Unless one has aquaphobia, you might never stop to consider how many daily activities involve water, such as washing dishes, taking a bath or swimming. As we age, we outgrow many of the water safety measures that were in place when younger, whether it was making sure the bath water wasn’t too deep or being supervised while swimming. Yet for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia, their relationship to water changes due to this illness and safety measure are needed.

Water Hazards to Safeguard Against

Detecting the change in water temperature is something you can do without thinking, but for those with Alzheimer’s they lose this ability according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Consequently, they can become burned when the water is too hot. To prevent burns, it is recommended to set the hot water temperature at 120oF or lower.

Though there hasn’t been definitely research showing a link between Alzheimer’s and an increased risk of drowning, an Internet search does yield stories of dementia patients who wandered away and drowned. Yet your loved one doesn’t have to wander away from home to face the hazards of being unsupervised around water. The Alzheimer’s Association says that “even the most basic appliance or household object can become dangers,” including kitchen or bathroom sinks. Because of forgetfulness, seniors may forget to turn off the water, resulting in a flooded bathroom. They may also slip getting into a tub or shower . To safeguard against these scenarios, reducing the water flow will prevent floods while allowing your loved one their independence of washing when they need to. Installing a non-slip mat in the shower or bathtub will prevent falls.

In the state of California, the Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly chapter has a section devoted to requirements which need to be in place to protect and care for seniors with dementia. One of these requirements, statute 87705(e), states that “swimming pools and other bodies of water shall be fenced and in compliance with state and local building codes” and these bodies of water can include fountains. If your loved ones house has an open water feature, either remove it or put safety measures in place so your loved one cannot drown.

While you should take additional safety measures around water if your loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia, that doesn’t mean he/she can enjoy its benefits. Next week we’ll discuss the benefits of water therapy and swimming.

 

 

Welcome Joan’s Journeyers. In a unique after-dinner rendezvous, six veterans of the armed forces gathered to meet and take a group photograph in the Holiday Villa East (HVE) senior community dining room in Santa Monica. Despite living under the same roof, several veterans did not know each other. For sure, they did not know their commonality—that each has served his or her country in the armed forces.

As the participants were positioned for the photograph, conversations became animated. Residents recalled tours of service in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Woman’s Army Corps (WAC), and Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC). Three HVE residents are among the approximately 16 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces who served in active duty during WW II.

We’ll Meet Again, the most well-known version is sung by Dame Vera Lynn, is one of the most famous of the Second World War-era songs about soldiers going off fight and their families and sweethearts left behind. The assertion that we’ll meet again is optimistic, as many soldiers did not survive.

This song came to mind as I thought about the residents at HVE:

 We’ll meet again, 

Don’t know where, don’t know when, 

But I know we’ll meet again, some sunny day.

Learn more about the veterans who call Holiday Villa East their home and how the community recognizes their service in Joan’s Journey, Part 31.

Apartment rent, utilities and services:  these are the general factors which dictate the monthly rent that is charged by assisted living or memory care communities to care for your loved one. Yet, are these all the factors which affect the monthly rent? If you have searched or are searching for an assisted living community for your loved one, you likely toured a number of communities within a given area and found that one community, which offers the same type of services, but costs more than a community down the road, though they both appear identical. That’s the question which the Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy office sought to answer and their results appeared in the informative report What Factors Affect Residential Care Facility Charges released in September 2014.

What Factors did the Researchers Find?

Using the facility and resident data collected from the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, researchers analyzed the factors that could influence the monthly charge  residents pay. Many of the factors are what you would expect to influence the cost, such as type of apartment, staffing ratios and level of care residents required, but there were other more subtle factors also proved significant. Here are a few highlights.

Type of Community

Researchers found that as the size of the community increased, the monthly cost did too. Small facilities serving four to ten residents had an average cost of $2,596 while large facilities, which served 26-100 residents, cost families $3,028 per monthly. Though you might think that a nonprofit community would charge less than a for-profit community, no statistical difference was found with this factor. However, an independent community was found to have a lower monthly rent ($2,611) compared to a community that is part of a chain ($2,999). Location also matters; communities in urban areas cost more per month compared to rural areas.

