Older Adults Get Online and Connected at Senior Living Communities in South Carolina

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Members now able to improve the wellness by staying active and connected to technology

Member, Ida Koskinen, and Derek Sigman of Connected Living demonstrate how Skype can be used to have a visual conversation with someone from any part of the world.

Senior Living Communities is excited to partner with ConnectedLiving and their goal of bringing easy-to-use, secure technology to older adults.

Senior Living Communities retirement communities are the first to launch award-winning ConnectedLiving®, the leader in bridging seniors and technology, in South Carolina.

“Senior Living Communities firmly believes that at any point in one’s life and regardless of their age or condition, their quality of life can improve,” said Katie Huffstetler, Senior Living Communities’ Vice President of Operations. “More than any other factor, socialization with loved ones directly correlates to our Members’ overall happiness and satisfaction with their life. Through our partnership with ConnectedLiving, we can provide our Members with a highly interactive platform which gives them an opportunity to communicate more often with those they hold dear.”

Senior Living Communities’ Members across South Carolina can now get online using a secure and easy-to-use web based social network, coupled with customized trainings and support. Members now have their own personal home page and can select from a variety of activities including email, sharing and viewing photographs, vetted website search and shopping, recording stories, and much more.

Ultimately, Senior Living Communities’ Members will gain new computer skills, improved communications with family and friends and enjoy the increased health benefits from socialization.

ConnectedLiving will be offered throughout every neighborhood of Senior Living Communities’ South Carolina retirement communities, all of which offer the full continuum of care. In addition, family members can set up their own page to maintain contact with their loved ones no matter where they live.

“Older adults continue to have a growing technology presence,” adds Huffstetler. “It keeps them active and connected with loved ones, near and far. Senior Living Communities is excited to partner with ConnectedLiving and their goal of bringing easy-to-use, secure technology to older adults.”

ConnectedLiving Ambassadors will be in the communities weekly to offer enrichment programming, computer learning, and one-on-one support for residents. Remote support for residents, family members and community staff will be available 7 days a week through the ConnectedLiving Center located in Quincy, MA.

“We had a vision five years ago – that if we could help seniors ‘cross the digital divide’ … that we would not only impact their quality of life, but also that of the entire family and extended community,” said Sarah Hoit, CEO and Co-Founder of ConnectedLiving.

The ConnectedLiving program is now available at these Senior Living Communities in South Carolina:
The Lakes at Litchfield in Pawleys Island
Brightwater in Myrtle Beach
Cascades Verdae in Greenville
Summit Hills in Spartanburg

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About ConnectedLiving
Founded in 2007, ConnectedLiving® is helping senior citizens live richer, more connected lives by combining simplified technology with high-touch personal support. Through the award-winning ConnectedLiving Network, a cloud-based social platform designed specifically for the senior living industry, the company brings together seniors, their families, and community administrators in a secure, private online community. Coupled with the company’s unique approach to training and support, ConnectedLiving integrates social networking, distance learning, community menus and calendars, and an extensive administrator dashboard to help get entire communities online and connected. ConnectedLiving has been adopted by the most recognized thought-leaders in both the private senior living industry and the public housing authorities across the country. http://www.connectedliving.com

About Senior Living Communities
Senior Living Communities, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., owns and operates progressive retirement communities located throughout the Southeast and Midwest. Recognized in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the Assisted Living Federation of America as a “Best of the Best” company, the organization's goal is to use wellness as a means to help members live longer, healthier and happier lives. In 2012, the company launched Wellmore, a new idea in senior living which focuses on using nationally recognized wellness initiatives to extend and improve the lives of older adults. More information about Senior Living Communities is located at http://www.Senior-Living-Communities.com.

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