September 29 2017
Today, technology is becoming more and more prevalent in our everyday lives. Senior citizens already may feel a disconnect from younger generations due to a technology gap. How can that gap be bridged in the present and in the future?
Many retirement communities provide activities to help senior citizens maintain an independent lifestyle. One way this is done is bye helping senior citizens become more in touch with technology. Some offer basic courses on the “101’s” of technology, such as typing or using the internet. Learning a new skill, such as how to produce a document in Microsoft, keeps senior citizens mentally sharp and engaged in an active lifestyle.
Additionally, the Cyber Seniors program is a program that has seen great success and has been used by many retirement communities. The program allows senior citizens to connect with younger generations, learn new skills, and connect with family members outside of their community.
Studying For The Future
As we move further into a world based around “smart” technology, it’s inevitable that this will make its way to the forefront of retirement communities and elderly housing. Technology could improve the quality of life for senior citizens, their families, and their caregivers.
Fortunately, the effects of smart technology on retirement communities are already being studied. The National Institute on Nursing Research recently gave a $1.8 million grant to Washington State University.The grant will be used to install smart-home technology in retirement communities to see if algorithms can predict or identify health events in senior citizens with chronic conditions.
A WSU press release stated that “the research has the potential to provide dramatic benefits. By extending the ability of older adults to age in place though real-time assessment and intervention, these technologies can extend the functional independence of our aging society, reduce caregiver burden and improve quality of life.”
It will be exciting to see the results of the study and how smart technology begins to impact retirement communities over the next few years.