Brookdale Senior Living Helps Residents Create Life Stories

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 22 June 2011

It’s all about being connected in today’s technology-focused world, so it’s no wonder that assisted living communities are keeping up with the latest trends.

Earlier this month, we shared a post on “Vizsit”, a program similar to Skype that easily connects residents at an assisted living home in Arkansas with their family and friends.

And, recent statistics show a doubling in social media use among those in the 50 and up age bracket.

Now, Tennessee-based provider Brookdale Senior Living has added a new component to their signature Optimum Life concept (based on a lifestyle embracing emotional, physical, spiritual, social, intellectual & purposeful wellness): Connected Living’s MyWay Village.

The program helps residents get online “in a fun, easy and social way”, aiding them in the compilation of their personal life stories. So far, over 200 memoirs have been created for the enjoyment of family and friends.

Some residents were surprised by how much they enjoyed the Connected Living program. Mary McNamara, a resident of a Brookdale Senior Living community in Illinois, hesitated when she was approached to participate: “I was reluctant because I thought I had nothing to say. Once I got into it, I found I had a very interesting life. It was fun going through pictures and choosing the right ones. The experience was uplifting.”

Learn more about staying connected through an assisted living transition here.


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