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I was in bad connection when I posted this!

Thank you for your suggestion. Now that you mention it, this kind of service is already common. But how many elderly in the U.S. choose this way as a type of “fun” in their old age? As you said, informing them is one of problems of this program. I thought that it was necessary to rebrand this kind of practice itself and try to change our perception of it. Although I am concerned about the visa problem, if students provide the elderly some help such as shopping, cooking, laundry, cleaning, language or skill exchange, it will be a good incentive for the elderly to join this program.


Seiichi commented on Mentors’ Bar - One Lesson, One Pint.

Thank you for your thoughtful question! Basically I think that we try not to depend on digital technology as much as we possibly can, because of their lack of digital literacy. For example, how about a bulletin board? All the elderly has to do is just to write down the following things: 1) his/her name, 2) what he/she wants to teach to youngsters and 3) the date and time of lesson. If there is a bulletin board in a bar or a café that the elderly always go to, younger users of this service can know who is available. In this case, it will be necessary for us to cooperate with a bar or a café though.