Seniors Connected with Digital World at Greenspring Tech Summit

Senior guests had a hands-on experience with technologies like Facebook, Skype, and Wii Bowling

In August of 2011, the Pew Research Center released a study showing that 42% of seniors over 65 are online, with the majority using a search engine or video-sharing site.  Additionally, according to Nielsen, e-reader and tablet usage is also growing steadily in the over 55 population.  Seniors are embracing new technologies in droves; technologies which arguably may improve memory, balance, and overall well-being. On Thursday, November 3, Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va. hosted a Technology Summit for over 100 guests.  The event included presentations on existing and new services and tools both inside and outside of the retirement community, as well as current and future gadgets.  The founding director of the Senior Housing Administration program at George Mason University, Andy Carle, presented innovative senior-friendly gadgets such as balance-correcting shoe inserts and a shirt that will monitor and report on vital signs. Presenters from Greenspring also provided information aboutMy Nutrition, a web-based nutritional tool where residents are able to view the dietary values of meals served at the community's four restaurants, and spoke about the advantages of online medical records that are used at Greenspring.   Additionally, representatives from Erickson Living's corporate office presented information about how and why to use Facebook and Skype, and how both can help seniors stay in touch with friends and family members. Exhibitors included Greenspring's in-house television station which is largely staffed by resident volunteers, the community's Wii Bowling Club and Computer Club, as well as representatives from the Fairfax County Government who shared helpful information about protecting oneself from identity theft.  Greenspring's custom interior coordinator also exhibited software that shows residents how to digitally decorate apartment homes prior to moving to the community. Some lucky guests can now use some of the most popular tech gadgets at home, as raffles prizes included an Amazon Kindle and an iPad2. ABOUT GREENSPRING:  Greenspring, one of 16 Erickson Livingfull-service retirement communities, is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia.  The community is home to 2000 residents, many of which reside in the 1405 independent living units.  At Greenspring, a robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  Life at Greenspring offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community.  Additional information about Greenspring can be found atwww.ericksonliving.com.