out of our Instagram world. Its simple interface makes it a snap to take and send photos, access music, do video chats, dictate (instead of type) emails and more.

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GrandPad Helps Support Virtual Care for Seniors

GrandPad, creator of the first purpose-built tablet for people over 75, announced the addition of connected device capabilities to its mobile device and telehealth platform to support virtual care and remote monitoring for health care providers. The expanded capabilities come at a time when an increasing number of home health agencies and other health care companies are turning to GrandPad to facilitate video visits during COVID-19 restrictions that prohibit in-person care.

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Loneliness is a big risk for older people stuck at home. Here's how to connect with seniors when you can't be together in person.

People over age 65 are at a higher risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. In many countries, they've been encouraged to stay home as much as possible — even moreso than other age groups.

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A Tablet for Seniors – GrandPad

We take a look at GrandPad, a tablet made for the older senior population that doesn’t have a Smart Phone or Internet Connection at Home.

The Tablet comes equipped with a 4G LTE Connection and has an interface with Larger ICON for the most common task. Users can Send and Receive Email, Photos, Listen to thousands of Included Songs, and visit favorite websites.

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Technology Divide Between Senior ‘Haves’ and ‘Have-Nots’ Roils Pandemic Response

Family gatherings on Zoom and FaceTime. Online orders from grocery stores and pharmacies. Telehealth appointments with physicians.

These have been lifesavers for many older adults staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic. But an unprecedented shift to virtual interactions has a downside: Large numbers of seniors are unable to participate.

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Just What Older People Didn’t Need: More Isolation

The coronavirus pandemic could sharpen the health risks of loneliness. But there are ways to connect.About a quarter of people over 65 living independently in their communities are considered socially isolated, and 43 percent of those over 60 report feeling lonely — and that was before public health officials instructed older people, and everyone else, to stay home.

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Top Orange County startup blog features news on GrandPad’s European expansion

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A company that makes a tablet specifically for senior citizens entered into a partnership with a wireless carrier to make the tablet available nationwide.

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GrandPad was included in the Startups & Innovations column for their recently announced venture with Omaha-based Home Instead Inc., franchiser of the Home Instead Senior Care network, the world’s largest provider of in-home senior care.

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The New Normal for Office Work

How many times have you watched employees shuffle into their workspace, drop their heads, put in earbuds and focus on the screen in front of them?
If you've ever wished you could infuse energy into their routines, now may be your chance.
Despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, human resource leaders are embracing opportunities to influence how work is done once employees return to the office.

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Such an interesting product ... the company has put in an amazing amount of effort to ensure that the tablet works for people over 75.

I'd forgotten all about the GrandPad's Facebook-feed feature and took photos at a recent auto show. My dad called to tell me he liked the pictures I'd taken of the new Bugatti on display, and I suddenly realized he was being included in my day. It was amazing, given how little my dad understands technology, that he enjoyed using this device.

– John Brandon of PCWorld

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Scott Lien, CEO and co-founder, discuss European expansion, Ireland headquarters and jobs

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Home health-care workers in US at tipping point amid coronavirus outbreak

The nation’s 3.3 million home health-care workers are the other front-line heroes in the war against the coronavirus. While hospitals’ physicians and nurses tend to the sickest COVID-19 victims, the in-home workforce is caring for millions of the most vulnerable Americans.

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31 Things That'll Help You Stay In Contact With Loved Ones During Quarantine

BuzzFeed editor Kayla Suazo is a huge fan. In her own words, "My family got this for my grandparents who very much do not understand ANYTHING about technology. With this tablet they can video chat us and add pictures to a 'feed' that all of us can see and comment on. It's the only way they talk to us now!"

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A guide to connected health device and remote patient monitoring vendors

Now more than ever, in the midst of a pandemic, healthcare IT leaders can use a comprehensive listing of companies that make technologies that help keep tabs on patients from afar.

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Computer pad can help Michigan seniors use telehealth during coronavirus

Handed super simple technology, more than a 100 seniors in southeast Michigan have swiped their way past one long-held stereotype — chatting online with loved ones, discussing aches and pains with doctors, picking away at crosswords or popping into a casino game.

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TechtalkRadio Talks with CEO Scott Lien of GrandPad

“We recently had a listener call in that had a dilemma. Jim told us he was 71 and not very Tech Savvy however he was still able to go to the Green Valley Public Library and will an email set up by his grandchild he could email relatives and keep in touch. Jim did not have a Smartphone, nor a Laptop, Desktop or Internet Connection at his home.”

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Dr. Kerry Burnight, Ph.D. - The Growth of Telehealth in Geriatric Medicine

As home health care companies, nursing homes, hospitals, and clinics shut down to all but critical care needs when COVID-19 hit, two crises took hold across the country: reduced access to health care services, and increased loneliness.

