Look out for these senior care trends in 2014

With the arrival of 2014, lots of people are looking forward to what the new year has in store, and this is especially true when it comes to senior care. The industry is rapidly evolving, and with the senior population growing larger every day, that trend will likely continue. However the retirement living world changes in 2014, there’s no denying that it will have a positive impact on the lives of seniors around the country. Here’s a look at some of the biggest developments that are expected in the coming year:

Continued rise of technology
Although the use of smartphones, tablets and other gadgets is nothing new, their use in the senior care community has only recently been on the rise, and experts anticipate that this trend will continue into 2014. There are a wide variety of ways they can be implemented to improve senior health, but the one that holds the most potential are apps that allow users to measure their vital signs, such as blood pressure or heart rate, and send them directly to a doctor.

Of course, smartphones and tablets are not the only way that technology is reshaping senior care. For instance, there is a growing use of motion sensors and other tracking technology that can monitor seniors’ health from afar and detect changes to their mobility, CBS News reported.

Greater focus on lifestyle
In years past, retirement communities may have not placed heavy emphasis on the social aspect of their residents’ lives. However, that has changed considerably in recent years and that will likely continue into 2014. A growing amount of research indicates that social interaction is one of the cornerstones of healthy aging, and retirement communities such as Chartwell have taken steps to provide a healthier, more meaningful, lives.

Continuing education
In a similar vein to building social engagement, many retirement communities have turned their attention to offering lifelong learning opportunities. This can manifest itself in a wide variety of ways, whether it’s offering technology tips or helping seniors pick up a new hobby, but regardless of the route, it has many benefits. For instance, continuing education has shown to help seniors keep their minds sharp while also boosting self confidence and lending a sense of purpose to retirement living.