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‘Smart’ senior community opens

The first foreign-capital-financed senior living community in the Yangtze River Delta Ecology and Greenery Integration Demonstration Zone opened over the weekend.

It will provide cross-region senior care options for the elderly in Shanghai and the entire Yangtze River Delta region.

The “Ardor Gardens” complex located on the banks of the beautiful Dianshan Lake in suburban Qingpu District has a garden-style environment. Covering about 85,000 square meters, it has a green coverage of nearly 40 percent.

It has about 800 apartments that can accommodate around 1,300 residents. The first phase of six buildings with nearly 250 apartments has started operation. Construction of the rest is scheduled to be completed within one year.

The complex features senior-friendly designs based on their health conditions and safety demands, such as barrier-free doors accessible to people in wheelchairs, arc angle wood furniture, handles at bathroom, and eco-friendly features like solar water-heating systems on rooftops.

Smart technologies are also featured at the community.

Robots will deliver meals to residents’ doorways, and one-click alarm systems with positioning functions will enable staff to locate seniors in case of emergencies.

Meanwhile, activity applications, service appointments and health management can all be made with one click via the community’s app.

Smart bracelets that can measure health data such as blood pressure and step numbers are delivered to elderly residents.

The community also has a range of facilities, such as fitness and yoga areas, a swimming pool, cafe, teahouse and reading room. Health lectures, DIY, dancing classes, calligraphy, flower arrangement and aromatherapy experience courses are also on offer.

It mainly serves seniors aged between 60 and 75 living in Shanghai and nearby cities, according to Lendlease, the community’s foreign-funded developer and operator.

The community welcomed the first batch of seniors over the weekend. Nearly one third of their children have lived overseas.

They share similarities such as open-mindedness, are vigorous, keen to try fresh things, and pursue high-quality life experiences, the operator said.

A resident, surnamed Zhang, who is in his 60s, said: “Unlike traditional senior homes, this community is more like a resort, it has a homely environment with careful services and diversified activities.”

At the end of 2020, Shanghai’s population aged 60 and above was 5.33 million, or 36.1 percent of permanent residents, up 3 percent from 2019.


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