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echnology in senior living communities is growing both at center
stage and behind the scenes, from
digital signage in lobbies and "tech
tables" in community rooms to bigger
storage space for computer servers
and beefed-up electrical systems. This
is happening in large part because
communities are integrating technology
into their built environments to satisfy
the wants and needs of incoming baby
boomers. "At a minimum, boomers
expect to have the same comfort in their

Additionally, the technologies used in
a specific community should vary by the
type of residents being served. "Memory
care communities are interested in such
technology as virtual reality, which can be
deployed to help stimulate homebound
residents," she says. "Independent living
communities, by contrast, function much
more like multifamily housing with valueadds like home-monitoring devices, such
as Amazon's Ring and Google's Nest, and
ease-of-access devices, such as Google
Home or Amazon Alexa, which allow peo-

Front and center

new environment as just about anyone
else-dependable, secure internet and
Wi-Fi; ample charging stations; and
smart devices to aid in their daily life,"
says Stephanie Truong, architect at
SmithGroup (San Francisco).

ple to turn on lights or the TV, play music,
or search the internet with their voice."
Taken together, these changes are
affecting the built environment in senior
living communities in an ever-increasing
number of ways.

"This is largely replacing paper bulletins,
which often get outdated pretty quickly,
much to the frustration of the residents,"
she says.
Community lounges are also becoming
home to tech tables, which accommodate

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One technology trend making an impact
is the use of digital screens to improve
communications between residents and
staff, says Erin Partridge, experiential
researcher-in-residence at Elder Care
Alliance (ECA), a nonprofit network of five
senior living communities based in Oakland, Calif. For example, devices such as
large-screen LEDs are being installed in
reception areas, lobbies, and other public
spaces to provide timely information on
schedules for classes and social events.


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