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#Older People

# older-people - Thursday 15 October, 2020

NPHET to consider guidance for people who live alone during 'no visitor' restrictions

Concerns have been raised about the effect of the latest Covid-19 restrictions on older people, single parents and those who live alone.

# older-people - Wednesday 7 October, 2020

Explainer: What is the current situation with Covid-19 in nursing homes in Ireland?

NPHET raised concerns over outbreaks in nursing homes last weekend.

# older-people - Thursday 3 September, 2020

People warned to be 'exceptionally careful' in interactions amid increase in Covid-19 cases among older people

The majority of coronavirus cases in August were among young people, but there has been an increase in cases among older people recently.

# older-people - Sunday 19 July, 2020

'I can't imagine not leaving your home for four months': The impact on older people of following the Covid-19 rules

As we face into longer-term restrictions, ensuring proper supports for older people who’ve had to cocoon has been described as vital.

# older-people - Tuesday 26 May, 2020

'This is a huge scandal': No definitive plan for transferring of patients to nursing homes, committee hears

The committee heard from Hiqa this afternoon that the HSE “did not know this sector”.

# older-people - Saturday 25 April, 2020

21 confirmed Covid-19 deaths recorded at one Dublin care home for older people

Home help workers might be redeployed to nursing homes, said Minister Simon Harris.

# older-people - Tuesday 7 April, 2020

Elderly and vulnerable reach out as helplines receive 8,000 calls for assistance

ALONE charity received 3,121 calls in four days.

# older-people - Thursday 2 April, 2020

Govt launches 'befriending' phone-call initiative for older people in response to Covid-19 crisis

In the UK, a care home is inviting people to “adopt a grandparent” by holding video calls with its residents.

# older-people - Monday 30 March, 2020

Minister Simon Harris 'to immediately address' PPE shortages in nursing homes

Minister Simon Harris met with representatives of nursing homes today to discuss their role in the Covid-19 crisis.

# older-people - Saturday 28 March, 2020

Harris doesn't like the word 'cocooning', but he says it's being done to keep those over 70 safe and well

The minister said common sense will prevail if someone over 70 works in an essential service.

# older-people - Friday 20 March, 2020

Minister: 'Please stop putting messages up online that are frightening young and old'

The government is engaging with social media companies about the spread of misinformation.

'No exceptions': HSE boss says Covid-19 guidelines can't be relaxed for Mother's Day

Paul Reid says there must be compliance every day, regardless of what celebrations are on.

# older-people - Tuesday 17 March, 2020

Older people enjoy dedicated shopping sessions at supermarkets

Iceland, Tesco and Lidl introduced the initiative amid incidents of stockpiling as the nation grapples with the coronavirus outbreak

# older-people - Saturday 14 March, 2020

'Take the time to talk it through. Explain what it all means': The helpline demystifying Covid-19 for older people

A dedicated helpline by organisation Alone is supporting older people across the country as the coronavirus outbreak continues.

# older-people - Friday 3 January, 2020

Nursing home complaints: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained injuries

The allegations are contained in documents released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.

# older-people - Monday 2 December, 2019

'Christmas can be a very lonely time of the year': People asked to look out for the elderly this winter

The advice comes as part of the Dublin City Council and Alone’s cold weather initiative.

# older-people - Friday 22 November, 2019

Some pensioners in South Dublin to be hit with council house rent rise of more than €600

“Multi-person households” that include pensioners will not receive the €10 weekly discount.

# older-people - Thursday 10 October, 2019

Three in four older Irish adults suffer from two or more medical conditions at the same time

Women have “a more complex network” of conditions, according to new research.

# older-people - Tuesday 6 August, 2019

HSE saving measures to target older people and those with disabilities 'in order to break even'

The HSE boss has denied it is undertaking any cost-cutting measures.

# older-people - Monday 8 July, 2019

Benzodiazepine use in Irish over 65s is higher than international average

Benzodiazepine medicine use in women over 65 years is 40% higher than in men, finds a new report.

