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Under the first program, the county would give Community Action Program of
The pilot program would be tried at the
The centers serve low-income people who would likely be unable to afford tablets, according to
Seniors could then use the tablets to email family and friends and talk with them using
"It would certainly enable them to bridge the digital divide," she said.
And, she hopes, having the tablets at the centers would draw new people to the centers.
About 25 to 30 people go to the
The other grant would provide
The nonprofit program provides technology and training that can help find people who might wander, such as those with Alzheimer's or autism.
Clients are outfitted with a transmitter worn on the wrist or ankle. It emits a tracking signal that emergency workers can use to find the person if he or she goes missing.
The program is a project of the
The club helped bring the program to the county a couple of years ago.
So far, there are 12 clients in the county,
The participating departments have been fortunate that they've not had any clients wander, he said.
According to Project Lifesaver's website, it's had more than 2,800 searches over the last 15 years with no serious injuries or fatalities. Average recovery time is 30 minutes.
The funding for both programs is left over from the county's roughly
The bulk of the money was used to help remove some 350 people from the county's waiting lists for senior services such as personal care, home delivered meals, adult day care or medical equipment and supplies.
In other business, the commissioners:
nHeard details of a 58-acre farm in
nWill hold a final public hearing today on the county's plan to fund human services with state funding.