By Kimberly Hartmere, Product Manager, K4Connect – Centenarians, our family, friends and neighbors who live to be 100 years or older, constitute a growing percentage of our our population, a number that will only to continue to rise as life expectancy increases across the world.  According to Pew Research, the number of centenarians had grown to over 500,000 by 2015, more than four times the 1990 the Centenarian population. Some projections estimate up to 3.7 million centenarians in the world by 2050.

Among their many life experiences, Centenarians have benefitted from significant technology advances over the past 100 years. They have witnessed the introduction of automobiles, radio and television in the first half of the 20th century to the mainstream adoption of personal computers, the Internet, and smartphones. Centenarians have shared with us such inspiring stories on how each innovation has transformed their personal and often professional lives over the past 100 years.

Timeline: 100 Years of Technology

As Centenarians continue to age, some of the more recent advancements like smartphones, have less applicability in their lives today.  If we were honest with ourselves, we would probably admit that we envy that those most senior among us are quite content to not be tethered to email and Slack.  The senior population seem to excel at living life in real time and have found ways in which they use technology to enhance these experiences.

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain

From video chats to home automation, however, seniors have carved out a technology niche that significantly improves their quality of life. At K4Connect, our mission is to help seniors leverage the right balance of technology to maintain their independence while staying connected with their support networks, whether they be family, friends, or the community.  

Our flagship product, K4Community, provides an industry leading home automation experience designed specifically for the senior community. Because everything we design is centered around ease of use, our technology is simple and intuitive for the senior population. Take, for example, Alice, a centenarian using K4Community to enrich her life.  Using the photo sharing capabilities of our system, Alice is able to remain better connected as she views pictures from her daughters, her grandchildren and church members. Alice also relies on our tablets to control everything from the room temperature to her light settings to live more comfortably and maintain more of her independence.

Kimberly with Rita, a senior who is interested in home automation, in the K4Community test room.

At K4Connect, we draw inspiration from people like Alice and the many other seniors in our communities.  By providing technology to help seniors stay connected with family and friends, we consistently strive to improve ways in which older adults can live happier, healthier, more engaging lives. So whether it’s a phone call, or sending a quick message or family picture through K4Community, take a brief moment to make a connection with a loved one in your life.