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How Technology is a Necessity in Today’s Retirement Lifestyle

By Daniel @ LivingSenior - September 9, 2013

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As more seniors are adopting technology and learning how to use it on a regular basis, senior living communities are now facing a challenge to accommodate them. The communities must be able to predict the preferences of their potential residents and understand what their expectations may be. Many of the seniors in the ‘transitional generation’ - otherwise known as the boomers - are still leading active lifestyles and may even continue working beyond the age of 65. They believe that technology has changed the way that they spend most of their time and how they stay active within their lifestyle.

This can make it very challenging for senior living communities to be able to accommodate them on the basis of technology. Although technology has had a large impact on everyone’s life, many of the innovations that seniors may already use or would prefer to have available have not even made it to the senior living industry. Seniors want to become more tech savvy, but sometimes the retirement lifestyle and the communities that are waiting for them aren’t yet prepared to handle that aspect of their lives.

Many of the retirement communities and active adult communities that are available in the country are operating on dated infrastructures. One of the most widespread and noticeable issue is that there is limited WiFi, for example. The access points may be confined to the common areas of the location or only certain units. In worst case scenarios, some locations didn’t have WiFi access at all. This isn’t an option among baby boomers, many of which are used to using smart phones and reading information on the internet multiple times during the day.

This element doesn’t even begin to touch on the issue of places that have limited access and usage of personal devices. Cell phones, laptops, and various personal electronics are commonly frowned upon in some retirement communities and senior living homes. Even family members who visit may be told that they have to turn these items off or not bring them inside. Alternatively, some locations allow for the items to be brought inside, but they are built in a way where the signal is blocked to the extent that the items are completely useless.

As a result, it would seem that if retirement and senior living communities want to be a success with the older generation as the decade progresses, it’s going to be important for the industry to accept an upgrade in technology. This could be difficult, as many of the facilities are clearly dated and some may be reluctant to invest large amounts of money in order to get the updated technology that many seniors need. However, it may be the determining factor in deciding whether or not they are able to keep attracting prospective residents in the future, and may ultimately decide whether or not these types of facilities can stay in business when compared to those that are already updated.

Source: http://seniorhousingnews.com/2013/08/19/connecting-seniors-with-tech-crucial-to-retirement-communities-future/