How Tech Can Help Seniors Live Their Best Lives

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When it comes to healthy aging, quite honestly, there’s a lot to do. You’re supposed to make sure to keep your body active and your brain engaged all while maintaining your social connections as well. Sure, the benefits to your overall well-being are worth the effort, but retirement is supposed to be a time with less responsibility on your plate, right? Well, it turns out that in senior living you can have your cake and eat it too, so to speak. Here’s how programs like our Vivid Life make keeping active, engaged, and connected easy and fun! 

Benefits of Healthy Aging 

Good things happen when you focus on healthy aging. In addition to feeling better overall, which in and of itself is a win, other benefits of keeping active, engaged, and connected include:  

  • Improved ability to do everyday things ​ 
  • Reduced impact of illness and chronic disease​ 
  • Enhanced mobility, flexibility, and balance
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased energy level
  • Reduced feelings of depression and stress
  • Increased feelings of happiness and self-confidence
  • Reduced risk of cognitive decline 
  • Increased mental adaptability and cognitive reserve 
  • Improved memory recall and problem-solving skills 
  • Improved concentration and attention to detail  

How Senior Living Can Help 

At home, particularly when living alone, it can be hard to stay as active, engaged, and connected as you’d like. From lack of opportunity to lack of motivation to lack of transportation to mobility challenges, and more, it’s tough, we get it! That’s why we created the Vivid Life program in our senior living communities. It’s composed of three parts: Vibrant Body, Vibrant Brain, and Vibrant Connections. Here’s what each entails:  

Vibrant Body We offer amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, a pool, walking trails, gardening opportunities, and even a dog park to help you stay active. A sample of activities includes:  

  • Walking club – Daily walks at different outdoor locations using pedometers to measure steps. 
  • Yoga – At least once per week for gentle yoga, and once per week for mindful breathing. 
  • Fitness classes – At least two times per week using a variety of hand weights, resistance bands, and circuit-type exercises. 
  • Tai Chi – At least once per week with a live instructor. 
  • Non-traditional exercise – Dancing, gardening, etc. at least two times per week. 
  • Physical games and sports – Golf, putting, bowling, croquet, bocce, and ping pong available daily with organized events one to two times per week. 

Vibrant Brain We offer monthly calendars filled with classes, events, creative arts, and enrichment opportunities to help keep you engaged. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Visiting lecture series – Twice per month with topics such as cultural, historical, local interest, career-oriented, etc. 
  • Creative art series – At least one per week with a theme that runs 3-6 weeks, such as poetry writing, storytelling, painting, digital photography, etc. 
  • Learning series – At least three times per month with an emphasis on learning something new such as foreign language, sign language, technology, hobbies, etc. 
  • Games – At least one time per week and may include poker, bridge, Scrabble, etc. 
  • Mindfulness – A meditation class once per week and gratitude discussion group twice monthly. 
  • Church service – At least once a week through visits by local churches. 
  • Stress reduction – At least once per month class that offers deep breathing exercises, nature walks, music appreciation, spa-type treatments, etc. 

 Vibrant Connections We offer resident-led clubs, social events, outings and volunteer opportunities for any interest to help you stay connected. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Outings – At least twice per month and may include going to concerts, art shows, museum visits, theatre productions, etc. 
  • Intergenerational programming – At least once per month and focuses on building relationships between young adults/children and residents. 
  • New resident welcome party – At least once per month to formally introduce all new residents, and includes ice breakers, social games, etc. to encourage connection. 
  • Philanthropic program – At least once per month provide residents the opportunity to give back to the community, such as volunteering for a local food bank or pet shelter. 
  • Resident-led clubs – May include game clubs, professional clubs, common interests, etc. that meet at least monthly.  

What’s more, it’s all right outside your door (or transportation is provided offsite) and all in a supportive environment with home maintenance, housekeeping, and restaurant-style dining freeing your time to make it even easier to stay active, engaged, and connected. 

Learn more about Vitality Living’s Vivid Life programs. Or find a Vitality Living community near you today to schedule a tour. 



Our series on everyday ways to support successful aging has been based on the lifestyle traits of residents in Blue Zones®, regions in the world where people live the longest. While the ideas behind these lifestyle traits are decidedly low tech, you might find that technology makes it easier for seniors to achieve them – particularly as COVID-19 keeps you at home most of the time. Here’s how.

For more information on how we incorporate the Blue Zones’ approach into senior living, check out our Successful Secrets to Aging Guide!

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The Power of the Power 9®

Blue Zones regions include: Sardinia, Italy; the Greek island of Ikaria; Loma Linda, California; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica and Okinawa, Japan. Research has found that residents here share these lifestyle traits, known as the Power 9, that help them live longer and enjoy their best lives:

  1. Move Naturally – Keep moving in daily life and avoid being sedentary.
  2. Purpose – Have a reason to get up and out of bed every day.
  3. Downshift – Find a daily routine that helps you reduce stress.
  4. Hara Hachi Bu – Stop eating when you feel 80% full.
  5. Plant Slant – Eat a primarily plant-based diet.
  6. Wine @ 5 – Drink alcohol in moderation regularly.
  7. Belong – Participate in a faith-based community of some kind.
  8. Loved Ones First – Put family first in all decision making.
  9. Right Tribe – Find a circle of friends that share your commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Tech Tools to Support Successful Aging

Although it may seem harder to achieve just about anything these days as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, don’t let that discourage you. You can still live your best life by incorporating Blue Zones’ lifestyle traits to help with successful aging. All it takes is a little creativity and a little technology to go with it!

Food and Fitness – To help you achieve the lifestyle traits Move Naturally, Hara Hachi Bu and Plant Slant you could try using wearable technology like Fitbit to track your activity, sleep, food habits, weight and more. Also, Livestrong’s MyPlate app can help you track consumption habits and create custom meal plans including vegetarian options.

Stress – Who isn’t stressed right now? But incorporating a routine to Downshift as Blue Zones’ residents do is crucial to successful aging. Headspace is now offering a free meditation and mindfulness content on topics such as navigating change, anxiety and dealing with difficult times. Calm also has a free library of meditations, livestreams and tools as such mindfulness exercises.

Purpose and Belonging – Practicing these lifestyle traits can be as simple as using technology to find the best place to plug in. To find purpose in helping others; check VolunteerMatch and SeniorCorps  to see what local options are available. In Blue Zones, belonging is tied to taking part in a faith-based community. Most religious organizations are still holding services online making it easy to participate; simply check local churches. In addition, Lifeway also offers free online bible studies.

Connection – This is so important now because we’re more isolated than we’ve ever been. Achieving the Loved Ones First trait can be as simple as contacting at least one friend or family member daily using Zoom, FaceTime or another video chat option. Connecting with The Right Tribe means finding others committed to healthy living. You can do that through HealthUnlocked Communities, a social network that provides a space to meet others interested in the same health topics.

For more information, check out our Secrets to Successful Aging Guide, or contact a community near you to arrange a virtual tour!

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