With a more tech-savvy generation beginning to show up at senior living communities, technology providers and communities are responding. One example is Healthsense, which provides monitoring and response systems that work with the Internet. Chris Isherwood, executive director of The Virginian, a Fairfax, Va., continuing-care community that recently introduced Healthsense, says, "Our biggest cost in this industry is labor ... with a system like this that uses pendants and motion sensors, we can identify users and potential issues much earlier."

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