Royal Roads MA students Brett Blair and Hope Hickli spent the last four weeks providing computer tutorials to four elderly adults at a seniors’ residence in Langford to find out if those participating actively online feel less lonely and more connected to the world, friends and family. The pair also interviewed Dr. Fiona Manning, a physician who works at a unique practice in Victoria that offers home visits to elderly patients, and who provided commentary on the potential emotional, social and cognitive benefits of engaged computer use. Now they are hoping others want to help put together a program that would invite high school students to volunteer, to help seniors learn how social media can keep them connected and improve their daily lives.
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4F6CX73RS8
CHEK TV article can be read and shared here: http://www.cheknews.ca/royal-roads-student-study-impact-of-social-media-on-seniors/
Brett and Hope's inquiry raises questions about connectedness, loneliness, emotional and cognitive health and well-being, and whether one-on-one workshops like the ones we conducted can have a positive impact on the lives of the elderly.