URI Engaging Generations Cyber-Seniors digiAge Pilot Project

Dr. Skye Leedahl

The URI Engaging Generations Cyber-Seniors Program, run by Professor of Human Development & Family Science Dr. Skye Leedahl, helps older adults learn digital skills through intergenerational interactions with URI student mentors.  The program builds critical communication, critical thinking, and teaching skills for the students in the process of helping Rhode Island older adults become tech-savvy. Since 2016, the Cyber-Seniors program has served 1,100 older adults, with 250 URI students providing over 3,000 hours of assistance.

The COVID-19 pandemic has sharply increased the need for older adults to gain digital skills to help address social isolation, so the program is expanding capacity with a pilot project where up to 200 Rhode Island older adults will receive an iPad, a hotspot if they lack internet, and mentoring on how to use their devices. The final report for the pilot project is now available. An Appendix with all materials created is available upon request to Dr. Leedahl, skyeleedahl@uri.edu

The Program is now expanding state-wide. Please see the program’s website for further information: https://web.uri.edu/human-development/outreach-and-research/cyber-seniors/