3 Benefits of Attending a Senior Living Zoom Webinar

Due to the pandemic of 2020, there have been many changes people have had to adapt to. Though one change that may be staying around for a while is the use of virtual experiences in place of in-person ones. The advancement of technology has improved the amount of information people can access virtually. Not least of all is the ability to attend a senior living zoom webinar.

What is a Webinar

No different than a convention or seminar, webinars help bring people together, albeit through technological means. To host a webinar, one must find a webinar platform (like Zoom) to help connect people and share information. These platforms let you create and host virtual meetings from the comfort of offices and homes. These meetings take place in online rooms (like chat rooms, only for video) where all attendees can see and follow the presentation. Presenters, on the other hand, can share their screens, files, and open applications on their computer while presenting to the group.

Participants can type questions and comments in the chat box for presenters to address.

How to Attend a Zoom Webinar

It couldn’t be easier to attend a Zoom webinar. 

  • Simply click the link the host provided to you and it will take you to the room the meeting is occurring in. 
  • Then, simply join the room. You will be prompted to determine if you want to use your camera or not and you can make that decision before entering the room. 
  • Once in the room, you will be prompted to use your audio. Click “yes” but be sure to mute your own microphone to avoid any unwanted noise in the room.

Benefits of a Senior Living Zoom Webinar

They Are Safe

It would be an oversight not to bring up the benefits to seniors when it comes to learning from your own home. But you no longer have to travel to a senior living community to tour one. Now, you can tour from the safety of your own home.

Convenient

Another major benefit of attending a zoom webinar is convenience. Since webinars take place from the comfort of your own home, there is no need to factor in travel time or even leave the house. Due to this feature, many businesses and organizations are using this technology as a more efficient way of delivering knowledge to a bigger audience.

Another added convenience of webinars is the ability to watch them at any time that suits you. Many webinars are offered on-demand which allows you to view at your own convenience. 

Effective Learning Experience

Some research suggests that online learning may actually be more effective than in-person/classroom learning. Some studies suggest that webinars may be more effective and registrants who attend such events had greater engagement and better performance. 

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The Improved World of Technology and Senior Socialization

It’s not uncommon for seniors to become easily overwhelmed with their attempts to keep up with the changes in technology. Even though having to stay current with the latest and greatest tech may be a pain, technology can really help seniors feel more connected to the rest of the world. There are many ways the tech world can influence senior life. Here is how technology and senior socialization are intertwined.

Technology and Senior Socialization

Senior Isolation

Social isolation in older adults is a serious problem that affects many people in the United States. According to the CDC, more than 25% of adults aged 65 and older feel lonely and are considered to be socially isolated. This puts older adults at a higher risk for certain health complications.

Health Risks of Isolation

There are many health risks of loneliness and social isolation, such as:

  • Social isolation increases the risk of premature death, akin to complications like smoking or obesity.
  • Isolation was associated with a 50% increase in dementia.
  • Poor social relationships are associated with a 29% increased risk of heart disease and a 32% higher risk of stroke.
  • Senior loneliness is associated with higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide.
  • Loneliness in seniors can increase the likelihood of death due to heart failure by 400%.

Fortunately, technology is helping seniors counteract these negative effects.

Seniors in Rural Areas

The advances in technology, over even just the last few years, play a transformative role in the fight against social isolation among older adults. This is especially true in rural communities. Rural communities often lack infrastructure for technology and can hinder one from taking advantage of what the digital world has to offer. Additionally, the number of senior Americans living in rural areas is expected to increase from 8.6 million to 14.6 million. And more than half of those will experience social isolation which leads to loneliness.

Roughly, 1 in 5 seniors live in rural areas, making this an obstacle for this particular demographic. Though many older adults in rural areas can’t take advantage of the digital benefits of technology, things like telehealth make it possible for seniors in rural areas to talk to a doctor on the phone for non-emergency visits alleviating the need to travel to a physician’s office. This is why it is so important for seniors to stay involved with technological developments. Here is how you can take action:

  • Stay Informed: Whether asking your grandkids or reading the news, stay up to date on the daily advances of technology.
  • Stay Connected: Find new ways to stay connected to your family and friends (see Staying Connected in the next section).

Staying Connected

With the advent of cellphones, email, and social media it is easier than ever to stay connected. Additionally, platforms like Zoom and Facetime are also seeing a major bump in use from an older demographic. In fact, 69% of older adults use social media apps. In light of the negative effects of loneliness and the benefits of connectivity, consider the following apps to help you stay connected to your loved ones:

Apps

  • Skype: This is one of the most popular apps for video chatting. It’s free and downloadable to a mobile device, laptop, or desktop.
  • FaceTime: This is an iPhone-specific app and can only be used by iPhone users. FaceTime is free and used for video calls. Additionally, you can have group calls and leave messages.
  • Marco Polo: A relatively new addition to the digital world, this app is similar to texting but with video. Users can record a video and send it to a contact. That person can then watch it and respond with their own video. It allows users the benefit of video without the time constraint to be free at the same time. It is free and easy to download.
  • Facebook Messenger: Available through Facebook, this app allows users to chat, send video, or make an audio call. It is free and available in most app stores.
  • WhatsApp: This is another messaging service that enables users to send audio, text, video messages, and share images. 

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Joining the Gig Economy in Retirement

Feeling restless in retirement? Well, the gig economy might be your answer to those post-retirement jitters. Whether you want to make a little scratch on the side or just want to keep working on your terms, gig work could be a great option.

What is the Gig Economy in Retirement?

The “Gig Economy” consists of independent contractors, part-time workers, freelancers, and seasonal employees along with other forms of temporary work. Recently, options for gig work have been booming and the senior community has taken notice. According to a 2017 Prudential Financial survey, 31% of gig workers are baby boomers and 34% of those are retired. There are lots of different forms of gig work, but the most popular are:

  • Short, independent contractors
  • Seasonal workers
  • Freelancers

Why Be Part of Gig Work?

There are roughly 45 million seniors in the united states. This is about 15% of the total population and it is only going up. As the expected retired population rises, fewer people can afford to quit working and live off of Medicare and Social Security. And many simply don’t want to. This is where the gig economy comes in. Some of the most popular reasons for seniors to participate in gig work are:

  • Lack of money for retirement
  • Lack of government benefits
  • To stay active
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Desire to keep learning
  • Desire to keep working

Effects of Working in the Gig Economy in Retirement

Gig work comes with some serious benefits, but also has a few downsides. Due to some complications, some seniors may be apprehensive about getting a gig job in retirement. Here are some of the pros and cons to gig jobs in retirement:

Taxes

One situation that comes into play when you are a gig worker in retirement is managing your taxes. Because you are not an official employee, you will be responsible for your own taxes from your wages at the end of the year.

You should set aside anywhere between 20-30% of your income to pay your taxes. This should be part of your factor for monthly earning. Also, keep in mind you will need to use a different tax form.

Health Insurance

One reason seniors work past 65 is the need for health insurance. With lower retirement funds, higher Medicare premiums, and less money in monthly Social Security checks seniors may not have enough to cover medical bills. Though gig work doesn’t often come with health benefits, it can help mitigate the cost.

Flexibility

Flexibility is the leading reason anyone, including seniors, joins the gig economy. You can take or leave any work you like and make your own hours for work. Gigs allow you to enjoy a level of freedom and choice few rarely get in non-gig work.

Get Involved

Now that you know the basics, here are the most common gigs for people of all ages:

  • Driving for Uber/Lyft.
  • Become a host on AirB&B
  • Professional consultant
  • Online teaching
  • Child sitting
  • Pet sitting

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3 Impressively Positive Impacts of Virtual Reality on Seniors

It’s not just the young using new technologies. For years, virtual reality (VR) has been a thriving industry. Though it started as a method for video game consumption, its benefits have far exceeded that narrow purpose. In fact, VR is having some positive impacts on senior demographics.

