Intel’s Digital Health Group support creation of a new Directory of Services for Older People

Intel’s Digital Health Group, Ireland, have been involved in an out-reach programme with a seniors group in Stoneybatter with the aim of developing and creating a Directory of Services for Older people in the locality.

Members of the Digital Health Group have been working with the people of Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, for the last year, conducting research with them to help Intel understand the pleasures and pitfalls of ageing in this part of Dublin. Much has been learned from this study, with the results of studies such as this being vital in the development of technologies and services that can help people to age independently. During the course of this study it became apparent to researchers that there was a need for a directory containing information about the care, support and other services available in the area. Bringing such information into one place had been a goal of the Stoneybatter Senior Citizens Outreach Project Team for some time and Intel’s Digital Health Group was very pleased to be able to support the completion of such a directory.

Attendees enjoy the launch of the new Directory of Services The result of the collaboration is the ‘Directory of Services for Older People in the Stoneybatter Area’ which was officially launched by Aine Brady, Minister of State at Health and Children with responsibility for Older People & Health Promotion, on 1st July 2009. The event was very well attended by over 100 people with speeches from Sr. Peggy McArdle, Coordinator Stoneybatter Senior Citizens Outreach Project, Simon Roberts, Digital Health Group, Intel Ireland and Emer Costello, Lord Mayor of Dublin.

The Directory is intended to be a user friendly guide which will help older people to link into many of the services, entitlements, rights and supports that are available in their area. It is important that older people are fully aware of all the services they are eligible for and it is hoped that this booklet will be of assistance to them in locating these services. The Directory will also be given to agencies working in the area for them to distribute to their service users.

The Directory of Services for Older People in the Stoneybatter Area
The Directory of Services for Older People in the Stoneybatter Area

Intel’s Simon Roberts speaking at the launch event Speaking at the event, Intel’s Simon Roberts said, “This directory is a good example of the sort of win-win outcomes that can be achieved through a collaborative approach to research. Our work with the people of Stoneybatter has given us a better understanding of how health, care and support services are used by older people – and we have been able to create a resource from this research which can be widely used by them ”.

It is through collaborations such as this that Intel can better understand the issues facing older people and those who work to care and support them in their daily lives.

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