We know caregiving isn't easy, but we are here to help. In partnership with Exhale, the Family Caregiver Initiative, we are piloting a new program called VITAlz WNY, which stands for Virtual Inclusive Technology for Alzheimer's Caregivers. Through this program, we will provide accessible virtual respite and support for Western New Yorkers caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Caregivers who participate in the VITAlz program will receive a free Samsung Galaxy tablet as well as a free iN2L subscription for up to 12 months. With an iN2L subscription, regular tablets are simplified and customized to make navigation a breeze. With large font size and on-screen controls, these tablets are easy to use with no need for previous technology experience.
VITAlz was developed to make life a little bit easier for caregivers by making resources and support available at the click of a button. The tablets come customized with with links to virtual support groups, caregiver resources, the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Live Chat Feature, care planning and more. The tablets also come loaded with entertainment options that your loved one can engage with, such as puzzles, videos, music, photos, and worship.
To ensure caregivers participating in VITAlz WNY get the most out of the program, the Alzheimer's Association will host a virtual monthly support group, specifically designed for participants. To make sure this program is impactful, all we ask is that caregivers do their best to attend one virtual support group each month and answer three short surveys during the first 6 months of participation.
If you are interested, please reach out to your County Office for the Aging or contact Lauren Gorney, Project Coordinator, from the Alzheimer’s Association at 716.626.0600 ext.1020.