Do try this at home . . .
Take one youngster, one elderly relative, add a tablet or laptop, and start the conversation . . . that’s Prof Rónán Collins’s recipe for some inter-generational bonding. Children and teenagers can ask their relative to recall a favourite singer or actor and then look up a video clip “to see if they are any good” – and tap some memories from a vintage brain in the process. The benefits are mutual. “Otherwise you miss out on all this stuff,” says Collins. “I found my grandparents to be a great source for learning about music, artists and famous films, that I would have missed.”