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What do a 109 year old blind woman, a 60 year old woman with a severe case of MS, and an independent 92 year old male veteran in an assisted living community have in common?

Simple ...

The quality of their lives are enhanced by creative uses of adaptive computer technology which is allowing them to stay connected with their families and friends in a way unimaginable a few short years ago.

Forward looking senior living communities are realizing that having access to computer technology for their residents is no longer a luxury, its becoming more and more of an expectation. There are several reasons for this shift. The demand in many communities is coming from family members as much as residents. Families are spread out all over the country, and the ability to stay in touch with Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandma via email is getting stronger and stronger with each passing year. Research is also proving the vital link between mental stimulation and slowing the process of Alzheimer’s, and computer related activities could provide excellent of stimulation.

“Our own preconceived notions of what the elders can do, or not do, is torn apart on a daily basis.”
It’s Never 2 Late Staff

Our company, It’s Never 2 Late, has spent 4 years working with various software and hardware partners to put together adaptive computer systems for older adults in a variety of senior environments. We have set up programs in nursing homes, assisted living communities, independent living communities, and adult day programs.

Our own preconceived notions of what the elders can do, or not do, is torn apart on a daily basis. If the individual motivation is there to learn, and the proper adaptive tools and training are provided, there are no limits to what can be accomplished.

We have hundreds of examples and stories from individuals whose lives have been changed through the introduction of technology. From their perspective, they’re not learning about "technology", they're learning ways to stay in touch with family members who don't have the time to write letters but will e-mail consistently.

Successful programs do not happen by accident. Getting 5 year old donated computers and sticking them in a secluded corner will not lead to successful programs. Many older adults have not been exposed to computers, and their first experience needs to include plenty of handholding and support from individuals who have a lot of patience.

“Successful programs do not happen by accident.”
It's Never 2 Late Staff

In independent and assisted living communities, there often exist talented residents who with a little training themselves can become the "computer gurus" of the community, training their fellow residents on the nuances of the Internet.

Computers are never easy to learn. However, adaptive technologies can allow individuals with sight issues, tremor issues, arthritic issues, and cognitive issues to still be able to take advantage of technology and enhance the quality of their life. Touch screen monitors, trackball mouses, adaptive keyboards, and voice recognition software are just a few examples of the technologies that are available for the computer experience.

Feel free to contact our organization if you have any specific questions as you set up your own program, or if you would like to know of communities in your area that have technology available. We're happy to answer specific questions you may have, and we can also point you to local assistive technology experts throughout the country that can provide one on one expertise.

We can be reached at 303-806-0797
E-mailed directly at jyork@IN2L.com
or
Contact us through our website at www.IN2L.com