It took him months to convince his “quiet reserved” father who “hated learning new things” that he should draw for his grandchildren, as he had for his children, and post the pictures online to stay in touch. “He hated the idea and just could not grasp the concept. He didn’t understand the purpose of why we wanted to share his art on Instagram but I was determined to teach him,” he told BBC News from his home in New York. “But I sat down with him every day and at dinner one night, we had a conversation about drawing for my son. That was the turning point and eventually he became more receptive to learn.”  CONTINUE READING

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Encourage your grandparents to get involved with social media. Sitting down with them is building a relationship across generations. Our culture needs that cross-generational involvement. There’s no reason why Senior Adults can’t get involved unless a neurological disease prevents this. So here are some ways you can help them help your children understand your faith and family values, and build a relationship between them and their grandparent:

 

  • Public libraries have free computer classes.
  • Help them start a notebook to keep specific notes on how to use social media and the computer for later reference.
  • If you teach your grandparent how to use social media, give them handouts for them to keep in a notebook complete with a listing of passwords, user names, and web addresses.
  • Be patient and persistent. They grew up in a different generation. They don’t understand this secondary oral world they now live in.
  • If they suffer from dementia or Alzheimers, consider partnering with them to write down their memories, and later in your own words, share stories about them and their faith–a combination of your memories and what is left of theirs.
  • Be patient. What you know and what they know will be vastly different. They will ask questions about the computer that to you is second-nature.

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