Technology company K4 Connect and Garmin International have partnered to encourage activity among senior living residents.
K4 Connect will integrate into its K4Community platform Garmin’s vívofit 3 wearable devices, which can monitor steps and activity levels, heart rate, sleep and a variety of other health and fitness metrics. It also can show real-time analytics for activity and wellness trends.
“Residents walking together and comparing daily step counts helps foster socialization, and recent data show that isolation in seniors increases the risk of heart disease by 29 percent,” said Scott Moody, co-founder, CEO and chief client advocate of K4Connect. “We’re excited to be teaming with Garmin, and this is just the beginning of what we see as a long-term relationship, focused on serving older adults and those living with disabilities.”
Travis Johnson, lead product manager at Garmin Health, said that “[r]esults from the initial deployments and pilots have been very good,” and resident use of the product was high.
The tracker has a long battery life and is water-resistant, according to the companies.