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Older Adults Zoom Information Sessions

Age Friendly Ireland

Age Friendly Cavan

Programme: Cavan

WHO Theme: Communication And Information

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Staying Connected

Funding Stream: Social Inclusion Budget

Resources Required: Paid Staff, Staff member within County Council organises but could be carried out by a volunteer

Cost: 0-500


Weekly zoom information sessions are organised for older adults to sit in on. A variety of topics are covered in these sessions, for example, HSE – Fair Deal Scheme, ETB – Nutritional Advice for older adults, An Garda Síochána – Crime Prevention Information, Gardening Tips, Laughter Yoga etc are just some of the topics covered to date, Creative Writing. The sessions are informal last up to one and half hour. A presentation is provided followed by questions and answers. Between 35 to 40 adults attend these sessions. Classes are advertised in the local media. Also through the Older People’s Council Network, PPN e-bulletins, ETB Community Education contacts etc.

Aim of Initiative

Older adults

Who is it aimed at

Older adults

Steps critical to success

  1. Engagement from older people
  2. Engagement with Service Providers (e.g. ETB, HSE etc), to provide sessions.
  3. Publication to ensure the public know of the classes

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. Securing suitable dates/times with information sessions providers
  2. IT literacy levels of older adults
  3. Broadband quality

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. Older people are more informed on entitlements
  2. Good for older people’s mental health
  3. Good platform to advertise other activities, secure involvement of older people

Deirdre Donnelly, Cavan County Council,