The level of care provided by the community was also found to influence the monthly cost. If a community didn’t specifically offer Alzheimer’s or dementia care, the monthly cost was lower compared to communities where memory care was available or the only care type provided. If other healthcare facilities were located on the community campus, such as a nursing home or hospital, which is the case for continuing care retirement communities, residents could expect to pay a higher monthly charge.

How are Residents Charged for Services

Included in the base rate for most communities are apartment rent, dining, housekeeping and utilities. Some communities may also include assistance with activities of daily living in this base rate while others charge an additional fee for these services. This different type of payment structure can make it difficult for families to make accurate comparisons. However, researchers found no statistical difference in the monthly rent whether the community included the supportive services in the base rate. The factor that did influence the monthly rent was whether an entrance fee or deposit was required. On average communities that didn’t have this requirement charged on average $2,512 compared to $3,057.

Type of Apartments Available

Because communities strive to recreate the feel of a home within a community setting, a variety of floor plans are often offered so residents may select a plan that meets their needs. Yet, the results found that if an apartment has a kitchenette, whether it includes a microwave, oven or stove, the monthly cost was higher, about $290 more than an apartment that did not offer these amenities. Selecting a private room also resulted in a higher monthly cost ($3,015 to $2,342).

Employee Benefits and Care Provided

Personal care aides can make the difference in whether your loved one thrives or is miserable at a senior living community. Most families would likely want these staff be well treated and compensated appropriated for their important work by management. In this case, the level of compensation is related to a higher monthly charge that families can expect to pay. Researchers found that if a community didn’t offer benefits (vacation and sick time, health insurance or paid time off), the average monthly rate was $2,280 compared to $3,405. Facilities were also found to charge a higher monthly rate when residents received more hours of direct care.

What does this mean for families?

Though paying for care for a loved one isn’t an expense you want to scrimp on, this report does suggest unseen factors could influence what you pay each month to care for your parents. If you live in an urban area and moving your parents to a rural community isn’t an option—especially if you want them close by—then you can select a smaller apartment to reduce the monthly cost or choose a locally owned and operated community.

And while you likely want to pay as low of monthly rate as possible, you likely don’t want to compromise the care your loved one will receive. In this case, it couldn’t hurt to investigate how a community’s personal care aides are paid. If they don’t receive benefits or other compensation for their work, this can translate into higher staff turnover and higher of less qualified staff.

While having a dementia neighborhood in the community might mean a higher monthly cost and is an unneeded feature right now, you would gain the peace of mind knowing that memory care is available, avoiding the unnecessary stress and trauma of another move.

What the researchers also found is that the monthly cost increases as the level of supportive services increase. Residents who were incontinent, used a walker or had a hip fracture or injury due to a fall had higher monthly costs compared to residents without these health issues. So, in addition to making sure you or your parents can afford long-term care, you should encourage them to remain active and healthy to reduce future direct care costs.

It’s been more than a month since the Apple Watch’s release. You like the idea of Grandma having one so she can stay in contact. But after all the hype, is it worth it? Is it a product that Grandma will actually use? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons to see if the Apple Watch is something Grandma should get.

What is Grandma’s ideal smartwatch?

First things first: You need to ask if Grandma is willing to wear a watch in the first place. If that’s a yes, then you can move onto the next step, which is figuring out what you both want from a smartwatch. On my list for Grandma I have:

  • affordable
  • easy to use
  • long battery life
  • ability to easily send and receive calls and texts
  • ability to call for help in an emergency 

Why an Apple Watch?

The Apple Watch has some exciting features that make it stand out.

  • Notifications—Using Taptic technology, notifications feel like a tap on the wrist. She will no longer miss your messages.
  • Quick responses—Grandma can choose from prewritten text messages or use Siri to reply to you directly from the watch.
  • Customizable watch face—Whether she wants an analog clock, digital numbers or a visualization of the sun’s location in the sky, there’s a watch face Grandma will like.
  • Interchangeable watch band—The watch bands are easy to adjust and easy to change. Grandma can mix and match her styles.
  • Heartbeat sensor—Get an idea of Grandma’s general fitness level by tracking her heartbeat.
  • Fitness tracking—The watch contains an accelerometer that helps determine the wearer’s activity level. Great for encouraging Grandma to stay active.
  • Activity reminder—Does Grandma get stuck on the couch for hours at a time? The watch can tap her to remind her to get up and move so her joints don’t stiffen up.

