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!

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

How to Create a Secure Password You Can Remember

Christopher Leech May 02, 2017

The first digital password I created was to an AOL account that was primarily used for instant messaging. When I made the switch to Gmail, I entered my trusty password again figuring it would be easy to remember. As I signed up for online banking, sh... Read more

Transportation for Seniors: Brookdale and Lyft Partner up to Give Residents a Ride

Andrew Smith April 24, 2017

Pat King is a vibrant, 92 year old woman who loves to paint, sew and arrange flowers. When she speaks, her giggle seems to bubble up in between her Australian-accented phrases. But as she’s grown older, she decided it wasn’t safe to drive. She told u... Read more

Tech Tips: 10 Tips for Teaching Technology to Seniors

Christopher Leech April 04, 2017

“Can you teach my mom?” That’s the first thing people ask me after I tell them I develop programs that teach seniors technology at Brookdale Senior Living.  In today’s increasingly digital world, many visits with parents or grandparents are punctuate... Read more

Robotic Pets Find Forever Home at Brookdale Senior Living

Andrew Smith March 23, 2017

I must admit that when I first unpacked Hasbro’s JOY FOR ALL Companion Pets, I was a little skeptical. The plush dog and cat are so lifelike, it was like unwrapping a puppy at Christmas. But once I turned on the animatronic pets, I was mesmerized. Th... Read more

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