Intergenerational Mentoring Success Stories: Harnessing Digital Natives as iPod & iPad Volunteers for Older Adults

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific

Presented by ASA’s Network on Environments, Services and Technology (NEST)

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Includes complimentary CEUs

Student volunteers can provide a wonderful boost to older adult programs. Student volunteer programs also can be a challenge to manage and tricky to build into a sustainable programs. This session provides firsthand insight into a variety of different student volunteer programs that were successful in working with older adults using iPods and iPads. Insights include finding students, challenges and benefits, sustainability and lessons learned.
Participants in this web seminar will be able to: 
Define actionable timeframes and incentives for student volunteers;
Understand how to provide basic sensitivity trainings for student volunteers; and,
Identify three elements of a sustainable intergenerational program.


Debby DoddsDebby Dodds is a gerontologist and creator of the TouchTEAM approach for using iPads when a person has memory loss. She is implementing several iPad and memory loss grants, including one pairing local university pre-med students with a healthcare nursing facility to spur intergenerational iPad engagement for residents with memory loss.


Michael PotteigerMichael Potteiger has implemented several grants from the York Country Community Foundation as part of its embracing aging initiative. The grants funded the purchase of iPads for an intergenerational training program where high school and college students teach local older adults how to use smartphones and tablets. 



Judy Hyland

Julie Hyland works with more than three dozen nursing homes that in 2016 implemented Music & Memory, establishing a student volunteer program with high school and college students. In 2013, Wisconsin launched the first statewide nursing home initiative to implement the personalized music program. Since 2013, more than 350 Wisconsin nursing homes implemented Music & Memory, and the program has spread to assisted living communities, adult day centers, hospice, Aging and Disability Resource Centers and public libraries.