SAN FRANCISCO, CA – August 6, 2014 – Eskaton, a Northern California-based, nonprofit organization that provides services and support for over 14,000 older adults annually, today announced the results of an eight-week trial of Lively’s smart home technology. Lively (www.mylively.com) uses passive sensors placed around an elderly adult’s home to keep tabs on certain daily activity patterns, and automatically notify family members or other designated caregivers whenever something seems amiss.
The purpose of the study was to test the efficacy of Lively in establishing a daily activity connection between older adults and family members or others concerned about their health and well-being. Additionally, the study investigated whether using Lively could have a noticeable effect on older adults’ mindfulness in maintaining healthy habits and behavior. As part of the Lively service, each Eskaton trial participant also received LivelyGram, a twice-monthly printed mailer of photos submitted by loved ones, which aims to maintain and create emotionally satisfying social connections with the older adult recipients.