The Milken Institute conducted a study to identify the Best Cities for Successful Aging index via a quantitative methodology as determined by their research staff with input from the Best Cities for Successful Aging Advisory Committee.
An important component of the study was to identify nine successful Programs with Purpose.
Together with programs including the Eisner Prize and Beacon Hill Village, Net Literacy’s Senior Connect program was selected as one of the top nine “Programs With Purpose.”
Seniors are typically eager to share the benefit of their experience with the young, but Daniel Kent has made teaching a two-way street. Kent was 14-an eighth-grader-in 2003 when he saw that seniors were being shut out of the Internet revolution. Dismayed that aging people often let go of their pursuits, as they exit their careers, perhaps, or lose their mobility, Kent wanted to help them expand their world. So the Indianapolis computer whiz launched Senior Connects, which sends teenagers into retirement homes to help residents get a digital life. They mentor with more patience and less jargon. Seniors get to learn, shop, play, and keep in touch online, and the kids meet great people on the other end of the age spectrum. Senior Connects is going strong under the umbrella of Net Literacy, which is involved in a gamut of tech-related public-interest work. Organizations from the U.S. Broadband Coalition to the European Union have lauded its principles for digital inclusiveness.
For more information, visit http://successfulaging.milkeninstitute.org/programs-with-purpose.php