In the center of Louisville, Kentucky, silver-haired seniors try on virtual reality goggles and curiously press buttons in a high-tech kitchen. In a mock bedroom, they experiment with Ergotron’s StyleView® Patient eTable, noting how it easily slides over a bed for access to a tablet and other essentials. This hands-on experience is the focus of the Thrive Innovation Center, a non-profit organization that highlights technology innovation and education for those over the age of 50.
Addressing the needs of our older generations represents a key priority for families, communities and companies. By 2030, as the last Baby Boomers turn 65, older adults are expected to reach 20 percent of the population, according to the Institute on Aging. With an estimated five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and that number expected to nearly triple to 14 million by 2050, the Thrive Center’s first focus area will be memory care, including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive fitness.
In the 7,500 square-foot space, seniors and community members are invited to interact and learn about the latest innovation in senior and home care. Aligning with the center’s mission to transform the quality of life and quality of care through innovation, Ergotron provided ergonomic mounting and technology furniture solutions to support caregivers and improve resident interaction with digital displays.
“We are proud to be part of the Thrive Center’s initiative to enhance the care of our aging population and eager to be a part of creating the innovative care solutions that will result,” said Pete Segar, CEO of Ergotron. “We have been empowering caregivers and care staff for more than 35 years with ergonomic mounting and technology furniture and are uniquely qualified to help caregivers improve their quality of care.”
As a hub for senior and home care companies, the Louisville location offers a platform for product ideation and strengthened partnerships to address the evolving needs of this growing population. Many technology providers and partners test and showcase products within the Thrive Center, organized by CDW, who serves as the official technology sponsor.
“CDW is a long-time partner with Ergotron in the health care space, and we’re excited to see the impact they’re making by providing meaningful solutions at the point-of-care and now in the long-term care arena,” said Ed Krnak, Ergotron’s Executive Channel Account Manager.
The Thrive Center officially opened its doors on November 1. Ergotron looks forward to continuing to work with this important non-profit, while growing our healthcare offering to help patients of all ages and their caregivers thrive.
See how Ergotron can support an entire health facilities – from administrators to patients and IT professionals to caregivers – at healthcare.ergotron.com.