Engagement, interaction, recognition, positive feedback. The same elements that drive Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are ramping up the quality of life for many of today’s elders. Eventide has introduced a new computer system designed specifically for seniors with the belief that it’s never too late to join the digital revolution.
The It’s Never 2 Late system is currently being used at Eventide Jamestown and additional systems have been purchased, thanks to donations received, for Eventide’s Fargo-Moorhead locations. A simple press of a button launches hundreds of applications – including music, games, travel, exercise and more. From using e-mail to connect with family and friends, to enjoying mind stimulating activities and entertainment, to improving hand-eye coordination as part of a rehabilitation program, seniors with a wide range of physical and cognitive abilities, are now enjoying technology using systems adapted especially for them.
“Many of our residents said, ‘I’m too old for a computer’,” says Nancy Steckler, Life Enrichment Manager at Eventide Jamestown. “I just tell them, ‘This is different.’ And they enjoy it … they really do. It has everything to make it easy for seniors to use.”
The technology was developed by Colorado-based It’s Never 2 Late (IN2L), a company founded in 1999 that specializes in connecting older adults and their caregivers to the benefits of computers and the internet. IN2L’s picture-based, touch screen platform enables almost anyone to use a personal computer, even those with dementia.
A profile for each resident saves the activities they enjoy most. As a result, no two residents will have the same “portfolio” of activities. The system is a huge asset to our Life Enrichment programming. The mobile unit offers endless possibilities for group and one-on-one activities, and provides a fun, easy way for residents to connect, engage and live life to the fullest.
Eventide is committed to ensuring the highest levels of resident care possible. Blending technology, therapy and activities together to holistically care for our residents fits perfectly with our mission- caring for the whole person and enhancing the lives of those we serve.