Smart Devices Today

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date March 19, 2019

We live in a world where technology is not a luxury but more of a necessity. In addition to “smartphones,” the technology masterminds of the world have created voice-activated smart houses, cars that park themselves, apps that act as accountants or fitness instructors, and devices that take away the stressors of yesterday.

At a recent innovation show called CES 2019, there was a large focus on a variety of high-tech products that are geared towards the senior adult. Click the article below for more information.

Companies Creating Technology Aimed at Older Adults

Kirkwood by the River is engaged in the smart devices conversation. Join us on May 13, 2019, for our first of a six-part Smart Seniors Seminar Series entitled, “Smart Devices for Seniors.” Other topics of conversation include social media and online safety, how to manage and get the most out of your retirement dollars, nutritional wellbeing, downsizing and decluttering, and an interview with our Life Plan Community resident panel.

Call or email Sarah Sexton for more information on the series at 205-341-9919 or


The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

My only regret is that I didn’t move here sooner with my late husband. We would have loved living here together. It would have been perfect for us to travel without the responsibilities of a home.

Nell Mehaffey Current Resident

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

We love that Kirkwood isn’t only church affiliated, but faith is a very prominent, important part of the community. To us, there just couldn’t be a better place.

Bob Tate Current Resident

If you asked me, I would say it gets better every year!

Robbie Sevier Former Resident of 37 Years

We’re a family. We really are a family.

Bet Kesmodel Current Resident