Posts Tagged ‘Older People’

ALONE calls on Government to implement long term supports for older people as members of the public begin to return to work

May 19th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, is asking the Government to ensure that long term supports are in place for older people impacted by COVID-19, as Ireland moves into the next phase of the pandemic. As members of the public and supporters begin to return to work, the organisation has called for current levels of support for older people to be maintained and increased, highlighting that we have yet to see the full impact cocooning has had on older people who are medically and socially vulnerable. ALONE has also stated that inequality has played a role in the course of the pandemic, with those who are most marginalised among the most affected.


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ALONE warns that cocooning will have a long term impact on the physical health and wellbeing of older people

May 11th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, has cautioned that current COVID-19 cocooning measures will have long term effects on the physical health and wellbeing of older people across the country. The organisation is concerned that current cocooning measures are causing a ‘health gap’ among older people which will have a negative impact on their physical health in the coming weeks and months.  The organisation has previously voiced concerns on the impact of cocooning on older people’s mental health, and is now highlighting the long term impacts to physical health as restrictive measures continue.


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ALONE calls for Government action to focus on long-term issues impacting older people amid COVID-19 outbreak

May 4th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, has urged Government and politicians to focus anew on the long term issues impacting older people during the COVID-19 pandemic as the country enters the next phase of combatting the virus. The organisation is calling for action on the long-term issues impacting older people which COVID-19 has further brought to light, such as mental health and wellbeing, support to age at home, and nursing home support.


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ALONE, Gavin James and Bonfire team up for the launch of the charity’s ‘Now more than ever’ video campaign

April 27th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, have teamed up with Gavin James and Bonfire Dublin to release their ‘Now more than ever’ campaign, a series of short videos on loneliness featuring Gavin James’s music, which call on members of the public to stay in touch with the older people they know who may be feeling lonely whilst cocooning. All six videos are available to watch here.


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ALONE calls for long-term reform of supports for older people in light of COVID-19 crisis 

April 21st, 2020

ALONE, the organisation that supports older people, has called for urgent action to support the nursing home and home support sectors amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and for long-term reform of health services to better meet the support needs of older people. The organisation has said that years of consistent underfunding and underinvestment in home care and nursing homes has impacted both sectors’ ability to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, and that support for older people must be prioritised both now and after the crisis has passed.


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ALONE welcomes support from Horizon Therapeutics to deliver support to older people

April 19th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation that supports older people, has welcomed support from Horizon Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company with its global headquarters in Dublin. The company is providing financial support to community organisations who are providing critical services, with ALONE receiving €150,000 to support their work with older people.


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ALONE Cautiously Welcomes Policy Framework Document issued by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael

April 16th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, while welcoming the sentiment expressed in the Policy Framework for a new Government released by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael earlier today, is seeking further commitment on key areas pertinent to older people. The organisation notes the strong elements on social justice but would call on a stronger commitment to the National Positive Ageing Strategy, more commitment to housing with supports for older people and to expedite the actions outlined in Sláintecare.


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ALONE: Cocooning brings to light increasing and ongoing levels of loneliness and isolation among older people

April 14th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, is urging members of the public to reach out to older people in the community who may be feeling particularly isolated at the moment due to cocooning measures in place, which will now continue until May 5. The organisation is asking families to reach out by phone or use technology to stay in touch with their older relatives, neighbours and friends.


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ALONE welcomes the introduction of banking supports for older people restricted by cocooning measures

April 8th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, has welcomed measures taken by the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland (BPFI) to assist older people who are cocooning with banking. The five main retail banks have introduced free phone numbers to offer assistance and advice to older customers required to stay at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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ALONE thanks Gavin James and the public for raising an astonishing €160,000 in support of their services

April 4th, 2020

ALONE thanks Gavin James and the public for raising an astonishing €160,000 in support of their services

The organisation has been overwhelmed by the support received from the people of Ireland.


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