There is an exciting future for the health applications of the watch. With the heartbeat sensor, an app could alert you if something goes wrong with Grandma’s heart and send for help. But unfortunately, the technology and app development is not quite ready to support this vision yet.

Why Not an Apple Watch?

The Apple Watch is not perfect. As a first generation product, it has many ways it could (and likely will) be improved. Some of its limitations include:

  • Too many notifications—If Grandma gets a lot of notifications on her phone, the constant reminders on her wrist will drive her crazy. You will need to set up filters for her so only the important notifications get through.
  • Battery life—The battery has turned out to be better than expected, but it still should be charged it every night. Forgetting means running low the second day.
  • Not waterproof—Grandma can wash her hands, but she shouldn’t submerge the watch in water.
  • Small screen—The screen is small and can be hard to read with aging eyes. It is difficult to tap precisely on such a small space, even with the digital crown as the main way to navigate.
  • Needs an iPhone—In order to use most of the watch’s functionality, including texting, making calls or using GPS, Grandma will need to have her iPhone nearby. The Apple Watch is a companion device, not a standalone product. This means the watch isn’t a replacement for her phone—she will still need to bring it along in her purse.

The Verdict?

The Apple Watch has a lot of potential, but it doesn’t tick all of the boxes that it needs to. Keep in mind that it is a first-generation product. It will be exciting to see what comes next. For now, there are alternatives that can do a better job at each task for a better price.

The Alternatives

For telling the time, it’s hard to do better than a traditional timepiece. But if Grandma has decided on a smart wearable, you have other alternatives that beat the prices and features of the Apple Watch.

  • For alternative smartwatches, take a look at the Samsung Gear and the Pebble. The Pebble in particular might be a good fit. It’s a standalone piece with a longer battery life and simpler controls.
  • If Grandma likes the fitness aspects of the watch, she should try out a fitness tracker like Fitbit or a posture reminder like Lumo Lift.
  • For the ability to call for help in an emergency, nothing beats a medical alert system. Those that work around the home are entirely waterproof, so Grandma can wear them in the shower and bath where she needs them most.

In conclusion, talk with Grandma about why she’s interested in the Apple Watch, and take her to the Apple store so she can see it for herself. If she’s technologically savvy, she might have a great time with it. But this technology is new, and is bound to get even better in the next version. For now, there are other products on the market that will better fit her needs.

Shayne Fitz-Coy is the Co-CEO and President of Alert-1, an aging-in-place technology company headquartered in Williamsport, Pennsylvania with offices nationwide. A Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Shayne has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Harvard College and a master’s in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Shayne hails from Maryland, and now calls the Bay Area home.

Sunlight essential for seniors' healthIn earlier blog posts we highlighted the health risks associated with summer including dehydration and heat stroke. Now it’s time to highlight why seniors should soak in the sun, albeit safely, to take advantage of the long-term health benefits that sunshine provides.

Have your parents created their vitamin D today?

While other vitamins are sourced from the food we consume, our bodies can manufacture vitamin D following exposure to sunlight. You don’t need to sit in the sun for long. According to a Healthbeat post, a publication by the Harvard Medical School, only five to 30 minutes twice a day is needed. It doesn’t matter where the sun hits, whether face, legs or arms.

However, if you are sitting in the sun for the purpose of vitamin D production, you have to skip the sunscreen. In sunlight, the ultraviolet B radiation is responsible for initiating the production of vitamin D and this radiation cannot be absorbed if you wear sunscreen.

While the health benefits of other vitamins are well-known (beta-carotene and vitamins C and E are known as antioxidants) the benefits of vitamin D haven’t been as conclusively documented. Though low levels of vitamin D have been linked to health risks such as high blood pressure and heart disease, the links is not definitive. However what is known is the benefits of vitamin D and stronger bones.

Vitamin D and Decreased Frailty

The Journal of the American Medical Association says that a senior is considered frail if he/she exhibits three of the following characteristics:

  • low physical activity
  • muscle weakness
  • slowed performance
  • fatigue or poor endurance
  • unintentional weight loss

Frailty can lead to seniors being more “likely to become disabled, to be admitted to the hospital, and to have health problems.” Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) found that low levels of vitamin D were associated with triple the risk of death in frail seniors compared to seniors who had higher levels of vitamin D and who weren’t considered frail. Though the study didn’t determine whether frailty was linked to low vitamin D levels, Ellen Smit, the lead author and a nutritional epidemiologist at OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences, says that “it may not really matter which came first because you are worse off and at greater risk of dying than other older people who are frail and who don’t have low vitamin D. This is an important finding because we already know there is a biological basis for this. Vitamin D impacts muscle function and bones, so it makes sense that it plays a big role in frailty.”

