Grandparents Gone Wired

Thanks to you, we got older adults connected to new technology to stay in touch with family and friends year-round

Thanks to you, we got

older adults connected to new technology

to stay in touch with family and friends year-round

Grandparents Gone Wired Photos

  Frequently Asked Questions  

What is Grandparents Gone Wired?

Grandparents Gone Wired encourages young people to share their tech knowledge with their grandparents or older adults in their community to help the older adult learn to use new forms of technology and stay connected with friends and family.

How does this work?

You first, picked a type of technology you wanted to teach to an older adult. You got together with that person, and followed the teaching tips for that particular technology. Then, you reported back with a photo of you and the older adult using the technology and you were be entered to win the $4,000 scholarship.

Did you have to teach every type of technology to an older adult?

Absolutely not! You could have picked any type of technology - as long as you were comfortable teaching it and your student was interested in learning it!

What if I didn’t know any older adults to teach?

No problem! Older adults at senior centers are always looking for ways to learn new technology. You could find a local senior center by searching online for your town/city + “senior center” or “nursing home.” You could also try contacting your town officials or places of worship (like churches or synagogues) to get info. You could also try to find your local senior center through your local Department of Aging.

What is Mentor Up?

Mentor Up is a new way to make a difference from AARP Foundation that brings together the younger generation's energy and talents to pursue reverse mentoring and community service opportunities that help people 50 and older.

In addition, Mentor Up is also working with organizations rooted in service and driven by social missions, including the 4-H Council, DoSomething.org, Generations United, The Intergenerational Center at Temple University, Magic Johnson Foundation and Facebook. For more information about Mentor Up, visit www.mentorup.org.

I still have questions!

We probably have answers! Email Sarah at grandparents@dosomething.org for help.

Back to Top