Positive Impact of Virtual Reality on Seniors

Travel From the Comfort of Home

From national parks to international cities, VR is helping seniors go places they have never been before. Kenta Toshima, a Japanese researcher, came up with the idea of giving seniors virtual experiences. This occured while he was working in a care facility. One of Toshima’s patients mentioned to him that she wished she could visit her favorite orchard, so Toshima visited the orchard and took pictures for her. However, he realized that photos and video rarely did memories justice. He was then inspired to use a 360-degree camera to help create a wider and more accurate view of the location. From there, it was a natural jump to VR to help seniors experience a variety of places.

Kimberly Jauch, the Activities Director at Life Enriching Communities’ Twin Towers commented on her hopes for the use of technology:

“The ultimate goal is to be able to turn home videos made by families into a VR experience. One example is that I have a stepmother who lives in Florida who cannot travel due to polio disability. She wanted to come to my wedding and was very disappointed that she was incapable. My thought was – wouldn’t it have been great to set up a video camera that represented her and people could even walk up to it and say greetings as if she were there?  When the video was played back in VR format, she would feel as if she were there and being involved. For residents who would have difficulty leaving the facility, this would be a way to bring mom/dad/etc. to an important event and feel as if they were actually there. I welcome the education to be able to do this.”

Helps Seniors Feel Better About Downsizing

Moving is a huge life event, regardless of age. However, it is even more significant for seniors. One way to help seniors feel comfortable in their new housing opportunities is to provide a fully immersive VR experience. Many real estate companies and continuing care retirement communities have picked up on this and have adapted VR as part of their sales model. 

Virtual Reality Can Help with Social Isolation

Research indicates that social isolation and loneliness are worse for your health than smoking or obesity for individuals over age 50. The risk of isolation and loneliness for seniors is equivalent to smoking nearly a pack of cigarettes a day.

However, VR is changing that. According to this article, a Stanford neuroscientist stated:

“VR technology can address many of the difficult problems inherent in caring for our elders. Today, we are using VR technology to help reduce the feelings of isolation and loneliness — this is making a big difference — not just for those seniors living in care centers, but also for those who are living independently. Our seniors often feel disconnected, bored, and lonely — virtual reality technology provides a powerful way to attend to this problem.”

Expanding on this idea, Twin Towers’ own Kimberly Jauch had this to say about the new technology.

“ Not only do I feel this helps with isolation issues but you are truly engaging the resident in conversations that spark memories from their past experiences, which also promotes brain health. When they visit places of familiarity, it lights them up from the inside out!

I’ve taken someone to their old village in Italy where they grew up and listened to her talk about the different streets, how they looked when she was living there and go on to memories of her mother and the places her  grandfather would take her. I’ve had some residents who were sad to let go of the experience when the session ended!” 

This occurs because VR allows seniors in care communities to virtually travel and enjoy the world they otherwise might not be able to experience. This makes them feel more connected and less isolated which reduces feelings of loneliness.


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3 of the Hottest New Senior Tech Innovations

When we think of people using smart home products, we usually think of a hip twenty-something on their phone. However, senior tech — or silver tech — is one of the fastest-growing industries in the market. So, should you know about the hottest new industry?

This year at CES, many new exciting devices were released with the senior community in mind.

Designing Items with Caregivers in Mind

Starting off with a little help for caregivers, Procter & Gamble showed up with their new Gillette Treo. This is a razor designed for grooming of senior individuals by a caregiver. It features a tube filled with shaving cream which is easy to squeeze. This dispenses the shaving cream directly under the razor with one-handed ease.

Improving Hearing Aids

Since the rollback of hearing aid related laws in the U.S., a lot of change has been happening in the industry. A person no longer has to obtain approval from an audiologist to purchase hearing aids and that is expected to bring the price down significantly.

The Nuheara IQbusd2 Max earbuds, starting at a price of $400, allowed people at CES to successfully listen to conversations in two separate rooms at the same time. This is to meet the challenge of environments like restaurants that often cause trouble for the hearing impaired.

In the Home

Samsung has also started home innovations that can help seniors with the development of Ballie, a small ball-shaped robot designed to help around the house. The ball features built-in fall detection. Additionally, it will approach and ask if 911 is needed.

What This Means for Senior Tech

As we’ve been saying for a while now, the world is changing for seniors as the Boomers start retiring. This advent in tech is evidence that industries are innovating like never before to assist the aging demographic.

