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03.17.22 | Community & Lifestyle

Why Technology Can Help You Discover Your Purpose

While the internet offers an endless amount of affordances, it often comes with a sense of overwhelming. Often, people will approach this matter by disengaging with the medium. But what if we started looking at it from a different perspective, thinking about how we can take advantage of technology to better our wellbeing and find our purpose?

For most, the meaning of life lies in the relationship we build with our family and community or through the application of various goals and values we assign to ourselves with time. As a significant element of Sage Collective’s 9 Ways of Vibrant Living, we believe that discovering a purpose is an essential component of living vibrantly. 

What many people often forget is that our purpose isn’t set. It ebbs and flows and changes as we do. Throughout these shifts of perspective, we find ourselves lost and without direction, which is why it’s so critical to experience a sense of connection, an affordance technology offers.

Because of technology, we are more connected and informed than ever before, but it’s also more difficult than ever for us to hide from negative behaviors. “Technology has to be utilized to bridge the gap that it has created. When so much of our lives are played out through technology; the best way to enhance them might just be through it,” says Constellation AI, one of the leading companies building technology to enhance human wellbeing. 

Because of technology’s various resources, including access to new communities, activities and knowledge, it has the potential to empower individuals and better our ability to find purpose. Discover how you can use technology to better yourself, find a way to live in harmony with both your physical and digital environment, and through that connectedness, you’re sure to discover your inner purpose. 

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02.24.22 | Community & Lifestyle

Curate Your Home to Support a Vibrant Lifestyle

Studies have discovered that more than 80 percent of how long the average person lives is influenced by their lifestyle and environment, while only around 20 percent is influenced by genes. Knowing this and the fact that the majority of our lives are spent within our homes, it’s more important than ever to understand the importance of curating your home to strengthen your wellbeing. Here are a handful of ways you can do so: 

Most individuals don’t think about the impact their surrounding environment can have on their longevity and health, but a thoughtfully curated environment can leave positive effects on anyone’s health.  

Utilize Natural Light

One of the most important – and easiest – things you can implement in your home to support a vibrant lifestyle is by taking advantage of as much natural light as possible. Whether this means leaving your shades open throughout the day or pulling back your curtain when the sun is shining, the benefits natural light provides are too good to lose. 


Another great way you can easily curate your home is by personalizing your decor with health motivators. There are various ways you can decorate your home to help motivate you to stay healthy. Framing pictures or art of your favorite place to be outdoors is a great way to encourage you to spend time outside more often. Other homes practice this by dedicating an area of their house to display achievements and items that make them proud. 

Support Yourself With Technology

Taking advantage of the various technologies that are accessible to you is another great way you can support a vibrant lifestyle within your home. And while phones, tablets and computers are amazing resources, countless other devices can provide even more benefits to your health. Whether you’re looking for kitchen tools to boost your diet, like a slow cooker or multi-cooker, or devices that can help you sleep, like a white noise machine, technology is a powerful way to curate your environment to better your wellbeing. 

Whether you think of it or not, you’re more than likely spending more time at home than you realize. Because of this, taking a few thoughtful actions to curate your living environment to support vibrant living could leave a huge impact on your wellbeing, changing the trajectory for the rest of your life.

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10.01.20 | Community & Lifestyle

Understanding the Role of Smart Design in Our Lives

As a leader in older adult living, Sage Advice prides itself on cultivating an extensive library of knowledge on relevant trends and best practices in the field of senior living and wellness. One such trend, smart design, is a uniquely adaptable, constantly evolving concept that grows with new findings daily. Today, we’re exploring what exactly smart design is, what role it plays in older adults’ lives and how its unique adaptability makes it suitable for any home.

What is it and who is it for?

Smart design is anything that combines research, technology and creativity to develop devices that improve user experience. Although a prevalent tool used to provide solutions for older adults, smart design is not limited to one specific age group — it is just coincidental that many challenges smart design seeks to address are ones that come with age. 

Smart design is employed in private residences and communal homes alike. In both, smart design (which often involves smart technology) creates an environment that is safer and more accessible for its residents, often focusing on challenging areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Design solutions can be as simple as installing grab bars or shower benches, or as complex as wearable, data-tracking technology. 

Ultimately, resident (and caregiver) preferences determine which smart design solutions are a best fit for each unique situation. Everyone’s physical, cognitive, financial and emotional needs vary, and smart design solutions can be made custom to match.

The end goal

Meanwhile, why we pursue smart design is quite nuanced. Smart design seeks to address a broad continuum of unique challenges: from basic physical safety and functionality needs, to more high level goals such as mental wellbeing and the ability to flourish and be happy in one’s environment. 

Smart design pursues these end results in a triage-like manner. In following the hierarchy of needs, safety needs are always the first to be addressed. If a person is not fundamentally safe in their environment, nothing else matters initially. Once those safety needs are met, then concerns can move up the scale to address things such as mental wellness. At this stage, it becomes a question of how smart design can enhance a person’s quality of life, from their ability to remain connected and engaged to even how their environment influences their self-image. 

Smart design, technology and the future

Naturally, smart design evolves in parallel with technology. These days, smart design can do everything from remotely controlling lighting to providing video surveillance to utilizing data sensors to predict fall risks or other health factors. The ability of smart design tech to transfer information to caretakers streamlines many previously archaic processes and provides increased security and protection but with it comes potential privacy concerns. 

Voice-activated smart technology (like Amazon Echo and Alexa) can provide increased capability and convenience. Smartphone assistants like Siri also give access to incredibly handy apps able to assist with shopping, banking and making appointments. While this technology has benefits, it is not without its challenges. Some smart design users are tech averse and prefer not to go this route, while for others still this type of tech is inaccessible or unaffordable. There are also concerns that a person’s reliance on tech can potentially decrease their independence. 

When looking towards the future of smart design, these will be the field’s biggest challenges: retaining balance, and overcoming issues of equity and spatial justice. But in the world of smart design, where every solution is person-specific, that flexibility provides degrees of freedom and space for inventive thought as we continually seek how to live our best lives and support best lives for others. 

As Sage Collective continues to pursue its mission of building a vibrant, affordable housing campus on Chicago’s South Side, smart design will become integral to our vision of comfortable, convenient and inclusive homes. Whether a resident of our future community or a follower of our vibrant living manifesto, we’ll always champion best-in-class knowledge and practices to be shared with our audience.

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