Christmas Gifts:amileo turns social posts into a personalized family newspaper
Social posts are a great way to send love and stay connected, but those without digital technology are missing out on that — until now.
Famileo is an app that turns publications into a personalized family newspaper and mails them for £5.99 per month.
This means that elderly relatives or others who have struggled to obtain smartphones, tablets and computers can now still get all their family news in the form of a traditional newspaper.
The app, which revolutionizedrance and brings generations closer together, has just launched in the UK as families sign up for the perfect Christmas gift.
Get the app: You can subscribe to a single issue and cancel at any time – just download the app via app store And the google appsor register on theamileo website, where you can find more information, at www.familyo.com.
About 200,000 households are now using the service and over a million messages have been sent throughamileo.
The company employs more than 50 people. amileo newspapers are read by people in more than 50 countries and are now available in English, Spanish and Dutch.
The brainchild of his grandson, businessman Tanguy de Gélis and business partner, Armel de Lesquen, he explains that the idea came about after he struggled to keep in touch with his grandmother, Elisabeth.
Famileo originally started inrench nursing homes, but is now available in every home and makes over 200,000 grandparents smile.
Family members, no matter where in the world they live, can participate, and everyone is kept in regular contact with their elderly loved ones, which helps reduce loneliness and isolation and promotes well-being.
With a simple app and a £5.99 monthly subscription, unlimited family members can add stories, photos, memories and messages with just a few taps.
You can just copy and paste your favoriteacebook, Twitter or other social media posts into theamileo app – or send completely private posts that don’t have to be seen anywhere else.
Each journal can include up to 30 messages, with the option to pay for more recurring issues as needed.
The letters are automatically formatted and printed as a personalized newspaper, then mailed to the grandparents or other recipient.
Once registered, each member of the family can then co-pay and can be delivered to any country in the world for the same price.
Famileo, which has already received five-star reviews as the best-selling app inrance, has set up an email to send to family members to share.
Digital apps have revolutionized the way we communicate with each other, and leading companyamileo is using this technology to bring loved ones closer together.
Since its launch inrance in 2015,amileo has become a household name with around 200,000 family users, and regularly tops lists of the most popular Christmas gifts for grandparents.
“There are approximately 200,000 families usingamileo every month, that’s almost 1.5 million people – including children and grandchildren. We’re really happy, we didn’t thinkamilio would get so big for us,” said co-founder Tanguy de Gelis.
As a result, the company is now expanding into the UK and other countries.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of families and the mental health benefits of staying connected. amileo has seen an increase in interest in the past two years.
Famileo was initially sold to care homes, where it proved to be a good way to keep elderly residents happy and connected to their families, before making it available to everyone.
It has proven to be very popular with users, especially grandparents and grandchildren, as it works for both young, tech-savvy and elderly relatives who don’t use social media.
For grandparents, who receive a personal journal full of family updates, this is a way to feel connected.
It can also help combat loneliness and isolation which have become a growing concern in recent years.
Research has also shown that reading regularly can improve brain connectivity and may offer some protection against cognitive decline. A new study, led by a team from the University of California and published in the American Journal of Neurology, indicates that reading a book, newspaper or magazine can give you the thinking skills of a person younger than 13 years old.
Our vision is to continue to grow inrance and makeamileo available in other countries, which is why we launched in the UK. This means that more grandparents can receive news from their families,” Tanguy said.
“We have received so many thanks and letters for our service and it makes us very happy – and it drives our ambition to open up in new countries.
“Covid has madeamileo even more important for families because grandparents and elderly relatives have been very much on people’s thoughts during this difficult time.
“We found that not only were people who had already signed up foramileo using it more often, but new users were downloading the app as well,” Tanguy said.
For many people who useamileo, it has become a lifeline.
Georgie Davies, 29, has a brother,red, 27, who is studying fine arts in Japan, so she signed up foramilo for their grandmother Jane, 91, who lives in foster care and has a form of dementia. amileo has offered a way to keep them connected and has a folder to store older versions, so you can click through to them.
“Grandpa died about 15 years ago, so she’s been living on her own. Withred being in Japan and the time difference, it’s hard to contact her. She doesn’t use the phone much.amilio was a way of keeping Grandma in the know,” Georgie said.
“When we all get together for a birthday or Christmas, I take lots of pictures to put in for the next release, so she has a hard copy of the event, because she won’t necessarily remember it because of her mental illness.”
She added that the app couldn’t be easier to use, even for her dad, who isn’t particularly tech-savvy.
She said: “Dad has the app on his phone and can easily take pictures, upload them and comment on them.or me and Alfred it’s really easy, you get an alert when it’s time to submit the latest version, and you can quickly add more pictures. It doesn’t have to be long, it’s She gets one every two weeks, so a handful of pictures is three or four pages long, and she can keep them by her side and look at them again and again.
“We’re in an age where none of us print pictures anymore.or older people, that’s a shame, because if they don’t haveacebook or social media, they don’t necessarily know what their family is up to, and that’s just a really easy way to show them.”
She said it was also a surprising way to bring the whole family closer together.
My brother puts more pics inamileo than he sends to our family on Whats app, he puts loads on grandma’s newsletter, it’s funny. I think, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you were doing that!’ It’s just a nice way to keep in touch with both and her also “.
Karenerguson, 65, lives inrance and has fallen for her 90-year-old mum Nancy’s familio in Edinburgh.
A trained lawyer, Karen teaches English at her local primary school and has four children who have lived and worked all over the world. Her mother, who has 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, lives alone after her husband passed away a few years ago.
Famileo has been a godsend for their nomadic family, says Karen, who heard about the app through her partner’s daughters. She often puts old photos of her dad into her mom’samileo and said it’s a great way for her to keep in touch with all of her grandchildren.
She said: “Famileo is a great tool for keeping our family connected and sharing the memories we’re making – for all of us.
“My mom says she really looks forward to each one, and family life is in those pages. It’s also a connection. I’m able to do something that, from a distance, makes mom happy.”
“My colleague refers to it as ‘WhatsApp for the elderly.’ Even for families who aren’t as far away as mine, it’s a great tool for staying connected and engaged.”