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TMCNet:  ConnectedLiving and CDW Healthcare Partner to Get Seniors Online and Connected

[April 30, 2013]

ConnectedLiving and CDW Healthcare Partner to Get Seniors Online and Connected

(ENP Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ENP Newswire - 30 April 2013 Release date- 29042013 - QUINCY, Mass. - ConnectedLiving, a mission-based organization helping senior citizens live richer, more connected lives through the use of technology, today announced a partnership with CDW Healthcare, a leading provider of technology solutions for healthcare.

Together both organizations will deliver the technology, services and training necessary to get entire senior living communities online.

More than half of adults over 65 actively use the Internet today, and in the next decade, 85 million baby boomers will retire and enter care facilities or require home health assistance. As they make choices about where they will reside, they will consider access to technology. Internet connectivity and other technology amenities are now standard and expected in senior care/long-term care facilities, especially by seniors who wish to stay connected with children and grandchildren who often communicate electronically via text, social media and the Internet.

The ConnectedLiving program creates an environment for seniors to enjoy greater social interaction by connecting them with loved ones and providing open access to community, educational resources and healthcare resources through any Internet-enabled device. Together, ConnectedLiving and CDW Healthcare will provide Web-based applications, IT infrastructure, networking technology, computing devices, hands-on staff facilitated training and remote support available seven days a week.

'Our mission is to provide the tools and resources to propel seniors along the path to independence,' said Sarah Hoit, CEO and co-founder of ConnectedLiving. 'We want to make virtual socialization an inherent part of seniors' lives. In doing so, ConnectedLiving not only improves their quality of life, but also creates better health outcomes at a lower cost.' ConnectedLiving's cloud-based social platform includes an interface tailored to seniors, which provides secure Internet access, email, photos, a library of vetted content, games and additional social media tools including video chat. The company facilitates programming and training, and provides onsite services to equip computer cafes with interactive displays that feature community and activity calendars, menus, local news and weather. The technology, coupled with classes, activities and support, encourages adoption and sustainable usage, enhancing overall experience and wellness.

CDW Healthcare is an exclusive hardware, software and technology design provider and has longstanding expertise in creating solutions that cater to the specific needs of healthcare and senior living environments. Through the partnership, CDW Healthcare will provide telecommunications services, updates to legacy technology solutions and the infrastructure needed to support connection speed. The solution also includes hosted telephony options, such as hotel-style phone dialing, senior-TV, bedside solutions and infotainment. Together, CDW Healthcare and ConnectedLiving will also offer a wide range of basic technology solutions with discounts for seniors and their families, including desktop computers with large print keys, monitors, printers, mobile devices and training/support.

'Moving these communities online is a big step. Online demand results in bandwidth requirements, network congestion, security issues, computing needs and ongoing maintenance,' said Bob Rossi, vice president, CDW Healthcare. 'As these facilities set out to deliver a digital experience that matches the physical care experience, CDW Healthcare provides the IT expertise needed to optimize and secure the technology without adding IT personnel and increasing the overall cost of care.' For more information about ConnectedLiving and CDW Healthcare, please visit: http://www.cdwg.com/connectedliving.

About ConnectedLiving Founded in 2007, ConnectedLiving is helping senior citizens live richer, more connected lives by combining simplified technology with high-touch personal support. Through the award-winning ConnectedLiving Network, a Web-based social platform designed specifically for the senior living industry, the company brings together seniors, their families, and community administrators in a secure, private online community. Coupled with the company's unique approach to training and support, ConnectedLiving integrates social networking, distance learning, community menus and calendars, and an extensive administrator dashboard to help get entire communities online and connected. ConnectedLiving has been adopted by the most recognized thought-leaders in both the private senior living industry and the public housing authorities across the country. www.connectedliving.com About CDW Healthcare CDW Healthcare is a leading provider of technology solutions focused exclusively on serving the healthcare marketplace. Working closely with more than 15,000 healthcare organizations nationwide, its customers range from small, rural providers to large, integrated delivery networks. The dedicated healthcare team leverages the expertise of CDW solution architects to deliver best-in-class solutions from data center infrastructure through to point of patient care. The company's solution architects offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. Areas of focus include software, network communications, notebooks/mobile devices, data storage, video monitors, desktops, printers and solutions such as virtualization, collaboration, security, mobility, data center optimization and cloud computing.

Ranked No. 31 on Forbes' list of America's Largest Private Companies and No. 270 on the FORTUNE 500, CDW was founded in 1984 and employs more than 6,900 coworkers. For the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2012, the company generated net sales of $10 billion. For more information about CDW Healthcare please visit www.cdwcommunit.com or call 1-888-584-4239.

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