An 89-year-old is encouraged by her teen-age mentor to create a YouTube cooking video. When a 92-year-old declares that still has all her teeth, her teen-age mentor turns her statement into a rap song for the video.
This is just one episode in an inspiring, warm and touching documentary, Cyber-Seniors directed by Saffron Cassaday, in which a group of companionable teenagers serve as mentors to many elders, helping them to jump into the use of social media and today’s technology.
The retired elders, from ages 65 to 92, begin as skeptics that they can understand and use this phenomenon. That expectation soon changes when they realize what’s in it for them, the many ways they can communicate with family and friends.
For many, the lessons, from their teenage mentors, focus on how to turn a computer on and get online. Soon everyone is learning email and creating Facebook accounts, especially enjoying the sharing of pictures. Skype and YouTube open new worlds for them.
With families now spread out all over the country (and beyond), technology is a tool that provides a way to keep families together, continuing to share the important stories, feelings, and connections.
This documentary celebrates the joy of learning new things, not stopped by age and the marvel of the generations working together. The Trailer of Cyber-Seniors gives a glimpse of the enjoyment – and the power – of this learning time among the two groups.
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