Senior living has dramatically changed over the last 40 years, but what does the future hold?
That’s what Andrew Smith, a sales and strategy leader at Brookdale Senior Living, presented during a Silver Connections conference held at Northern Illinois University Conference Center in Naperville, Ill. on May 22. Nearly 300 clinicians, service providers and senior living executives heard Smith explain how we’ve reached a new age in aging, with baby boomers and technology already shaping the future of senior living.
“Our focus now and in the future will be on the individual and enhancing their dynamic lives,” Smith said. “You’ll see our industry embracing new technologies that help us deliver better care, integrate healthcare and connect us in new ways.”
Smith pointed to projections showing the percentage of people age 80 and older has already started to grow and will continue a steady incline over the next 20 years. He also pointed to data that show increased use of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities for post-acute care. Ultimately he presented a future where health services and providers revolve around the resident or patient, with senior living communities playing a key role in health outcomes.