In recognition of World Alzheimer’s Day, Connected Living, a provider of social networking services to families and senior citizens, announced today that it has pledged to donate 15 percent of all proceeds from their app services to UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (UsA2), an innovative nonprofit organization demanding – and delivering – a solution to Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s is a deadly disease that devastates 1 in 3 American families, destroys memories and functional capabilities, and can make it impossible for people with the disease to live fulfilling and independent lives. Connected Living, a free app which can be downloaded on smartphones and tablets, connects families and loved ones via a private, secure, social networking platform. The app allows users to request rides, access a team of people round-the-clock to help organize appointments or purchase groceries, as well as connect them with family and friends. It also helps provide peace-of-mind for caregivers and family members who can track the location of their loved ones and create geo-fences.
“It is hard to find a family anywhere in the world that has not been affected by Alzheimer’s, including my own,” said Sarah Hoit, CEO and Co-Founder of Connected Living, Inc. “We are proud to come together as a public and private partnership, and we are determined to make a significant contribution to helping solve a global epidemic impacting, millions of families all over the world.”
“The Connected Living mobile app is a terrific tool to keep families united and informed and help those suffering from Alzheimer’s feel less alone and isolated,” said George Vradenburg, Co-Founder and Chairman of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s. “If we are going to solve this cancer-sized problem we need everyone to get involved. We are grateful to Connected Living and their partners for joining us in this fight and for coming together in this innovative way.”
Connected Living and its partners are offering special discounts and promotions for World Alzheimer’s Day, including:
• Connected Living will donate 15 percent of revenue to UsAgainstAlzheimer’s in perpetuity to everyone who puts in the “USA2” code when accessing goods and services through the app.
• Connected Living, Circles and Sodexo are offering a 50 percent discount on the app’s upgrade for concierge services.
• Lyft will contribute $5.00 to UsAgainstAlzheimer’s for each new rider booked through the Connected Living app using the code “USA2.”
• Dementia Friends USA will make the Connected Living mobile app available free to Dementia Friends all across the country to spread awareness and make connections easier for those helping to make communities friendlier for those living with dementia and their care partners.
To participate, users can download the free Connected Living App for iOS or Android at https://app.connectedliving.com and enter the code “USA2.”
“Connections are important for family and friends of those who are living with Alzheimer’s,” said Marc Plumart, Sodexo CEO of Healthcare and Seniors worldwide. “Sodexo is committed to being part of a global solution that gives people the peace of mind and quality of life that comes with personal connections.”
Gyre Renwick, Head of Healthcare Partnerships at Lyft said, “At Lyft we are focused on providing reliable, on-demand transportation that better meets the needs of an aging population. Through partnerships with companies like Connected Living, we are able to provide a vital solution in helping family members who care for those with dementia to get to and from destinations.”
Sandy Markwood, Co-Chair of DFA said, “Combatting isolation and returning respect and control to people living with Alzheimer’s are two of our primary objectives. Through our work with Dementia Friends USA, thousands of Americans are learning how to recognize the signs of dementia and simple actions you can take to be a Dementia Friend and how to personally contribute to making your community dementia friendly. Easy-to-use social technology willmake it easier for the people living with dementia and their care partners to connect and support each other. We salute the efforts of the countless organizations and caregivers and pay special tribute to them on World Alzheimer’s Day.”