Time in the sun can lead to a better night’s sleep and a better mood

Sitting in the sun for a short portion during the day can also lead to more positive moods and a better night’s sleep, according to The Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health article published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal. This is because sunlight, or lack thereof, is tied to the production of serotonin and melatonin; these hormones play a role in our circadian rhythms and emotional well-being. Serotonin is produced during the day following exposure to sunlight and its benefits include a “moderately high serotonin levels result in a more positive moods and a calm yet focused mental outlook.” At night, the hormone is converted to melatonin. In this form, the hormone is responsible for “countering infection, inflammation, cancer, and auto-immunity.” When people are exposed to sunlight in the morning, the production of melatonin begins sooner and they fall asleep sooner.

With our earlier post on fun activities that you can enjoy with your elderly loved ones on a sunny afternoon, there are plenty opportunities to get your daily dose of sunshine.

If you have a loved one in assisted living or memory care, you may be looking for fun, senior-friendly activities that will get her out and about and enjoying the beautiful summer weather. Outings provide a change of scenery, a chance to socialize, and the opportunity to bask in the sun’s warm glow. But what types of activities can you and your loved one enjoy together during the summer? While different cities offer various recreational opportunities with differing degrees of senior friendliness, there are activities any senior can enjoy in nearly any location. Here are a few fun-filled ideas for activities to enjoy with your aging loved ones this summer.

5 fun summer activities for seniors in assisted living

If your loved one resides in an assisted living community, there are ample opportunities for her to get out and about with fellow residents, friends and family. These activities will be sure to bring a smile on a warm summer day and create lasting memories you’ll both cherish forever.

1. Take a water aerobics class

Aquatic exercise is not only more manageable for many seniors, but it provides a welcome reprieve for aching joints. Even if you don’t participate in a formal, organized class, a relaxing swim at your local YMCA or public swimming pool can be an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. Some assisted living communities have on-site indoor or outdoor swimming pools for residents to enjoy.

2. Attend a sporting event

Does your local community host sporting events, such as baseball games, soccer or football? Whether your elderly loved one once played sports in high school or is simply a fan of the local teams, attending a sporting event for the afternoon can be a fun way to spend a summer afternoon or evening.

3. Go fishing

Casting a line in the water makes for a surprisingly relaxing afternoon. If your aging loved one once enjoyed the sport of fishing, this activity is a sure-fire win—and even seniors who are wheelchair-bound can participate with the right location and planning. If your city or town is situated near a river or lake, rolling a wheelchair right up to a pier or dock is easy.

4. Hit the local mall

If shopping is more your style, a visit to the local mall or shopping center is the perfect way to spend a few hours out and about with your elderly loved one. Some malls offer walking programs, such as the Silver Sneakers program, and the indoor, air-conditioned atmosphere means no worries about heat stroke and sunburn on a scorching summer day. Your elderly loved one might appreciate the opportunity to do a little early holiday shopping, or she may decide to treat herself to something special (and well-deserved).

5. Watch the sun rise—or set

Many people appreciate the beauty of watching the sun rise or set, particularly on a beautiful summer day when the weather is just right early in the morning or in the evening. Taking a senior loved one to a perfect spot to watch the beauty of nature in action is an excellent way to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air while spending some quality time together making memories that will last a lifetime.

5 fun summer activities for seniors in memory care

If your loved one resides in a memory care community, her memory impairment may leave you wondering what activities you can participate in together that will be enjoyable for you both. Consider the following five activities if you’re looking for something fun and imaginative to do with your elderly loved ones.

1. Attend a concert or musical

Music can be magical for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, sparking memories that otherwise are inaccessible. The familiar sounds of a favorite musical or artist can be a fun and enjoyable experience providing an opportunity to reminisce like you haven’t had in quite some time.

2. Head to a book reading

If you happen across a local author who has written about your loved one’s hometown history, attending a reading can be quite the positive experience for an aging loved one with memory impairment.

