ERIC Number: ED336619
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Computers and the Elderly Program at Syracuse University: A History.
In 1983, the Syracuse All-University Gerontology Center (AUGC) began to offer computer classes to older adults. In starting what is now called the Computers and the Elderly Program, AUGC's director and assistant director sought advice from the Syracuse University Elders Council, comprised of older alumni, who were also among the first class participants. An important part of the program was research regarding the impact of computer use on the elderly. As the demand for instruction grew, the program expanded in two directions. In 1985, the local school district and the AUGC collaborated in arranging for older adult volunteers, who had received computer training themselves, to teach elementary school children how to use a computer. Also in 1985, negotiations began for AUGC to become an original SeniorNet site; the actual site designation was granted in May 1986. SeniorNet was a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco that operated a computer network for older adults. This network linked elders at many geographically dispersed sites, where they received training and had access to computers. When AUGC administrative headquarters was moved in Spring 1988, the Computers and the Elderly Program was adopted by the Kellogg Project. Before the Kellogg Project ended in 1991, a new home was found for the Computers and the Elderly Program in the Wagon Wheel Senior Center. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Kellogg Project.