Forget the Sunday night phone call. Grandparents and grandkids are connecting— and connected—as never before.
Certainly, it’s nothing new that kids are plugging in and staying connected. But what is new is that it may be a grandparent on the other end of that virtual tin can—and that technology is bridging the vast age and distance gap that has long divided the generations. “A group of us was having dinner, and one woman had to tell her husband to put his iPod Touch away. He was emailing his grandchildren,” says Mary Henderer, a Wilmington, Del., grandmother of four.
It’s a perfect storm of demographics and technology.
As a group, grandparents and grandchildren have plenty in common. They have free time, disposable income for gadgets and gizmos, and a keen interest in staying in touch with people. continue reading>>
Source: The Wall Street Therapy
Many elder advocates approve of seniors “staying connected” via the Internet and cell phone. An information clearinghouse known as The Eldercare Locator has released a series of tips to help older people understand how to use these technologies. The Eldercare Locator’s guide “Staying Connected: Technology Options for Older Adults” teaches older adults how to use technology tools including texting, emailing and social networking websites (such as Facebook). The guide also explains YouTube, Twitter, Skype, Instant Messaging and blogging in addition to how to maintain safety and privacy. continue reading>>
Source: Tauton Daily Gazette
Image Source: Washington Examiner
Deidre Weliky, center, leads a discussion at the Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center in Flushing. Some participants, visible on the computer screen, join in from their homes.
At the Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center in Queens, a social worker, Rachel Itzkowitz, is leading the weekly current events class, guiding participants through a series of discussions. What did they think about that shooting at the Mexican border? About higher compensation for first responders injured on Sept. 11? And what about the controversy over building a Muslim community center near the World Trade Center site?
Milton Greidinger has something to say. “A lot of baloney,” he huffs. “They don’t have to slap America in the face by putting a mosque where the damage was done. You can have religious freedom by building it on another street, that’s what I think.”
Mr. Greidinger, 86, a retired department store buyer, isn’t in the room with the half-dozen other class members. Largely homebound because of mobility problems, he’s logging in from his apartment on a computer he received and learned to use just a few months ago, in a demonstration project by Selfhelp Community Services, a New York senior services organization. continue reading>>
Source: Paula Span (New York Times, August 3, 2010)
Photo Source: Jason DeCrow