Connecting generations

Learning the ins and outs of your new smartphone or Facebook can be confusing. And who better to help ease you through the process than a generation raised on technology?

National Honor Society students from Tupper Lake Middle-High School are doing just that every Wednesday at the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library in Tupper Lake.

People of all ages are invited to visit the library after 3 p.m. to learn how to use their devices, navigate their way through social media and get one-on-one help with their technology questions.

The idea came about through the Mercy Care for the Adirondacks and the Tupper Lake Aging in Place Task Force’s intergenerational relationship-building event at the Wild Center in November, when students and elderly members of the community shared conversation and lunch. When asked what the Tupper Lake library could do to be of more service to them, many older people said they needed help with technology.

It’s a great opportunity for younger members of the community to interact and engage with older generations, while the teens earn the 30 hours of community service they need for NHS. It’s also a chance for teens to practice their speaking, teaching and customer service skills.

We would love to see more opportunities for all generations to get together and share their experiences and knowledge with each other.