In a previous blog, the Aging and Changing Landscape of Senior Care, we discussed the rapidly evolving senior living experience. As the largest generation, Baby Boomers, age at an increasing rate, the senior living industry is changing and growing as well. At Silversphere, we understand our role in the evolving landscape of senior care and are proactively thinking about the future focusing on tomorrow’s seniors. The seniors of tomorrow have a longer life expectancy, a firm desire to age in place, and have more technology expectations than previous generations.
Take a look at some statistics:
- Currently, the US population consists of 46 million adults over 65 years old. By 2060, there will be 98 million – that is more than double the current number of seniors.
- By 2030, one in every five US citizens will be over the age of 65.
- The number of seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia will increase from 9 million to 30 million by 2050.
- 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 every day, according to the PEW Research Center.
- Seniors are simply living longer. The average life expectancy in the United States rose to 79-years-old from 68 years old, in ten years, a significant increase.
The surge of Baby Boomers will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Based on numbers alone, they will undoubtedly have a colossal impact on the senior living industry. There have been significant increases in technology use by adults over 65; 67% of all Baby Boomers own smartphones, and a majority of Boomers use social media. With this surge of technology use in older adults, we have the opportunity to innovate and develop technology solutions that can be useful to seniors throughout the aging cycle.
Seniors in this generation have more wants and needs than those in the past. They want to see more benefits and luxuries in their retirement community, and that includes technology. Baby Boomers want active, engaging, and safe living experiences. Today’s 55 and older communities generally feature state-of-the-art gyms complete with trainers and nutrient-dense meal plans to fit all of their residents’ needs. Today’s seniors also have access to vast amounts of information online, and they are using it to find the services they want and need.
With Baby Boomers redefining life after retirement, creating better ways of caring for seniors using technology is our job. For these seniors, technology is a necessity, and we have created solutions that help senior living residents stay safe while retaining their independence.
Silversphere is committed to providing the most advanced solutions tailored to fit the needs of your community. Adopting technology can be a significant change, but with the most massive rush of adults reaching the age of retirement, it is vital. If you are a community looking to improve technology for both your current and future residents, contact us today, and we will work together to find a solution that fits every need.