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ICT Outreach Programme for the Elderly extended to senior people with dementia in Hong Kong

ICT Outreach Programme for the Elderly extended to senior people with dementia in Hong Kong

Featured image: Mr.
Gregory So (right), The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development,
interacts with a senior during his visit to the Po Leung Kuk Sai Ying Pun Home
for the Elderly, August 21, 2015. Credit: Commerce and Economic Development
Bureau, HKSAR. 

The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) announced
last Friday the launch of a new round of the Information and Communications
Technology (ICT) Outreach Programme for the Elderly with the services extended
to cover elderly people with dementia.

The OGCIO launched the Outreach Programme in 2013 to provide
funding support to non-profit-making organisations for conducting visits and
activities that aim to arouse awareness and interest of elderly people in using
ICT and eventually help broaden their social circles and improve quality of
life. Over 3 000 elderly people have participated in the past two rounds of the
Programme.

In the new round of the Programme, three non-profit-making
organisations, namely the Po Leung Kuk, the Hong Kong Society for the Aged and
the Salvation Army, will operate their respective activities for 12 months with
funding support from the OGCIO totalling HKD$1.5 million. In addition to
institutionalised and "hidden" elderly people, and those receiving
day-care centre and home-care services, elderly people with dementia will also
be served with a view to helping them slow down the deterioration with the aid
of digital technology.

A spokesman for the OGCIO said, "Technological
advancement not only spurs economic development, but also provides
opportunities to improve the quality of life of elderly people in particular.
The Government has been striving to implement various digital inclusion
initiatives to encourage wider ICT adoption among the elderly in order to
arouse their interest in the digital world, such as social media, so as to
promote active and healthy ageing."

The spokesman added, "With reference to experience
gained in the first two rounds of the Outreach Programme, we have extended the
Programme to cover elderly people with dementia, so as to take care of those
with special needs."

The OGCIO openly invited applications from non-profit
organisations between June and August 2017. Three applications have been
selected for implementation from November 2017 to November 2018.

For details on the list of funded projects, click here.