Press Release

Minister Brady presents the Silver Surfers Awards 2010

Áine Brady, T.D., Minister for Older People, today (16th January, 2010) attended and presented awards to the winners of the Silver Surfers Awards.

The Silver Surfer Awards is an initiative of Age Action Ireland’s “Getting Started” Programme, which has trained over 5000 older people in the last two years in the use of computers and mobile phones in libraries, community centres and residential care centres throughout Ireland.

Speaking at the Silver Surfer Awards today the Minister said “For a variety of reasons, some older people are not as well placed as others to respond to the challenges brought about by technological changes. We must do everything possible to ensure that we do not become a society of ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ when it comes to older people’s usage of new technology. For that reason, and given the challenging times that we are in, we must be creative in finding new ways to help and encourage older people to use new technologies – the Silver Surfer Awards is a brilliant example of this. The Awards have totally disproved the misconception that older people are not interested in learning or using new technology. All who have been nominated for these Age Action awards are ambassadors for older people, and society should widely celebrate this. Age is no barrier to learning technology!”

Further details on the Silver Surfer Awards are available from Age Action 4756989 or Alison Kelly / Claire O’Grady Insight Consultants, 01 2939424 / 01 2939426, 086 1955722 / 087 7819375.