Sep 8, 2008
By: Alvaro Fernandez
The American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) has just released an Special Issue Brief, titled Brain Fitness Centers in Senior Housing – A Field in the Making. We prepared it for their members, and it is now available for purchase (You can click here for purchase and download. $25.)
It was a pleasure to learn more about emerging trends there and discuss best practices and implications with some of the pioneers at Senior Star Living, Belmont Village, Erickson, and more, who have been leading innovative initiatives and conducting their own pilot studies. I hope you enjoy the report.
This 15-page Special Report describes the growing use of computerized brain fitness tools offered to seniors housing residents as part of comprehensive wellness initiatives. It provides an overview of the brain fitness field with four case studies that shed light on the use of brain fitness centers in seniors housing communities, including those operated by Senior Star Living of Tulsa, OK, Belmont Village Senior Living of Houston, TX, and Erickson Retirement Communities of Catonsville, MD.
In releasing this Special Issue Brief, David Schless, ASHA’s President, noted “This report truly underscores how cutting-edge technology and science are being used to enhance the lives of seniors. It is particularly exciting to contemplate the enormous potential impact that computerized cognitive assessments and training can have for seniors housing residents.”
This is the very first publication in the field of brain fitness to address specific considerations related to seniors housing, expanding on our general Market Report released earlier this year. It is very conceivable that the early and enthusiastic adoption of cognitive fitness, supported by the solid measurement of outcomes reported in the Brief, will help to transform the way in which the general population perceives seniors housing.
Table of Contents
I. Executive Summary.
II. A Field in the Making: Opportunities and Open Questions.
III. Case Studies: Senior Star Living, Belmont Village, Erickson Retirement Communities.
IV. Navigating through the Brain Fitness Program Landscape.
Vendors mentioned in the special report: Posit Science, Dakim, UCLA Memory Fitness, Nintendo, CogniFit, Cogmed, Lumos Labs, Happy Neuron, My Vigorous Mind.
You can click here for purchase and download ($25).