# older-people - Wednesday 17 April, 2019

First of its kind fund launched to tackle loneliness

The first of its kind fund will go towards helping local groups and community-based projects.

# older-people - Saturday 8 September, 2018

'Standing up for their generation': These older people are getting tattoos to fight ageism

Alone, the charity that supports older people at home, is aiming to raise €10,000 during the event.

# older-people - Sunday 15 July, 2018

'I feel more secure': How HomeShare has been bringing the old and young together Loneliness This post contains videos

'I feel more secure': How HomeShare has been bringing the old and young together

We visited John and Amy who have been taking part in the service.

# older-people - Tuesday 27 March, 2018

'Isn’t there something awful about society, that so many people are praying for a house?'

Alone Ireland today launched a campaign called ‘How will you pay the rent when you retire?’

# older-people - Monday 26 February, 2018

Status Orange snow-ice warning issued for seven counties as temperatures set to plunge to -7

The eastern part of the country is set to be the worst hit by the wintry weather.

# older-people - Wednesday 22 November, 2017

Living alone in old age: 'When my wife died, I discovered I didn't have close friends. It's lonely'

Alone, a charity for older people, has launched its Christmas campaign – No one should be alone this Christmas.

# older-people - Tuesday 21 November, 2017

Vincent Browne: '60,000 old people have hardly any visits from friends or family. It's awful'

Browne was speaking at the launch of Alone’s Christmas campaign for older people.

# older-people - Thursday 14 September, 2017

Growing old in Ireland: 'If you want support, you're going to have to pay for it' Fair Deal This post contains videos

Growing old in Ireland: 'If you want support, you're going to have to pay for it'

Whether its Fair Deal contributions, nursing home fees or general funding in the care system, money gets in the way of older people deciding where they spend their final years.

# older-people - Wednesday 13 September, 2017

'I was told it'd only be for four weeks': Ireland's older people describe life in a nursing home

A major study has highlighted the need for residents to be more involved in decision-making.

# older-people - Friday 4 August, 2017

Kerry nursing home told its system for residents' cash is 'not secure'

An inspection in April this year also found some staff had not received training in medication management and infection control.

# older-people - Friday 14 July, 2017

Older person's care centre set to close today over fire safety fears

The service is used by more than 100 older people a week.

# older-people - Thursday 6 July, 2017

'They simply can't afford it': Older people being priced out of nursing homes

Age Action has said some nursing homes are charging “extortionate costs”.

# older-people - Monday 12 June, 2017

Older people overpaying €1,000 for health insurance as they're 'afraid to switch plan'

At least two in every five policyholders are on “dated and hugely overpriced plans”.

# older-people - Sunday 2 April, 2017

How tiny woolly hats are making a difference in the lives of older people

The knitted creations raise money for charity and allow older people to meet up and work together.

# older-people - Wednesday 22 March, 2017

Older people ending up in hospital due to inappropriate prescriptions

People over the age of 65 are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of medicine.

# older-people - Saturday 25 February, 2017

'Retirement should be an option' - plan to abolish retirement age welcomed

It has received widespread welcome from older people’s’ groups.

# older-people - Tuesday 14 February, 2017

Most older people are having sex on a regular basis

Having sex in your advancing years makes you more optimistic about growing old, the research claims.

# older-people - Monday 19 December, 2016

From The Daily Edge Older people in Ireland are getting lovely Christmas cards made by Thai kids and their Irish teacher Cards From Thailand

Older people in Ireland are getting lovely Christmas cards made by Thai kids and their Irish teacher

They’re sending the cards to the charity Age Action, who will distribute them to the older people using their services. Aww.

# older-people - Tuesday 6 December, 2016

End-of-life care plans at Galway nursing home left blank

There was also no nurse in charge on the day of a Hiqa inspection.

# older-people - Sunday 4 December, 2016

Have an elderly neighbour? Check in on them

Hundreds of people die each year due to health risks associated with cold weather and fuel poverty.

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