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Teaching Old Dogs Better Tricks: Seniors and Technology

It is a commonly accepted fact that seniors don’t understand technology. However, contrary to popular opinion, many seniors over the age of 50 have embraced their tablets and smartphones just as much as the younger generation. So why, then, does this untrue and –frankly– agist mentality about seniors and technology persist?

There are many reasons older adults are embracing technology at record rates. Recent studies show that seniors are adapting to the digital space more than ever before. About 70% of seniors are connected to the internet and use their phones, tablets, or laptops to access it.

That is why it is so important to put an end to this stigma as it reinforces negative stereotypes about seniors. So, here are the facts about seniors and technology:

Seniors Are More Likely to Be Dependent on Technology

As many Boomers enter their senior years, there is a demographic shift regarding how the senior community understands and uses digital devices. This is particularly true when it comes to care. The number of seniors needing some form of assistance far exceeds the number of caregivers in the job market. In fact, by 2050, the ratio of caregivers to seniors in need of assistance in the 80+ age group is expected to drop to as low as three to one. This number reveals a surplus of seniors that will need to manage another option for aging well without a care provider. Many seniors are turning to digital options to mitigate their needs. Now, seniors are adopting wearable devices, “smart” home amenities, and digital medication dispensers.

Seniors Like Technological Advances

Of the 70% of Americans over fifty who use the internet, many tend to view technology in a positive light. In fact, 58% of adults over 65 say technology has a positive impact on society. And of them, 10% profess to be online constantly. This is creating a push for software developers to consider the user characteristics of older adults to promote better user experiences during the design process. This may include larger text and buttons for poor eyesight associated with aging. Color vision also commonly declines with age and some seniors may have trouble distinguishing certain colors and need higher levels of contrast.

The Seniors of the Future

Interestingly, Boomers make up a huge part of the population. According to the Census Bureau by 2030, all baby boomers will be over the age of 65. That’s over 21% of America’s population. The fact is, the aging population is simply too large to ignore or disregard as many previous generations.

Similarly, seniors of today recognize the major benefits of technological advances in maintaining health and independence. This creates more opportunities for businesses to create better aging options in the midst of a growing caregiver crisis.

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Redefining Life and the Impact of Technology

Through the eyes of the senior generation, it is easy to point out the “evils” of digital technology and the negative impact it is having on future generations. Everywhere the faces of children and young adults are lit up by screens and they seem to be detached from the rest of the world bustling around them. Talk to parents or teachers and they will talk about “distractions,” “sleep-deprivation,” and “gratification addiction.” Doubtless, the discourse around digital technology and the way it is shaping the future may be cause for genuine concern. But stepping back from children and young adults, how is technology changing the way we think of family, and does technology influence how we are able to connect in the new age? It begs the question; What is the impact of technology?

The Positive Impact of Technology 

Communication

As afraid as we may be regarding the dangers the digital age poses to the status norm, it’s not as dire as many articles and news segments would have you believe. The digital age doesn’t just include the younger generations anymore. In fact, roughly 85% of seniors have internet access with 67% using it regularly. Senior individuals regularly use technology to communicate with family, learn, play, and entertain themselves just like everyone else.   

Independence

As technology continues to evolve, so too do the lives of those who use it. And the senior community is undergoing serious change as Baby Boomers enter the ranks of the retired. In fact, defined by an emphasis on independence, Boomers are causing everyone to rethink how we age. This generation of seniors isn’t afraid of technology as many have been using computers and cellphones throughout their professional careers.

Navigation

GPS has been a game-changer in people getting around with ease and tracking shipments. So much so, the technology is largely responsible for putting taxis out of business with the advent of rideshare systems, like Uber and Lyft. 

Security

Home security is a booming industry and it is only getting more effective with new developments in technology. For instance, alarms can be set and automated to immediately notify you in the event of a break-in or fire. This ensures greater safety of your personal effects as well as your livelihood.

Despite the negative coverage of new technology is ruining today’s youth, technology has made life easier and safer.

