Tech to Help Lonely Leeds Residents
Sparko Virtual Retirement Community creates a product to help ease loneliness in elderly people.
10:20 04 June 2020
A new tech company has come up with a clever, easy-to-use device designed to help the elderly remain independent and active.
Sparko Virtual Retirement Community has recently introduced a box connected to the television that allows unlimited communication and entertainment as well as a dedicated local community coordinator who helps with social and technical support, safety and security.
Using a simplified remote control, users will get to enjoy live classes ranging from fitness and language lessons to cooking and mental well-being. They will also be able to make unlimited video and voice calls to loved ones and friends.
Orit Eyal-Fibeesh, chief executive officer at Sparko, said: "Many elderly people are not just lonely but face the alarming prospect of selling their home to fund living in a care home. We offer an alternative way to remain part of the community and to connect with family, friends and the local community right in your living room.
"Instead of struggling with mobile devices and Skype and FaceTime logins, we offer a simple solution - with plenty of help and support from our friendly and caring local staff - where they can chat live with family and local friends via their television set while keeping mentally and physically fit with live classes, games, and lots of specially chosen videos."