What are the benefits of using IT to connect generations?

This project will help older residents to understand how technology can enhance their lives through improved communication, access to information and services, hobbies and interests to reduce social isolation and promote a better quality of life. Individuals aged over 60 still remain less likely to access the internet than younger age groups and this project addresses that need.

By empowering older people with knowledge and skills to go online it can help them to live more independently and to feel more connected to their families and the wider world and contribute to their overall well-being.

Residents can learn how to access information, shop, pursue hobbies and interests, keep in touch with family/friends and wider community by using email, skype, facebook, twitter and whats app, save money by making best use of finances and using on-line banking, research family history, and use digital photography.

The intergenerational approach that the project adopts has a much bigger impact on the people involved, supporting them to feel both digitally and socially included. The opportunity for older people to work with younger people promotes community connections and helps form meaningful relationships between different generations and also age specific organisations.

Residents have commented that being able to use the same technical terminology as their younger family members has helped them communicate more effectively with them and to feel more connected and in touch with the wider world. A Scheme Co-ordinator noted that her residents now – when they need to know the answer to a question or find out some information – will say “let’s google that”!. Another Co-ordinator has reported that running the sessions has created a ‘buzz’ around the building. It has created more opportunities for residents to socialise, and to make good use of the common room/lounge.

For a full list of supported housing schemes that have taken part in the project & more information on their experience, explore our case studies and testimonials on the Digital Age Project homepage.