Technology & Innovation

Brookdale is dedicated to improving the aging experience and shifting how society views senior living. Andrew Smith, Brookdale’s director of strategy and innovation, explores creative solutions and discusses the latest technology designed with seniors in mind.

Christopher Leech, Brookdale’s manager of resident technology and innovation, provides useful tips, tutorials and explanations for using your computer, tablet and phone. He figures it all out, so you don’t have to!

Tech Tips: Choosing the Right Social Media Platform

Christopher Leech August 16, 2017

Social media may seem like a fad for younger generations, but Pew Research shows that 69 percent of adults are active online. In fact, 34 percent of people 65 and older use at least one form of social media. In addition, a European study found that s... Read more

New Technology Trends - What Really Matters to Seniors?

Andrew Smith July 31, 2017

I stood in an expansive hotel foyer behind a table with a little white sign that said Technology and Innovation, setting out various gadgets, robotic pets and flyers. A woman who looked to be in her 80s walked up to me and asked, “What’s that contrap... Read more

Tech Tips: 10 Engaging Apps for Seniors

Christopher Leech June 28, 2017

If you Google “apps for seniors”, you’ll find many app lists that focus on help with medication management, low vision issues, or simplified versions of traditional apps. While health management and accessibility may be important to many seniors, rem... Read more

Robots for Seniors: 3 Ways Artificial Intelligence Improves the Lives of Seniors

Andrew Smith June 26, 2017

The robot revolution is upon us, but it has a different face than the human-like robots in Isaac Asimov novels or Jetson’s cartoons. These robots are cylinders and boxes that look more like a popular kitchen appliance than a human. Amazon, Google and... Read more

Why Interdependence is the Key to Independent Living

Andrew Smith May 26, 2017

“How is life different compared to when you lived independently?” A very well respected innovator and human centered designer asked this question of a group of about six seniors in their 80s and 90s at a recent Aging 2.0 event. This struck me as an o... Read more

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