Do try this at home . . .

The Irish Times - Tuesday - Health - - Parenting / Communicating -

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.”

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