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How Senior Living Communities Use Technology During the Era of Coronavirus

As we physically distance from each other, technology is bridging the gap to keep us connected. Senior-friendly apps and virtual tours can help you enjoy independent living to the fullest. Here are some of our favorites at Prime West Knoxville.

Straight to Video

FaceTime is an easy way to stay in touch with loved ones, while WhatsApp allows video chats of up to four people at once. A popular choice for larger groups is Zoom, which lets as many as 100 participants join a face-to-face call. You can find step-by-step user guides online, or if you’re struggling to install an app, consider sanitizing your phone or tablet and placing it outside so a friend can help. You could also request assistance from Social Media 4 Seniors, who specialize in making technology simpler for older adults in Knoxville, TN.

See the Sights

Travel may be off-limits, but you can tour a famous landmark, nature spot, or museum from the comfort of your own home. Check out Google Treks to explore sights like the Grand Canyon and Everest Base Camp and virtual museum tours to spot iconic artwork at the Uffizi Gallery or Rijksmuseum. 

Groceries to Your Door
Apps such as Instacart will send a personal shopper to the store to pick up your weekly groceries, charging an individual service fee for each shop (usually 5%). Also, East Tennessee nonprofit SCHAS is picking up groceries with no delivery cost for residents age 62 or older or with compromised immune systems. 

For residents at Prime West Knoxville, you don’t have to pay an additional fee to enjoy the food you love. Request your favorite meal from our dining area and we’ll deliver it right to your door.

Move More at Home
Prime West Knoxville’s wellness partner, Advanced Exercise, has released informative (and free!) workout videos showcasing short, simple movements seniors can do to stay active in the safety of their own home. Personal trainer Jenny McClendon’s Fit Start YouTube channel is also a fantastic resource.

Restaurant-Quality Cooking
How about preparing something scrumptious with free online cooking classes? We love Jamie Oliver’s #stayhome and cook YouTube channel, while the Everyday Food channel has a huge range of tips, from making pizza dough to creating the perfect pretzel. 

Experience Independent Senior Living in West Knoxville, TN

Ready to learn what life at Prime is all about? Prime West Knoxville is offering individual tours by appointment (following CDC guidelines) and we are also running scheduled virtual tours. Reach out to us today to arrange a visit and learn about our friendly community.

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