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At the University of Victoria yesterday, Premier Christy Clark announced $3 million in funding toward Connect for Care, an innovative new program that will help adults with chronic health conditions, frail elderly and those with mild to moderate dementia to remain independent and socially connected while still living at home. “Connect for Care will create a suite of tools that will set a Canadian standard of how to enable people facing life challenges such as aging, disability, chronic illness, to manage their own care,” said Tyze CEO Vickie Cammack at yesterday’s launch. “The program will also help caregivers, friends, families and neighbours, to do what they want to do, which is to connect, care and collaborate.” Connect for Care is a suite of online tools that will feature: – Online personal networks – Accessible video chat – Mobile collaboration tools – A secure vault for storing personal and health information The program, which is a collaboration between three BC innovations—Tyze Personal Networks (Overall project leadership), CanAssist at the University of Victoria (Accessibility) and PLAN Institute for Caring Citizenship—will bridge the gap between community and professionals and help those facing a life challenge gain independence and access to user-friendly tools to connect with friends, neighbours and medical professionals. To learn more about Connect for Care, view the fact sheet here. Read the official press release here. See video footage here.

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