Word is out about our new Birdsong Tablet
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Research shows engagement is a key component to healthy aging. But maintaining that engagement in the age of technology hasn’t always been accessible or affordable, especially for seniors, until now.
Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay has been working with our French partner TMM Solutions to create simplified in-home digital technology that is not only user-friendly, but engaging and affordable.
The Birdsong Tablet comes preloaded with software designed to improve life and brain health for seniors. The software includes hundreds hours of music, videos, games, travel and therapeutic content. Through the tablets our residents will also be able to access Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay’s Lifelong Learning Institute. That means all the educational courses Virginia Wesleyan University offers on our campus will be right at their fingertips. One of the most exciting features the tablets contain is a user-friendly family app that makes it easy for residents and their families to connect with video chat and messaging.
Westminster-Canterbury decided to create the tablets after a research project among its residents, called The Birdsong Initiative, showed in-room technology made statistically significant improvements in quality of life and psychological well-being of residents. Caregivers also saw a reduction in stress after seniors engaged with in-home digital technology. The study and now the new software/tablets are named in honor of Westminster-Canterbury Foundation board member Sue Birdsong and her husband George, who funded the research.
The tablet is available in 10, 18 or 21-inch screen sizes because research found smaller screens are difficult for some, but not all seniors. In addition to offering The Birdsong Tablet to its own residents, Westminster-Canterbury will be making it available to other senior living communities globally, with pricing designed to make it affordable to as many older adults as possible, including seniors at home who are battling isolation, and may be concerned about preserving or improving their brain health.