Tech giant IBM and the University of California – San Diego recently announced a monumental partnership that will bring artificial intelligence (AI) to the senior living industry. In an essence, the two will work together to create big data and AI solutions to help senior living communities adapting to incoming residents. As we’ve discussed at length in the past, senior housing residents of today are changing – entering into these communities at a younger age and with new expectations. This is due to many factors, namely the prevalence of technology and how it has completely changed not only the way we interact with one another, but how we are able to provide and monitor care.
The partnership between IBM and the University of California was made official at the end of September and aims to “enhance the quality of life and independence of aging populations through the establishment of a new center: the Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center at U.C. San Diego” (Senior Housing News). The center’s team will focus on identifying early signs of many life-changing memory conditions, including dementia and Alzheimer’s. Dementia is one of the most common conditions people in their senior years face, and unfortunately we still do not have a lot of information on who is susceptible and what can be done to treat it. The initiative between IBM and U.C. San Diego is huge in that it will work to delay Alzheimer’s and other devastating memory conditions from affecting residents.
What This Means for the Future of Senior Living
Through research and the use of big data and AI, the team will have the tools and resources to identify cognitive solutions to help senior living residents at risk of developing dementia. According to statistics, by 2050 two billion people in the world will be over the age of 60. With this comes numerous serious implications, including an increase in the number of people at risk of developing dementia. This is just one reason why this partnership is such a big deal right now. Not only will the research team look at past trends and use data and AI, but they will monitor participants 24/7 and keep track of their daily activities and overall health and wellness, including memory, wisdom, and resilience.
As senior living communities continue to change and adapt to this new generation of residents, it is imperative we are doing what we can to provide them with the highest level of care. The motivation behind projects like the one mentioned today is to help our senior population live independently for as long as they can. People are oftentimes forced to move into a skilled nursing facility (SNF) because of loss of cognitive function, even in its mildest form. If we are able to better understand why these conditions form and how to prevent them, we will be able to help people live a happier, healthier, independent life. We will be keeping a close eye on this project and update you as it progresses. To learn more about trends in senior living or if you are interested in investing in an assisted living facility, please do not hesitate to contact Shep Roylance of The JCH Group today.