Posts Tagged ‘Older People’

ALONE highlights increased loneliness among older people as COVID-19 pandemic continues

September 10th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people is calling on members of the public to reach out to older people in their lives who may be feeling particularly isolated at the moment due to the current COVID-19 guidelines. The organisation is concerned by the negative impact of loneliness on older people’s mental health, and is asking the public to continue to reach out and stay in touch with their older relatives, neighbours and friends.
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ALONE cautions members of the public to stay mindful of older people

September 3rd, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people is calling on members of the public to be vigilant of older people who may be feeling particularly vulnerable as children go back to school this week, as we are seeing more activity and movement from families. The organisation welcomes continued updates on the current guidelines for older people from Government, while encouraging a more long-term plan to be identified and mapped out for future expectations.
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ALONE appeal for a reform to the State Pension system in the upcoming budget

August 26th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people is calling on Government to reassess its approach to pensions and to reform the current system to protect future generations, as well as those currently in receipt of pensions.
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ALONE responds to Nursing Home Report released today with a series of recommendations

August 19th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people has responded to the Nursing Home Report released today, stating that more needs to be done to protect vulnerable older people in residential care from coming into contact with COVID-19. ALONE have put forward a series of recommendations to safeguard older people and ensure that their needs are met in the event of a second wave of COVID-19.
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Government issue refreshed advisory to over 70s

August 19th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people has responded to advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team which encourages older people to narrow their interactions to a small network of people while also asking people to keep gatherings in their homes small. ALONE appreciate that these measures seek to protect older people from contracting COVID-19 and had been worried that a total reintroduction of cocooning measures would have a negative effect on the mental and physical wellbeing of older people in the coming weeks.


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‘We owe it to our older people’

August 12th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people has highlighted the need for an established and regulated home care sector in Ireland to support older people to age at home for as long as they wish. The organisation believes that the lack of governance within the home care sector has had an ongoing negative impact on home care workers, that has now been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. They contend that change is needed to ensure that home care workers are correctly protected, paid and trained going forward.
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ALONE calls on Government to implement an immediate and actionable plan for home care services

August 6th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people has highlighted the need for increased home care services across the country, enabling older people to remain at home as they age. The organisation remains concerned about the hidden impacts of COVID-19 on the older people who use its services. ALONE has stated that current home care services must be improved to meet the ever-rising demand for older people to age safely at home, and that long-term plans must be developed to achieve this as the rippling effects of the pandemic advance further.
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ALONE calls on Department of Social Protection to increase State Pension in 2021

July 29th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, is calling on the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to increase the state pension by €7 in Budget 2021, to ensure that older people are protected during difficult economic times. Financial issues are one of the biggest concerns raised with ALONE by the older people who use their services.


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ALONE makes an appeal to safeguard security and supports surrounding housing for older people

July 21st, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, has highlighted the growing housing issues prevalent among older people amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to this, older people in short-term accommodation are being asked to relocate, despite the fact that many do not have access to suitable accommodation. Now more than ever, ALONE are appealing for reformation to the supports enabling older people to stay in their homes for as long as possible.


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ALONE and TILDA compile report examining loneliness and social isolation in over-70’s

July 14th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, has collaborated with The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) to publish a report examining loneliness and isolation among over-70’s during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report[1], published today by TILDA, focuses on the impact of public health measures such as ‘cocooning’ on the mental and physical health of older people who are struggling with loneliness.


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