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Apple, IBM team up to improve elderly care in Japan

Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, addresses a news conference, joined by Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, at IBM Watson headquarters, in New York, Thursday, April 30, 2015. Apple, IBM and Japanese insurance and bank holding company Japan Post have formed a partnership to improve the lives of elderly people in the country. The program will provide iPads with apps designed to help seniors manage day-to-day lives and keep in touch with family members.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, addresses a news conference, joined by Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, at IBM Watson headquarters, in New York, Thursday, April 30, 2015. Apple, IBM and Japanese insurance and bank holding company Japan Post have formed a partnership to improve the lives of elderly people in the country. The program will provide iPads with apps designed to help seniors manage day-to-day lives and keep in touch with family members. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK – Apple, IBM and Japanese insurance and bank holding company Japan Post have formed a partnership to improve the lives of elderly people in the country.

The companies say they hope other countries will follow suit as the world’s population ages.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro announced the deal in New York on Thursday.

The program will provide iPads with apps designed to help seniors manage day-to-day lives and keep in touch with family members. IBM will provide cloud services and help create apps to improve seniors’ quality of life.

Apple and IBM formed a partnership last year to create mobile apps for a broad range of industries. This has led to the creation of 22 apps so far.

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