Every semester, our team at Generation Connect collaborates with Dr. Mary Ligon and her gerontology students to teach local seniors how to use smartphones and tablets. Prior to pairing up with seniors for the 8-week course, the students go through a two day sensitivity training. This Spring, we trained our fourth group of students.Read More
Why Schools and Volunteer Groups Should Make Intergenerational Learning a Priority
Most young peoples’ perceptions of old age are shaped by two major influences - their grandparents and aging stigmas. That’s a narrow view of an endlessly diverse group of people. Connecting young and old is paramount to healthy aging and has the potential to change the way generations view each other for years to come.Read More
Since Fall of 2015, Generation Connect has been helping students train older adults on smartphones and tablets at local seniors centers. We've been privileged to collaborate on this project with Dr. Mary Ligon of York College of Pennsylvania.Read More
Messaging or Calling Distant Family Together
When I told my grandmother that I wanted to get her an iPad, she told me to forget it!
Instead of forcing the issue, I would visit her and FaceTime multiple people that I knew she’d enjoy seeing. After the third visit, she said - “Ok, get me a pad!”.
According to Pew Research, the percent of people that own a smartphone has doubled since 2011. For many of us that means helping our digitally challenged parents or grandparents learn how to use their new gadgets.
Our team has hosted hundreds of workshops for new learners. Often, we meet people that had friends or family help get them started and made one of these common mistakes:Read More
Technology can be intimidating and frustrating, but it can also change a person's life for the better. The following research studies show how modern day technologies can positively impact older adult's emotional well-being.Read More