The COVID-19 pandemic put nursing-home visits on pause, but families and their older loved ones can stay connected through Cincinnati-developed app HiLois.
Is this moment changing how much we share with those we struggle to see?
It’s not everyday an app promotes itself as the antithesis of Facebook. But HiLois, a private social network designed for seniors and their families, is exactly just that.
"Assisted living homes across the nation have limited visitors so senior residents don’t contract the coronavirus. It’s left many disconnected from their loved ones, but now there’s an app for that. A University of Cincinnati professor created an app that turns iPads into digital picture frames that can connect senior citizens with their loved ones. When Brett Harnett’s mother Lois was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s while living in Florida, he just knew he had to come up with a new way to connect with her."
A local startup company called HiLois, out of the UC Innovation Hub, has developed a private social network designed for seniors and their families. Forbes recently wrote about their popularity ramping up in the midst of this quarantine.
NBC News Center in Portland provided an insightful and empathetic news report on loneliness and aging technology featuring HiLois. Their news piece included HiLois, the app for seniors and social isolation as a helpful technology to connect families. According to AARP, one third of adults over 55 report feeling lonely. And that’s not good for health.
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