Dan Peters 25 March 2014

Facebook-style app helps older people

Facebook-style app helps older people image

Older people have reported an improved quality of life after they were given a simplified Facebook-style app.

Initial indications from the pilot scheme run by the East of England Local Government Association (EELGA) suggested it helped users stay in regular contact with their families, increased confidence and reduced feelings of loneliness.

Some 38% of users reported an increase in quality of life during the trial, with 43% saying it had an impact on their happiness.

The app was given to 30 people aged over 70 years old in Cambridgeshire and Central Bedfordshire who were not confident with using IT.

Cecilia Tredget, of EELGA, said: ‘There is evidence that participating in the trial has demystified technology by introducing it in a gentle way and helped people to recognise the potential that learning to use technology has for their lives.’

Jenny Taylor, 73, who lives with and cares for her husband Les, who has dementia, said: ‘My grandchildren are all growing up so quickly so getting regular photos of them is lovely and it means my husband can also look at them even if sometimes he doesn’t really understand.’

Cyber crisis management image

Cyber crisis management

Richard Stephenson outlines cybersecurity issues to be aware of during the pandemic and how to minimize risk.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Deputy Chief Executive & s.151 Officer

Wychavon District Council
package to £90k
This is an exceptional career development opportunity, and the perfect role for a talented public service leader with ambition. Worcestershire
Recuriter: Wychavon District Council

Senior Practitioner - Family Support & Protection

Essex County Council
Up to £237 per day + Umbrella
Managing a defined caseload, the social worker is responsible for working effectively with children, young people and families/carers to achieve positive change and improved outcomes. England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Qualified Social Worker - Family Support & Protection

Essex County Council
Up to £207 per day + Umbrella
Managing a defined caseload, the Social Worker is responsible for working effectively with children, young people & families/carers to achieve positive change and improved outcomes. England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Qualified Social Worker - Assessment & Intervention Team

Essex County Council
Up to £207 per day + Umbrella
Managing a defined caseload, the Social Worker is responsible for working effectively with children, young people & families/carers to achieve positive change and improved outcomes. England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Qualified Social Worker - Assessment & Intervention Team

Essex County Council
Up to £207 per day + Umbrella
Family Operations delivers direct provision of services relating to vulnerable children, young people and complex families. England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue