Technology @ The Trousdale

Construction on The Trousdale senior living community continues on track to welcome the first residents in early 2018. The exterior design by SmithGroup JJR is starting to be visible, however, architectural features tell just one part of the story.

As the 124 new apartments come to fruition, there is tremendous work going on behind the scenes that will make The Trousdale one of the most technologically advanced and user-friendly assisted living communities in the Bay Area. Numerous national studies by organizations such as the Pew Research Center have proven that access to technology can positively impact the lives of seniors, and The Trousdale is integrating a variety of tech solutions designed to help keep residents healthy, safe and socially connected.

At the recent Aging 2.0 Optimize conference in San Francisco—a global gathering of companies dedicated to accelerating innovation to improve the lives of older adults—The Trousdale’s lighting designers, Stack Lighting, took top honors for creating the world’s first responsive lighting system. Incorporated throughout The Trousdale senior living community, Stack Lights automatically mimic the sun throughout the day to benefit circadian rhythms (the physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, and can influence sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, body temperature and other important bodily functions), helping seniors stay active during the day and sleep soundly at night. This is an important benefit for aging adults, as more than half of individuals 65 and older suffer from chronic sleep disturbances[1], and memory care residents may suffer from severe wake-sleep cycle disruptions[2].

In addition to providing natural and ambient lighting solutions, the Stack Care system also detects activity through sophisticated signal processing and machine-learning algorithms. The Stack system enables lights to turn on and off automatically based on a unit’s occupancy, and offers high-resolution patient activity monitoring and analytics as another layer of The Trousdale’s commitment to safety.

Among the other technology enhancements residents and their families will find at The Trousdale:

  • The entire community will have access to free Wi-Fi Internet and the ability to connect to video chat, social media, email and other applications via any digital device.
  • A dedicated resident and family communication web portal will provide real-time updates on community events and happenings, registration options to book transportation or social outings, and calendar reminders to track program and doctor’s appointments and manage medications.
  • Connected communal spaces will offer classes including interactive lectures, TED talk reviews, and virtual exploration and travel outings.

The Trousdale will be a vibrant, convenient, safe, attractive and collegial senior living community that will engage seniors on all levels. We believe it is dramatically raising the bar for assisted living and memory care projects in our region—in services, in location, in architecture, and in technology. We appreciate and value your continued interest in this important project.

[1] http://www.lrc.rpi.edu/programs/lightHealth/projects/Elderly.asp

[2] http://www.nbcnews.com/video/easing-alzheimers-with-better-lighting-544100931615

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