May 7, 2019
A newer piece of technology is helping senior citizens keep their
independence. The small device is helping the elderly in a big
Joyce Lynch, 92, is a resident at the Eskaton Village Roseville,
a non-profit senior-based living community.
“My children keep thinking I should join the 21st century, and I
think Alexa has made it possible,” Lynch said. “She’s really
great, she tells me what time of day it is.”
Eskaton Roseville is the first assisted living community in
California to provide every resident with an Amazon Echo, thanks
to a partnership with K4Connect, a technology company that works
to empower older adults.
“We actually started about a year ago testing out home
automation, and residents right away told us, ‘we would like to
control this with our voice,’” said Sheri Peifer, the Chief
Strategy Officer for Eskaton.
The voice command tool was installed in all rooms about four
weeks ago and helps residents play their favorite music, hear the
menu for the day and news headlines, and in an emergency, Alexa
can also contact the front desk.
“I don’t know if it’s lazy or old age or… hahaha… it’s
convenient!” Lynch said.
For Lynch, who now lives alone, Alexa also serves as a companion.
“After having a family of five children, it’s peaceful and quiet
but I do have a friend here,” she said.
Eskaton said they plan to use Amazon voice across all of their
residential living communities. Watch