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ACORN initiative bids to bring senior citizens in touch with tech

A new project has been launched by the Mayor of Fingal which will see senior citizens in Fingal conquer their fears of engaging with technology.

ACORN is a six month pilot project initiative is being led by members of the Fingal Senior Citizens Forum in partnership with Fingal County Council's Community Development Office, Fingal Age Friendly Office along with ICT partner Cliffrun Media. The pilot is the first of three pilot trials to be undertaken by Local Authorities in Ireland.

The ACORN is a specialised smart tablet which is 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 upon five content and application pillars; Independence, Health, Finance, Communications and Security.

Mayor of Fingal Councillor Anthony Lavin said: 'I am delighted to launch this pilot project today in Fingal. In an increasingly digitised world it is vital that we support and encourage our citizens in becoming involved in new technology. I have no doubt that our Senior Citizens will make a valuable contribution to this project and wish them every success.'

Fingal Independent