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Seniors Will Connect With the Digital World at Greenspring Technology Summit

10-20-2011 05:02 PM CET | IT, New Media & Software

Press release from: Erickson Living

(SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA) - October 20, 2011 - In August of 2011, the Pew Research Center released a study showing that 42% of seniors over 65 are online, with the majority using a search engine or video-sharing site. Additionally, according to Nielsen, e-reader and tablet usage is also growing steadily in the over 55 population. Seniors are embracing new technologies in droves; technologies which arguably may improve memory, balance, and overall well-being.

On Thursday, November 3, Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va. will host a Technology Summit for residents and invited guests. The Summit will include presentations on existing and new services and tools both inside and outside of the community, as well as current and future gadgets.

The founding director of the Senior Housing Administration program at George Mason University, Andy Carle, will present current, innovative senior-friendly gadgets such as a GPS shoe tracker to the public for the first time this October, an automatic fall detection system, and gadgets of the future including balance-correcting shoe inserts, and a shirt that will monitor and report on vital signs.

Presenters from Greenspring will provide information about My Nutrition, a web-based nutritional tool where residents are able to view the dietary values of meals served at the community’s four restaurants, and will also talk about the advantages of online medical records like those used at Greenspring. Tips, demos, and information about how to stay connected with friends and family using Facebook and Skype will also be presented during the Summit.

Exhibitors will include representatives from Greenspring’s in-house television station largely staffed by resident volunteers, the community’s Wii Bowling Club and Computer Club, as well as representatives from the Fairfax County Government who will share helpful information about protecting oneself from identity theft. Greenspring’s custom interior coordinator will also exhibit software that shows residents how to digitally decorate apartment homes prior to moving to the community. Seniors attending the Summit will have a chance to win several prizes such as a Barnes & Noble Nook and an Apple iPad.

WHAT: Technology Summit at Greenspring
WHEN: Thursday, November 3, 1:00-3:00 PM
WHERE: Greenspring
Hunters Crossing Conference Center
7430 Spring Village Drive
Springfield, VA 22150

ABOUT GREENSPRING: Greenspring, one of 16 Erickson Living full-service retirement communities, is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia. The community is home to 2000 residents, many of which reside in the 1405 independent living units. At Greenspring, a robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average. Life at Greenspring offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community. Additional information about Greenspring can be found at www.ericksonliving.com.

Greenspring
7410 Spring Village Drive
Springfield, VA 22150
Contact: Jessica McKay
703=923-4690
jessica.mckay@erickson.com

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