Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith believes today’s unprecedented advances in technology, coupled with the growing fight against ageism, means it is a promising time to transform the aging experience. As Brookdale’s director of innovation and strategy, this millennial supports the organization’s strategic planning, partnership and innovative efforts. Long interested in how complex programs are designed and measured, he worked as a data analyst and strategist before joining Brookdale in 2009. Andrew serves on the executive board for Girls on the Run of Middle Tennessee and along with his wife Jessica, helped raise over $20,000 to rebuild a public school playground for special needs children. A youth wrestler who was a four-time Tennessee state championship finalist, Andrew received a master’s and bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. He and Jessica reside in Nashville with their daughter Eloise.

Testing New Technology at Brookdale

Category: Technology & Innovation October 04, 2017

“Alexa, what is the distance from the earth to the moon?”  “The distance from the earth to the moon is 229,929 miles.” Remember when you had to go to a ... Read more

NAO Takes a Bow: Meet the Robot Engaging Seniors in the Arts

Category: Technology & Innovation August 28, 2017

Meet NAO (pronounced “now”), an adorable two-foot-tall robot who captured the hearts of residents at Brookdale Arlington in Texas. These residents met NAO when they participated in an innovative study ... Read more

New Technology Trends - What Really Matters to Seniors?

Category: Technology & Innovation 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 ... Read more

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

Category: Technology & Innovation 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 ... Read more

Why Interdependence is the Key to Independent Living

Category: Technology & Innovation 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 ... Read more

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