18 Jun Livetech Partners with AARP to Develop Amazon Alexa Voice Connected Communities
Voice-assisted technology is gaining momentum among older adult populations. The allure is its hands-free capacity to operate as a gateway to information, social connections, and system controls. So it’s a no-brainer that these devices are increasing in number across American households and senior living communities.
On March 13, 2018, AARP partnered with Livetech to launch a pilot workshop in an urban senior housing community in Washington, DC. A crowd of initially skeptical—and then elated—residents learned about the features of Amazon Alexa. The presenter and CEO of Livetech, Philip Jordan, kept it fun, with participant emotions running the gamut from delighted to amazed.
The initial pilot covered the basic features of Echo and Alexa, common commands, the Alexa app, skills, and calling and messaging. During the next phase of the pilot, Livetech hosted train-the-trainer sessions to teach resident coordinators and volunteers at communities in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD how to host and teach their own workshops with the curriculum.
On May 23, 2018, the first workshop led by volunteer trainer, Shirley Crowder, launched to a completely full room. The trainer was herself a resident in the senior living community and spoke passionately about Alexa’s capabilities and how this technology had connected her to a broader world. Students participated, answered questions in unison, tried out commands, and enjoyed lots of laughs.
Groundbreaking voice-enabled devices are positioned to play a key role in healthy aging. With a device that acts as a personal assistant—recognizing one’s requests and then answering them—the user interface for this technology is easy and natural.
More workshops and train-the-trainer sessions are currently being scheduled. Stay tuned to our blog to keep up with this quickly expanding program!