Virtual Senior Centers

January 28th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Filed under Cognitive, Long Term Care, Rehabilitation, Virtual Reality

In November of 2011, while speaking in Denver at the Accessing Higher Ground conference, I had the pleasure to meet with some great folks from a company called It’s Never Too Late (iN2L). Their mission is to build digital platforms to increase engagement and outcomes for aging populations living in assisted care or rehabilitation centers.

A partnership with Microsoft, iN2L and Selfhelp uses technology to create a Virtual Senior Center to help residents connect with their loved ones, no matter where in the world they may be located. Of interest is also the development of virtual reality platforms that increase the level of compliance during rehab activities, something previously discussed on this blog.

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3 Responses to “Virtual Senior Centers”.

  1. Kel, great post and video. I’ve followed It’s Never 2 Late for a long time now (even wrote a blog article about them a ways back), but, you’re right, it’s the therapeutic and rehabilitative uses of their systems and content that is catching so much attention now. I guess you could say if you run a senior community, iN2L is not just for activities anymore. :)

  2. Kel Smith :

    Thanks Michael — I appreciate your checking in.

    For everyone else, Michael & Sheryl’s blog is a good read: http://goldencompass.com/

  3. This is one example of hardware, software and vision finally converging. An idea realized yet still in progressive evolution. While regulations and reimbursement constrict the cash flow to providers, they continue reaching for technological innovation that will attract and engage their client base. Patients and family’s are starting to demand it!

    The ultimate value to the end user comes in the form of collaboration among like minded organizations. Endeavors like joining forces with the brains behind Digital Outcasts, Microsoft and Parrot Software are but a few examples. Put simply, it’s a collective passion for changing lives!