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MyErickson app launches at Novi community

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December 11th, 2018
Jerry Scheel is one of the hundreds of Fox Run residents who now use the MyErickson app to get information about campus activities, dining menus, local directories, and much more.

Jerry Scheel is one of the hundreds of Fox Run residents who now use the MyErickson app to get information about campus activities, dining menus, local directories, and much more.

There’s no doubt that the Internet is becoming integrated in every aspect of our lives. From making restaurant reservations and booking flights and hotels to checking your bank account balances and paying your bills, it seems whatever you might need to do, “there’s an app for that.” 

These days, older adults are often just as comfortable with technology as their younger counterparts. It’s no longer uncommon for retirees to have smartphones, be active on social media, and use the Internet in a variety of ways to make their lives easier and more convenient.

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That’s why Fox Run recently launched MyErickson, a free digital app that provides residents with easy access to all kinds of information, including maps and phone numbers, messages, dining menus, activity calendars, transit schedules, local directories, staff information—everything you need to know about the Novi, Mich., Erickson Living community.

The app officially launched on October 1, 2018. Within a few weeks, about 50% of community members had activated it.

“It has been really rewarding to see such a tremendous response from our residents,” says Associate Executive Director Ashley Martin. “As Fox Run continues to grow, we want to be able to maintain that small-town feel that we have enjoyed for 15 years. The MyErickson app is an important tool to help do that by providing another unique opportunity for members of our community to connect.”

Getting up to speed

To introduce residents to the free app, Fox Run hosted a launch day on October 1. Staff and resident volunteers worked at three different “activation tables” to help community members install the app on their mobile devices.

Several tech-savvy residents downloaded the app on multiple devices, including smartphones and tablets. The community also trained about two dozen resident volunteers to be available to help their neighbors learn how to activate and engage with the app.

“Right now, we are focused on getting everyone comfortable using MyErickson. We look forward to continuing to update the app itself as new features are desired and become available,” Martin says. “We’re already getting a lot of great feedback and suggestions for enhancements that we hope to integrate soon to optimize the experience.”

Jerry Scheel downloaded MyErickson shortly after it was launched. He says he found it easy to use, and he was able to navigate most of the functions without any training. He particularly likes the directory with contact information for local businesses and organizations.

“I was pleasantly surprised at the effort put into including so many of the facilities in the area,” Jerry says. “It’s better than having a phone book.”

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