Nursing Home Week

UPC helps Orwell House residents get to grips with tech

Pictured: Leon Gaon, Anna Maria Barry and Terence Gogarty

29 June 2015

UPC volunteers held a seminar on staying connected using technology for residents of Orwell House in Rathgar as part of the telco’s support for Nursing Homes Week 2015.

According to the CSO, internet use by the 60-74 age group has almost doubled in the last five years. Some 26% of those aged 60-74 said they used the Internet every day or almost every day in the last three months, with 17% using the internet for online shopping.

Anna Maria Barry, corporate communications general manager, UPC Ireland, said: “We want to help every senior citizen to get connected and to enjoy the benefits of the Internet as much as possible. There are countless ways they can do this including access to daily news and current affairs, keeping in touch with family and friends, online shopping and entertainment including video and TV.

“Some of our senior citizens state that the biggest barrier to getting online includes an initial lack of knowledge and confidence. Our goal is to help as many as we can to overcome this so that they too can see the opportunities that are open to them.”

Tadhg Daly, CEO, Nursing Homes Ireland, said: “The internet is much more than just keeping up with the 21st century. Regular internet use has many benefits for older people. It’s a great way for them to keep connected with family and friends far away. Not only can they do that that but it can greatly help memory retention as well as boosting feelings of independence.”

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