Salt Lake City, UT—For family “chief memory officers” (those who take pictures and share family stories), family historians and librarians, Vivid-Pix Education was announced at RootsTech Connect 2021. Vivid-Pix is a provider of AI-powered image restoration software. RootsTech Connect was presented virtually February 25–27, 2021.
In addition, Vivid-Pix is partnering with achi and Tellegacy to provide academic and business research. This program will help older adults and families as well as assist health providers.
As published by Time, USA Today and the New York Times, family history/genealogy is the second most popular hobby in America, especially for those over the age of 55. Integrating photos is an important component of this hobby. Consequently, it continues to spur photo popularity in the U.S. for all age groups.
“Photo ubiquity is illustrated by how we communicate today in social media; a picture says a thousand words. Most online conversations revolve around photos; whether viewing last night’s dinner or yesteryear’s photos where we see older adults as children. Photos connect us across languages and other differences,” said Rick Voight, Vivid-Pix’s CEO.
To harness photography’s impact on family history, Vivid-Pix launched a new education series for families and family historians. In this six-part series, author/storyteller and genealogist Laura Hedgecock demonstrates how to share stories in bite-sized videos. The classes are available herel.
Furthermore, the series starts with the Witness to History: Now and Then class.
Vivid-Pix is also providing education for librarians. The American Library Association (ALA) estimates there are 116,867 libraries in the United States. However, very few universities offer a genealogy course path for librarians pursuing a Master of Library Science. As a result, working with experts in the field, Vivid-Pix created a 12-part series. The Genealogy Librarian Education Series is located at https://www.vivid-pix.com/librarian.
Classes and special panel discussions in the Librarian series include Introduction to Genealogical Research and the Role of the Genealogy Librarian. Drew Smith, MA LIS, USF Libraries, teaches this class.
Moreover, The Genealogical Reference Interview, Orientation to Library Resources & Services is taught by Sue Kaufman, MLIS, senior manager, Houston Public Library – Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research.
In addition, Working with Local Genealogical and Historical Societies is part of the series. Cherie Bush, deputy chief genealogical officer for FamilySearch Intl., hosts this panel discussion.
Finally, Marketing the Genealogy Library is another panel discussion. Allison DePrey Singleton, MA, MLS, senior librarian, Genealogy Center, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, hosts this panel discussion.
Vivid-Pix, achi and Tellegacy
In related news, the CDC estimates that 20% of people age 55 or older experience some type of mental health concern. The most common conditions include anxiety, cognitive impairment, as well as mood disorders (depression or bipolar disorder).
Research has shown that loneliness and social isolation can result in long-term negative health outcomes. Studies also illustrate the health benefits of using photos to reduce loneliness, stress and anxiety, as well as the recollective benefits for those that suffer from early-onset of dementia, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
As a result, Vivid-Pix also announced ATV. It is a partnership with achi and Tellegacy to study and improve older adult population health. Dr. Jeremy Holloway, assistant professor and director of Geriatrics Education at University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will lead the primary research utilizing student caregiver/senior engagement.
Rick Voight, MBA, CEO, Vivid-Pix, will lead the effort on business research; Hayley Studer, CPA, FHFMA, will lead financial modeling to study how to reduce cost as well as improve older adult health.
Moreover, the intergenerational Tellegacy program helps keep older adults connected. ATV activities will integrate photos into loneliness, isolation and reminiscence therapy research.