Both loneliness and COVID-19 have the biggest impact on older adults. Whether living independently at-home, in an assisted living facility, or in a skilled nursing facility, access to care and needed social connection came to a swift and abrupt halt. Family members are prevented from visiting older adults and in-person doctor visits are being put on hold to minimize risk of contracting the virus.

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4 Seniors: Staying connected in the age of COVID

To stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic, many are following public health official’s recommendations to stay home and practice social distancing whenever possible, but being socially distant doesn’t have to mean being socially disconnected.

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FOX News talks about GrandPad in their article about Senior citizen-friendly gadgets, calling it a tablet "Designed for family members to include grandparents in the social media conversation" and highlighting the "thorough onboarding process that even includes loading custom music."

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GrandPad's Minnesota support team helps 'super seniors' get online

A high-tech device for seniors relies on Minnesotans to create a personal connection.

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Isolation: The Hidden Risk of Social Distancing

The abrupt shifts in routines, the distance from grown children, and the cancellation of everything from church services to coffee dates can leave seniors feeling lonely, which raises stress levels, impedes sleep, and triggers depression and anxiety.

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GrandPad keeping seniors connected to their loved ones

During these uncertain times, we are leaning on technology to stay connected to each other. For the older population there's a device called the GrandPad to help.

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Seniors love technology too, and some companies are starting to notice.

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Robert Seigel asks Laurie Orlov about any interesting technologies that caught her eye at the Consumer Electronic Show. Orlov mentions the GrandPad and it's "secure set" of capabilities.

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Make Grams and Gramps Computer Savvy With the GrandPad

Were you aware that prolonged loneliness and isolation can be as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day? It can be tough for senior citizens to connect with their kids and grandkids, especially if they live in another state.

A father and son got together and came up with a brilliant idea called the GrandPad so seniors can safely connect with family members without the fear of robocalls or scam artists on the internet.

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Prospero Health’s Tech-Facilitated Breakthrough in Care-Managing Seniors with Chronic Illnesses

The leaders at Prospero Health recently partnered with the leaders at the Orange, California-based GrandPad, a firm that has developed the first purpose-built tablet for people over 75, to improve access to care for vulnerable seniors during the COVID-19 crisis.

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In the pandemic, technology has been a lifesaver, connecting them to the outside world. But others don’t have this access.

Family gatherings on Zoom and FaceTime. Online orders from grocery stores and pharmacies. Telehealth appointments with physicians.

These have been lifesavers for many older adults staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic. But an unprecedented shift to virtual interactions has a downside: Large numbers of seniors are unable to participate.

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Technology Divide Between Senior ‘Haves’ and ‘Have-Nots’ Roils Pandemic Response

During the pandemic, which has hit older adults especially hard, this divide between technology “haves” and “have-nots” has serious consequences.

Older adults in the “haves” group have more access to virtual social interactions and telehealth services, and more opportunities to secure essential supplies online. Meanwhile, the “have-nots” are at greater risk of social isolation, forgoing medical care and being without food or other necessary items.

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GrandPad’s Chief Gerontologist, Dr. Kerry Burnight, was featured as a Change Agent inside the January/February 2019 edition.‍

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As Aging Population Grows, So Do Robotic Health Aides

The ranks of older and frail adults are growing rapidly in the developed world, raising alarms about how society is going to help them take care of themselves in their own homes ... there was growing evidence that staying connected, even electronically, offsets the cognitive decline associated with aging.

Internet, tablet and smartphone systems such as GrandPad, a simplified tablet for older adults ... are emerging to help with care and staving off isolation.

– John Markoff in The New York Times

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Bernadine Winter’s daughter introduced her to a GrandPad. Now Ms. Winter, 85, has weekly video calls with her children and grandchildren, posts photos and listens to country music. She also plays her favorite games, solitaire and blackjack, on the GrandPad.

– Constance Gustke in The New York Times

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Seniors who struggle with technology face telehealth challenges and social isolation

Family gatherings on Zoom and FaceTime. Online orders from grocery stores and pharmacies. Telehealth appointments with physicians.

These have been lifesavers for many older adults staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic. But an unprecedented shift to virtual interactions has a downside: large numbers of seniors are unable to participate.

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4 Ingenious Technologies To Help Aging Adults Stay Connected and Engaged

GrandPad is a tablet designed just for seniors with a simplified set of 11 apps that use large, clearly labeled icons (for video and voice calls, photos, email, music, games, news, weather and search).

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GrandPad® Introduces Connected Device Capabilities to Support Telehealth and Virtual Care for Healthcare Providers

GrandPad, creator of the first purpose-built tablet for people over 75, announced today the addition of connected device capabilities to its mobile device and telehealth platform to support virtual care and remote monitoring for healthcare providers.

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