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Acorn Tablets for Older People

Age Friendly Ireland

Age Friendly Galway

Programme: Galway County

WHO Theme: Communication And Information, Social Participation

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Staying Connected

Funding Stream: Community Resilience Fund Covid

Resources Required: Financial, Paid Staff, Acorn Tablets

Cost: 5000-10000


Reaching out to Older People -Staying Connected. This initiative allowed for the purchase of Acorn smart tablets which were configured to support internet access needs of older people. Digital adoption is a significant challenge for many older adults and consequently this has limited the effectiveness of the public and commercial sectors that endeavour to serve them. Age related accessibility and design limitations, digital literacy and attitudes to technology are key contributors to this reluctance to embrace digital. As public and commercial services are moving online to increase efficiencies and reduce costs, the digital divide is increasing. Those not connected are becoming more socially and economically isolated. Isolation and loneliness have a proven causal impact on health and wellbeing. The ACORN is a smart tablet based solution, purpose-built to solve this problem through facilitation and simplified digital adoption for senior citizens. It achieves this through age-friendly, accessible design, interactive help tools and content tailored to the user. It offers easy access to the online world of communication and commerce. The company supplying the ACORN tablets provides customisation of each tablet for the user, they add local content and links that are of relevance to each user. Once the links are built in they can be added dynamically i.e. even after the users have received the ACORN. It will update automatically.

Aim of Initiative

Who is it aimed at

older people with no access to online technology

Steps critical to success

  1. Funding to purchase Acorn tablets
  2. Targeting the most in need to online technology
  3. Liaising with community development workers on the ground

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. Targeting the most in need to online technology
  2. N/A
  3. N/A

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. Feel connected
  2. Reduced isolation and loneliness
  3. n/a

Evaluation / Report:

Mary McGann //