FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VirginiaNavigator Receives Grant from the CTA Foundation To Help Link Caregivers with Tech-Based Tools
RICHMOND, Va. (June 1, 2018) – VirginiaNavigator and its Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving are pleased to announce receiving a grant from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation that will enable development of a new “Caregiver Tech Tool Finder”.
Through this project, VirginiaNavigator, a statewide non-profit that provides free web-based resources for older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers and families, will develop a curated list of specialized technology-based solutions designed for caregivers.
The innovations will include apps, wearables, and consumer electronics vetted by caregiving and aging experts on-staff and members of its Lindsay Institute Advisory Council, as well innovation specialists from project partner, AARP. A resource listing of these tools will be incorporated into VirginiaNavigator’s existing infrastructure, enabling caregivers to easily connect to supporting and innovative tech products.
"Technology is an incredible tool to aid older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers,” said Stephen Ewell, executive director, CTA Foundation. “We are excited to support VirginiaNavigator's work to help consumers learn about the types of technologies that may best meet their needs."
The “Caregiver Tech Tool Finder” will be comprised of tools that address two areas of concern regarding family caregiving.
- caregiving competency:the included technology tools will assist the caregiver to better care for their care recipient by providing education, training, and effectively supporting their everyday caregiving-related responsibilities.
- care for the caregiver:helping them care for themselves and possibly prevent a decline in their own health, by matching them with useful tech-solutions to enhance their physical and emotional wellness.
“We offer our great thanks to the CTA Foundation for supporting this project to help those care partners who give so much of themselves day-in and day-out,” said Adrienne Johnson, executive director of VirginiaNavigator and initiative manager of its Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving. “This ‘Caregiver Tech Tool Finder’ will enable caregivers in Virginia and beyond to easily connect with innovative tech solutions to support them in their role and help them live healthier lives.”
To read the CTA Foundation's news release announcing all those awarded grants, click here.
VirginiaNavigator is a statewide public/private partnership nonprofit that helps Virginia’s seniors, caregivers, people with disabilities, veterans, and their families find vital information and community programs so they can live with independence, dignity and hope. Through its Family of Websites (disAbilityNavigator.org; SeniorNavigator.org; VeteransNavigator.org), visitors are provided with helpful, free health and aging information via an accessible high-tech/high-touch approach. For more information visit VirginiaNavigator.org.
About The Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving
The Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving is an initiative of VirginiaNavigator. The goal of the Lindsay Institute is to improve the health and wellness of caregivers---with the number of Virginians over 65 doubling by the year 2030 to 1.8 million and there already being over 1 million caregivers across the state providing 88% of all eldercare---the Institute and its esteemed Advisory Council are working together to keep caregivers from neglecting their own health while they care for a loved one. For more information visit Caregivinginnovations.org
About the CTA Foundation:
The CTA Foundation, a public, national foundation affiliated with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), was launched in 2012 with the mission to connect seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives. For more information visit CTAFoundation.tech.