Redesigning Digital Literacy Health Workshops for Seniors in Hawai`i
Abstract: Digital literacy is now at the forefront of global communication as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic creates high levels of anxiety in people of all ages. Predictive analytics using AI track fluctuating panic levels nationwide. Yet the coronavirus is not the only health hazard for seniors. Many die early from late-stage diagnoses or non-medical treatment of Alzheimer's or dementia because of ignorance. With digital literacy skills, seniors can overcome their fears as they learn about groundbreaking neuroscience studies and treatment options on island. To meet this need, a non-profit in Hawaii developed intergenerational iPad workshops that would bring high school students and seniors together. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, federal experts warned that younger generations could be silent carriers without symptoms. Waianae CARE Inc. realized that their vision for onsite health workshops needed revision. The original plan was redesigned in five areas: learning model, volunteer instructors, focus of online sessions, evaluation measures and project dates.
Presider: Julie Smith, University of North Texas