Written by Cheryl Slavinksy. February 13, 2017.
Like technology itself, the senior living space is fast evolving to meet not only the demands of future generations but current ones as well.
Tablets and iPads, flat-screen TVs or smart boards, computer and video games, wireless Internet and Skype all have found their place in senior living communities. The use of touch-screen devices with older adults with dementia and other cognitive disorders has calmed behaviors, stress and depression, and for some, enabled the reduction of psychotropic drugs including, anti-psychotics, mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety agents and anti-depressants.
With technology often at the core of increased resident engagement, are the residents themselves using technology? In many cases, yes.
A Pew Research Center report found that 77 percent of older adults would require some assistance in learning how to use a new digital device, but once they become Internet users, they are very likely to go online every day.
“If you design something that in an older person’s life they find simple to use, and it provides true utility in their lives, then they will use it,” said F. Scott Moody, co-founder and CEO of K4Connect, a mission-centered technology company that creates solutions to serve and empower older adults and individuals living with disabilities, especially those underserved by technology. Read More.