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to family, friends, and their community.
Among the most common uses for
the technology were weather updates,
timers, and music (see box for more
information). Some of the challenges
shared by participants were volume/
speaker issues, integrating personal
calendars, and keeping track of the
expanding library of Alexa skills.
Participants who chose to install
one of the smart home devices also
reported high satisfaction, citing the
sense of independence and selfmanagement that resulted from the

and executive director, FPCIW selected
18 individuals in 12 homes for the
rollout.
While Carlsbad by the Sea was
already equipped with Wi-Fi, the community upgraded its broadband circuit to
support the increased demand for connectivity and streaming load. After devices were installed in residents' apartments, participants received a reference
sheet of basic Alexa commands and
attended bimonthly training workshops.
To further expand the program's reach,
staff members were also trained and devices were installed in high-traffic areas,
including a transportation desk and main
lobby, to allow residents and staff to use
them and share their experiences.
During the 12-month program, FPCIW
gathered feedback through focus
groups and anecdotal reports from
community members as well as postpilot surveys. Overall, 71 percent of participants said they felt more connected

ability to control certain features in their
home. For example, one resident with
low vision said the smart thermostat
helped her to set the right temperature
in her home, while another appreciated
the convenience and improved safety
of lighting his bedroom with a smartenabled lamp, especially in the middle
of the night. "What we learned is that
personalizing the skills and services to
the individuals' interests and preferences is what drives this high impact,"
says Kari Olson, chief innovation and
technology officer for Front Porch and
president of FPCIW. "Voice first combined with smart home solutions offers
us a platform to deliver high-impact,
low-cost personalized experiences and
services to meet older adults' individual
needs on a large scale."
Building on the success of the
initial program, Front Porch received a
grant this summer from the Consumer
Technology Association Foundation
to implement the technology at eight
more of its senior living communities
in California, Davis says. The organization is also working to develop
an "Alexa in a Box" toolkit to outline
adoption strategies, technical support
protocols, educational programs, and
staff engagement. "The deployment of
voice-first and smart home technologies in residents' homes has opened up
an exciting world of new opportunities
for how we can support social engagement and independence for older
adults," Olson says.-Anne DiNardo

RESEARCH

Global perceptions
of aging
How do attitudes toward seniors compare
around the globe? A recent study by New
Orb Media (Washington, D.C.) compiled
data from a survey of 150,000 people in
101 countries to assess the respect of their
society toward the elderly. Respondents
answered on a scale of 1 (very low) to 5
(very high). Surveys also collected basic
sociodemographic information, such as
respondents' age.

Country

Level of respect
scale: 1 (low)
to 5 (high)

Hungary

4.80

Uzbekistan

4.80

Romania

4.67

Turkey

4.59

Pakistan

4.53

Nepal

4.50

Kazakhstan

4.48

Yemen

4.46

Qatar

4.43

Finland

4.41

United States

3.29

The overall average global attitude was
3.75. Averages in individual countries
ranged from 2.75 to 4.8, with Hungary,
Uzbekistan, and Romania having the highest levels of respect (see chart). The United
States' attitude ranking was 3.29. The
study also found a connection between
a person's age and how they feel about
the elderly, with the youngest and oldest
respondents holding the most positive attitude toward seniors and those in their 40s
holding the most negative. For more on the
study, visit orbmedia.org.

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