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County Library helps older adults reach loved ones, with GrandPads

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The St. Louis County Library is giving out 1,500 GrandPad tablets bought with CARES Act funds to area older adults.  

The GrandPad is designed to help less tech-savvy people, particularly those over over the age of 75, access technology and stay connected to loved ones during the pandemic and after.

The library system bought the GrandPad tablets with federal CARES Act funds, expanding on the Digital Equity Initiative started in 2020 by County Executive Sam Page. More than 2,000 people applied to participate in the program.

“Despite the wired world in which we live today, elderly seniors are increasingly isolated and disconnected because they are unable to use devices that simply were not designed for them,” said Scott Lien, co-founder and CEO of GrandPad.

“We’ve created a tablet that eliminates all the common points of frustration for seniors, making it easy and safe for them to reconnect to family, friends, and caregivers and to stay in touch with their community and the world. We are immensely proud to partner with the St. Louis County Library on this innovative and essential initiative to increase access to technology for seniors in St. Louis County.”

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