Galway Bay fm newsroom – An NUI Galway research project on companion robots for the elderly has been featured in a major European Commission Study.
The MARIO project involves the development of a voice and touch-screen controlled robot to assist those suffering from dementia.
The white robot stands 4.5ft in height – with large animated eyes – and was created using feedback from dementia sufferers in pilot trials.
He can provide news, activities including painting and games, play music and even encourage the user to discuss their past memories through family photos.
The project has now been included in a new European Commission study analysing the impact on society of EU funded research for active and healthy ageing.
It’s the only Irish project credited in the study and will also be featured across European TV this week on EuroNews.
For more on this story tune in to NewsBreak at 1.30…
Two confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Galway hospitals
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are two confirmed cases of coronavirus being treated at Galway hospitals today.
The two patients are receiving care at UHG.
A further two suspected cases of the virus are being treated at the city’s acute hospital, with one suspected case receiving care at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
There are 31 patients with COVID-19 being treated in intensive care settings nationwide today with none in ICU settings in Galway.
20 of these are being ventilated.
Concern over disturbance by ‘boy racers’ at Kennedy’s Cross outside Loughrea
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Community concerns over the actions of ‘boy racers’ at Kennedy’s Cross in the Ballinakill area outside Loughrea were brought before a meeting of the county joint policing committee this week.
Local councillor Michael Moegie Maher said 10 to 12 families in the area are petrified to come out on the road.
He told the meeting boy racers are ‘playing havoc’ for the last couple of months with families with young children unable to sleep at 3 and 4am as the culprits perform doughnut manoevures and create noise disturbance.
Councillor Maher asked if an unmarked car could carry out patrols in the area in a bid to deter the behaviour.
A Garda representative told the meeting the matter was ‘well in hand’ with Gardai conducting patrols and continuing to monitor the situation.
Galway Simon raises serious concerns for people living in emergency accommodation over Christmas
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Simon Community has raised serious concerns for people living in emergency accommodation over Christmas.
The charity has warned the Christmas period can be very emotional and difficult for people experiencing homelessness.
According to the latest Government figures, there were 368 people, including 50 families and 116 children, living in emergency accommodation in the west during October.
These figures represent an decrease of 14 people, including three families on the previous month.
CEO of Galway Simon, Karen Golden, has welcomed this decrease but says the numbers presenting as homeless in the region are still far too high.
The charity has confirmed it’s seen an increase in demand across its services compared to the same period last year – largely due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CEO Karen Golden says the charity’s volunteers have been working extremely hard throughout the pandemic to support those in need.