Innovation and Technology
70th AHCA/NCAL Convention and Expo
Senior living professionals are looking to improve clinical and quality of life outcomes for their residents. Person-centered engagement technology provides opportunities to engage and care for residents undergoing physical and cognitive decline by focusing on their strengths and interests and by encouraging creativity, self-expression and continued personal development. This session will provide both a look at multiple technology solutions geared towards individuals living with dementia and how the nation’s leading senior living provider (Brookdale) has successfully rolled out these types of technologies. Multiple technologies have successfully been deployed at Brookdale, Ms. Holt Klinger will demonstrate how to make the model replicable and scalable. In addition, we will review research evaluating engagement-technology programs throughout the country.
Technology-delivered engagement and therapies can mitigate the feelings of boredom and loneliness that older adults living with dementia experience all too often. Person-centered technology is improving quality of life by lessening isolation, increasing a sense empowerment and well-being, and in many cases reducing the use of psychotropic medications by residents. Engagement technology also provides easier access to family and friends and the world at large, and allows staff to embrace the belief that well-being encompasses all the dimensions of personhood—mind, body and spirit. Engagement technology is intuitive, and if approached with specific objectives and milestones in place, the rewards to residents, as well as professional and familial caregivers can be transformative.
Geared towards non-technical individuals, this session explores technologies available today (and tomorrow) that deliver dramatic breakthroughs to multiple constituencies, demographics and age groups. It’s a positive message to deliver in a world increasingly concerned about the staggering growth of dementia.