3. Participate in an art class designed specifically for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia

Art is powerful for all ages, but there’s something especially freeing about putting paint to canvas for people with memory impairment. Art provides a way for your aging loved one to express her emotions in a way that she may no longer be able to do with words. The experience will be one you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

4. Spend an afternoon baking your favorite food.

The sense of smell can create powerful feelings of nostalgia, particularly for memory-impaired persons who suddenly recall the comforts of their childhood homes as the smell of their grandmother’s famous banana nut bread wafts through the air.

5. Have a picnic lunch

Sometimes, just getting outdoors for some fresh air is a welcome activity for seniors. If your aging loved one suffers from mobility issues that make it challenging for her to go outdoors on her own, a picnic lunch in the warm sunshine can be just the thing to bring a smile to her face.

Whether your aging loved one resides in assisted living, in a memory care community, retirement community, or even at her own family home in the larger community, seniors appreciate when loved ones go out of their way to spend some quality time with them. A small gesture may take just a few hours of your time—but it might mean the world to your elderly loved one. Take the opportunity to get outside on a beautiful day this summer to make some memories that you’ll cherish forever.

The milestones of life may be the moments that take your breath away, but they can also be the moments when you experience sticker shock, such as when you purchase a new car, read the cost of a  four-year university or see the purchase price of a house. For baby boomers, there is now another time to experience sticker shock:  when you see the price of long-term care. Because most families want the best care possible for their loved ones, it is never too early to be planning for how to pay for your parents and your own long-term care.

For  the past 10 years Genworth has surveyed the costs of long-term care services, including home health aide services, adult day health care and nursing homes, and each year issues a Cost of Care Survey that provides a state-by-state breakdown of what consumers can expect to pay for each type of care. As you would expect, some services are more costlier than others and some states have a higher cost than others.

To assist you in making a budget for long-term care costs, we have compiled the cost of care by state for daily elderly day care, the median daily rate for a nursing home and one-bedroom apartment in an assisted living facility.

If seeing these costs makes you realize it’s time to create the long-term financial plan, be sure to visit our Senior Finance Center.

As a retired psychotherapist, consultant and mental health educator I spent much of my professional career helping people understand and manage their feelings. Yet I do not think that I have actually written about how it feels to live in a community like this. Well, it’s time to correct that. Despite the challenges, I recommend this CCRC lifestyle as the best choice for seniors who are looking for their last stop.

Learn more about my thoughts and observations learning to live together in my latest post Living Together.

This post was written by Margery Fridstein, an author and retired psychotherapist who lives in a CCRC outside of Denver, CO. She is chronicling her experience in the monthly series, “The Last Stop With Margery Fridstein.”

If you’re one of the individuals who are part of the upcoming gray wave, you’ve likely been more focused on finding care for your aging parents than for yourself. After all, you still have decades until you need to contemplate your care options. But ask yourself this—who will care for you? Perhaps your children or another family member? What if you have to join a retirement community or assisted living facility? Will there be enough employees to care for you and the other residents?

What most current and future retirees don’t realize is that the senior living industry will soon face a crisis of more seniors requiring care during their golden years and the infrastructure, such as government funding, employees and communities, isn’t equipped to care for these millions of people.

This is why the Assisted Living Federal of America (ALFA) launched the Senior Living 2025 initiative earlier this year to start the conversation within the senior living industry. Whether you are an a retiree who in 10 years will need supportive services to remain independent or an adult child who may be tasked with finding an assisted living community for an aging parent in the near future, you could benefit from this insight into the industry, as this crisis will affect not only your future care but many aspects of society.

What are the challenges?

ALFA identified four challenges that the senior living industry will face in the coming years.

Workforce Development

According to the AARP Public Policy Institute, in 2015 there were currently 7 caregivers (ages 45-64) to 1 senior (age 80 and older). In 15 years that number will shrink to 4:1; by 2050, there will be a 3:1 ratio. Yet in spite of the guaranteed jobs that await those who decide to focus on geriatrics, the Institute of Medicine’s 2008 report found that younger workers are not interested in working with seniors.Workforce Development Infographic - ALFA

*All infographics are courtesy of ALFA.

 

Quality Care

In 25 years, the Administration on Aging projects that the population of seniors 85+ will double, totaling over 14 million. And how will the senior living industry care for this influx of people, especially when 75% of seniors have at least two common chronic conditions and are living longer? ALFA sees the solution as creating advances in technology and healthcare services.

