October 20, 2017
The rapid pace of technological advances holds significant promise to address rising challenges for smart cities and smart community development. However, infusing these technological innovations into continuing care retirement facilities has lagged compared with other applications. Why?
Is it that aging populations are viewed as relatively “isolated” with limited social connections?
Is it because of a stereotypic view that older adults have less technological prowess?
ASU wants to learn why and identify ways to bring the benefits of connected communities to continuing care retirement facilities (CCRC). They have chosen Royal Oaks as one of just four CCRCs in the greater Phoenix area to participate in this study.
The University leads the nation in developing use-inspired partnerships with the surrounding community. The National Science Foundation recently awarded a Phase 1 grant to a team of ASU researchers to start identifying “smart” technologies that could enhance quality of life and build a sense of community in continuing care retirement communities. The findings from Phase 1 will set the direction for Phase 2, when researchers will develop novel technologies and test them in local continuing care retirement facilities.
The first step in Phase 1 is to gather input from residents Royal Oaks. Volunteers will complete a short survey that assesses the community and technology baseline in the following categories:
We’re eager to discover the results of this multi-phased project and hope it leads to groundbreaking technological advances.