Read about Professor Jean Coppola’s class in Investor’s Business Daily, a national newspaper:
The great majority of Americans surf the Internet, including 70% of the 50-to-64 age group, says the Pew Research Center.
But one age demographic still lags. Only 38% of the 65-and-over crowd go online.
That can change, says Jean Coppola, associate professor of computer science and information systems at Pace University in New York City. Computer use has huge benefits for older users, she says.
“It helps them cognitively. It keeps them mentally stimulated. It’s a brain exercise,” said Coppola, who teaches “Intergenerational Computing” at the school.
Every week undergraduate students team up one-on-one with what some feel are their adopted grandparents through an intergenerational computing program. Students’ along with seniors’ attitudes change toward each other with serendipitous strong bonds developing during this service-learning experience.