“Using Technology to Connect Generations” (new publication)

Posted: August 30, 2013

This joint Generations United/Penn State University publication provides information on ways in which technology is being used in a range of community settings and family contexts to promote understanding, build relationships, and facilitate cooperation between the generations.

The primary data source for the “Using Technology to Connect Generations” publication is a recent survey conducted with directors and lead staff members of 46 intergenerational programs that have a heavy technology component. These programs are diverse in terms of geography (they span 11 countries), types of technology used, and the ways in which technology is being used to support and enrich the lives of people of all ages. The report draws heavily on respondents’ quotes and uses them to paint a composite picture of program innovation, success and challenge.

Both the report and a companion “program profiles” document are available online.