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Options to Keep You Connected Through Technology

As we grow older, keeping up with the latest technology can be tedious. That’s why we’ve created a straight forward guide for you to consider your options to stay connected through technology. Whether your family is across the country, you are using your retirement to travel, or you simply don’t get to see each other as often as you would like; these are some easy and useful ways to keep in touch with the people most important to you.

Quick Glossary of Terms:

  • Keyword: specific words used to categorize your posts.
  • Hashtag: used to “tag” keywords to make posts on particular topics easier to find. Example – #Caterday.
  • Cloud Storage: data storage that can be accessed through a website. Google Drive and Dropbox are popular examples.
  • Stream: Similar to cloud storage, streaming happens when you log in or subscribe to a database (often for video or audio material) and retrieve that data over the shared network in a continuous, uninterrupted “stream.” Netflix and Spotify are popular streaming services.
  • Scrolling: swiping through text or electronic displays, often on phones and tablets, to view various 

Email

One way to stay connected through technology is by email. Email is great for people who love letter writing but want to join the digital era. You can create a free and stay in touch digitally. Most adults under 70 already have one, so we probably don’t need to cover this too thoroughly.

Social Media

According to the numbers, most people under 60 are already familiar with Facebook. However, there are always new platforms popping up. To better choose which one/s might be right for you to stay connected, here are the demographics for users by age. This will help you determine how best to stay in touch with friends, children, and grandchildren.

  • Facebook – sharing photos and comments about daily life. About 84-88% of people between 18-49 use Facebook with 62% of people over 65. It is by far the most popular platform.
  • Instagram – sharing photos with captions and hashtags. This is most popular with younger generations, with 75% of people age 18-24 using the platform and only 8% of people over 65.
  • Twitter – sharing thoughts in text with 180 characters or fewer. This is popular among young professionals looking to create a public image as a thought leader. With 44% of people between 18-24, this platform is less popular due to the niche appeal. Only 7% of people over 65 are on the platform.
  • Pinterest – saving images to boards with a wide range of subjects. This platform has a somewhat even distribution across age groups with an average of 32% across people aged 18-64, with 15% of users over age 65.
  • Snapchat – allows users to share videos and pictures with minimal data usage. This platform trends to the young with 73% of people aged 18-24 and 3% of people over 65.
  • Tiktok – a video sharing platform that allows you to watch videos by simply scrolling and not tapping or clicking. This skews toward the young with 60% of all users between 16-24. If you have grandkids or great-grandkids, this is likely what they enjoy using most.

PhotoShare Friends and Family Smart Frame

PhotoShare Smart Frames are a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family by sharing photos and messages. Similar to an ordinary picture frame, this PhotoShare Frame uses digital images and can be linked to people in your contact list, allowing them to send images to the frame directly. There are three different ways to share (app, email, and Facebook) you can choose how you would like to connect. This way you can still see pictures of your family without having to keep up with social media every day.

Product Features:

  • 1-minute installation
  • Instant sharing and receiving
  • Album and slide show options
  • Free cloud storage
  • Messaging
  • Share with your list of contacts

Echo Show 8

Amazon is one of the leaders in being connected through technology. The newest addition to Amazon’s product line, the Echo Show 8 is similar to the PhotoShare Frame, just with some additional capabilities. You can download apps to stream your favorite entertainment or news channels. It also features video calling capabilities. With these more sophisticated features, there’s a bit of learning curve and more time is needed to get set up.

Product Features

  • Simple set up
  • Hands-free video calls
  • Voice-activated photo albums
  • Stream news and shows
  • Compatible with other Amazon smart devices

Looking for other ways to stay connected through technology with your grandchildren? Here are some technologies you can use to stay in touch with the younger generation.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Virtual Tour

A Guide to Senior Living Community Changes

Whether your senior living plans are already well underway or you are just beginning your research, tours are a great way to get to know a community. However, with the growing use of digital resources, it is important to keep your touring options open. Here you will learn the benefits of taking a virtual tour, how to determine if it is a good one, and how most of them are usually conducted. With this guide to tour a senior community digitally you will be one step closer to peace of mind and new neighbors. So, get ready for your new digital adventure.

Decide Which Things are Important

It is important to decide which things you don’t want to give up before you tour. Is space the most important thing to you or is it getting out and going to events? You should make these decisions before touring so you know what you are looking for before scheduling.

How Virtual Tours Work

There are a few different ways a virtual tour can work and benefits to each. Below you will find the variety of tours as well as what each one offers. Most virtual tours will be offered through Zoom, Skype, or Facetime.

  • Pre-recorded tours. These tours are recorded ahead of time and are often on-demand for prospective residents. 
    • The benefit of these kinds of tours is that you can take it whenever you want. 
    • The downside is you can’t ask questions easily.
    • You can tell it’s a good tour if they show meals and have event planners.
  • Live Virtual tours. These tours are scheduled with a representative of the sales team. 
    • The benefit of this type of tour is that you can ask questions and get answers in real-time. You can also ask to see specific amenities and areas of the community that you might not see otherwise.
    • The downside is you must make an appointment.
    • You can tell if this is a good tour if they are responsive to your questions and have a good plan for the tour.

Questions to Ask During Your Virtual Tour

In-person or online, here are some great questions to ask during your tour to make sure this is the right community for you.

  • What is the number of staff members compared to residents?
  • What kind of training is required of the staff?
  • Are there health services available on campus?
  • What types of specific care is the staff experienced?
  • What services are included in the monthly fee?
  • Ask to have pictures sent so you can compare communities later.

Now that you know what to look for, why not set up a tour with one of our associates and see all Life Enriching Communities has to offer to help you age well?

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How to Convert Photos to Digital to Make Space

If you’re downsizing or decluttering, the task can seem insurmountable. From clutter catching countertops to overstuffed closets, knowing where to start is just as important as deciding to start. There are a lot of strategies to downsizing, but a simple way to cut your clutter is to start with something that could simply take up less space if properly stored. And converting photos to digital is a great project to tackle first. You aren’t actually getting rid of anything, just storing photos in a way that takes up less space. If you’re ready to start consolidating, here are your digital transformation pointers. 

Why Converting Photos to Digital is Better

Since converting photos takes some time and a little effort, it’s important to understand the benefit of having digital photos over your long-cherished hard copies. Some benefits of converting photos to digital:

  • Digital photos are harder to damage (no ripping, water damage, or discoloration).
  • Photo albums can take up a lot of space on shelves or in storage.
  • Digital photos are easier to share through email and social media.
  • It is easy to make copies and store in multiple places with minimal effort.
  • Converted photos can be easily corrected to eliminate redeye or blemishes.

3 Simple Methods to Convert Photos to Digital

1. Scanning

Though you can get a scanner at a relatively reasonable cost and can save them right to your desktop, scanning photos is a bit time-consuming.

Basically, all you have to do is get the scanner and set it up. You should scan one photo at a time, which is why this process can take so long. Once the images are scanned, you will have the option to save them to your computer. We suggest setting up a folder for these photos so you know exactly where they are. From there you can save them to a cloud or share them on social media.

If you don’t want to do this yourself, there are companies like Shutterfly that will do it for you. 

2. Apps

Just like there are services that will scan your photos for you, there are apps that can help you as well. It can save you the cost and space of a scanner, which if you are downsizing your home might be better to avoid. These apps work just like taking a picture of the photo, except they have the added luxury of photo editing options like color correction.

Google Photo Scan is a comprehensive app.

3. Take Digital Photo

This is perhaps the most straightforward method. Simply use the camera on your phone and take a picture of the picture. Though this is one of the easiest methods, it gives you very little control over the image quality. If there is a shadow across the image or a tear in the photo, you won’t be able to fix it later. If you are just looking for a way to get the job done quickly, this might be something worth considering.

Regardless of which method you choose to use to convert photos to digital copies, one thing is for certain; you will have more space and less clutter when you are done.

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Now that you know what you need to about converting photos to digital, you can start planning for your future with confidence. To learn everything you need to know about aging well in general, check out our free A to Z Guide.

Twin Towers is a continuing care retirement community in Cincinnati, Ohio, offering patio homes, apartments, rehab services, and more. We’re focused on supporting the vibrant and active lifestyles of our residents so they can age well. For more information, contact Twin Towers online or at 513-853-2000.