Can Interactive Technology Help Seniors Engage?
Who says seniors can’t use the computer? Today, interactive technology is transforming how memory care and assisted living communities are engaging their residents. Using new technology, residents in memory care and assisted living communities are able to play games, video chat with their loved ones, look at family photos, exercise, enjoy singalongs, and far more.
Technology at New Perspective
New Perspective Senior Living (NPSL) is utilizing a solution called “It’s Never 2 Late” (iN2L) to further engage residents within the communities and help them “Live Life on Purpose.” Entirely customizable to each resident’s needs and wants, the engagement software also allows the Life Engagement team members to take residents on virtual vacations, touring international hotspots or taking a trip to their hometowns and seeing what they looked like when the residents were growing up.
NPSL has incorporated the iN2L software into each of its communities throughout the entire company and has already collected a lot of success stories.
Moments of Joy
“In our [memory care] community, we have a gentleman who has lost interest in many of the activities due to his cognitive decline. He typically sat most of the day in his room watching TV, absorbed in his own world,” said Amy Liffrig, Executive Director of New Perspective Mankato. “When we introduced the iN2L system, he learned that he could play solitaire on the [iN2L tablet] and he lit up. He now really looks forward to playing solitaire and it’s very evident that it brings him joy,” she added.
New Perspective Assisted Living Coordinator, Kristy Sease commented, “we have been using [iN2L technology] every day in both neighborhoods. This programming has been a hit with the residents and the team. It’s so easily incorporated into everything we do, whether it is background music, trivia, discussion group, and so much more. We even had a memorial service here and served refreshments in our Café following the service. I was able to help the family use [our technology] to watch an Elvis video that meant a lot to the loved one who had passed.”