Operational Excellence

The senior living industry is a service industry, and with retirement communities often designed to have all the amenities of a town right on site (a beauty salon, gift store, bistro and wellness center), a well-managed community requires dedicated staff filling numerous positions that don’t involve healthcare services. So how can the senior living industry entice younger workers to enter the industry, especially when interest in working with the senior population is lacking? The solution is developing not only new ways that technology can provide better care but also retain skilled employees. Currently there are over 735,000 residents in assisted living communities and community managers recognize that the care that is provided by their employees directly affects whether future residents will consider joining the community. This is why they are focusing efforts to increase education and training opportunities.

Consumer Choice

Where do you envision living during retirement: in the same family home, in another state or will you join a retirement community? What is for certain is that you won’t lack for choices, especially since ALFA sees the senior living industry as “playing an important role in how consumers finance their most enriching years.” But while your parents may have their long-term care covered, hopefully you are not one of the 38% of Americans who think their retirement will be comfortable.

Planning where you will spend summer vacation is complicated enough, but then when you factor in planning for retirement may be 10, 20 or 30 years away, it doesn’t seem real. But before we know it, it will be 2025, and hopefully we aren’t experiencing the crisis that experts are currently foretelling.

Having all the comforts of home isn’t a new trend in a senior living community, as efforts in recent years have shifted the focus to making senior living settings as homelike as possible. That said, today’s senior generation is accustomed to having easy access to technology such as Wi-Fi, smartphones and tablets, HD televisions with on-demand video, and other technology that many people have in their homes. As such, senior living providers must keep up with the pace of technology to meet the demands of modern seniors who join their communities. Here’s a look at a few current tech trends in senior living communities.

1. Electronic health records are the norm.

Gone are the days of paper progress notes and tattered manila folders holding a resident’s complete medical history. Electronic health records are making staff more efficient and allowing for better coordination of care among providers. As electronic health records become standard industry-wide, antiquated practices, such as faxing patient records to a physician or other healthcare provider, are slowly going by the wayside. But along with the increased use of digital record keeping comes the risk of a data breach.

2. Data breach insurance has become a necessary thing in the senior living industry.

Senior living providers, which handle sensitive resident information and generate protected health data, must comply with HIPAA regulations and maintain strict confidentiality and data protection measures. With more senior living providers maintaining electronic health records, the volume of data obtainable by hackers increases substantially every day. The cost of a data breach is simply too high to risk, and as data breaches become increasingly commonplace, senior living providers are looking to data breach insurance in order to minimize some of the risks in the event of a data breach.

3. Remote monitoring benefits providers and residents alike.

Historically, memory care units have maintained locked units and strictly monitored premises to protect residents who may be prone to wandering. Remote monitoring technology takes the safety of wander-prone residents to a new level, offering alert mechanisms that notify staff the moment a resident has wandered into unsafe territory and provide precise location tracking so that residents may be quickly brought back to safety. The same technology is being used to help seniors maintain their independence in their own homes longer.

4. Wi-Fi everywhere is a must.

Senior living campuses are increasingly providing campus-wide Wi-Fi for both residents and staff. Senior living staffers with ready access to Wi-Fi can communicate rapidly with other staff, order prescriptions and perform a variety of tasks that would otherwise rely on time-consuming phone calls and faxes. For residents, the need for Wi-Fi has never been more clear. Today’s seniors are more tech savvy than ever before, and they demand the ability to continue using their smartphones, laptops, email and social networking services following a move to a senior living community. Anything less is unfathomable to modern seniors.

5. Tech-supported caregiving.

Provider Magazine highlights some of the many tech innovations that are improving the lives of senior living residents everywhere. From sensors that detect soiled incontinence products to predictive analytics models that help healthcare providers predict which residents are likely to develop illnesses or complications, such as pulmonary problems, there are a slew of new technologies that promise to make caring for aging adults simpler and more effective. Some of these innovations are in development, while others are in Beta or being tested or utilized in senior living communities already. In the coming years, we expect to see more widespread, industry-wide adoption of these tech innovations.

It’s an exciting time to work in the senior living field, and seniors who will be making a move to a senior living community in the coming years stand to benefit from new and improved methods of care delivery, more comprehensive services, access to the latest technology tools and gadgets, and so much more.