Friend­ship Vil­lage Helps Adults to Know What Their Grand­kids Know

Asso­ciates from Friend­ship Vil­lage’s Lifestyles Depart­ment have put togeth­er a pro­gram designed to help adults nav­i­gate their way through poten­tial­ly mind-bog­gling pop cul­ture and inde­ci­pher­able tech­nol­o­gy. Those seek­ing the def­i­n­i­tion of tweet and Google, an under­stand­ing of social media, or a glimpse into uses for iPads and Skype have ben­e­fit­ted great­ly from Know What Your Grand­kids Know. The pro­gram was launched by Jeff Rose, lifestyles pro­duc­er and vol­un­teer coor­di­na­tor and Mike McCann, lifestyles direc­tor. Know What Your Grand­kids Know, which has been held on cam­pus and in off-site venues, is cur­rent­ly being con­duct­ed at Harp­er Col­lege through their Life­long Learn­ing Instruc­tion Program.

The class is designed to help seniors become more engaged in their grand­chil­dren’s lives by under­stand­ing and using the tech­nol­o­gy and cul­ture that is around them,” said Jeff. The sem­i­nar cov­ers top­ics includ­ing the basics of smart phones, apps, stream­ing movies and social media and is pre­sent­ed in a lec­ture form, with ‑on demon­stra­tion, inter­ac­tive dis­cus­sion and ques­tion and answer sessions.

The 75 and old­er pop­u­la­tion is grow­ing 3% faster than the total population.

—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention