Technology has improved the lives of many across all generations. Millennials have apps to keep them socially and politically engaged, and even some to help find their future life partner. Generation X has thought-provoking articles and sub-culture blogs to keep their inquisitive minds satisfied, but what about Baby Boomers? How has tech improved their lives and are senior living communities including these advancements in their lifestyle programs? Short answer- yes. Here’s how:
What’s Old Is New Again
Here’s lookin’ at you, kid. Classic films are available on streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu at an increasing rate. When it comes to a cinematic education, it can be hard to find early films and brush up on the classics – especially on a budget. Luckily, many of the most iconic films of the last century have slipped into the public domain, making them free to stream for the general public. Renowned, enduring titles across genres including foreign, comedy, romance, film noir, and more are all waiting for you to watch. Senior living communities take advantage of this with regularly scheduled classic movie nights in their state of the art theaters.
Travel Without Leaving Your Home
No longer does it take planes, trains, and automobiles to see the wonders of the world. The advances in digital photography and artificial intelligence make it easy for anyone to “visit” the Grand Canyon, Pyramids of Egypt, and even experience the islands of Greece from the comfort of their own homes. The most innovative senior communities are implementing virtual travel programs, where residents can join clubs full of like-minded travel buffs to virtually tour The Louvre, explore the canals of Venice, or even view their hometown as it is today with the help of Google Earth. Sure to be amazed at the differences between the times they lived there and how it appears today, it is a bonding experience for all involved.
The Resurgence of House Calls
Remember when doctors made house calls? A simple in-home visit when the common cold hit so hard that getting to the doctor’s office was nearly impossible made all the difference. Well, the times they are a changin’… back. With the success of ride-sharing platforms like Uber and Lyft, it was only a matter of time before someone developed an app where one could request a doctor visit to their home with the click of a button. Again, senior living communities are mimicking this, with some even providing in-home intake assessments for potential residents who face debilitating ailments. The Summit in Hockessin, Delaware, for example, happily provides this service free of charge for their Assisted Living and Memory Care prospective residents.
Technology is here to stay and there is no going back, but how and why it’s used? Well, every generation has a say in that!
At The Summit, you’re always in step with tech! For more information or to schedule a tour, please call us at 302-635-9024 to speak with a Senior Lifestyle Counselor, visit us at 5850 Limestone Road, Hockessin, DE 19707, or go to www.thesummitretirement.com. Find us on Facebook @TheSummitRetirement