When it comes to learning about the modern technologies and gadgets of today, there are many benefits for adults 55+ to learn from younger, more technology savvy generations. Some might think, what do the younger generations get out of helping older adults?
Volunteering as a technology tutor for adults 55+ with ETAG has benefits of its own. First, young volunteers are able to learn from the older adults we work with. They can instil in us how the world once was and how their experiences have helped them learn valuable life lessons. Whether the discussion is gardening, relationships, or world events, to name just a few, having access to the ideas and opinions of an older generation helps many volunteers understand the world we live in a little better.
Second, volunteers are in a position to give back to our community, helping others achieve their goals. This is a great feeling! It’s always an amazing day when I’m able to help someone connect with their family via email or Facebook for the first time, or showing them how much incredible information is available using tools like Google and YouTube. The smile our older adult students get when they’ve accomplished something for the first time is the best part! That’s why many ETAG’s volunteers continue to stay involved.
At ETAG, adults 55+ are able to learn how to use technology and be engaged with the younger generations, which is sometimes the only opportunity for this type of interaction for all the individuals involved, both young tutors and older students. This is always illustrated at ETAG’s Volunteer Technology Assistance Program, which pairs volunteers with adults looking for advice and help using technology. SO MUCH FUN FOR EVERYONE 🙂
– Ashia Arshad (ETAG Lead Volunteer)