New App Helps the Elderly Stay in Touch With Family

Alvin Ward

Even as society continues to move towards a digitized world, the tech divide between generations remains, though it's beginning to narrow. Panasonic has created an online video chat service to help bridge that gap.

The HomeTeam app lets grandparents and parents connect with their relatives through unlimited video chat and game play in real time. Even if both parties are not in the same room, they can still enjoy a game of checkers or a read a book together. The reading selection includes favorites from Disney and Star Wars. And the fun isn't limited to the app: They can also access it on a desktop. 

Mental and social health are extremely important aspects of daily life. Studies have shown that socially-isolated seniors are more than twice as likely to die of cardiac causes than their more social peers are. Staying in touch can keep family members happier and healthier.

Users who sign up now can get a free month trial of the program. It allows for up to five family members and multiple devices. Find it on iTunes or Google Play