To learn more about some of the challenges facing older adults, I spoke with a gerontologist professor who teaches classes on aging and researches ways to better support people as they age.
A key insight that stood out for me was how hard computers can be for older people to operate simply because of the speed of interactions built into operating systems and webpages. As reaction times change for older adults, using a computer can become more challenging. Fast scrolling pages, popups, dialog boxes, changing windows and tabs can all be sources of frustration. This got me thinking...
How else is the world hardwired at a pace that might be difficult for older people?
How, as mentors, might younger people help with these sorts of challenges?
How are the different paces that older and younger people are often most comfortable with both barries and opportunities to fruitful mentorship relationships?