Before the internet, encyclopaedias, libraries, parents and family were some of the ways students found answers to life’s questions.
However today’s school kids can readily source the answer to pretty much anything on their smart phone, ipad or computer.
This week, Feros Care is encouraging students to ‘Ask Gran Not Google’ those questions as part of Queensland Seniors Week.
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Students at 10 Queensland schools have taken up the challenge of looking beyond a keyboard and directing all questionsto Nana and Pop over the course of the week.
Jennene Buckley, Feros Care CEO, said younger generations can benefit from the wisdom and knowledge of our older generations.
“When all your information comes from online, you miss out on anecdotal information, funny stories and heart-felt and wise advice that seniors can share with younger generations,” she said.
“You only have to look to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities who truly understand the status and value of their elders within their community.
“Internet has information at your finger-tips but there is nothing better than the trusted wise resource of our elders and the experience, mistakes and lessons and learnings they can share.”
Participating schools will engage in classroom activities and invite seniors and grandparents to share knowledge with students over the course of the week.
Feros Care is renowned for challenging stereotypes of aged care and seniors, and sees this campaign as a wonderful opportunity and benefit for both students and seniors through connection, conversation and social engagement that enriches their lives.
“We love Google and the internet of things. It is our future but so are our seniors. Seniors can, and do, play such a critical role in family and community. And certainly with the Ask Gran Not Google campaign there will be lots of rich learnings and experiences all round.
“It is so much more than researching information online. It’s about younger people understanding the importance of reaching out to a grandparent or senior and seek their wisdom and advice on life’s important questions and learnings.”
Seniors Week is on from 19 – 27 August.For more information on Feros Care, visit: feroscare.com.au/