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Tablets all round from Age Friendly Limerick

first_imgLocal backlash over Aer Lingus threat Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSCommunityLimerick City and Countylocal newsNews Facebook Twitter Email Advertisementcenter_img Limerick on Covid watch list Print Mary Cronin, from Croom, Chair of the Limerick and National Network of Older Peoples’ Councils, taking a selfie with Cllr James Collins, Mayor of Limerick City and County.Photo by Diarmuid GreeneWHEN Age Friendly Limerick says “we have a tablet for that” they don’t mean a little bottle of pills.More than 30 older people from across County Limerick have been presented with special electronic tablets as part of a programme to reduce incidents of social isolation and open up a new world of communication.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Age Friendly Limerick, which is co-ordinated by Limerick City and County Council, in partnership with Cliffrun Media are delivering the project aimed at reducing levels of social isolation among older people, through the use of the Acorn Tablet.The Acorn is a specialised tablet, tailored to address the needs of seniors in a closed secure network. It opens up a world of relevant online content for seniors, encouraging users to engage and interact at both social and commercial level. Its design is built around five content and application pillars: independence, health, finance, communications and security.Pictured during a workshop hosted by Limerick City and County Council are Claire O’Gorman, Carmel Wilmott and Joan Curtin, all from Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.Photo by Diarmuid GreeneAnd its ease of use will be welcomed by anyone who is not particularly familiar with on-line technology.The interface is simple to navigate, provides easy access to a help button as well as providing remote technical assistance when required.A user can start with only one or two apps loaded and, over time, additional elements can be added according to the users individual preferences.The idea is that by becoming connected to what’s going on in their area, older people will be better able to attend local events or ask for a lift. It will also make it easier to do their online banking, or pay a bill.And they can connect with their children, friends or family members living abroad through SkypeA major element of this project will be engagement between the older people and Transition Year students from Desmond College in Newcastle West.Five intergenerational workshops will connect old and young and provide an opportunity for the younger people to support the older people in the use of technology.Deputy Mayor Michael Collins said: “In a world which is becoming more technology driven, it is important that we support and encourage our older citizens in embracing the digital world.  It is fantastic that we are using technology to help make people fell less isolated.”Age-Friendly Limerick Programme Manager Anne Rizzo, said that the Acorn is a very user friendly tablet, designed to open up a world of digital services for older people and is aimed at encouraging social inclusion, putting people in contact with others in their community and helping them to avail of services and information not otherwise easily accessible to them.Funding has been provided by the Department of Community and Rural Affairs covering the cost of the tablets, including sim card and technical backup for the duration of the programme trial period. WhatsApp TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Previous articleLimerick v Tipperary to be televised as eirSport unveil Allianz League coverageNext articleColourful makeover for city rehab unit Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsCommunityLocal NewsTablets all round from Age Friendly LimerickBy Bernie English – January 16, 2019 1515 last_img read more

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CDC, states weigh usefulness of school closures

first_img Public Health Seattle and King County, in its revised school closure guidance posted yesterday, said its policy change is an enhanced version of the approach it uses for seasonal influenza and is based on what is known about the new influenza virus and its spread. The guidance notes that the new strain, already spread widely, will continue for some time and that illness severity doesn’t appear to be greater than typical seasonal influenza. Schools that have a confirmed novel influenza case have three options: remain open with the individual isolated at home, close schools based on public health and community assessment, or close schools for a set number of days based on CDC guidance, which could change. Therefore, he said, the CDC is considering changing its advice from automatically closing schools to asking schools and parents to weed out sick children and individually send them home for at least a week. The CDC’s advice to close schools for 2 weeks has been “very aggressive—you may only get one chance to get out in front of a new infectious disease,” Besser said. But the rapid spread of the virus across the country, plus information from multiple locations that the spectrum of disease is about as severe as average seasonal flu, has caused the agency to reconsider. Besser said that, in those areas, parents are asked to check their children in the morning, and, if they are sick or are starting to feel a little sick, to keep them home for a full 7 days, even if they start to feel better before that period is up. In addition, schools and individual teachers are asked to take a close look at children as they arrive in the morning and to send them home if the school believes they are developing illness—for 7 days or until they are proven not to have flu. That procedure is already followed in Canada and in Seattle, which “asks people to really push hard on personal responsibility,” Besser said, and today Minnesota followed suit. Health and education officials in that state released updated school closure guidance that asks parents and teachers to identify and isolate children who have a fever and a recent onset of flu-like symptoms. Acting CDC director Dr. Richard Besser said in a press briefing that the virus is so widespread in the United States that “closing the schools as a means of not letting [the novel flu] spread through the community is not very effective.” “The fact that the novel influenza is currently behaving like regular flu does not mean we can relax,” said Sanne Magnan, MD, Minnesota commissioner of health, in a press release today. “Seasonal flu is a major health concern in its own right. It’s one of our leading causes of death, year in and year out.” As the outbreak progresses, laboratory diagnosis will identify a shrinking proportion of cases, as testing demand exceeds capacity and many people who have mild infections won’t see their doctors. “Closing schools where cases happen to be diagnosed while leaving most schools with undiagnosed cases open does not make sense as an ongoing influenza control strategy in our community,” the department said. May 4, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) signaled today that it will change its current recommendation—which is to close schools for at least 2 weeks when a confirmed case of novel H1N1 swine flu is found among students—as health officials in the Seattle area and Minnesota scaled back their guidance to reflect more of a seasonal influenza approach. “I would expect that as we get more information we will be looking to revise that guidance,” he said. Minnesota officials today unveiled similar guidance aimed at keeping students and staff with influenza symptoms out of schools, rather than routinely closing schools. They said in a statement that it’s not possible to identify every case of novel influenza, because the symptoms mimic those of other respiratory diseases. “We also know that we have other acute viral respiratory infections circulating in Minnesota,” they said in the statement. Public Health Seattle and King County has several tools for schools and parents on its Web site, including a guide for parents on when to keep a child home from school, a flu symptom checklist, and advice on how to care for someone who has influenza. “Individualized school closure based on reports of diagnosed cases is less effective, in addition to being impractical, as a control measure,” the Seattle-King County health department said. However, officials added that, consistent with seasonal influenza policy, some schools might be closed if large numbers of students or faculty become ill. Minnesota officials also said they are developing enhanced school-based surveillance for influenza-like illnesses.last_img read more