Busting Myths about Seniors and Social Networking
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Busting Myths about Seniors and Social Networking

July 13, 2012

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Winner: NISC 2011 Programs of Excellence Awards

Category: Best Use of Senior Center Month Theme

Never Too Old … Or Too Young


The United Way Day of Caring took place at the West Chester Activity Center, West Chester, OH, on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Older adults had the opportunity to learn more about social networking, email, and the World Wide Web.

Local teens involved in the Edge Teen Center were on hand to teach the workshops to 20+ older adults. The older adults were on hand to pick up some new skills and teach a few of their own.

What was supposed to be a youth-directed event turned out to be a senior-directed event. The older adults took the lead with the teenagers and, rather than being in specific workshops directed by the youth, the older adults introduced their form of social networking skills to the teens.

The adults lived the 2011 Senior Center Month theme—It Happens At My Senior Center: My Life. My Time. My Way.—by sharing their social activities with the youth. Favorite activities—for example, chair volleyball—were a highlight of the day.

The seniors wanted to show the teens how to remain active and healthy and engaged, plus enjoy the process too. They wanted to welcome the teens to their center and give back to them, as well.

There was a great deal of sharing of ideas with the event. There was also a good deal of myth-busting done on both sides.

The day’s events culminated with a pizza party and a celebration of the new friendships that were made.


This multi-generational program created flourishing bonds among various ages. It was successful and can be easily replicated, plus limited staff time is required for the organization and implementation of the program with minimal cost.

  • Number of staff/volunteers required to run program: 1
  • Revenue: $0
  • Expense: $56
  • Net: $56 Cost


Stephen Schnabl
Partners in Prime
140 Ross Avenue
Hamilton, OH 45013


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