26 Jun ASK A SENIOR LIVING FUTURIST: HOW WILL AGING AND URBAN LIVING CHANGE GOING FORWARD?
Turn to senior living futurists and keynote speakers or leading associations and industry experts for insight, and they’ll tell you that the aging space has been dynamically evolving for several years now. Like we tend to remind partners, its transformation has only been further catalyzed by rapid technological advancements and the ever-changing needs and expectations of older members of society as of late. Looking ahead to tomorrow as senior living futurists, we figured we’d offer a sneak peek at what coming years may bring.
For example, it’s hard for us to overstate the growing importance of the rising integration of smart technologies into senior living. With the advent of artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), senior living communities are harnessing the potential of these technologies to enhance safety, health monitoring, and daily living assistance. By way of illustration, wearable technology, for instance, can monitor vital signs and detect falls in real-time, alerting healthcare professionals of any emergencies. Per industry leaders, virtual reality (VR) is also becoming increasingly common in use alongside cognitive therapies and social engagement activities.
You may have read or seen about the huge rise of “Aging in Place” concepts that’s currently happening now too. Put simply, more seniors are now choosing to stay in their homes as they age, fostering an industry-wide focus on creating environments conducive to independent living. From homes retrofitted with accessibility modifications to home health services, innovations are transforming traditional ideas of senior living. Companies are even employing robotics and AI to assist with daily tasks, thus bolstering older citizens’ independence and safety in their own homes.
In tune with the rising push for greater wellness in society, senior living communities are increasingly prioritizing holistic health as well. This approach extends beyond physical well-being to encompass mental, emotional, and social health. Fitness programs, mindfulness activities, hobby classes, and social events are becoming integral components here. Nutrition, too, is undergoing a shift, with more communities offering personalized, dietitian-approved meal plans to cater to diverse dietary needs and preferences.
Of course, as you may have heard senior living futurists expound on, the concept of inter-generational living and learning is also gaining traction as well. Some senior living communities are now situated near colleges or include child day-care facilities to encourage interaction among different generations. These models foster mutual learning, create vibrant social environments, and fight age-related isolation, benefiting both older and younger generations alike.
But beyond these shifts, the rise of environmentally conscious living has inevitably touched senior living as well. Eco-friendly designs, energy-efficient appliances, and green spaces are becoming ubiquitous at residences. Some destinations even offer activities like community gardening, reinforcing a connection with nature while promoting eco-friendly concepts.
Long story short: The future of senior living looks pretty darn promising! And we’re pleased to watch it take shape more and more with each passing day as we speak.