ACCESSING ONLINE SERVICES A MAJOR ISSUE FOR COUNTY MONAGHAN SENIORS

5 November 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Two-thirds of Co Monaghan’s older citizens have never used the internet, Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council was told. Age Friendly Programme Manager for the Co Council Bernie Bradley said the finding – which emerged from a consultation process involving over 400 respondents from the county’s older population – was something the local authority and others needed to be mindful of when it came to the exclusive provision of some services online, particularly during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Ms Bradley also stated that some older people who had started to familiarise themselves with computer technology and services had fallen victim to online fraud and scams. She was presenting a report on the Monaghan Age Friendly Programme and detailing work that had taken place on the delivery of the 2020 strategy for older people in Co Monaghan. Statistics presented by the Programme Manager to the meeting showed that the total population of people aged 65 years and over in Co Monaghan was 8,577, an increase of 937 since 2011.

The breakdown of the numbers per Municipal District area was: Ballybay-Clones, 2,738; Carrickmacross- Castleblayney, 2,962; Monaghan, 2,516. Nationally, there were 637,567 people aged over 65 recorded in 2016….

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