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Charitable trust to help Iowans

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KWWL) -- A charitable trust established by the late hotel and real estate baroness Leona Helmsley is providing $8.1 million for a project that will involve about 1,600 senior citizens in five states.

The money from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust will be given to the Good Samaritan Society over three years. It will be used in a sensor technology project called LivingWell@Home, which involves wireless sensors throughout an elderly person's home to help track wellness.

The society says the sensors detect movement, monitor sleep quality and collect information on day-to-day activities such as frequency of bathing. Family members will have access to the information.

People in 40 communities in South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska will participate.

Online AnchorBob Waters

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