Bridging the Digital Divide: College Students Mentoring Seniors Via an Intergenerational Interdisciplinary Computing Course

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/243238
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Bridging the Digital Divide: College Students Mentoring Seniors Via an Intergenerational Interdisciplinary Computing Course
Author(s):
Wexler, Sharon Stahl; Drury, Lin J.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Zeta Omega
Author Details:
Wexler, Sharon Stahl, PhD, swexler@pace.edu; Drury, Lin J., PhD;
Abstract:
Nursing and Computer Science faculty created an interdisciplinary “Gerotechnology” course that prepares students to mentor older adults in computer literacy. The goal of the partnership is to prepare students for a future living and working in a world dominated by seniors.   Residents of long term care facilities are matched with students who assist with computer and internet use.  The course introduces students to residents with complex chronic illnesses while demonstrating that older adults are vital human beings who grow and change throughout the semester.  

Students have an aging sensitivity experience and practice communication with seniors.  Nursing students assess the physical and cognitive status of the residents. Computer science students adapt equipment to meet residents’ needs. Residents are mentored to overcome their computer fears, learn a new set of communication skills, and be mentally stimulated.  They confront preexisting attitudes about competencies of older adults while sharing their technological skills.  Nursing students monitor ongoing health needs and collaborate with facility staff.  As residents gain skill, they are guided to online health information.

A pretest-posttest design is utilized. Students are assessed on attitudes toward older adults.  The seniors are evaluated on their comfort with technology and cognitive status.  Preliminary data demonstrate a statistically significant change in students’ attitudes toward older adults, and a more positive perspective of careers in gerontology.  Preliminary senior data demonstrates a statistically significant improvement in cognitive function

Cresci, M. K., & Jarosz, P. A. (2010). Bridging the Digital Divide for Urban Seniors: Community Partnership. Geriatric Nursing, 31(6), 455-463.

Seals, C.D., Clanton, K., Agarwal, R., Doswell, F., Thomas, C.M.  (2008).  Lifelong Learning:  Becoming computer savvy at a later age.  Educational Gerontology, 34,   1055-1069.

Seelman, K., Collins, D.M., Bharucha, A.J., Osborn, J.  (2007).  Giving meaning to quality of life through technology.  Nursing Homes:  Long Term Care Management, 56,  40-42.

 

Keywords:
interdisciplinary computing; interegenerational learning; Aging sensitivity
Repository Posting Date:
12-Sep-2012
Date of Publication:
12-Sep-2012 ; 12-Sep-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
23rd International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Brisbane, Australia

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dc.titleBridging the Digital Divide: College Students Mentoring Seniors Via an Intergenerational Interdisciplinary Computing Courseen
dc.contributor.authorWexler, Sharon Stahlen
dc.contributor.authorDrury, Lin J.en
dc.contributor.departmentZeta Omegaen
dc.author.detailsWexler, Sharon Stahl, PhD, swexler@pace.edu; Drury, Lin J., PhD;en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/243238-
dc.description.abstractNursing and Computer Science faculty created an interdisciplinary &ldquo;Gerotechnology&rdquo; course that prepares students to mentor older adults in computer literacy. The goal of the partnership is to prepare students for a future living and working in a world dominated by seniors.&nbsp; &nbsp;Residents of long term care facilities are matched with students who assist with computer and internet use. &nbsp;The course introduces students to residents with complex chronic illnesses while demonstrating that older adults are vital human beings who grow and change throughout the semester.&nbsp;&nbsp; <p>Students have an aging sensitivity experience and practice communication with seniors. &nbsp;Nursing students assess the physical and cognitive status of the residents. Computer science students adapt equipment to meet residents&rsquo; needs. Residents are mentored to overcome their computer fears, learn a new set of communication skills, and be mentally stimulated.&nbsp; They confront preexisting attitudes about competencies of older adults while sharing their technological skills.&nbsp; Nursing students monitor ongoing health needs and collaborate with facility staff.&nbsp; As residents gain skill, they are guided to online health information. <p>A pretest-posttest design is utilized. Students are assessed on attitudes toward older adults.&nbsp; The seniors are evaluated on their comfort with technology and cognitive status.&nbsp; Preliminary data demonstrate a statistically significant change in students&rsquo; attitudes toward older adults, and a more positive perspective of careers in gerontology.&nbsp; Preliminary senior data demonstrates a statistically significant improvement in cognitive function <p>Cresci, M. K., &amp; Jarosz, P. A. (2010). Bridging the Digital Divide for Urban Seniors: Community Partnership. <i>Geriatric Nursing, 31</i>(6), 455-463. <p>Seals, C.D., Clanton, K., Agarwal, R., Doswell, F., Thomas, C.M.&nbsp; (2008).&nbsp; Lifelong Learning:&nbsp; Becoming computer savvy at a later age.&nbsp; <i>Educational Gerontology, 34, </i>&nbsp;&nbsp;1055-1069. <p>Seelman, K., Collins, D.M., Bharucha, A.J., Osborn, J.&nbsp; (2007).&nbsp; Giving meaning to quality of life through technology.&nbsp; <i>Nursing Homes:&nbsp; Long Term Care Management, 56,</i>&nbsp; 40-42. <p>&nbsp;en
dc.subjectinterdisciplinary computingen
dc.subjectinteregenerational learningen
dc.subjectAging sensitivityen
dc.date.available2012-09-12T09:19:26Z-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12en
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-12T09:19:26Z-
dc.conference.date2012en
dc.conference.name23rd International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationBrisbane, Australiaen
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