Hundreds of seniors throughout California are “connected” to the Internet, thanks to their senior living provider Brookdale Senior Living and its partner Connected Living®. The two companies today announced the launch of the Connected Living program at 16 different Brookdale Senior Living communities in California, including those in Anaheim Hills, Irvine, Santa Monica, Santa Rosa and other locations throughout the state. The award-winning Connected Living program helps residents at Brookdale Senior Living communities get online using a secure, easy-to-use Web-based social network, coupled with customized training and support.
“Brookdale Senior Living encourages its residents to live their lives to the fullest and with purpose,” said Sara Terry, Vice President of Optimum Life at BSL. “Connected Living is an important part of our philosophy – hundreds of residents are now learning to use technology to be more connected and engaged with family and friends across the country and around the world during life’s important milestones.”
Connected Living’s cloud-based social platform includes an interface tailored to seniors giving them secure access to the Internet, email, social media tools such as video chat, photos, a library and games. This simplified technology, coupled with classes, activities, and on-site support ensures adoption and sustainable usage so benefits of leading a connected life become a reality. Using the Connected Living Network, Brookdale residents gain new computer skills, enjoy more frequent communications with family and friends, and benefit from the health advantages that come from increased social activity. Additional programming helps staff, friends and families enjoy the most benefits from the program.
“The Connected Living program combines technology, programming and people, which proves to be a winning combination,” said Sarah Hoit, CEO and co-founder of Connected Living. “Today there are nearly 19 million seniors in the U.S. alone who don’t have access to technology. It is our mission to narrow that digital divide by including these valued members of society in the shared conversation, benefitting both older and younger generations.”
Brookdale Senior Living is the nation’s leading owner and operator of senior living communities. Brookdale’s partnership with Connected Living is fostered through the culture of well-being offered through Optimum Life®, which promotes the six dimensions of wellness: purposeful, emotional, physical, social, spiritual, and intellectual. It is a key part of Brookdale’s overall culture of caring, and features a holistic approach to health, life, fulfillment and aging, offering everyone the opportunity to live at their peak level of health. The intent is to change the perception and experience of aging. The Connected Living program is or will soon be available at these Brookdale communities in California:
About Connected Living
Founded in 2007, Connected Living® is helping senior citizens live richer, more connected lives by combining simplified technology with high-touch personal support. Through its unique Connected Living Network, an award-winning Web-based social platform designed specifically for the senior living industry, the company brings together seniors, their families, and community administrators in a secure, private online community. Coupled with the company’s unique approach to training and support, Connected Living integrates social networking, distance learning, community menus and calendars, and an extensive administrator dashboard to help get entire communities online and connected. Connected Living has been adopted by the most recognized thought-leaders in both the private senior living industry and the public housing authorities across the country. www.connectedliving.com
About Brookdale Senior Living
Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is a leading owner and operator of senior living communities throughout the United States. The company is committed to providing an exceptional living experience through properties that are designed, purpose-built and operated to provide the highest-quality service, care and living accommodations for residents. Currently, the company operates independent living, assisted living, and dementia-care communities and continuing care retirement centers, with 646 communities in 35 states and the ability to serve over 67,000 residents.