Technology to Help Older Adults Stay Engaged & Independent

Technology to Help Older Adults Stay Engaged & Independent

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. 



As the number of older adults in this country continues to soar, so too do the technology products designed to support their independence. From pill containers that send you a text alert at dosage time to progressive transportation solutions, we’ll talk about a few you might want to explore.

Technology to Keep Seniors Connected

One challenge families face is how to stay connected and engaged in one another’s lives. As adult children move to new cities for careers, the generations are becoming more and more geographically disbursed.

While video chat services like Skype can help, there are much more robust technologies you might want to consider:

  • Cubigo: This platform brings a senior’s information and apps together in one place. They can manage medical information or message an adult child in another city using Cubigo. Another nice feature is that an adult child can access a parent’s Care Notebook to review notes and send messages to their health care providers.
  • Breezie: Another communication platform, Breezie is popular with older adults and senior living organizations. Options range from communicating via video chat with a health care professional to monitoring sleep quality.
  • GrandCare: This technology suite does everything from alerting a senior when it is time for a medication to easily launching video calls with loved ones. It is a comprehensive solution and one of the products that has been on the market the longest.

Medication Management Tools

Medication mistakes are one of the top reasons older adults find themselves in a hospital emergency department. In fact, seniors are twice as likely to end up in the hospital because of a mistake with their medication as younger adults. Some take too much of one medication and neglect another, while others completely forget to take a dosage.

It’s easy to understand why that happens. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 90% of older adults take at least one prescription medication. And 37% of seniors are struggling to stay on track with five or more daily prescription medications.

Medication management is one of the most utilized services of people who live in a senior community and a leading reason older adults make the move to assisted living.

If you are looking for a technology solution for an older adult who lives at home, MedMinder has a variety of pill dispensers. Features allow for custom solutions, such as unlocking only the section of the pill dispenser needed for a current dosage. Another option that can give an adult child peace of mind is to receive a text alert if a parent misses a dosage.

An interesting idea that is still in its infancy is to use newer home technology for communicating reminders about medication and medical appointments. This could include Google Home or Amazon’s popular Alexa unit. While this idea is still very new, it is one for families to explore.

Transportation Services are Changing

Transportation companies are recognizing the growing need for on-demand transportation services for seniors. Solutions like Lyft, UberAssist, and GoGoGrandparent might help an older adult stay more active and engaged.

Senior Living to Support Independence

If none of these suggestions sounds like the solution you are searching for, consider a move to a senior living community. Transportation, meals, life enrichment, wellness programs, and more are standard features!

We extend an open invitation to you and your family to visit anytime. You’ll see firsthand how our residents live engaged, inspired lives.

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