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See how this Senior Community overcame Social Isolation

Social isolation in Senior Communities can affect the physical and mental health of older adults, including those with cognitive impairment. Digital voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant can help in building a community and lowering the social barriers to communication.

Some examples – The resident asks, and a digital device reads off the day’s specials. But that simple interaction can have far-reaching implications. It makes residents feel more comfortable, and a little more independent. They don’t have to worry that they may be forgetting something, and it removes the stigma of having to ask for help. Let’s consider some of the advantages of voice technology; look at best practices in implementation; and also explore some of the challenges that may arise when introducing voice assistants into a senior living community.

Why voice?

With the rise of affordable devices like the Amazon Dot, consumers have shown a ready interest in voice-driven digital assistants. Analyst firm Zion Market Research predicts the speech and voice recognition market will top $22.3 billion by 2024.

In the realm of senior care, experts see a range of potential uses for voice assistants.

The conversational nature of a voice assistant can help to alleviate loneliness and isolation: “Alexa, tell me a joke.”

Those with dexterity issues or vision impairment can benefit from the voice interface. It’s easier to speak a request than to dial a phone or read a printed schedule.

The technology can also work in support of memory care. “Assistants can remind you of birthdays, even suggesting age-appropriate presents,” an AARP resource notes.

There are dexterity challenges and vision challenges that many seniors have that limit their ability to interact with the computer or to do things like texting. When they can use their voice, it simplifies things greatly. They get an immediate response and they can always ask multiple times if they have trouble with comprehension or cognition.

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