AppState Cyber-Seniors

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What We Do

The AppState Cyber-Seniors program works with the international Cyber-Seniors© organization using a reverse-mentoring model to pair AppState students with local older adults to teach digital and technology literacy skills and connect to resources.

Students help older adults learn how to:

  • Use devices such as smartphones, tablets, & computers.
  • Utilize software to accomplish personal goals and make connections. (e.g., Zoom, Facebook)
  • Use technology-based services to maintain access to community resources and support. (e.g., telehealth, virtual church services, online shopping)
  • Find resources online for education. (e.g., Medicare portal, news, and general information)

The program is designed to:

  • Reduce social isolation and loneliness among rural community-dwelling older adults
  • Create a sustainable intergenerational (IG) program to serve our community
  • Reduce the “grey digital divide” for local older adults
  • Combat ageism
  • Attract students to work in gerontology related fields
  • Help students gain relevant perspective to work with older adults
  • Teach students mentorship & program development skills

Mission Statement

The mission of AppState Cyber-Seniors is to reduce the grey digital divide, social isolation, and loneliness among local older adults and to empower Appalachian State University students through experiential learning. It does this by training AppState students to educate older adults on digital and technology literacy skills. 

Our Vision

AppState Cyber-Seniors aspires to empower local older adults towards increased comfort online in hopes of providing connection to other resources promoted online such as community and clinical opportunities to improve overall wellbeing.

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Important Dates

  • Coming Soon Fall 2021

Contact Information

Dr. Jill Juris
Assistant Professor
Recreation Management Program
Beaver College of Health Sciences
Appalachian State University
Box 32071
Boone, NC 28608
Phone: 828-262-6336

Katherine Rose Uva
Graduate and Teaching Assistant
Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education
Appalachian State University

Suzy Juengel
AppState Cyber-Seniors Program Assistant