‘We don’t want seniors to fear technology’
LOUISVILLE, Ky. –Following a grand opening last month, visitors to the Thrive Innovation Center can now stop by or arrange a tour of the 7,500-square-foot space to see and test state-of-the-art technology, including wearables and therapeutic solutions that support healthy aging in place.
“At a vulnerable time like when a patient is discharged from the hospital, there was really no place for families to go to see the technology and innovation they might be using to stay healthy in their home,” said Sheri Rose, CEO and executive director of the Thrive Innovation Center. “The center will provide a unique environment to collaborate around the goal of powering better care through technology.”
The Thrive Innovation Center features companies with market penetration whose technologies fit the center’s changing themes. The inaugural theme is memory care/dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, so products currently featured include beaconing platforms, gait assessment and fall risk platforms, telehealth and more. Rose said the center will also begin offering monthly programs and classes designed around the featured technologies.
The Thrive Innovation Center was established through a number of grants, donations, underwriting and in-kind gifts as a nonprofit organization. CDW Healthcare funded the center’s technology infrastructure, and additional technology support has come from companies like Lenovo, Hewlett Packard, Intel and Samsung, among others.
Louisville is home to a large cluster of companies that focus on senior care like Signature HealthCARE, Kindred Healthcare and PharMerica, who are also Thrive supporters, so locating the first center here made sense, Rose said. With the U.S. Census Bureau projecting the number of people aged 65 and up to be more than 98 million in 2060, she said she’d be happy to see others established in cities all over the country.
“What drives us is a passion to make a difference,” Rose said. “We don’t want seniors to fear technology.”