Author: Carin Peterson
Posted: March 4, 2015

Mentor Encourages Seniors To Learn Technology And To Stay Connected To Each Other

Recent research on mentoring relationships shows that participants gain more satisfaction, more perceived benefits, and prefer this activity time more, as compared to completing tasks independently…

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Author: Carin Peterson
Posted: January 30, 2015

Enhancing Lives through Reminiscing

Remember meeting with a long-time friend and reminiscing over coffee? Those great memories, challenging times, and life event stories serve many purposes for teller and listener alike…


Author: Anne Doyle
Posted: January 14, 2015

What will Innovation look like in 2015?

I jotted this definition down in the margins of my conference notebook – wisdom from one of the speakers at the Partners Center for Connected Health Symposium – an event I recently attended in Boston.

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Author: Lili Dwight
Posted: December 10, 2014

LeadingAge HackFest

What is more fun than creating something new and necessary? For a Geek, the answer is – “Nothing!”

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Author: Anna Hall
Posted: December 3, 2014

A Digital Sign Makeover

We recently gave a partner a low cost, high impact makeover. It was for their lobby. It didn’t include new furniture or paint—all we did was mount a 45” digital sign on the wall near the receptionist’s desk and one near the elevator…

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Author: Gina Cambre
Posted: November 26, 2014

A 3-Step Recipe For “Thankfulness”

Your Holiday Gratitude Hack! Water, water everywhere, / Nor any drop to drink.”* The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. ‘Tis the season.   Attitude of Gratitude stories are ubiquitous and inspiring this time of year, but can seem just beyond our stretched abilities.  The importance is unquestionable, but barriers abound.  The truth is, we have a lot of mixed emotions around the holidays.  High expectations.  Excitement seesawing with stress as we plan perfect celebrations. For seniors especially, we know this can also be a time of sadness and isolation due to the loss of a spouse or friends.  As well as real or perceived loss of independence and traditions.  Routines upended.  The emotional roller coaster for you may resemble an…

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Author: Gina Cambre
Posted: November 19, 2014

There’s More To A Photobomb Than Meets The Eye

Technology is Good For Seniors (And not in a Castor Oil kind of way!) Should education be fun? The short answer is a resounding YES. Studies routinely find that “fun” and “education” need to do more than just co-exist on a spectrum in order to optimize learning. Research shows “optimal brain activation occurs when subjects are in positive emotional states.”* These emotions improve attention by activating your thalamus. The ad world has long benefitted from clinical data showing that heightened emotional states equate to enhanced recall for adults. It’s not a stretch to apply such strategies to education, where a joyous state, rife with personal connections (and an attentive thalamus!) can be a winning combination. Does that apply to adult learners?…

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Author: Sarah Hoit
Posted: November 19, 2014

Welcome to the Connected Living Blog

We launched Connected Living over 5 years ago to connect thousands of seniors who have been left behind the “digital divide.” Being connected provides voice, lifelong learning opportunities and a chance to rebuild community. We see the impact every day with what we do and today operate in more than 30 states, but feel like in many ventures we have only just scratched the surface of what is possible. We have found that combining technology with, true support and engaging content has been a winning formula. We are grateful to work with so many wonderful clients in the senior living industry, public and affordable housing properties, PACE programs, Veterans Groups, Health Care organizations and now we are rapidly branching into the…