“Alexa, Please Help Me Age Well”: A Competition Aims to Add Alexa Functions for Senior Living Residents

While the adoption of Alexa has been slow among older adults, Alexa has been gaining popularity among Life Plan Communities and other senior living organizations. One organization, Eskaton, has even deployed more than 1,000 Alexa devices across nine senior living communities.

Many communities have conducted research examining the benefits of Alexa usage within their communities, including Forum at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino, CA, as well as two other senior centers with various locations throughout California:: Eskaton and Carlton Senior Center. By using Alexa, staff within these communities have noted that the device helps save them 30 minutes a day, increases staff efficiency, and has ultimately increased employee retention by 28.5%.

In spite of the slowness of Alexa adoption among older adults overall, the research conducted by these organizations has confirmed that the device benefits older adults as well. For instance, residents using the device have reported increased happiness and independence. Eskaton additionally found that 80% of residents using the device feel more connected to family and friends.

Amazon has not released further details about the competition but intends to do so soon. Details about the competition will be available within the Amazon Portal.

 

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Source:

Regan, T. (2022, July 20). Amazon Announces Contest to Develop Alexa Skills for Senior Living Communities. Senior Housing News

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