Emeritus Senior Living Kicks off 90 day Pilot with VitalLink

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Selects All-in-One Communication and Entertainment Center to Help Residents Enjoy Daily Activities, Stay in Touch with Family and Friends

VitalLink is pleased to announce the rollout of a 90 day pilot with Emeritus Senior Living. As a leader in the assisted living industry, with one of the largest networks of assisted living, retirement and Alzheimer's care communities in North America, Emeritus’ primary goal is to provide the support residents need to live full and satisfying lives, while helping them maintain their independence and dignity. In support of this goal, Emeritus will use VitalLink as an all-in-one communication and entertainment service for residents at Emeritus at Carmel Valley located in San Diego, California.

For many older adults, increasing frailty, limited mobility and the growing trend of long-distance caregiving from family members can contribute to the experience of social isolation. VitalLink offers computer challenged older adults the opportunity to bridge this distance, by offering an easy to use solution that puts the ability of an active, healthy life back into their hands with little more than the touch of an icon or the click of a mouse.

“Staying connected with others and being engaged in daily activities, such as reading the news, playing games, or watching movies, has a tremendous impact on psychosocial well-being as well as cognitive abilities later in life,” said Keith Savell, Ph.D., Chief Gerontologist at VitalLink. "We're pleased to be working with Emeritus Senior Living to provide residents with a senior friendly resource that will enable them to remain face-to-face connected with friends and family worldwide as well as to remain mentally engaged in enjoyable activities such as playing games, reading the news and viewing family photos and videos."

By simplifying the computer experience, VitalLink effectively transforms the computer into a user friendly device – where face-to-face social interaction, cognitive (mental) stimulation, games, family photos and videos, and local, national and world news are all accessible. Essentially, VitalLink enables the elderly user to access the best of all that the computer offers to mainstream society.

“We are thrilled to bring VitalLink into our community, and look forward to the contribution that it will make to the quality of life of our residents. VitalLink provides an easy to use all-in-one resource for long distance social interaction and mental stimulation that will not only encourage residents to remain more engaged in the life around them, but will also enhance their overall well-being,” said Dale Boyles, Vice President of Operations – California Division. “We’re excited to be moving into the future by providing a new level of options to seniors that embrace the advancements in technology commonly used in today’s digital lifestyle. This will enable Emeritus a competitive advantage in the already large, yet ever expanding senior housing industry.”

VitalLink is currently available worldwide in over seven languages, including Spanish, Japanese, German, French, Swedish, Serbian, and Korean. For more information or to download for personal use visit http://www.VitalLink.net. For more information on the institutional capabilities and/or to evaluate use of VitalLink in your facility, contact info(at)vitallink(dot)net.

About VitalLink
VitalLink is a privately-funded company dedicated to helping connect seniors to family and friends. Founded in 2010, the company launched its flagship product at the January 2011 CES. Receiving praise as a solution that provides an innovative, internet based solution to bridge the other side of the digital divide, VitalLink marries evolving video and phone technology with specially developed software that enables "face to face" social interaction at the touch of a button. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas, NV. For more information about the company, visit http://www.VitalLink.net.

About Emeritus
Emeritus Corporation is a national provider of senior living services. Emeritus is one of the largest and most experienced operators of freestanding assisted living communities located throughout the United States. These communities provide a residential housing alternative for senior citizens who need assistance with the activities of daily living, with an emphasis on personal care services, which provides support to the residents in the aging process. Emeritus currently operates 481 communities in 42 states representing capacity for approximately 42,800 units and approximately 49,900 residents. Home page can be found on the Internet at http://www.emeritus.com.

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